Sue Connor – Burlington Transit
Chair of CUTRIC
Chair of CUTRIC
After attending York University, Sue Connor began her career in 1976 working for Canada Post, moving quickly through the ranks of the government agency over the next 12 years in a series of managerial posts. In 1988, she made the move to the transit industry working for Mississauga Transit in a number of positions in their Operations department finally leading that department. Sue was the General Manager, Transit for the City of Brampton the 9th largest city in Canada, a position she held from 2003 to 2017. In this role, she was in charge of a team of 1000+ employees and managed a multi-million dollar budget in one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada. Currently, Sue is the Director of Transit for the City of Burlington. Sue is currently, the Chair of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA).
Vice Chair of CUTRIC
Walter Kinio is responsible for all Research and Technologies activities for Thales Transportation Systems in Toronto, Canada, and works closely together with the Thales Product Strategy and Business Lines to create new and innovation solutions, in support of the Thales Urban Product Strategy. Walter has worked on Communication Based Train Control (CBTC) Systems since 1983. He has progressed through a series of engineering roles, starting as a Software Analyst, working on the 1st generation SelTrac product. He spent eight years working for Thales in Germany on Urban and Mainline projects. After returning to Canada, he held senior development roles, including the role of Principle Design Authority before moving into Engineering Management.
Treasurer of CUTRIC
Peter Crockett, P.Eng. has developed a broad technical experience in: Transportation and Transit Planning and Engineering; Traffic Engineering; Development Review and Engineering; and Engineering and Construction. Peter has been responsible for managing people, programs and resources with a variety of organizations since 1988 and at a senior level since 1997. He has been involved and/or led a variety of organizational management initiatives including: Strategic plan development and implementation; Stakeholder engagement; Program reviews; Cost effectiveness and efficiency assessments; Change management; Organizational change; Municipal amalgamation implementation; and Leadership development. Peter is currently the Chief Administrative Officer at the County of Oxford. Prior to joining Oxford County, Peter held positions with the City of Edmonton, Mohawk College, the Region of Peel, the City of Hamilton, the Region of Halton, and the City of Toronto.
Member of CUTRIC's Nomination Committee
Emmanuelle Toussaint started in 2013 as Corporate Legal Counsel and as such was part of the Prevost and Nova Bus Management Teams. She worked for Volvo Bus Corporation in Sweden in 2015 before to be appointed Vice-President Legal of Prevost and Nova Bus. Emmanuelle has taken the additional responsibility of Public Affairs, including communication and regulatory affairs, in March 2016. She is an officer and a member of the Board of Directors of Volvo Group Canada Inc. and of Prevost Car (US) Inc. Emmanuelle has 20 years of experience in legal affairs and has extensive experience in management and administration. Prior to joining Volvo, she has been one of the Directors in the legal department of the City of Quebec and worked previously in different companies in the medical, aerospace, software and university fields, where she hold a variety of legal, regulatory affairs and sales operations roles. She is a member of the Quebec Bar Association and holds a bachelor degree in law and a certification in administration from Universite Laval.
Member of CUTRIC's Nomination Committee
As Director of Enterprise Risk and Sustainability, Sarah is responsible for ensuring enterprise risk and sustainability efforts enhance business performance and influence strategic planning at the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (TransLink). Sarah acts as a key liaison to the Board Finance and Audit Committee and TransLink’s Executive Team on risk and sustainability compliance. As Director, Sarah chairs the Sustainability Advisory Committee providing leadership and strategic direction on TransLink’s key sustainability initiatives, and sits on the Steering Committee tasked to develop TransLink’s low carbon fleet strategy. As part of this low carbon fleet initiative, TransLink is proud to participate in the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration and Integration trial. Sarah’s leadership in sustainability contributed to TransLink being the first Canadian transit organization to achieve Platinum level status for sustainability from the American Public Transportation Association.
Member of CUTRIC's Nomination Committee
Jennifer McNeill joined New Flyer in 2012 and is responsible for the Contract and Bids Management team, plus the design and delivery of strategic sales support, marketing and related business development programs. She also provides direction for strategic business intelligence activities. Prior to joining New Flyer, Jennifer held senior management and executive positions in engineering, quality, sales and business strategy and most recently was the Vice President Sales, Marketing and Business Development at Standard Aero. Jennifer is a graduate from the University of Manitoba where she obtained both her Mechanical Engineering degree and an MBA. Jennifer is a Professional Engineer.
