ABOUT CUTRIC

Our Board of Directors

Our board of directors represents key leaders in the transportation
industry with a shared mission to reduce or eliminate emissions in urban transit.

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Jennifer (Chair)
McNeill

Vice President, Sales & Marketing (Public Sector), New Flyer

About Jennifer (Chair)
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

Bachelor of Science – Mechanical Engineering, University of Manitoba

M.B.A - Master of Business Administration, University of Manitoba
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Kymm (Vice Chair)
Girgulis

Senior Key Account Manager, BC Hydro

About Kymm (Vice Chair)
Kymm Girgulis is a Senior Key Account Manager with BC Hydro supporting the Transportation Sector. Kymm has had extensive experience supporting various transportation projects throughout British Columbia as it relates to energy conservation and electrification. In particular, Kymm has worked in strong partnership with Transit agencies, Ports and Airports in the Province.
Bachelor of Arts, English Language and Literature, University of Alberta

Master of Business Administration, Management Consulting, Royal Roads University
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Tracey
Davis

Manager of Fleet and Maintenance, Saskatoon Transit

About Tracey
Tracey Davis is the Fleet and Maintenance Manager for Saskatoon Transit where she aims to improve process and efficiency to build a more reliable and consistent transit operation.

Prior to her current role, Tracey managed Saskatoon’s Access Transit operation and was the catalyst in developing the Accessible Transit Training Program that is now available through CUTA. After seeing a gap in information and training for people new to the accessible environment, the work began to build the program. Tracey is a graduate from Athabasca University where she obtained her MBA.

Bachelor in Agriculture, Animal Science, University of Sasketchewan

MBA, Leadership, Athabasca University
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Angela
Allain

Director of Transit, Codiac Transpo

About Angela
Angela began her career at Codiac Transpo 32 years ago in a marketing and promotions role. In1995 she was promoted to Operations Manager and for the past ten years has been the Director of Transit Services.

Codiac Transpo provides public transit services to three municipalities, namely Moncton, Riverview and Dieppe, New Brunswick, with 37 conventional transit buses, 19 bus routes and 110 employees. Several technology investments are currently underway including a zero emission study by CUTRIC.

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Sue (Past Chair)
Connor

Project Lead, Fleet Electrification, City of Burlington

About Sue (Past Chair)
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. 

In 2003, she moved to the role of General Manager, Transit for the City of Brampton, the 9th largest city in Canada. In this role she led a team of 1000+ employees and managed a multi-million-dollar budget in one of the fastest growing municipalities in Canada. 

After retiring from the City of Brampton in 2017, she started working for the City of Burlington as Director of Transit.  Sue is a past Chair of the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and Chair of Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC) and currently is a member of both associations’ Board of Directors.
York University
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Mark (Treasurer)
Shorey

Director of Finance, Ground Transportation Systems Canada Inc.

About Mark (Treasurer)
Mark Shorey is Director, Finance for the Thales Global Centre of Competence for Urban Rail and Mobility headquartered in Toronto.

A Chartered Professional Accountant, Mark has previously held Director roles in Business Strategy and Business Development involved in both the capture and deployment phases of many large key global projects over his 25 years with Thales.

Currently he is responsible for Finance support for Business Development and R&D Operations including the commercial management of Funding projects.

In additional to holding a CPA CMA designation, Mark holds a Bachelor Degree with Certificate of Honours Standing in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and also sits on the Board of Directors of Innovation ENCQOR.
Bachelor Degree - Economics, University of Western Ontario

CPA, CMA
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Imran
Hussain

VP eMobility and Electrification Automation at Siemens Canada

About Imran
Imran Hussain is the Vice President and Country Head of eMobility and Electrification & Automation Business Units of Siemens Canada Limited. He is responsible for Strategic management, Business Development and Operations of the businesses. He drives innovations for Sustainability, decarbonization and digitalization in eMobility and Electrification & Automation within Siemens Canada Limited. Mr Hussain also engages with Siemens Research and Development Teams in Germany and the United States for launching new and sustainable portfolios in Canada that addresses the needs of environmentally friendly and clean technologies.

Mr. Hussain joined Siemens Canada in 2002 and has taken various roles in Siemens including Design Engineering, Project Management and Business Development. Prior to heading the Business Units in Siemens, he was the head of Project Management for the Transmission and Distribution Division of Siemens including High Voltage Products, Medium Voltage and Low Voltage Equipment, Energy Automation , Protection and Control Systems. Before joining Siemens Canada, he worked in Siemens Erlangen, Germany and has gone through various Siemens technical and management training in Germany and the United Kingdom.

