September 20, 2016

Karen Hamberg Recognized Nationally for Advancement of Sustainability and Clean Capitalism in Canada

Westport’s Vice President of Natural Gas Industry and Government Relations, Karen Hamberg, has been recognized nationally as a recipient of Canada’s Clean50 for 2017 in the Manufacturing and Transportation sector.

Karen Hamberg, Vice President of Natural Gas Industry and Government Relations

Canada’s prestigious Clean50 Awards are announced annually by Delta Management Group and the Clean50 to recognize those 50 individuals or small teams, from 16 different categories, who have done the most to advance the cause of sustainability and clean capitalism in Canada over the past two years.Canada’s Clean50 for 2017 includes notable Canadians Rachel Notley, Premier of Alberta and Glen Murray, Ontario's Minister of Environment and Climate Change.

“Delta’s criteria in the selection of Honourees was to carefully consider actual measurable accomplishments, demonstrated innovation, collaboration with other organizations, and the power of the Honouree’s contribution to inspire other Canadians to take similar action.  Ms. Hamberg was chosen after rigourous screening and investigation by Delta Management with advice from internal researchers and external advisors, and was among Honourees selected from an initial pool of over 500 well-qualified nominees. These individuals are rarely waiting for regulations to drive their organization forward – but are leading by example and harnessing sustainability as a force for innovation. The 2017 Clean50 are true leaders and should be an inspiration for all Canadians” said Gavin Pitchford, CEO, Delta Management Group.

Westport Fuel Systems is leading the transition to a low carbon economy by designing next-generation alternative fuel engine and vehicle technologies that offer significant environmental benefits. The transportation sector is facing an unrelenting pressure to innovate with new greenhouse gas regulations introducing a compelling opportunity for gaseous-fuel product solutions powered by natural gas, propane, renewable natural gas, and hydrogen. The substitution of natural gas for petroleum-based fuels drive a reduction in harmful combustion emissions such as particulate matter, nitrogen oxides (NOx), and greenhouse gases, in addition to the economic benefits of a low-cost and abundant fuel.

After joining Westport in 2001, Karen has held multiple leadership positions in Corporate Strategy, Market and Competitive Intelligence, Sustainability and Environmental Performance, and Natural Gas Industry and Government Relations. . Karen is also a member of the United Way of the Lower Mainland Campaign Cabinet and a Board Member of Calstart in Pasadena, California and the Van Horne Institute at the University of Calgary.

“Sustainability is at the core of Westport Fuel Systems’ business,” says Chief Executive Officer Nancy Gougarty. “Our ability to deliver solutions to global energy, climate, and air quality concerns is the result of individuals like Karen who are ensuring the shift to alternative fuel-powered transportation will be realized.”

As developments in GHG emission reduction regulations shift the transportation sector toward alternative fuels, Karen and the Westport Fuel Systems Team will continue to develop best-in-class technology solutions for customers around the world.

Congratulations to Karen Hamberg and the Westport Fuel Systems team!

To view the full list of Canada’s Clean50 for 2017 visit

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