Ms. Anna Murray graduated from Queen’s University with a B.A.Sc in Electrical Engineering and is a registered professional engineer. She is the Senior Program Manager at Hydrogenics with over 18 years of managing complex engineering projects and multi-disciplinary teams of people. Ms. Murray has a varied background in design, application and field engineering, customer and quality management, new product introduction and departmental supervision. She has worked with many large, sophisticated customers all around the world for stationary and mobile equipment in construction, bus, rail, material handling, naval, mining and military sectors. She joined Hydrogenics in 2012 and is responsible for managing several programs spanning the entire international organization. Based out of the head office in Mississauga, Ms. Murray has managed developments for products in all the business areas supplied by Hydrogenics. She has worked on fuel cells for the mobile market, most recently the delivery of a custom fuel cell engine for commuter trains in Germany. She has supplied a complete hydrogen energy system for a remote mine in Northern Quebec. Ms. Murray oversaw the design, development and delivery of a fuelling station for California. She has also worked on large scale Power-to-Gas applications and has overseen the design and installation of a first of a kind plant in North America, which is one of the largest in the world.
Ms. Murray has spent her career working on Engineering design and development within a Manufacturing environment. She is bilingual in English and French. She has extensive international experience in promoting, scoping, designing, reviewing, implementing, integrating and troubleshooting projects or products at customer’s sites.
Ms. Shanna Knights, P.Eng., M.A.Sc, is Director of Research at Ballard Power Systems, a world leader in the development, manufacture, sale and servicing of PEM hydrogen fuel cells. Her fuel cell research areas since joining Ballard in 1995 include durability, reliability, performance, and operational behavior. She is responsible for both internal research activities and significant collaboration with universities, research institutions and industry, focused on improving fuel cell cost, durability, and functionality. She guides Canadian and international academic, government, and industrial fuel cell research through service on advisory boards and steering committees. Ms. Knights is a frequently invited keynote and plenary speaker at international conferences, and is an author on numerous scientific journal publications and 3 book chapters. She holds 13 patents, with several more pending. In 2017, she received the Association of Engineering BC’s highest honour, the R. A. McLachlan Memorial Award, for significant technical contributions and professional leadership, in combination with professional and community service. Ballard’s clean energy solutions bring compelling value propositions to end users in several markets: transport applications, including heavy- and medium-duty vehicles such as transit buses, commercial vans and trucks, trains and marine craft, and light-duty vehicles, including material handling equipment, consumer car trials and unmanned aerial vehicles, as well as stationary and critical infrastructure backup power. We are working to accelerate fuel cell technology adoption, committed to sustainable mobility and clean air for everyone.
As Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies at Concordia University, Christophe Guy provides overall leadership and oversees strategic planning initiatives, as well as policy and strategy development, for research and research-creation, graduate studies and international activities. Before joining Concordia as vice-president in August 2017, he served as the chief executive officer of the Ėcole Polytechnique de Montréal, one of Canada’s largest engineering schools. A strong advocate for technology transfer, he has participated in, or supported, the start-up and development of several Quebec-based companies that have resulted from academic research. Active in Montreal’s major industrial clusters, he is the co-founder of both the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Quebec, and the Canadian Aerospace Research and Innovation Consortium. Christophe Guy is also a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, a member of Order of Canada, and an officer of the Ordre national du Québec. He holds a PhD in chemical engineering from Polytechnique Montréal. He recently received the Prix du Québec’s Armand-Frappier Award today for his career-long dedication to research development and promotion.
Bem is the Head of Vehicle Programs for the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), directly accountable for the stewardship of over $2 billion in vehicle procurement, overhaul, and life extension programs.
Current programs include buses (procurement), operational support vehicles and equipment (replacement and growth of non-renewal fleet), and streetcars (procurement). Bem is also responsible for the establishment a Project Management Office (PMO) for the TTC’s Service Delivery Group. In the 15 years prior to this post, Bem held various positions in: subway track and structure; subway rail vehicle engineering; the TTC’s safety and environment department; and most recently in the TTC’s CEO Office where he established the TTC’s portfolio management office.
Tim is the head of Innovation Projects and Governance at Bombardier Transportation, responsible for existing and new product development globally. He is a professional engineer and applied scientist, with a B.A.Sc. in engineering (engineering physics / electrical) and a Ph.D. in physics (condensed matter / lasers). Tim has over 35 years experience in R&D and manufacturing, with 25 of those years as an engineering manager. He has created R&D departments, generated patents, and delivered many new products, processes, and improvements. He has overseen the development and launch of new product programs that resulted in millions of new products sold. Most recently Tim restructured R&D for Bombardier Transportation and is now leading the implementation, as well as indulging his passion for delivering new products and processes.
