The CHFCA announces SAIT as new Academic Member

CALGARY —The Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) is pleased to announce the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) as a new Academic Member.

The Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary, Alberta was established in 1916 as Canada’s first publicly-funded technical institute. Recognized as Canada’s premier polytechnic, it welcomes students and learners from around the world.  SAIT’s Applied Research and Innovation Services (ARIS) department, established in 2005, provides applied research support? and innovative solutions driven by industry and marketplace needs. SAIT is one of the top five applied research colleges in Canada (

“As one of the top research colleges in Canada, we are excited to be an active member of the CHFCA”, says Jamie McInnis, Interim Director, ARIS.  ARIS is a multi-site technology innovation facility with four research centres of innovation:  Centre for Energy Research and Clean Unconventional Technology Solutions (CERCUTS), Centre for Innovative Research in Unmanned Systems (CIRUS), Centre for Innovation and Research in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials (CIRAMM) and Green Building Technology Access Centre (GBTAC). Each centre has unique scientific and technical expertise, technology, engineering and pilot-scale test sites, and advanced applied research infrastructure. Through relevant programs and partnerships, these centres work together with industry and community stakeholders to develop, test, demonstrate and verify good technology-based solutions.

“We are thrilled to announce that SAIT has joined the CHFCA as a new member”, says Ivette Vera-Perez, President and CEO of the CHFCA. “Collaboration between industry and academia, as well as the development of the workforce, are crucial for the success of the hydrogen industry. We are eager to collaborate with SAIT and their innovative research centers to drive progress in the hydrogen field.”

CERCUTS is home to award-winning applied research and innovation in energy, environment and electricity. Led by Dr. Vita Martez and a team of research scientists, engineers and technologists, key areas of applied research and innovation include:  hydrogen from production to applications using fuel cells and hybrid electrolyzers, critical minerals, energy storage batteries, electrification via hybrid micro-grids, waste-water desalination and treatment technologies, CO2 capture and low carbon solutions. Key outcomes address federal and regional priorities associated with climate change goals and climate resiliency. ARIS-CERCUTS is working to empower Canada’s innovators working towards national 2050 emission reduction targets and to develop net-zero solutions with industry and local, rural, remote, northern, and Indigenous communities.


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 nearly 200 members across Canada and regional affiliates in British Columbia, Alberta, Quebec and Ontario. You can also follow CHFCA on Twitter at @PoweringNow or visit for more information.