Vera-Perez said, “As a long-time advocate of hydrogen as an energy carrier, I am thrilled to lead the CHFCA in its mission to champion the Canadian hydrogen and fuel cell industries.

“These are critical times for the hydrogen sector, and we must work collaboratively to expand Canada’s leadership position in this space.”

Before joining the CHFCA, Vera-Perez was the National Team Lead for Mitacs’s Account Management group and directed a multidisciplinary group of account managers across Canada with the goal of helping industry secure talent to advance innovation.

She had also served as the Manager for the Greenhouse Gas Reduction programs at the Ontario Centres of Innovation, where she managed over $275m in program funding.

The CHFCA is a national sector association that supports hydrogen and fuel cell technology focused industry, academia, government agencies, financial organisations, and other stakeholders.

Nicolas Pocard, Chair of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association said, “We are delighted to have Ivette joining the CHFCA as she brings her vast experience and expertise from the clean-tech sector to our organization.

“Ivette will lead our team in supporting our members and working with government and industry stakeholders to contribute to the execution of the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada.”

Former President and CEO of the CHFCA, Mark Kirby will be taking up a position as Senior Advisor at the organisation.

North American Hydrogen Summit  

H2 View is taking its events platform to America’s original clean hydrogen hub of California. Together with the California Fuel Cell Partnership (CaFCP), we will stage our North American Hydrogen Summit in San Francisco on July 14-15.

As our summit theme Building Bridges: Hydrogen hubs and investment suggests, the event will explore the $8bn of funding announced to create at least four regional hydrogen hubs in the US. These hubs will turbo-charge the nation’s progress toward heavy trucking and industrial sectors that run without producing carbon pollution – and they may just provide the path forward to a hydrogen-fuelled future.

With California and Texas vying to be America’s hydrogen capital today, where are the hubs of tomorrow? Further still, what can other states, and countries, learn from California’s success story? And how can we build bridges to a successful flow of international investment?

If you are a member of the CaFCP, be sure to grab your ticket at a discounted rate with a code that can be provided to you by the events team.

Full information about this event including attendance and sponsorship packages can be found here.