Tesla CTO JB Straubel will be sharing experiences in energy innovation as the keynote speaker at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Discover 2016 event this Monday, May 9. The conference aims to bring innovators and entrepreneurs together and foster an environment towards building business opportunities with clean tech and climate change.
President and CEO of OCE Dr. Tom Corr says, “With his unique perspective on disruptive technologies and energy storage solutions, JB Straubel is the perfect keynote to address the thousands of innovators and entrepreneurs at Discovery […] JB and [co-presenter John Stackhouse] have decades of experience and their insights into innovation, business, and the changing world economy will be both informative and inspirational for attendees.”
OCE has been tasked with helping the province of Ontario a new $74 million Cleantech innovation initiative on behalf of the Government of Ontario. Having been named Canada’s best trade show in 2010 and 2011, and now in its eleventh year, the annual OCE show is a major event for Canada’s tech community, and focuses on leading edge technologies, best practices, and research in the areas of energy, environment, advanced health, digital media, communication technologies, and advanced manufacturing. The annual conference and showcase attracts more than 3,200 attendees and 500 exhibitors.
In addition to Straubel’s role as Chief Technology Officer for Tesla Motors, he also sits on the Board of Directors at SolarCity, and lectures at Stanford University where he created and teaches an engineering class focused on energy storage integration.
Straubel’s interest in electric vehicles started when he rebuilt an electric golf cart at age 14. A few years later, he converted a Porsche 944 to electric power and used it to set records in early EV racing. In 2008, MIT Technology Review selected him as top “35 under 35” innovator. In 2009, DesignNews named him “Engineer of the Year.” In 2015, he was number two on Fortune’s “40 under 40” most influential business and innovation leaders. He has been awarded 30 patents that cover much of Tesla’s core battery, motor, and control systems.
With Tesla commitment to finding solutions to the impact transportation has on climate change, Straubel is the perfect person to present at the OCE conference.
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