Board of Directors
After attending York University, Sue Connor began her career in 1976 working for Canada Post, moving quickly through the ranks of the government agency over the next 12 years in a series of managerial posts. In 1988, she made the move to the transit industry working for Mississauga Transit in a number of positions in their Operations department finally leading that department. Sue was the General Manager, Transit for the City of Brampton the 9th largest city in Canada, a position she held from 2003 to 2017. In this role, she was in charge of a team of 1000+ employees and managed a multi-million dollar budget in one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada. Currently, Sue is the Director of Transit for the City of Burlington. Sue is currently, the Chair of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA).
Walter is responsible for all Research and Technology activities for Thales Transportation Systems in Toronto, Canada, and works closely together with the Thales Product Strategy and Business Lines to create new and innovative solutions, in support of the Thales Urban Product Strategy.
Walter has worked on Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) Systems since 1983. He has progressed through a series of engineering roles, starting as a Software Analyst, working on the 1st generation SelTrac product. He spent eight years working for Thales in Germany on Urban and Mainline projects. After returning to Canada, he held senior development roles, including the role of Principle Design Authority before moving into Engineering Management.
Walter has since held roles as the Director of Software, V&V and was the Engineering Director for the first five years of the Jubilee and Northern Line Upgrade project in London. Since 2009 he has been involved with the Research and Development.
Walter has been involved with many of the Thales Signalling projects deployed in North America, Europe and Asia. Those projects include both Green field and Brown field deployments and cover both attended and unattended operations. He has been involved with every generation upgrade of the Thales SelTrac product family and is recognized in Thales as a CBTC expert.
Eric is Director of Transit Services in Waterloo Region and has been leading a transformational change of this rapidly growing transit service, known locally as Grand River Transit (GRT).
He was Chair of the Canadian Urban Transit Association from 2001 until 2004 and is currently n the board of directors as Vice Chair Finance.
Eric is a business graduate from of the University of Calgary and a Chartered Professional Accountant.
Malini Giridhar was appointed to the position of Vice President Business Development at Enbridge in November 2015. She is responsible for new business initiatives that will extend and complement growth in its core gas distribution business. In her previous position as Vice President, Gas Supply and Business Development, she led gas supply procurement and dispatch activities, strategic planning and received regulatory approval to build a major natural gas pipeline in the Greater Toronto Area. She joined Enbridge in 1994 as a financial analyst and held progressively more senior positions in the Regulatory and Gas Supply groups. Malini is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a graduate degree in Economics. She lives in Toronto with her husband and two children.
Richard Chahine is the executive director of the Hydrogen Research Institute (HRI) of the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) and one of its founding (1994) members. He is holder of the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in hydrogen purification, transport and storage (2002-2015) and professor at the department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1992. Professor Chahine acted as the director of the NSERC Strategic Pan-Canadian Network (H2CAN) on production, purification, storage and infrastructure of hydrogen which he initiated in 2006.
Professor Chahine acted as a Canadian expert member of the International Energy Agency (IEA) Hydrogen Implementing Agreement (HIA) 1991-2014, and also for the International Partnership for the Hydrogen Economy (IPHE) up to 2010. He is a member of the Advisory Committee for ISO-TC 197 on hydrogen technologies, and member of the Board of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cells Association (CHFCA) since 2010. He was also a member of the Advisory Group on hydrogen technologies for Natural Resources Canada (1998-2010). He also takes part on many committees related to energy and hydrogen at the national and international level, and chaired the scientific committee of national and international hydrogen conferences.
Professor Chahine is author and co-author of more than 280 scientific publications, technical reports and conference proceedings; 4 patents and 2 books. He co-authored a top cited paper in Scripta Materiala 2007-2011. He was awarded the Prix d’excellence en recherche de l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières for his outstanding contribution in research (2009), and the IEA-HIA Project Prize 2010. He was admitted to the “Circle of Excellence of the Université du Québec” in 2012.
Peter Crockett, M.Eng. has developed a broad technical experience in: Transportation and Transit Planning and Engineering; Traffic Engineering; Development Review and Engineering; and Engineering and Construction.
Peter has been responsible for managing people, programs and resources with a variety of organizations since 1988 and at a senior level since 1997. He has been involved and/or led a variety of organizational management initiatives including: Strategic plan development and implementation; Stakeholder engagement; Program reviews; Cost effectiveness and efficiency assessments; Change management; Organizational change; Municipal amalgamation implementation; and Leadership development.
Peter is currently the Chief Administrative Officer at the County of Oxford. Prior to joining Oxford County, Peter held positions with the City of Edmonton, Mohawk College, the Region of Peel, the City of Hamilton, the Region of Halton, and the City of Toronto.
