Dr. Josipa Petrunic - Executive Director & 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 in the history and philosophy of mathematics at University College London (UCL) in the United Kingdom in Science and Technology Studies. Dr. Petrunic continues to lecture in Globalization Studies at McMaster University. She currently sits on the Board of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Foundation and InnovÉÉ, an electrical vehicle R&D funding body in Quebec. In 2018, she was named as one of Canada's a Top 40 Under 40 by Bloomberg News.




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 Research 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.



Dr. AbHishek Raj - Lead- Electric Bus Program & Research and 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-western 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.



Adriana Shu-Yin - Membership success officer & contracts administrator

B.Sc. - Environmental Science and Health, University of Toronto

Adriana Shu-Yin is a Junior Coordinator at CUTRIC in Eastern Canada, based in Toronto, Ontario. She will be assisting with the organization's governance and outreach efforts. Ms. Shu-Yin is passionate about smart and sustainable solutions to enhance greenhouse gas emissions reductions. Her education and prior work experience has focused on the acceleration towards a low-carbon economy using clean technology and policies that promote economic, social, and environmental benefits. Previously, she completed climate change and sustainability projects with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability as well as the University of Toronto Sustainability Office.



GENEVIÈVE GRITTINS - Communications Liaison


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

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

M.Sc. - Geophysics, Durham University

B.A. - Earth Sciences, 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 the 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 the 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.



M.A.Sc. - 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.


Parvathy Pillai - Hydrogen Fuel CEll Bus Program Lead & Ontario Projects DEvelopment Officer

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)

M.Sc. - Global Health

Hon. B.Sc. - Life Sciences

Hon. B.Sc. - Chemistry

Parvathy Pillai co-leads the Pan-Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstration & Integration Trial Phase I at CUTRIC and also functions as an Ontario Projects Development Officer. She is a trained researcher and has a strong background in project management, stakeholder engagement, and knowledge translation.

Lana Sanderson - Senior Coordinator

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

Lana Sanderson is the Senior Coordinator with CUTRIC. She leads managing the logistical coordination of major CUTRIC events, major Forums, where registrations, catering, on site logistics, online fee payments, e-blast coordination, and travel coordination. Lana also obtains sponsorships, support process development, proposal coordination and supporting the executive director directly on miscellaneous tasks. At CUTRIC, she has had the pleasure of coordinating Biennial Technology Innovation Forum located in Montreal in June 2018. Previously, 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. Lana also serves as support development, refinement, and amelioration of CUTRIC's full Staff Onboarding Process including content development.


Michael Keran - Accountant

B.Com. - Accounting and Finance, McMaster University

Michael Keran provides accounting and financial support to CUTRIC.




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

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

Kristina Mlakar is a National Operations Manager and Project Lead with CUTRIC, based in Toronto. She is currently responsible for managing the internal operations of CUTRIC to create unison across the national team. Ms. Mlakar is also leading the National Smart Vehicle Demonstration Project; she has a keen interest in autonomous and connected vehicle technologies and concomitantly focused her Master's research on the topic. In addition, Ms. Mlakar is working to build up CUTRIC's social media platforms and presence to broadcast innovative low-carbon smart mobility solutions showcased locally and globally to spur conversations around the topic. 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.


Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Champion



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 assists 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.




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. 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.


Tasnuva Afreen - Junior Outreach Officer

M.S. [candidate] - Sustainability, Brock University

B.A. - Child Health, Brock University

Tasnuva Afreen is a Junior Outreach Officer at CUTRIC in Eastern Canada, based in Fort Erie, Ontario. She will be assisting with government and public outreach at the organization. Ms. Afreen has a bachelor degree in health science from Brock University concentrating on social determinants of health. Her Master's research focuses on identifying the long-term benefits of transit ridership, transit promotion, and analyzing the gaps in planning and policy. Previously, she worked as a Research Assistant and an Assistant Project Coordinator at the University of Waterloo evaluating nutrition policy PPM150, as well as investigating policy gaps and gaps in accessing healthy food among youth.


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. Mr. Wojcinski plans to continue his undergraduate studies focused on political science and global development.



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