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 G. 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 Canadian 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.
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. Ms. Sidhu leads in the development of 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.
Joshua Goodfield - Eastern 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. He is assisting with research and coordination support for the National Smart Vehicle Project as well as governance and stakeholder outreach for the organization. Mr. Goodfield recently completed his M.A.Sc, in which his 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. He has additionally been selected as a Generation Energy Youth Champion representing Toronto in helping craft the next-generation of energy policy solutions.
Kristina Mlakar - Junior Projects Coordinator and Researcher
M.Sc.SM. - Sustainability Management, University of Toronto Mississauga
B.Sc. - Earth and Environmental Sciences, McMaster University
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 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 in British Columbia, Alberta, and Manitoba, 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 as well as a Visiting Fellow at Natural Resources Canada at Bedford Institute of Oceanography where he improved 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.
Lana Sanderson - Project Coordinator
B.B.O. - Business Operation, DeVry Institute of Technology
Lana Sanderson is a Project Coordinator with CUTRIC. She currently assists with the logistical coordination for key organizational projects including pre-submission documentation with stakeholders, setting up meetings via teleconference with project updates, and assisting with other project requirements. Ms. Sanderson has ten years of experience in project and proposal coordination with a background in consulting, government, industry, real estate, resources, and international projects.
Michael Keran - Accounting Support
B.Com. - Accounting and Finance, McMaster University
Michael Keran provides accounting and financial support to CUTRIC.
Anaissia Franca - Junior Projects Development Officer (Mitacs Accelerate Fellow)
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 E-bus 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.
DR. Anahita Jami - Senior Project Development 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 variety of projects including integration of quality and environmental management systems, assessing the factors that affect the social acceptability of wind energy projects in Ontario, and conducting 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.
Lindsay Craig - Eastern Project Development Officer
J.D. [candidate] - Law, University of Windsor
B.A. (Hon.) - Labour Studies, McMaster University
Lindsay Craig is an Eastern 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 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 investigation of the impact of the Connected Car on the industry.
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.
Parvathy Pillai - Junior Projects Development Officer
M.Sc. - Global Health, McMaster University
B.Sc. - Life Sciences, McMaster University
B.Sc. - Chemistry, McMaster University
Parvathy Pillai is a Junior Projects Development Officer at CUTRIC. She currently supports research for the OPTA Climate Change Policy Study, the National Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Demonstration, the National Smart Vehicle Project, and the Natural Gas Consultation project. Ms. Pillai 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.