Philippe Molaret is Thales Canada Chief Technical Officer since 2011 and Head of Engineering since 2013. From 2010-2012, he was an ambassador of Research and Innovation of École de Technologie Supérieure. Between 2002 and 2015 he was a board member of CRIAQ (Consortium for Research & Innovation for Aerospace in Québec). In 2009, the Quebec minister for Economic Development, Innovation and Exportation appointed Mr. Molaret to the Quebec Strategy Research and Innovation council. In 2005, he was named engineering vice-president for the Aerospace activities of Thales Canada, with a mandate to develop Fly-by-Wire flight control solutions. Before joining Thales, Mr. Molaret worked for 18 years at CAE, in aircraft simulation technology. Mr. Molaret graduated as an electrical engineer, specializing in controls, from the École de Technologie Supérieure.
Philippe Bellon is the manager of GO Planning at Metrolinx, he is responsible for the coordinated rail and bus service planning process for GO Transit and the regional public transit service for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. Previously Philippe worked with bus manufacturer New Flyer and at the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA). Philippe was board Director of the Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA) from 2008 to 2010 and is currently the Chair of the CUTA Technical Services Committee as well as a board Director of CUTA. Philippe holds a Bachelor in Industrial Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal and a Certificate in Marketing from École des Hautes Études Commerciales de Montréal. In 2010 he completed an MBA in Management of Technology and Innovation with a Supply Chain specialization from Ryerson University in Toronto.
As the President & CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA), Michael was instrumental in creating Transit Vision 2040, a national blueprint for transit development. He also pioneered a comprehensive training and professional development curriculum. While Michael was CEO of CUTA, municipal councils and corporate boards passed resolutions adopting Transit Vision 2040 as their guiding document for transit development, and public transit rose to become a high priority for the federal government as well as provinces and municipalities across Canada. Since his retirement from CUTA in 2015, Michael has acted as strategic adviser. He holds a PhD in transport geography from the Australian National University, as well as a Master of Arts degree from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.
Wendy Reuter serves as VP Member Value for CUTA. In her role, Wendy leads a multi-functional team delivering transit training, learning, research and networking to members and their communities across the Canadian transit industry. Previously, Wendy served as CUTA’s Director of Research and Technical Services, and her work incubated the creation of CUTRIC. Prior to joining CUTA, Wendy’s held progressive passenger transportation planning, development, and leadership positions in both private and public sectors for over 20 years, across Canada and much of North America.
Wendy received her MBA from University of Western - Ivey, and BA Economics from University of Toronto.
Peter Wild is a Professional Engineer and Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Victoria. He is the Executive Director of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (IESVic) and holds a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Chair in Design Engineering. Dr. Wild earned a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 1983 and then worked for six years in industry before earning his PhD from the University of Victoria in 1994. His first academic appointment was at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario in 1996 and, in 2003, he returned to British Columbia to take up a position at the University of Victoria. Dr. Wild’s areas of research include sensors for industrial, environmental and biomedical applications, renewable energy generation technologies and energy systems analysis.
Stephen joined BC Transit in 2007 as Clean Transportation Technology Development Officer. In 2008 Stephen was appointed Manager, Climate Action, responsible for ensuring the transit agency meets its obligations as a public sector organization under British Columbia’s Carbon Neutral Government Regulation. In 2010 Stephen was appointed Manager, Environment & Climate Action. Prior to joining BC Transit Stephen worked for 17 years in the BC Public Service in a number of Provincial Government Ministries and Crown Agencies with a focus on energy, economic development, trade and investment. Stephen was born in the United Kingdom, graduating in Economics from the University of Manchester and immigrated to Canada in 1990.
Mr. Cristian Tabra spent the first part of his career as an electrical engineer, working for several engineering and high-tech companies, in the fields of industrial controls and telecommunications. Since joining National Research Council Canada over a decade ago, Mr. Tabra has held technical and leadership roles of increasing responsibility in the field of surface transportation, with a focus on military and commercial heavy vehicles, including urban transit buses. Since May 2013, he has taken on the role of Program Leader for one of the NRC Programs, Fleet Forward 2020. He is a licensed engineer in the Province of Ontario and a certified Project Manager with the Project Management Institute. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a Master’s degree in Business Administration.
Dr. Michel Dumoulin is currently General Manager, Automotive and Surface Transportation, at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). For the last 2 years, he has acted as Executive Director, responsible for NRC’s R&D activities in industrial biomaterials. He has extensive experience in the polymer materials industry in multiple positions. He contributed to scientific affairs within the Quebec government, in 2009-2011, as Vice-president Science at the Fonds québécois de recherche sur la nature et les technologies (FQRNT). He earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in chemistry at Université de Montréal, followed by a Ph.D. in chemical engineering at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal specializing in polymer rheology and processing.