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Mike Hopkins is the CEO of Ice Energy (www.ice-energy.com). Ice Energy is the leading provider of clean energy storage for the electricity grid, with its award winning Ice Bear system deployed in more than 40 utility service territories. Ice Energy’s biggest win to date is a 26 MW contract with Southern California Edison, which is equivalent to providing all the electricity needs of over 19,000 homes.
Prior to joining Ice Energy, Mike practiced law for 18 years as a partner with Bennett Jones LLP, a preeminent Canadian law firm recognized internationally as a leader in the fields of energy and climate change. He specialized in the development and financing of power projects around the world, served on the firm's Executive Committee and led their Utilities, International and Independent Power Groups. Mike left Bennett Jones at the end of 2002 to lead the workout of a private data center developer. After the succesful sale of that company, Mike co-founded a geomatics company and assisted several other startups, including Ice Energy which he joined in 2009 as General Counsel.
Mike is a member of the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board, the Board of Chancellors of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada, and William Sansum Diabetes Center, the Board of Directors of Pivot Learning Partners, the Board of Directors of Vedavoo and the Board of Directors of Orthoshop Geomatics Limited, a spin-off of the geomatics company he co-founded. He serves as an Advisor to Nelumbo, a nanotechnology company.
Mike is a member of the Law Society of Alberta and the American Bar Association.
He has appeared on CBS Sunday Morning and been a featured speaker at many conferences, including the Infrastructure Investors Forum, Grid Modernization Forum, Energy Storage Association, Energy Storage North America, Peak Load Management Association, Community Storage Initiative, SXSW Eco, Electric Power Research Institute, Association for Demand Response and Smart Grid, NY-BEST, EUCI, World Energy Engineering Congress, US Energy Bar Association, Law Seminars International, and various investment bank sponsored private events.
Mike received a B.A. and a law degree from the University of Ottawa, an M.A. (Law and Economics) from the University of Miami and an MBA from the University of Alberta.
Mike is married to Mary Lee Hopkins. They reside in Santa Barbara California.
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