Biggest alternative energy companies in B.C. in 2018

Ranked by total number of employees in B.C. in 2018

Published in BIV print edition on January 2, 2018, based on data provided in late 2017. Sources: Interviews with companies below and BIV research. Other companies may have ranked but did not provide ranking information by deadline.

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Rank '18CompanyTop local executive(s)Area of research/focusYear foundedNo. of staff worldwide 2017No. of staff worldwide 2018No. of B.C. staff '17No. of B.C. staff '18
1 Schneider Electric Canada
3700 Gilmore Way
Burnaby BC
V5G 4M1

Phone: 604-422-2642
Jill Tipping (vice-president, operations, and CFO) Solar and backup power; RV, marine and commercial vehicle products; power monitoring and measurement equipment 1836 144,000 750 750
2 Ballard Power Systems Inc
9000 Glenlyon Pky
Burnaby BC
V5J 5J8

Phone: 604-454-0900
Fax: 604-412-4700
Randall MacEwen (president and CEO) Design, development and manufacture of zero-emission proton exchange membrane fuel cells 1979 410 275 275
3 Palcan Energy Corp
4250 Wesbrook Mall Suite 1152
Vancouver BC
V6T 1W5

Phone: 604-288-7822
Fax: 604-288-7878
John Shen (founder, chairman and CEO) Polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell system for UPS application and hydrogen storage products 1998 200 200
4 Westport Fuel Systems Inc
1750 75th Ave W Suite 101
Vancouver BC
V6P 6G2

Phone: 604-718-2000
Fax: 604-718-2001
Nancy Gougarty (CEO); Ashoka Achuthan (CFO) Inventors, engineers, manufacturers and suppliers of advanced clean-burning fuel systems and components 1995 1,700 1,340 264 194
5 Alterra Power Corp
888 Dunsmuir St Suite 600
Vancouver BC
V6C 3K4

Phone: 604-669-4999
Fax: 604-682-3727
Ross Beaty (executive chair); John Carson (CEO); Lynda Freeman (CFO) Renewable power producer active in North America, Latin America and Europe 2008 155 95 95

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