Dr. Josipa Petrunic, Executive Director
Josipa G. Petrunic is the Executive Director & CEO of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). She is leading the formulation of several large-scale transportation technology trials through CUTRIC’s consortium of private and public sector stakeholders, including the Pan-Ontario Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial. Dr. Petrunic has also served as the lead researcher in electric vehicle policy studies at McMaster University. She is currently completing the Ontario Electric Vehicle Technology Roadmap funded by a federal Automotive Partnership Canada (APC) grant and slated for publication in Fall 2016. Dr. Petrunic worked previously as a senior research fellow at University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom focusing on 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. Garret Duffy, Western Projects Development Officer
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.
Ms. Sanya Sidhu, Eastern Projects Development Officer
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.
Ms. Lindsay Craig, Eastern Projects Development Officer
Lindsay Craig is a research student for 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 first 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.
Mark Wojcinski is a part-time student intern working at CUTRIC. He assists other staff members of CUTRIC through various projects in addition to helping coordinate the usage of the organization’s social media profiles such as Facebook and Twitter. He is currently a first-year student pursuing an undergraduate degree in political science at Huron University College at the University of Western Ontario. In the future, Mark is hoping to work in either a municipality or with an organization that pursues goals related to his main interests.
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.