Shanna Knights – Ballard Power Systems

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Ms. Shanna Knights, P.Eng., M.A.Sc, is Director of Research at Ballard Power Systems, a world leader in the development, manufacture, sale and servicing of PEM hydrogen fuel cells. Her fuel cell research areas since joining Ballard in 1995 include durability, reliability, performance, and operational behavior. She is responsible for both internal research activities and significant collaboration with universities, research institutions and industry, focused on improving fuel cell cost, durability, and functionality. She guides Canadian and international academic, government, and industrial fuel cell research through service on advisory boards and steering committees. Ms. Knights is a frequently invited keynote and plenary speaker at international conferences, and is an author on numerous scientific journal publications and 3 book chapters. She holds 13 patents, with several more pending. In 2017, she received the Association of Engineering BC’s highest honour, the R. A. McLachlan Memorial Award, for significant technical contributions and professional leadership, in combination with professional and community service. Ballard’s clean energy solutions bring compelling value propositions to end users in several markets: transport applications, including heavy- and medium-duty vehicles such as transit buses, commercial vans and trucks, trains and marine craft, and light-duty vehicles, including material handling equipment, consumer car trials and unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as stationary and critical infrastructure backup power. We are working to accelerate fuel cell technology adoption, committed to sustainable mobility and clean air for everyone.