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February 4, 2021, ZOOM Meeting

Meeting opens @ 10:15, Starts @ 10:30
About Terry Fitzgerald
In February 2020, I started my third year working as a contracted Product Specialist for Plug’n Drive at the Electric Vehicle Discovery Centre (EVDC) in Toronto, Canada. Plug’n Drive is a not-for-profit organization that is accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles for their environmental and economic benefits and is the creator of the EVDC, the world’s first facility dedicated to public education regarding electric vehicles.
The Centre has provided me with an incredible opportunity to immerse myself in the EV (Electric Vehicle) world and to meet many people who share my interest in them.
I was an amateur sports car builder and racer in my youth and have had a life-long fascination with automobiles in all of their various shapes and flavors. As a result, I enjoy learning more about the new technologies and experiencing the joys of driving these fantastic cars.
Over the past three years I have conducted hundreds of conversations and test drives with prospective buyers at the EVDC, on road trips, at school presentations, and at 4 major international auto shows. During that time span I have driven 20 different models of EVs and PHEVs from 13 different manufacturers.
I have also gained valuable insights into EV ownership from numerous current owners and manufacturers of BEVs and PHEVs. If I use the term EV, it is a general reference to all types of electrified cars. Designations such as BEV (Battery electric vehicle – powered only by electricity) or PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle which has both gas and electric power on board) reference a specific type of EV.
Why I wrote this book
The test-drives and conversations educated me on what people want to know about EVs and what they have been told, many times from ill-informed sources or those wishing to discourage their interest. I want to be the voice of reason by informing readers with little or no prior exposure to electric vehicles.
As I researched my topics to validate my input, I discovered how hard it is to locate useful, trustworthy information about many seemingly common and relatively simple queries. If I struggle, with all my knowledge, I can’t imagine what you have faced in your quest for valid info.
This book is really a conversation about EVs, things I have been asked over the past three years. It’s more of a user’s guidebook than a detailed technical resource although some techie data is presented from place to place.
Past Speakers
Speakers of 2015

January
Guy Chartrand, President & CEO, CGMH.

February
Ken Lucyshyn, Walker Aggregates, Duntroon

March
Captain Brad Moore, Marine Simulation Developer

April
Diana Bishop, Author ,Television journalist and
reporter

May
Carol Lambie, CEO, Waypoint Centre for Mental Health

June
Martin Rydlo, Marketing,Business Mgmt, Town of Collingwood

July
Brett Dixon, RPF, Forestry Department, County of Simcoe

August
Charlie Tatham, Collingwood Regional Airport

September
Dave Chambers, All about Hockey October

Terry Reardon, Winston Churchill and Mackenzie King

November
Jeff Shearer, On the Bay Magazine

December
Alan Mallory, The Family That Conquered Everest

Past Speakers
Speakers of 2016

January
Jeff McInnis, Northwest Passage by Catamaran

February
Glad Bryce, RCAF Women’s Division, WW11

March
Jeff and Susan Potts, Hull 192, Collingwood Shipyard Disaster

April
Professor Basil Kalymon, Crisis in Ukraine

May
Brock Godfrey, Canadian Anti-fraud for seniors

June
Dean Collver, Director, Parks, Recreation and Culture, Town of Collingwood.

July
Gord Canning, CEO Blue Mountain Resorts, Retired

August
Andy Barrie, Radio Personality and Talk Show host.

September
Elizabeth Klinck, Visual Researcher

October
Dr. Tom Stiff, Canadian Space Agency, NASA

November
Dr. George Soleas, CEO, LCBO

December
John Carswell, Canada’s High Arctic

Speakers of 2017

January
Nicole Moore & Peter Jennings, Shark Attack

February
Dr.Bob Galway, Early Airfields of Toronto

March
Diana Bishop, Author,International news reporter

April
Dr. Tom Stiff, All about asteroids

May
Melissa Shaw, Collingwood at Confederation

June
Fred Dobbs, Nottawa Valley Conservation Authority

July
Marjorie Medley, Seniors Health

August
Ross Parr, Chief, Collingwood Fire Department

September
Mary Shannon, OPP Commander , Collingwood
Detachment

October
Capt. Peter Lang, Air Canada Ret’d, Safe Flight

November
Ted Barris, The ‘Canadian’ Great Escape

December
Tanh Campbell, Author, Orphan 32

Speakers of 2018

January
Cecily Ross, Author,‘Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie’

February
Janet Peters, Author,‘The Reluctant Sailor’

March
Brent Preston, ‘The New Farm’

April
Dr. John Fernandes, Forensic pathologist

May
Chris Allum and Allister Field, Ontario Securities Commission

June
Tom Bell, Cycling the length of South America

July
Dr. Karl Schiefer, Georgian Bay Ecosystem

August
Mauro Ferrioli, Trent Campbell, Firefighters Toronto Pearson Emergency Services

September
Ted Barris, The Dam Busters, The Canadian Story

October
Robert Burcher, Environmentalist John Muir

November
Dr. Wilma DeGroot, Hercules crash and rescue High Arctic

December
Dr. Karin Euler, MedicalMissions to Tanzania

Speakers 2019

January: Nancy Ferrer, Town Planner Collingwood

February: Mary Kocher, Simcoe County Health Nurse, Use of Cannabis

March: Michael Treuman, Bruce Trail

April: Marci Janecek, Physiotherapist

May: Ted Barris, Juno Beach

June: David Bourque, Professional Musician

July: Dr.Richard Hawkins, Orthopedic Surgeon

August: Tim Burrows, Electric Vehicles

September: Kim Oxley, Paramedic Trainer

October: Norah Holder, CEO Collingwood Hospital

November: Roger Litwiller, History Royal Canadian Navy

December: Dr. Amy Barron, Agatha Christie, Archaeology

Speakers 2020

January: Erika Engel, Editor, Reporter, Collingwood Today

February: Erin Churchill, RN Nurse Practitioner, Men’sHealth

March: Dr Bob Galway, ‘Richard Sterling Finnie, Arctic Explorer and Film maker’.

November: Dr Bob Galway, COVID 19 Pandemic, Virtual Meeting

December: Dr. Amy Barrron, Adventures of a female Archaeologist

Speakers 2021

January: Terry Fallis, Author and Humourist

Meetings

Meetings are the first Thursday of every month, starting at 0945 am. They are held at The Royal Canadian Legion, 490 Ontario Street, Collingwood.

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