Webinar Notice March 8, 2022 - 10 to 11 AM EST
By, Dr. Sonia Hevia. - HollyFrontier- Petro-Canada
Subject: Electric Vehicles: Industry Trends, Hardware and Driveline Fluids Requirements

Reducing Tribological Losses and Failures – Part 12 Workshop

Register & Submit: This is free and open to all, but you have to register to be sent the link.


2021 Fall and 2022 Spring Program

Toronto Section Chair’s Welcome

On behalf of STLE Toronto Section, I would like to welcome you to our 2021-2022 program. Starting last year, STLE Toronto held several education webinars on-line and we will continue until we will have a safe environment for our attendees.

Our focus will be “cost savings” and / or “manufacturing cost reduction” based on better lubrication, better practices, and / or automated data gathering and processing. These helpful webinars will educate and empower attendees to contribute more to the company through these tough times.

I welcome you all on this program and hope to see you all there.

Behshad Sabah P.Eng. CLS, OMAI, II , CAT I,II


Our technical program over the last few years was based on half day in-person workshops featuring 5-6 speakers. This worked well but with the current concerns about the Covid 19, we are adapting. A short survey determined that the most popular was a talk 30-45 minutes long, on one topic, and held mid-morning. We are also going with live video audio webinars which allows our participants to attend from wherever they are working and there is no time lost for travel. Plus, questions can be submitted in advance or during the presentations. As before we are focusing on technologies that can help save your company resources. This can be better as it might help tribological products last longer, save energy, reduce waste, and/or increase productivity. Win, win, win!

The STLE Toronto Section uses events like this to help spread the word and also to raise funds. These funds are used to support the section activities and to provide donations and assistance to local universities and colleges. No money raised goes to salaries or expenses.

Sep  9    Wayne Mackwood and Andrew Keane,  Lanxess re their new urea/CaS grease

Oct 12  Ken Bannister, Engtech Industries Re Asset Management

Nov 9    Matt Hobbs, EPT Re lube oil varnish detection and remediation

Jan 11  Bill Quesnel, Wearcheck Re grease testing

Feb 8     Dr. John K. Duchowski, Corporate Director R&D Gruppe , HYDAC Re on-line monitors

Mar 8    Sonia Hevia, Petro-Canada Lubricants Re electric vehicle tribology

Apr 12  Pall Re controlling water contamination or Lubrizol


Titles might change, but topic will be the same or very similar. Suggestions for speakers to fill the gaps would be appreciated.

March 8, 2022 – 10 to 11 AM EST – By, Dr Sonia Hevia. – HollyFrontier- Petro-Canada Subject: Electric Vehicles: Industry Trends, Hardware and Driveline Fluids Requirements



Global warming and climate change has led countries worldwide to take action and measures to reduce greenhouse gases. One of the strategies involves improvements in vehicle fuel efficiency to reduce CO2 emissions. New regulations in different countries have driven the vehicle manufacturers to electrified and electric vehicle technologies as alternative paths in this regard. The new regulations and industry challenges around the world have influenced the development and adoption of these new technologies. Powertrain electrification has increased over time and the number of full or battery electric vehicles are increasing on the roads. In this webinar we will review the different levels of vehicle electrification and we will take a deeper dive on electric vehicle hardware and their fluid needs. The driveline fluid requirements for the new hardware technologies will be discussed and future opportunities and challenges in fluid development introduced.


Dr. Sonia Hevia , Product Specialist, Research and Development at HollyFrontier Lubricants & Specialties

Dr. Sonia Hevia has 15 years’ experience working in the oil and energy sector as a research and development product specialist. She joined Petro-Canada in 2007 to support its lubricants business and the Petro-Canada Lubricants brand (later acquired by Suncor Energy in 2009) from Dalhousie University, where she graduated with a PhD in Nuclear Analytical Chemistry.

Sonia initially joined the Analytical Services Lab before progressing to product design, where she worked across passenger car motor oils, tractor hydraulic fluids and off-road transmission oils.

In 2017, Petro-Canada Lubricants was acquired by HollyFrontier and is part of the Lubricants and Specialties segment, where Sonia is a product specialist. She is currently responsible for the Petro-Canada Lubricants heavy-duty and light-duty automatic transmission product line.

Sonia has been a member of the Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE) and the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) since 2007.

Reducing Tribological Losses and Failures – Part 12