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Innovation minister on road to making Canada a battery electric and EV powerhouse

Updated: Oct 18, 2022


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6-8 minutes Oct. 16, 2022. Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press


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This article nicely summarizes efforts to position Canada as a major producer of EVs, batteries and battery materials. This in combination with the recently signed agreement for Canada to become a major supplier of wind power produced hydrogen to Germany (and potentially other countries), provides an interesting snapshot of how major players in our automotive and fossil fuel industries can pivot towards clean energy. H. Sielmann

OTTAWA — When Innovation Minister François-Philippe Champagne gets in front a microphone to talk about electrifying Canada's auto industry, he has a favourite line to sum up his efforts to attract global investment: "Not everyone in the world wakes up thinking about Canada."

His job, as he sees it, is to change that.


"I never stop," the 52-year-old former lawyer and business development strategist said in an interview. "You know me. I'm pretty persistent."

Champagne is a ball of energy, earning him the affectionate nickname "Franky Bubbles" among some Ottawa types. Interviews with him are like trying to keep up with a family of squirrels under an oak tree in October.