Mike Hopkins is an entrepreneurial cleantech CEO and thought leader in the fields of energy transition, energy storage and hydrogen. He currently leads Bakken Energy, a clean hydrogen company developing a regional clean hydrogen hub in the Upper Midwest. Prior to becoming CEO of Bakken Energy, Mike served as CEO of Ice Energy, a pioneering thermal energy storage business that now operates as Thule Energy Storage. Before leading 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 helped his clients successfully develop and finance over $12 billion of power projects in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK. Mike sits on various for profit and not-for-profit boards, including the Board of Plus Power, a leading battery storage developer, Nelumbo, a cutting edge nanotechnology company and the Committee for Economic Development of the Conference Board. He has served over 30 years as a volunteer leader of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, including 12 years as Chairman of the Canadian affiliate. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts and a law degree from the University of Ottawa, a Master’s of Arts in Law and Economics from the University of Miami and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Alberta.