Canadian E-Fest is Here! A unique voice to celebrate sustainability!
Vancouver, BC (Sept. 29, 2021) The countdown has officially begun toward a one-of-a kind 3-day Canadian E-Fest. The event will welcome, for the first time, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship to the streets of Vancouver. The E-Fest will also offer plenty of action off-track beginning with a creative business conference on sustainability followed by evening performances from Canadian stars.
Today, E-Fest Ambassador James Hinchcliffe, well-known Canadian racer was onsite to host the launch and unveil the program.
More than just a race weekend, Canadian E-Fest includes 4 pillars:
Headlined by the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship where the world’s leading all-electric race series will take to the streets of Vancouver for the first time. There will also be a Celebrity Race featuring Olympian Charmaine Crooks, Canadian actor/director Jason Priestley and Olympic freestyle champion Alexandre Bilodeau, to name a few, who will be participating in 12 Solo single-seat EV street cars produced by Vancouver’s own Electra Meccanica. Both the Formula E and Celebrity Race will feature Grid Kids, providing 24 children with the opportunity to create lifelong memories around up-close exposure to the stars and the Formula E drivers and their cars.
2 nights of concerts as part of Canadian E-Fest featuring Canadian recording artists.
A 2 day conference staged by C2 International, a leading events innovator that creates and produces forward-thinking successful business events around the world, featuring prominent speakers. On June 30th, Erin Brockovich will take the stage as a first keynote speaker. Brockovich became a 20th century icon overnight thanks to Julia Roberts Oscar-winning performance. Erin’s dogged persistence was the impelling force behind the largest medical settlement lawsuit in history. Aside from being a New York Times Bestselling Author, she’s known as an Iconic environmental activist and consumer advocate.
A tournament gathering virtual gamers across Canada, beginning next spring leading all the way up to the event where the finalists will line up on the starting grid on stage, in front of an enthusiastic crowd to cheer their favourites.
BRINGING THE PEOPLE TOGETHER!
Other events scheduled for the 3-day E-Fest include a paddock tour for False Creek residents to thank them for the privilege of using their neighbourhood. The newly named City Gate Straight on the track, will be inaugurated in honour of the False Creek Residents Association (chaired by Patsy McMillan). July 1st, the promoter invites all Vancouverites to run, walk or cycle on the False Creek race circuit.
SUPPORT FROM THE CITY
“The real driving force for me in pushing for Vancouver to be the Canadian host city for the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship in 2022 was economic recovery. Stimulus events like this are significant for our city and hard-hit tourism sector, plus they bring hope and fun for residents” said Councilor Sarah Kirby-Yung. “With climate change, we also need to advance the dialogue around and adoption of electric mobility and Formula E can inspire people to make those choices” Kirby-Yung added.
“More than just another race, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship coming to Vancouver for the summer of 2022 is truly an electrifying event” said Royce Chwin, President and CEO of Destination Vancouver. “We have much work to collectively do as we rebuild our visitor economy that supports the many tourism-related businesses. The OSS Group have put together an incredible event and festival blending competition, knowledge sharing and culture with a critical focus on sustainability and green economy initiatives, all of which fits our drive to build our city and tourism industry back, better.”
LET’S GO GREEN !
OSS Group President, Matthew Carter was on hand to unveil the official site map. “It is my absolute pleasure to show you where the fun and all the action will be happening. This is a well thought-out map created by the renowned site design aficionado, Phillip Smirnow, our OSS partner.”
Also present at the launch, Alberto Longo, Co-Founder and Chief Championship Officer of Formula E, stated: “The Canadian E-Fest will be an exciting, dynamic, innovative sports and entertainment event that drives the promotion of electric mobility and the fight against climate change in Canada and around the world. Working with our local partners, we are excited to bring the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship to the streets of Vancouver in 2022, and showcase the latest innovations in sustainable technology.”
With the ABB Formula E car on display, the next distinguished speaker had this to say: “For more than a century, ABB Canada has been innovating and investing to provide leading electrification and automation technologies to Canadian industry. Our partnership with the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is an opportunity to test and develop technologies that will accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy and drive progress in sustainability” said Éric Deschênes, Country Managing Director and Head of Electrification Business, ABB Canada. “The hosting of ABB Formula E in Vancouver, Canada’s greenest city, is a testament to the advancements being made to enable a healthier and more prosperous world for future generations.”
FAST FACTS ABOUT THE CANADIAN E-FEST
E-Fest was organized by the Canadian OSS Group as a means to bring awareness of environmental leadership to the world, specifically by staging the event in Vancouver, one of the most sustainability conscious cities in the world. The event is expected to top $80 million in economic value, and create approximately 3,000 jobs. Launch attendees were treated to a taste of “black water” offered by Trace, the Official Water Supplier for the Canadian E-Fest.
More information is available at www.canadianefest.com, including a definitive schedule for the 3-day Canadian E-Fest.
About OSS Group Inc:
OSS Group is Canada’s leading independent promoter involved in motorsports events. As the creator and producer of major events in the racing world and related side events and activities, OSS Group plays an important role, introducing new concepts in auto racing. Its flagship event – The Canadian E-Fest (Vancouver ePrix) – is a can’t-miss event, with festivities that combine business, entertainment and racing. All four founding partners of OSS Group, well-known in the world of motorsports – Chairman Eric Kerub, Matthew Carter, Anne Roy and Phillip Smirnow – bring to the table a wealth of know-how and years of experience from the most prestigious spheres of auto racing and event organization, providing turnkey service that ensures the success of the projects assigned to them.
About Formula E and the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship:
As the world’s only all-electric FIA World Championship and the only sport certified net zero carbon since inception, the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship brings dramatic racing to the heart of some of the world’s most iconic cities providing an elite motorsport platform for the world’s leading automotive manufacturers to accelerate electric vehicle innovation. The Formula E network of teams, manufacturers, partners, broadcasters, and host cities are united by a passion for the sport and belief in its potential to accelerate sustainable human progress and create a better future for people and planet.