Dr. Josipa Petrunic - Executive Director and CEO

Ph.D. - Science and Technology Studies (Economics and Mathematics stream), University of Edinburgh

M.Sc. - Science and Technology Studies (Economics and Mathematics stream), University of Edinburgh

M.Sc. - Political Science and Public Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science

B.J. - Political Science and Journalism, Carleton University

Josipa Petrunic is the Executive Director & CEO of CUTRIC. She is leading the formulation of several national transportation technology trials related to zero-emissions transportation and “smart vehicles” innovation, including the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial, the Pan-Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstration & Integration Trial and the National Smart Vehicle Demonstration Project. Dr. Petrunic has built up CUTRIC’s consortium to include more than 100 private and public sector companies and organizations across Canada. Previously, she served as the lead researcher in electric vehicle policy studies at McMaster University, and as a senior research fellow at University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom in Science and Technology Studies and the history of mathematics and engineering. Dr. Petrunic continues to lecture in Globalization Studies at McMaster University as part of the Institute for Globalization, and she lectures in interdisciplinary research methods as part of the Master’s of Arts in Integrated Studies program at Athabasca University.

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Sanya Sidhu - Senior Projects Development Officer

Ph.D. [candidate] - Cognition and Learning, Brock University, Windsor University, Lakehead University

M.Sc. - Integrative Biology, Wilfrid Laurier University

B.Ed. - Intermediate/Senior Education, Lakehead University

B.Sc. (Hon.) - Biology and Psychology, McMaster University

Sanya Sidhu is a Senior Project Development Officer with CUTRIC in Eastern Canada, based in Toronto, Ontario. She predominately oversees projects in the Greater Toronto Area as well as providing government relations assistance. Ms. Sidhu leads in the development of key CUTRIC projects such as the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Phase I and II as well as the National Smart Vehicle Demonstration. She is responsible for much of the organization’s industry stakeholder engagement and continuously connects relevant groups to form meaningful projects. Her experience in research and teaching in the biological sciences and education drives her interest towards sustainable transportation and the cognitive behavioural implications of autonomous vehicles. Previously, Ms. Sidhu has held sessional lecturer positions at Lakehead University and worked as a researcher resulting in publications in peer-reviewed journals.

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Parvathy Pillai - Junior Projects Development Officer

M.Sc. - Global Health, McMaster University

B.Sc. (Hon.) - Life Sciences, McMaster University

B.Sc. (Hon.) - Chemistry, McMaster University

Parvathy Pillai is a Junior Projects Development Officer at CUTRIC, based in Hamilton, Ontario. She will be responsible for research initiatives for Hamilton and south-eastward to St. Catharines and the Niagara region. Ms. Pillai currently supports research for the OPTA Climate Change Policy Study, the National Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration, the National Smart Vehicle Demonstration Project, and the Natural Gas Consultation project. She has a strong background in research, teaching, knowledge translation, and project management that she combines with her passion for innovation in sustainable energy and a stronger Canadian economy.

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Dr. Abishek Raj - Junior Project Development Officer

Ph.D. - Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo

M.Sc. - Mechanical Engineering, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology

B.Tech. - Mechanical Engineering, VIT University

Abhishek Raj is a Junior Projects Development Officer with CUTRIC, based in Waterloo, Ontario. He is responsible for providing research assistance to several CUTRIC projects (including the National Smart Vehicle Demonstration and the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial (Phase II). Dr. Raj is responsible for project development in Waterloo and south-westward Ontario (including London, Windsor, and Sarnia). His prior research experience extends from the microscopic level, where he explored the catalytic potential of metallic species in flames, to macroscopic system level modelling based analysis of fuel cell performance and flooding under drive cycles. His key skills include system level modelling, design and on-ground implementation of both conventional as well as alternate sustainable energy technologies. He also has attained significant organizational leadership and project management experience.

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Catherine gosselin - Junior Projects Development Officer

Ph.D. [candidate] – Energy and Materials Science, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

M.Sc. – Physics, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

B.Ed. – Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke

B.Sc. – Physics, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Catherine Gosselin is a Junior Projects Development Officer at CUTRIC in Eastern Canada, based in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. With the organization, Ms. Gosselin will be assisting with stakeholder outreach efforts for Quebec stakeholders. In addition, she will be contributing research to the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial (Phase II) through evaluating emerging energy storage options. Her expertise in hydrogen storage and education and communication-based approaches motivates her towards the promotion of sustainable transport and the cognitive behavioural implications of autonomous vehicles. Her academic training is in energy and materials sciences at the Hydrogen Research Institute. She focuses on the effects of zirconium and yttrium in the FeTi alloys for hydrogen storage. Ms. Gosselin has several years of experience teaching as a sessional lecturer for undergraduate physics classes and at the high school level.