Marc Secanell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alberta, Canada, and the director of the Energy Systems Design Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria, Canada, in 2008 and 2004, respectively. He holds a B.Eng. degree (2002) from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya (BarcelonaTech). In 2008, he was an Assistant Research Officer at the National Research Council of Canada, Institute for Fuel Cell Innovation in Vancouver, Canada and in 2015-16 he was a visiting research scholar in the Energy Conversion Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, US. His research interests are in the areas of: a) analysis and computational design of energy systems, such as polymer electrolyte fuel cells, polymer electrolyzers, flywheels and cooling towers, b) fabrication and characterization of polymer electrolyte fuel cells and electrolyzers, c) finite element analysis, and d) multidisciplinary design optimization. His current research projects include the development of the Open-source Fuel Cell Simulation Toolbox (OpenFCST), an open-source framework to analyze fuel cells, the development of mathematical models and optimization strategies for cooling towers and high-speed composite flywheels, and on the fabrication and characterization of low loading polymer electrolyte fuel cells, and high-speed composite flywheels. Within OpenFCST, his group is developing mathematical models for studying: a) multi-step electrochemical reactions, b) multi-component gas transport in porous media, c) multi-phase transport models in porous media; and, d) stochastic reconstruction and simulation of porous materials. He has authored 39 journal articles, 29 conference proceedings and two book chapters receiving over 1,000 citations (h-index: 19 in Google Scholar). He has been an invited speaker at prestigious conferences such as the Electrochemical Society Meeting and the Gordon Research Conference in Fuel Cells. He has received several awards including the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) Early Accomplishment Award (2013) and a Hydrogen and Fuel Cells.
Steve Kay is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario and has worked for Enbridge for 27 years. He has held numerous positions in a number of departments at Enbridge including Operations, Engineering, Product Development, Gas Supply and most recently Business Development. In his current role he leads the Enbridge team charged with developing low carbon transportation solutions where he was instrumental in the compressed natural gas (“CNG”) transit deployment for the Hamilton Street Railway. Steve and his team also recently commissioned three new public access, heavy duty capable CNG refueling stations at truck stops along the highway 401 corridor in Windsor, London and Napanee, Ontario.
Steve has been a guest speaker at numerous natural gas vehicle industry events and was a past member of the Canadian Standards Association Natural Gas Vehicles and Fueling JB 112 committee and is currently a sitting member of the board of the Canadian Natural Gas Vehicle Alliance. He is married with 3 adult children and lives in Chatham, Ontario where he volunteers his time as a board member of the YMCA’s of Southwestern Ontario and serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of the Mainstreet Credit Union.
Janice Mady is the Director of Industry Partnerships & Innovation Park at Queen’s University. Janice and her Business Development team build relationships with industry and facilitate pathways for companies to access resources and talent at Queen’s to advance growth and commercialization objectives. She also leads the Research Contracts team which negotiates agreements on behalf of the University to facilitate local, national and international research collaborations with industry, government, not-for-profits and other institutions. Janice has championed Innovation Park at Queen’s University since its startup in 2008. The Park is a growing physical hub for dynamic interfaces between the University, industry, governments, startups and entrepreneurs. Janice leads the Innovation Park team as well as InnovationXL, a suite of incubation and acceleration programs that are part of a collaboration to strengthen the regional innovation ecosystem. Previously at Queen’s, Janice was Director of Operations for the $50 million BIOCAP Canada Foundation, a not-for-profit organization focused on research for solutions to climate change.Prior to joining Queen’s in 2005, Janice enjoyed a 17 year career with Procter and Gamble in a variety of roles with Canadian, North American and global responsibilities. Janice sits on the board of directors for GreenCentre Canada and for Launch Lab, a regional innovation centre that is part of the Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs. Janice is a past director of the Association of University Research Parks in Canada, the Kingston Technology Exchange Centre and the Kingston Technology Council.
Carolina brings 20 years of experience in developing and executing successful public relations, communications, outreach and brand positioning strategies for leaders in business, philanthropy and public affairs, locally and nationally. She has advised and collaborated on public communication campaigns with stakeholders, agencies and media, taken business ideas from concept to product as well as acted as corporate Board director. Carolina has spent the last five years working with ABB, one of the world’s largest industrial manufacturer and engineering companies, responsible for public affairs and corporate communications. In addition, she has served on various private, community and non-profit Boards and committees throughout her career and takes pride in giving back as a mentor and active member of her community. Languages: English, French, Spanish, Italian.
Honourary Legal Counsel of CUTRIC
Michael F. Ledgett has practised law in Ontario for more than forty years. Michael centres his practice on corporate and commercial law including corporate governance and private company M&A. His clients include businesses (domestic and foreign), governments and their agencies and not-for-profit organizations. He has been the Co-Chair of the National P3/Infrastructure Group and the National Transportation Group. He is a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Canadian Council for Public-Private Partnerships, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, the Institute of Corporate Directors. He is Honorary Counsel to the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) and for the Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA).