Josipa G. Petrunic is the Executive Director & CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (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 almost 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. She completed her PhD in the History of Mathematics at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland) as a Commonwealth Scholar, after completing a Master's of Science in Science and Technology Studies (STS), also as a Commonwealth Scholar. She previously completed a Master's of Science in Political Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and a bachelor's degree in Political Science and Journalism at Carleton University. Before pursuing graduate studies, Dr. Petrunic worked as a journalist at the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star and Edmonton Journal. 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.
Dr. Petrunic was elected to sit on the Board of Directors for InnovÉÉ (Observer) to ensure cross-pollination and innovation symbiosis in electrified vehicle technology development across Ontario and Quebec.
In September 2017, Dr. Petrunic was awarded a Canada Clean50 Award for her leadership in forging and launching the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial, which integrates 20 electric buses with 7 overhead charging systems across three Canadian municipalities to demonstrate and promote the standardization of charging technologies.
Starting in 2018, Josipa will serve as an expert adviser to the City of Vancouver’s Electric Vehicle Expert Panel.
Dr. Duffy was awarded his PhD in Geodesy and Geomatics Engineering from the University of New Brunswick in 2006 for research on the topic of dynamic sedimentology in the Bay of Fundy. He held a Visiting Fellow post with Natural Resources Canada at Bedford Institute of Oceanography between 2006 and 2008 where he improved understanding of sediment transport processes in the Bay of Fundy and around Prince Edward Island. Between 2008 and 2014, he held a post-doctoral research position in National University of Ireland, Galway, Ireland, where he mentored undergraduate students and Masters and Doctoral candidates. He has authored and co-authored papers in Journal of Geophysical Research, Journal of Coastal Research, Continental Shelf Research, Journal of Sedimentary Research, Sedimentology, and Irish Journal of Earth Sciences.
He now lives with his family in Calgary, Alberta where, in addition to representing CUTRIC in western Canada and liaising with, and realising connections between, academic and industry stakeholders in field of urban transit research, he applies his expertise with spatial and network analysis to urban transit problems and compilation of data for CUTRIC reports. 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.
At CUTRIC, Anahita Jami aids in the development of the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial. Anahita completed her PhD in the Environmental Applied Science & Management Program at Ryerson University. She has several years of research & teaching experience and has authored a number of peer-reviewed papers. As a principal investigator & research assistant she has worked on variety of research 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/cost reduction. She also served as an environmental coordinator at the natural gas industry.
Lindsay Craig is an Eastern Project Development Officer at CUTRIC. Previously, Lindsay has worked for the Automotive Policy Research Centre at McMaster University as a research assistant 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. Lindsay completed her honours bachelor of arts in Labour Studies at McMaster University and is currently a second year law student at the University of Windsor.
Lana Sanderson has Bachelors in Business Operations is a Project Coordinator with CUTRIC. Lana has 10 years of experience in project/proposal coordination with a background in consulting; government, industry, real estate, resources and international projects. She is currently assisting with project coordination of a several projects such as Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial. In her current role, Lana organizes pre-submission documentation with stakeholders, sets up meetings via teleconference with project updates, and assists with other project requirements.
Ms. Sidhu is a PhD candidate studying Cognition and Learning at the joint PhD program from Brock, Lakehead and Windsor Universities. She holds a MSc. in Integrative Biology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a BSc. (Biology & Psychology) from McMaster University, as well as a BEd. from Lakehead University. She has several years of research and teaching experience and has authored papers in Journal of Evolutionary Biology and Comparative Biology and Physiology. In addition, she has held sessional lecturer positions at Lakehead University.
Ms. Sidhu represents CUTRIC in Eastern Canada, working with academic and industry stakeholders in urban transit research. Her passion for the biological sciences and education drives her interest towards sustainable transportation and the cognitive behavioural implications of autonomous vehicles.
Joshua Goodfield is an Eastern Projects Development Officer at CUTRIC. He is currently a Master’s of Applied Science candidate at Ryerson University studying Environmental Science and Management with a focus on public perception and policy towards sustainable technologies. Previously, Joshua worked as a researcher at the United Nations ESCAP and the Queen’s University Institute for Energy and Environmental Policy.
Parvathy K Pillai currently works as an Eastern Projects Development Officer at CUTRIC. She holds an M.Sc. in Global Health from McMaster University, and has pursued further training in Project Management from McGill University. She holds two honours bachelor of science degrees in Chemistry and Life Sciences from McMaster University as well. Parvathy joins CUTRIC with a strong background in research, teaching, knowledge translation, and project management, along with a passion for innovations in sustainable energy, green technology, and a stronger Canadian economy.
Yutian Zhao obtained his PhD in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University with a focus on mathematical modelling of producing branching polymers. Yutian completed his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Zhejiang University, China. He has 7 years of experience in mathematical modeling and computer simulation. Recently, he extended his field to data science and machine learning. His interest in green energy and care for environment gives him passion to work on the emerging technology of electric cars and buses.
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. She has prepared and accompanied delegations for meetings with elected officials, orchestrated media events on Parliament Hill, and managed large scale website and digital projects.
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. Clients have included environmental and clean technology organizations, transit systems, the Canadian Mental Health Association, the Medical Group Management Association of Canada, the Canadian Network on Crime Prevention, the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, and George Brown College among others.
From 2000 – 2012, she led communications for the Canadian Urban Transit Association 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. She also managed political relationships with elected officials and decision makers from all orders of government. Previously, she was a political advisor to elected officials at Queen’s Park. Maureen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Carleton University, and has taken courses in public relations, digital media and advanced French.