Janice Mady is the Director of Industry Partnerships & Innovation Park at Queen’s University.
Janice and her Business Development team build relationships with industry and facilitate pathways for companies to access resources and talent at Queen’s to advance growth and commercialization objectives. She also leads the Research Contracts team which negotiates agreements on behalf of the University to facilitate local, national and international research collaborations with industry, government, not-for-profits and other institutions.
Janice has championed Innovation Park at Queen’s University since its startup in 2008. The Park is a growing physical hub for dynamic interfaces between the University, industry, governments, startups and entrepreneurs. Janice leads the Innovation Park team as well as InnovationXL, a suite of incubation and acceleration programs that are part of a collaboration to strengthen the regional innovation ecosystem.
Previously at Queen’s, Janice was Director of Operations for the $50 million BIOCAP Canada Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focused on research for solutions to climate change.Prior to joining Queen’s in 2005, Janice enjoyed a 17 year career with Procter and Gamble in a variety of roles with Canadian, North American and global responsibilities.
Janice sits on the board of directors for GreenCentre Canada and for Launch Lab, a regional innovation centre that is part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs. Janice is a past director of the Association of University Research Parks in Canada, the Kingston Technology Exchange Centre and the Kingston Technology Council.
Dr. Mérida has worked on clean energy solutions for more than twenty years. He was born in Guatemala and he completed his higher education in Italy and Canada (Physics, Chemistry, and Engineering). His graduate research focused on natural gas liquefaction, hydrogen infrastructure, and fuel cell technology.
While at the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems (1996-1999), he managed projects between Ballard Power Systems, British Gas Investments Canada, UVic, and Simon Fraser University. He served on the Board for General Hydrogen Corporation prior to private financing, and he joined the Faculty of Applied Science at UBC in 2002. He was a visiting professor at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems (2010), and he was co-appointed at the National Research Council from 2002 to 2011.
Dr. Mérida has co-authored more than 100 journal and conference publications, and eight patents in clean energy technology. He leads the Transportation Futures Group supported by the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and UBC. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium, the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, and the Institute for Breakthrough Energy Technologies. He is currently the director of UBC’s Clean Energy Research Centre.
Ms. Emmanuelle Toussaint
Vice President, Legal and Public Affairs, Prevost and Nova Bus divisions
Member of the Executive Management Committee
Emmanuelle Toussaint started in 2013 as Corporate Legal Counsel and as such was part of the Prevost and Nova Bus Management Teams. She worked for Volvo Bus Corporation in Sweden in 2015 before to be appointed Vice-President Legal of Prevost and Nova Bus. Emmanuelle has taken the additional responsibility of Public Affairs, including communication and regulatory affairs, in March 2016. She is an officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Volvo Group Canada Inc. and of Prevost Car (US) Inc.
Emmanuelle has 20 years of experience in legal affairs and has extensive experience in management and administration. Prior to joining Volvo, she has been one of the Directors in the legal department of the City of Quebec and worked previously in different companies in the medical, aerospace, software and university fields, where she hold a variety of legal, regulatory affairs and sales operations roles.
She is a member of the Quebec Bar Association and holds a bachelor degree in law and a certificate in administration from Université Laval.
Honorary Legal Counsel
Michael F Ledgett is a partner of Dentons Canada LLP and has practiced law in Ontario for over forty years. He centres his practice on corporate and commercial law, including corporate governance and private company M&A. He is Co-Chair of Denton Canada’s Infrastructure & P3 Group and Denton Canada’s Transportation Group. He is also Honorary Counsel to the Ontario Public Transit Association, a director and Chair of the Governance Committee of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, and a former director and Chair of the Ontario Chapter of the Institute of Corporate Directors.
Non Voting Advisor
Recently retired from the position of President & CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA), Michael has devoted his career to promoting efficient and effective public transit. During his 29 years at CUTA, he became known as a strong advocate for public transit, initiating a highly successful government relations profile. He was instrumental in creating Transit Vision 2040, a generational vision which has become a national blueprint for transit development. Michael championed a paradigm shift at CUTA, broadening the scope of traditional public transit to embrace integrated urban mobility and new technology. He also pioneered a comprehensive training and professional development curriculum, elements of which have been adopted by public transit agencies worldwide.
While Michael was CEO of CUTA, membership grew from 356 to 510, CUTA revenue rose from $1.5 million to $4.1 million, and government investment in Canadian public transit increased from $676 million to $4.3 billion annually. Dozens of 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 to numerous transport companies and agencies. 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.