Dr. Garret Duffy - Senior Project Development Manager

Ph.D. - Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering, University of New Brunswick

G. Dip. - Geographic Information Systems and Science, Kingston University London

M.Sc. - Geophysics, Durham University

B.A. - Earth Science, Trinity College Dublin

Garret Duffy is a Senior Project Development Manager with CUTRIC in Western Canada, based in Calgary, Alberta. He forms and manages connections between academic and industry stakeholders in field of urban transit research in B.C., Alberta, and Manitoba. In addition, he applies his expertise of spatial and network analysis to urban transit problems and oversees the compilation of data for report drafting. He strongly believes in the potential of next-generation transportation (NGT) for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and lobbies at the provincial level for funding for NGT CUTRIC initiatives. Previously, Dr. Duffy was a postdoctoral researcher at the National University of Ireland, Galway where he mentored undergraduate and graduate students. He was also a Visiting Fellow at Natural Resources Canada at Bedford Institute of Oceanography where he improved the understanding of sediment transport processes in the Bay of Fundy and around Prince Edward Island. His academic training is focused on dynamic sedimentology and he has numerous publications in earth science and geophysical peer-reviewed journals.

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Lana Sanderson - Project Coordinator

B.B.O. - Bachelor in Business Operation, DeVry Institute of Technology

Lana Sanderson is a Project Coordinator with CUTRIC. She currently assists with the logistical coordination and planning processes for key organizational projects. Her current work includes the formation of pre-submission documentation with stakeholders, setting up meetings via teleconference with project updates, and assisting with other project requirements. Ms. Sanderson has over ten years of experience in project and proposal coordination with a background in consulting, government, industry, real estate, resources, and international projects.

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Joshua Goodfield - Junior Projects Development Officer

M.A.Sc. - Environmental Applied Science and Management, Ryerson University

B.A. (Hon.) - Geography and Environmental Studies, Queen’s University

Joshua Goodfield is a Junior Projects Development Officer with CUTRIC, based in Toronto, Ontario. His work is focused on governance and stakeholder outreach for the organization. In addition, he assists with project development, particularly with the National Smart Vehicle Demonstration project. Mr. Goodfield's prior research was focused on the commercialization of clean technology to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions. He is particularly interested in measuring public perception regarding issues surrounding climate change. Formerly, Mr. Goodfield has held research positions at the United Nations ESCAP and the Queen’s University Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy.

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Lindsay Craig - Junior Project Development Officer

J.D. [candidate] - Law, University of Windsor

B.A. (Hon.) - Labour Studies, McMaster University

Lindsay Craig is a Junior Projects Development Officer with CUTRIC, based in Windsor, Ontario. She currently is responsible for the human resources and contract coordination of the organization and assists with project logistics. Ms. Craig was fundamental in the initiation of existing CUTRIC projects, particularly the National Smart Vehicle Demonstration Project. Previously, she worked as a research assistant for the Automotive Policy Research Centre at McMaster University, working on a variety of projects including mapping the automotive industry post-2008 recession, researching the shift of the automotive industry to Mexico, and investigating the impact of the Connected Car on the industry.\

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Maureen Shuell - Part-Time Communications

B.A. - Carleton University

Maureen Shuell supports communications and government relations’ efforts on a part-time consulting basis for CUTRIC. Ms. Shuell is a bilingual communications’ strategist with senior level experience in political and not-for-profit environments leading communications’ strategies, government relations’ projects, large-scale conferences, events and trade shows. Since 2012, she has been providing strategic communications and issues management consulting services, mostly in the transportation and not-for-profit sector, helping clients integrate their communication efforts, using traditional and new social media tools and techniques. From 2000 to 2012, she led communications for the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and worked closely on advocacy, customer service, transit security and urban issues. There she gained a strong understanding of the challenges of large infrastructure projects while handling national media relations’ inquiries, managing conferences, and serving as the editor of the association’s magazine and other print and digital publications.

