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Balakrishnan (Bala) Venkata

Research Analyst, Fleets Program

Balakrishnan (Bala) VenkataBalakrishnan is an automotive engineer/research analyst and sustainability enthusiast who has spent four years in research and business consulting for the automotive industry, having worked on various topics such as future of automotive technology, digital vehicle retail, future evolution of sedans and SUVs, while also compiling data for an automotive start-up database and supplier benchmarking study.

Apart from research and consulting, he was instrumental in the design and prototyping of a three wheeled cargo electric vehicle for use in collecting municipal waste. His contributions included reducing the materials required and time taken to fabricate the vehicle, while making it more compact and functional.

Balakrishnan holds a Master of Science degree in Automotive Systems Engineering from Loughborough University, U.K., and Bachelor of Technology in Automobile Engineering from SRM University, India.

About the Fraser Basin Council

The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit organization that brings people together to advance sustainability in British Columbia.

Where We Work

We are grateful to live and work on the unceded ancestral territories of the Indigenous Nations of British Columbia.

Our Vision

Social well-being supported by a vibrant economy and sustained by a healthy environment.

Strategic Priorities

At the Fraser Basin Council, our strategic priorities are to take action on climate change, support healthy watersheds and water resources, and build sustainable and resilient communities.

With our partners, we work on a range of collaborative, multi-sector initiatives, such as those focused on flood management, community wildfire planning, air quality improvement, energy-efficient buildings, green transportation (including the uptake of electric vehicles and expansion of charging infrastructure), watershed planning and youth-driven climate action projects.

FBC Program Sites

Plug in BC:


ReTooling for Climate Change:

FBC Youth:

Climate Action Toolkit: 

Salmon-Safe BC

Realizing UNDRIP Initiative

Contact Us

FBC staff work from our Vancouver, Kamloops, Williams Lake and Prince George offices, and from several other locations.

To reach us, see FBC Offices and FBC Staff or contact our administration office:

Fraser Basin Council
1st Floor, 470 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC V6C 1V5

T: 604 488-5350