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.



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.



Roberto Sardenberg - Researcher

Ph.D – Physics, Electromagnetism and Measurement Theory

M.Sc. – Electrochemistry, Impedance Spectroscopy

Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).

Roberto Batista Sardenberg previously worked with electrical measurement techniques in order to retrieve microscopic information on electrochemical cells and nano-structured samples. His research interests include the electrical characterization, modelling and simulation of electrical devices, sensors, and electrochemical cells. He contributed with the development of the measurement theory of Impedances by investigating constrains imposed on measured data by physical principles such as causality relations.


Amanda bishop - Executive Assistant to the ceo

B.A. - Urban Studies, University of Calgary

Amanda Bishop is the Executive Assistant to the CEO at CUTRIC. She supports transit innovation through project coordination efforts, corporate governance, and with a dogged perseverance that connects the right players together to ensure project completion. Ms. Bishop, a staunch urban transit advocate, views transit as a key resource for offering consumers more mobility choices, and for reducing urban congestion, GHG emissions, and noise pollution. In addition to supporting the CUTRIC team, Ms. Bishop is interested in the integration of artificial intelligence and automation tools to create efficiencies in administrative processes and transit operations, which improve the transit users experience. Previously, Ms. Bishop work as the Corporate Planning and Development Coordinator at the Ontario Centres of Excellence where she led a cultural shift through the designing, planning, and implementation of a corporate knowledge exchange platform.


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.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.


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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 Vehicle 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.


SHervin bakhtiari - GIS Analyst & outreach officer

B.A. - Urban Planning, Concordia University

AdvDip - Architecture, BoxHill Institute

Shervin Bakhtiari is the GIS Analyst and Outreach Officer with CUTRIC in eastern Canada based in Montreal. As a member of modelling team, he is responsible for geospatial data analysis to assess the potentials of bus networks electrification. He also examines the development of TRiPSIM © modelling tool for potential opportunities regarding the automatization and optimization of the modelling process. His greatest interest lies in transportation planning and network analyses with the aim to bring sustainability and GHG emission reduction to public transportation. Shervin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning from Concordia University and an Advanced Diploma in Architecture from Box Hill Institute.


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Charles Li - Battery Electric Bus Modelling & Research Engineer, P.Eng.

With industry experience of over 18 years, Charles Li is the principal engineering analyst at marpoleSim. His area of expertise is computer modelling for engineering problems such as heat transfer, fluid dynamics and mechanical structural integrity and failure. From 1998 to 2017, he worked as a CFD scientist & engineering analyst at Westport Fuel System Inc. in Canada. From 1995 to 1998, he was research associate and research assistant in University of Wisconsin-Madison and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. And, from 1993 to 1996, he taught as associate professor in Xi'an Jiaotong University. Charles has a PhD degrees in engineering and a B.S degree in mathematics from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China.

Michael Keran - Accountant

B.Com. - Accounting and Finance, McMaster University

Michael Keran provides accounting and financial support to CUTRIC.


Lana Sanderson - Managing Coordinator

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

Lana Sanderson is the Managing Coordinator with CUTRIC. She leads managing the logistical coordination of major CUTRIC events, major conferences, 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 and three more conferences in 2019. Previously, Ms. Sanderson has over fourteen 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. She serve as a team motivator to help other staff progress forward in their roles.


Dr. Yutian (Ryan) Zhao - Interim Research Strategy Manager

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

B.Eng. - Chemical Engineering, Zhejiang University

Yutian (Ryan) Zhao is a Projects Development Officer at CUTRIC, based in Kingston, Ontario. He is the project lead for Rail Innovation Focus Group Consultation Sessions. He is also responsible for developing projects from Kingston and north-eastward to Ottawa. In addition, Dr. Zhao assists with CUTRIC's research initiatives, including mathematical modeling and simulation for transit buses. His prior research background focused on 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 trains, cars and buses.



Adriana Shu-Yin - Membership success officer & contracts administrator

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

Adriana Shu-Yin is the Membership Success Officer & Contracts Administrator 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.



Dr. Eshaan Ghosh - Research Projects Manager

Ph.D. – Electrical and Computer Engineering (Electric vehicle and Machine Learning), University of Windsor

B.Tech. - Instrumentation and Control Engineering, Haldia Institute of Technology

Eshaan Ghosh is the Research Projects Manager of CUTRIC. He is responsible for managing, leading and supporting a team of researchers for various projects in modelling of performance of e-buses, fuel cell buses and smart vehicles on transit. He is also responsible for developing data science and big data analytics capacity in preparation for the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial: Phase I. He has a strong background in research, stakeholder engagement and project management in the field of electrification. His previous research work includes modelling, testing and prototyping of electric vehicle powertrain. His work in using artificial intelligence for detecting faults in electric motors for vehicles has led him to win several awards. His past experience includes working on multiple projects with several automotive OEMs and Tier 1 and Tier 2 OEM suppliers in advancement of electrification of vehicles.



GENEVIÈVE GITTINS - Communications Liaison

Geneviève Gittins is the Communications and Marketing Officer at CUTRIC. She organizes CUTRIC Lobby Days and designs the supporting visual materials to communicate our messages to governments. Previously, Geneviève led the marketing department at Enterprise CarShare and Communauto. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from McGill University and is fluent in French and English and conversational in Spanish.


Dr. Cristina Guzman - Research Fellow

Ph.D. - Electrical engineering, University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières

M.Sc. - Electrical engineering, University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières

Cristina Guzman is a researcher fellow at CUTRIC. She is currently a Mitacs Elevate Postdoctoral Fellow with the University of Quebec at Trois-Rivières. She primarily supports research on Energy storage integration for high-powered electric buses for the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial (Phase II), performing simulations for the estimation of the impact of high power charging infrastructure into the electric grid. Dr. Guzman also provides optimal charging and scheduling solutions for the integration of ultra-fast fleet buses supporting decision-making for the electric infrastructure deployment projects. Her background experience in her Master's and Doctorate research studies on the integration of distributed and renewable Energy, Energy management and Energy storage serve to contribute to the CUTRIC's zero emissions initiatives. She has been member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE) since 2009 and has contributed many articles in journals and conferences.



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