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Cristina guzman - Junior Projects Development Officer

Ph.D. [candidate] - Electrical Engineering, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

M.A.Sc. - Electrical Engineering, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

B.A.Sc. - Electrical Engineering, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

Cristina Guzman is a Junior Projects Development Officer at CUTRIC in Eastern Canada, based in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. She will be assisting with the National Smart Vehicle Demonstration Project. Ms. Guzman is professional engineer with experience in smart grid, power electronics, and applications of renewable energy and microgrids. She joined the Hydrogen Research Institute of the UQTR since 2009. Mrs. Guzman has also authored and co-authored several papers in recognized international journals and she has presented in national and international conferences.

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DR. Anahita Jami - Senior Research Manager

Ph.D. - Environmental Applied Science and Management, Ryerson University

M.A.Sc. - Environmental Applied Science and Management, Ryerson University

M.Sc. - Management, Allameh Tabatabai University

B.Sc. - Chemistry, Shahid Beheshti University

Anahita Jami is a Senior Project Development Manager with CUTRIC in Eastern Canada, based in Toronto, Ontario. She is currently a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Toronto. Dr. Jami leads in the development of CUTRIC projects, including but not limited to the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial and the OPTA Climate Change Policy study. She has several years of research and teaching experience and has authored a number of peer-reviewed publications. As a principal investigator and research assistant, she has worked on a variety of projects including the integration of quality and environmental management systems, assessing the factors that affect the social acceptability of wind energy projects in Ontario, and a socio-economic analysis of a Smart Community development in London, Ontario. Throughout her career in the automotive industry as a quality expert, she managed Six Sigma projects which resulted in significant waste and cost reduction. She also previously served as an environmental coordinator in the natural gas industry.

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Anaissia Franca - Junior Projects Development Officer

M.A.Sc. [candidate] - Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria

B.Eng. - Mechanical Engineering, University of Victoria

Anaissia Franca is a Junior Projects Development Officer at CUTRIC and a M.A.Sc candidate at the University of Victoria. Ms. Franca is additionally an engineer-in-training (EIT). She currently supports CUTRIC’s research initiatives, primarily through the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial (Phase I and II), where she leads simulations estimating the yearly operating costs for different charging scenarios to support decision-making for electric bus deployment projects, as well as the National Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration Project. Ms. Franca's research focuses on developing modelling tools to support the integration of battery electric buses in urban networks which involves predicting the effects of battery degradation on the lithium-ion battery lifespan, and how much electricity is required to charge the bus depending on its driving pattern and utilization.

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Dr. Ryan (Yutian) Zhao - Junior Projects Development Officer

 

Ph.D. - Chemical Engineering, Queen's University

B.Eng. - Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University

Ryan (Yutian) Zhao is a Junior Projects Development Officer at CUTRIC, based in Kingston, Ontario. He is responsible for developing projects from Kingston and north-eastward to Ottawa. At CUTRIC, Dr. Zhao will assist with research initiatives, including literature review development for the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial (Phase I and II) and the National Smart Vehicle Demonstration Project. His prior research background is focused on the mathematical modelling of producing branching polymers. Recently, he extended his field to data science and machine learning. His interest in green energy and care for the environment provides him with the passion to work on the emerging technologies involved in the uptake of electric cars and buses.

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Kristina Mlakar - Junior Projects Development Officer

M.Sc.SM. - Sustainability Management, University of Toronto Mississauga

B.Sc. - Earth and Environmental Sciences, McMaster University

Kristtina Mlakar is a Junior Projects Development Officer with CUTRIC, based in Toronto, Ontario. Her current work with the organization focuses on the state of autonomous and connected technology testing across Canada, as part of the National Smart Vehicle Demonstration Project. In addition, Ms. Mlakar is working on CUTRIC's First Nations outreach initiatives, aiming to provide mobility solutions to remote communities. She previously worked as a Research Assistant with the McMaster Research Group for Stable Isotopologues, and completed her undergraduate thesis in stable isotope geochemistry and paleoclimatology.

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Michael Keran - Accounting Support

B.Com. - Accounting and Finance, McMaster University

Michael Keran provides accounting and financial support to CUTRIC.

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Mark Wojcinski - Student Intern

B.A. [candidate] - Political Science and Global Development, Western University

Mark Wojcinski is a Student Intern at CUTRIC in Eastern Canada, based in both Toronto and London, Ontario. He assists CUTRIC staff with data entry and organization. In addition, he also assisted in the development of the organization's social media strategy. Mr. Wojcinski plans to continue his undergraduate studies focused on political science and global development.