Sue Connor (Chair) - Burlington Transit

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).

Malini Giridhar - Enbridge Gas

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.

Peter Crockett - County of Oxford

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.

Walter Merida - University of British Columbia

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, University of Victoria, 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 the University of British Columbia 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 additionally serves on the Board of Directors for 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.

Walter Kinio (Vice-Chair) - Thales Group

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 Greenfield and Brownfield 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.

Sarah Buckle - Translink

As Director of Enterprise Risk and Sustainability, Sarah is responsible for ensuring enterprise risk and sustainability efforts enhance business performance and influence strategic planning at the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink). Sarah acts as a key liaison to the Board Finance and Audit Committee and TransLink’s Executive Team on risk and sustainability compliance. As Director, Sarah chairs the Sustainability Advisory Committee providing leadership and strategic direction on TransLink’s key sustainability initiatives, and sits on the Steering Committee tasked to develop TransLink’s low carbon fleet strategy. As part of this low carbon fleet initiative, TransLink is proud to participate in the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration trial. Sarah’s leadership in sustainability contributed to TransLink being the first Canadian transit organization to achieve Platinum level status for sustainability from the American Public Transportation Association.

Prior to joining TransLink, Sarah worked with clients such as TELUS, Bank of Montreal, BC Hydro, Halifax Port Authority, and numerous oil and gas and mining companies developing corporate sustainability strategies, environmental management systems and energy and carbon management systems.

Sarah graduated from the University of Guelph in Environmental Science and her professional designations include Project Management Professional (PMP), Certified Energy Manager (CEM), and LEED® Accredited Professional. Sarah was a member of the BC Environmental Managers Association Board of Directors from 2011 to 2013.

Janice Mady - Queen’s University

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.

Daniel Simounet - ABB

Daniel Simounet has been the Director of the Transportation Market Segment for North America since 2011. In this role, he leads the industry sector initiative across all ABB divisions which are active in the Rail and Transportation industry in North America. Before joining ABB, Daniel acquired more than 20 years of experience in the transportation industry. He has held various roles in product design, product management, strategic marketing and business development with several companies including Wabtec and Honeywell. Daniel is a recognized specialist in strategic marketing and product development. His technical background, coupled with a strong customer-oriented approach and a comprehensive understanding of the market has enabled him to deliver innovative solutions to his customers.

Daniel is involved in the industry as an active member of all major transportation associations in North America.

Daniel holds an advanced technical diploma in electrical engineering from the School of Gustave Eiffel in Bordeaux, France, and an Executive MBA from the University of Québec in Montreal. Daniel holds citizenship in France and Canada.

Eric Gillespie (Treasurer) - Waterloo Transit

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.

Richard Chahine - UQTR

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.

Jennifer McNeil - New Flyer

Jennifer McNeill joined New Flyer in 2012 and is responsible for the Contract and Bids Management team, plus the design and delivery of strategic sales support, marketing and related business development programs. She also provides direction for strategic business intelligence activities. Prior to joining New Flyer, Jennifer held senior management and executive positions in engineering, quality, sales and business strategy and most recently was the Vice President Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Standard Aero. Jennifer is a graduate from the University of Manitoba where she obtained both her Mechanical Engineering degree and an MBA. Jennifer is a Professional Engineer.

Emmanuelle Toussaint - Nova Bus

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.

Michael Ledgett (Honorary Legal Counsel) - Dentons Canada

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.