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Going Electric: How EVs are transforming Calgary’s municipal vehicle fleet

February 8, 2023 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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The City of Calgary is paving the way for electric vehicles. Find out how they’ve made their big strides in the last five years.

A fifth of Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions come from road vehicles, and one in seven vehicles are registered here in Alberta. As the automotive market shifts toward 100% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2035, how can Alberta’s municipalities prepare for an electric future?

The City of Calgary has made big strides on its own electric vehicles strategy in the last five years, so we invited Marisol Narvaez and the city’s Green Fleet team to come share their story. She will share the reasons for Calgary’s strong agenda and showcase some of the innovative electric vehicles joining Calgary’s fleet—including ice resurfacers, refuse trucks, cargo vans, pick-ups, and more.

The Action Centre’s Calvin Lechelt will also explain how the Electric Vehicles for Municipalities program has supported dozens of municipalities across the province in electrifying their fleet. Learn how you can take advantage of this funding opportunity prior to the upcoming deadline.

About the Speakers

Marisol Narvaez is the Leader, Strategy, Planning & Performance for Fleet & Inventory at the City of Calgary. She leads the strategic direction and implementation of the City of Calgary’s Green Fleet Strategy, including transformational projects to achieve climate priorities and modernize Calgary’s municipal fleet of vehicles and equipment. She enjoys sharing her experiences with and learning from municipal leaders focused on advancing initiatives that drive continuous improvement and innovation. Marisol has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary.

Thusar Thuraisamy is a Business Support Specialist for Fleet & Inventory at the City of Calgary. He is working on the installation of fleet-specific charging stations across the corporation in addition to supporting the City’s internal car-sharing program. Thusar has a passion for learning, and this has placed him in several roles at Fleet & Inventory over the last 8 years. He holds a diploma in Mechanical Engineering Technology from Centennial College. He likes to spend his spare time hanging out with his two dogs and pretending that they’re more work than kids.

Wray Sparling is the Senior Fleet Engineer for Fleet & Inventory at the City of Calgary. He serves as the technical lead for the City’s Green Fleet Strategy in addition to providing technical and professional leadership for Fleet Engineering Services. His farming background led him to a fleet environment, while his previous engineering experience in emission reduction for oil & gas production drew him toward the Green Fleet Strategy. Wray has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba and is a Professional Engineer, registered with the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Calvin Lechelt is a Program Manager for Sustainability Services at Alberta Municipalities. He leads the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s renewable energy, energy efficiency, and electric vehicle-related rebate programs for municipalities. Calvin has an Alternative Energy Technology diploma and a Bachelor of Technology Management from NAIT and is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM) and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP) through the Association of Energy Engineers.