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Québec's Role in the Global EV Revolution

World-leading battery expert and Strategic Advisor to Investissement Québec Dr. Karim Zaghib discusses the rapidly evolving world of electric vehicles and their impact on the global economy, climate, and the future of transportation.
A charging port is seen on a Mercedes Benz EQC 400 4Matic electric vehicle
Karim Zaghib
Samuel Kling
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About This Event

Through all the road bumps over the past the 18 months, the automotive industry’s accelerating shift toward electric vehicles has emerged as a significant source of optimism for the planet’s health, the global economy, and the future of transport. Alongside major players like the United States, China, and parts of Europe, the Canadian province of Québec is paving the way in the EV revolution with 99.6% of its electricity coming from renewable energy.

President’s Club and Leadership members are invited to join experts and other members for a deep dive into the opportunities and challenges ahead and what is needed for Québec to emerge as a powerhouse in the growing, global EV revolution. This exploration is sponsored by the Québec Government Office in Chicago.

About the Speakers
Karim Zaghib
Professor, McGill University; Strategic Advisor, Investissement Québec
Karim Zaghib is a renowned scientist who specializes in energy storage and the electrification of transportation. As director of research on the development of materials for lithium-ion batteries at Hydro-Québec, Zaghib helped make it the world’s first company to use lithium iron phosphate in cathodes and to develop natural graphite and nanotitanate anodes, paving the way for the next generation of electric vehicle batteries—an area in which Québec is well positioned to play a leading role.
Fellow & Director of Global Cities Research
Council expert Samuel Kling
Samuel Kling joined the Council as a Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow before transferring to his current role as a fellow and director of global cities research. His research focuses on mobility and urban planning policies, and how historical perspective can inform policymaking today.
Council expert Samuel Kling