Mike Hopkins


Mike is an entrepreneur and one of the pioneers in energy storage. He co-founded Ice Energy, a thermal energy storage company, worked with policy makers in California to create the first market for energy storage in the US, and by the time he retired from Ice Energy to join Bakken Energy in 2018, Ice Energy was widely recognized as the leading thermal energy storage company in the world. Today, the business operates as Thule Energy Storage.

Prior to his career as an entrepreneur, 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 helped his clients successfully develop and finance over 54 power projects in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. Mike served on the law firm’s Executive Committee and led their Utilities, International and Independent Power Groups.

Mike is the Lead Director of Plus Power, a leading battery storage developer, and the independent member of the Board of Directors of Nelumbo, a nanotechnology advanced materials company.

His not-for-profit work includes serving as a member of the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board, and the Board of Chancellors of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Canada and Sansum Diabetes Research Institute.

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,PlugVolt, 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.