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Québec's Role in the Global EV Revolution

Cleantech sector expert and Vice President of Ressources Québec at Investissement Québec Jean-François Béland discusses the rapidly evolving world of electric vehicles and their impact on the global economy, climate, and the future of transportation.
Jean-François Béland
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.

This 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 is sponsored by the Québec Government Office in Chicago.


This event was originally scheduled as a live roundtable discussion for President's Club and Leadership members. The format has been updated to a recorded conversation which will be available for on-demand viewing at a later date.

About the Speakers
Jean-François Béland
Vice President, Ressources Québec, Investissement Québec
Jean-François Béland was appointed Vice President of Ressources Québec at Investissement Québec in 2021. From 2015 to 2021, he applied his management expertise in the cleantech sector as Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Affairs at General Fusion Inc., based in Vancouver, British Columbia. From 2007 to 2015, he was employed by AREVA S.A. in Paris and Toronto as the Executive Vice President of AREVA Canada Inc. Béland also gained extensive experience in the Canadian civil service and in the Office of the Prime Minister of Canada as an advisor on governance policies and the Treasury Board of Canada.
Samuel Kling
Former 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 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