#11: If Not Me, Then Who? Bringing Sustainable & Accessible Electric Flying Vehicles To Canada w/ JR Hammond, CEO & Founder of Canadian Air Mobility

#11: If Not Me, Then Who? Bringing Sustainable & Accessible Electric Flying Vehicles To Canada w/ JR Hammond, CEO & Founder of Canadian Air Mobility

If not me, then who? At an Uber Elevate Summit in 2018, JR realized that no one was taking initiative to bring flying cars to Canada. In a room filled with aviation experts, JR felt an overwhelming amount of imposter syndrome. Why would a 27 year old with almost no experience in aviation think he has what it takes to bring electric flying vehicles to Canada? While he grew up in Calgary’s energy hydrocarbon center, his wanderlust led him to live in Toronto, Barcelona, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. As the travel bug was solidified within him, his divergent side on sustainability was unveiled. He’ll never forget the morning he woke up to smog so thick, he felt the sting in his lungs. His visceral reaction to the pollution awakened him to the consequences of conventional aircraft. JR Hammond is the 29-year-old CEO and Founder of Canadian Air Mobility (CAM) and the Executive Director of the Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium (CAAM). The consortium serves as the non-profit idea generator and CAM is the for-profit investment house that ensures these business opportunities evolve into revenue generating operations.

❗ What is the PROBLEM that CAAM is solving? The Problem regarding sustainability: Conventional systems are not sufficient anymore. The aviation sector is accelerating our global footprint at the fastest rate and aircraft emissions are exponentially more harmful than ground emissions. The Problem regarding city infrastructure: We can’t stack or expand highways anymore to facilitate the natural movement of people, goods and services. With the rapid urbanization of cities worldwide, we lack the ground space needed. Cities are growing at accelerated rates and space is running out. Our additional transportation needs are growing faster than bridges and tunnels can be built. HOW MUCH SPACE PARKING LOTS TAKE The Problem regarding traffic and human connectivity: The pandemic has proven that face-to-face interactions are irreplaceable in their value both for social and professional interactions. However, in the US, people that commute to work waste 54 extra hours a year in traffic delays. That's almost a week and a half of work. In LA, which is the most congested area, commuters waste an average of 119 hours per year.

🛠️ What are CAM and CAAM’s SOLUTION? The CAAM aims to mobilize an industry towards a shared vision: developing aviation as the next shared transportation service. For the first time in Canadian aviation history, the three levels of government, airports, operators, and new electric aircraft developers gathered to discuss expanding conventional routes through hydrocarbon powered aircraft. The goal of CAAM is to build the necessary infrastructure needed for electric flying vehicles to be possible. They prioritize public perception, dealing with regulations, and ensuring public safety.

JR Hammond’s LinkedIn Canadian Advanced Air Mobility’s Website Canadian Advanced Air Mobility Consortium’s Website

Visit inventingthefuture.ai for the full show notes, which includes a full transcription of the conversation, a link to the YouTube Video interview, the top 3 value bombs, people & resources mentioned, and more! This podcast is hosted by Julian Alvarez, the Co-Founder & CTO at Vize and a Software Engineer at Facebook.

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