CHFCA President and CEO Mark Kirby appointed as Co-Chair of Strategic Steering Committee for Hydrogen Strategy for Canada

OTTAWA – The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is pleased to announce the appointment of President and CEO Mark Kirby, as Co-chair of the Strategic Steering Committee for the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada, alongside Mollie Johnson, Assistant Deputy Minister, Low Carbon Energy Sector at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan).

The committee, comprised of members representing government, industry and research, has been established by NRCan to oversee and guide the implementation of the Hydrogen Strategy for Canada announced in December 2020.

Underpinned by a federal investment of $1.5 billion in a Low-carbon and Zero-emissions Fuels Fund to increase the production and use of low-carbon fuels such as hydrogen, the Strategy aims to spur investment and partnerships to strengthen Canada’s position as a leading supplier and user of hydrogen, lower GHG emissions in various sectors of the economy, and create jobs for Canadians.

The inaugural meeting for the committee took place on April 9, 2021.


Mark Kirby, President and CEO, CHFCA:

“Clean hydrogen is a safe, convenient and cost-effective way to eliminate GHG emissions in many heating, transportation and processing areas.  I look forward to working with Committee members to ensure Canadians can take advantage of this home-grown technology and the huge economic opportunity it represents.”

The Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources:

“Hydrogen’s moment has come. The economic and environmental opportunities for our proud energy workers and communities are real. There is global momentum, and Canada is harnessing it. This is how we get to net-zero.”

About the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA)

The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is a national association that supports industry, academia, government agencies, financial organizations and other stakeholders focused on hydrogen and fuel cell technologies and products.  As the collective voice of Canada’s world-leading hydrogen and fuel cell sector, the CHFCA’s mission is to strengthen Canadian leadership, raise awareness of the benefits of the technology, and accelerate the adoption of its members’ products and services in Canada and abroad.  The CHFCA currently has 80 members across Canada and two regional branches in British Columbia and Quebec. You can also follow CHFCA on Twitter at @PoweringNow or visit for more information.