He is a Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario and holds a Master's degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Calgary. Mr Hussain actively participates and contributes to Corporate Social Responsibility initiatives like tree planting in Oakville, mentoring and training new generations and sometimes plays tennis with his family and friends.

Masters in Electrical Engineering, University of Calgary

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Eddie
Robar

Branch Manager Fleet and Facility Services at Edmonton Transit Services

About Eddie
In 2016, Eddie Robar traded ferries for trains when he moved his family across the country to become the Branch Manager of Edmonton Transit Service. He is responsible for six sections comprising nearly 2,800 employees, which work together to deliver bus, paratransit, LRT and safety and security services 365 days a year to over one million people in the greater Edmonton area.

Building on his 14 years of experience with Halifax Transit where he oversaw a number of initiatives, including a transit strategy review and amalgamation of regional transit services within the Halifax Regional Municipality, Eddie came to Edmonton prepared to roll up his sleeves.

Eddie currently sits on the board of the Canadian Urban Transit Association, and has been recognized by Mass Transit Magazine as a Top 40 under 40 industry leader, and has several national transportation awards.

Eddie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Industrial Organizational Psychology and a Certificate in Human Resource Management, both from St. Mary’s University. He believes strongly that transit shapes cities, and is passionate about the opportunity to impact significant change for Edmonton.
Bacherlor of Arts, Industrial Organizational Psychology, St. Mary's University

Certificate in Human Resource Management, St. Mary's University
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Heather
Pratt

Executive Director, Research and Innovation, University of Windsor

About Heather
With a broad range of public, private and post-secondary administration throughout her career, Heather provides leadership to support the ongoing expansion of the research and innovation enterprise at the University of Windsor. In her current role as Executive Director Research and Innovation, she is supporting the research activities, technology transfer, research partnership development, knowledge mobilization and commercialization efforts to move the University’s research results to benefit society.

Heather is also a founding Director of the University of Windsor’s Entrepreneurship Practice and Innovation Centre (EPICentre), and continues to pursue research into entrepreneurship through her doctoral studies, with a focus on barriers to women and new venture creation.

MBA, Accounting, University of Windsor

Bachelor of Business Studies, Accounting, University of Windsor

Business Administration, Accounting, St. Clair College

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Nicolas
Pocard

Vice President Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Ballard

About Nicolas
Nicolas Pocard, brings to Ballard more 20 years of experience in business development and marketing at international level.

Nicolas joined the fuel cell industry in 2004 and Ballard Power Systems in 2012. Among his responsibilities, Nicolas looks after corporate market strategy, marketing activities, government relations and strategic partnerships for Ballard.

Nicolas is the Vice-Chair of the Board of the Canadian Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association (CHFCA) and a Board member of the California Hydrogen Business Council (CHBC) and of the Canadian Urban Transit Research & Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). He also represents Ballard with various Industry Associations and Government forums.

Nicolas holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from ESCOM (Paris) and a Master’s of Science from The Ohio State University (USA).

Master of Science, Ohio State University

Business Strategy, Cornell University

Engineering, Chemistry, Ecole supérieure de Chimie organique et minérale

B.Sc., Chemistry & Physics, Université de Paris

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Randy
Helmer

Vice President, Maintenance, Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC)

About Randy
Coast Mountain Bus Company (CMBC) is the largest operating company in the TransLink enterprise. Randy is responsible for oversight of the Maintenance Division, which includes Fleet Technical Support, Fleet Maintenance, Infrastructure Engineering, and SeaBus Engineering and Operations. In 2020, CMBC delivered 5.8M service hours, drove 113M kms and moved 139M passengers in the Greater Vancouver Region of British Columbia.

Randy is also the CMBC lead for TransLink’s Low Carbon Fleet Strategy where in 2018 TransLink formally adopted their organizational goals to achieve an 80% reduction in green house gas emissions and utilize 100% renewable energy in all operations by 2050. He has been with CMBC for the past 5 years.

Prior to joining CMBC, Randy worked in Ontario in the municipal sector, as Chief Administrative Officer for the Town of Prescott and Director of Infrastructure for the Municipality of West Nipissing. He has also held various engineering roles in health care, utilities, consulting and post-secondary sectors.

Randy attended Lakehead University where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. He is a registered engineer in British Columbia and Ontario.

Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering, Lakehead University

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Heidi
Dempster

General Manager, Brampton Transit

About Heidi
Heidi Dempster started her career at the City of Mississauga and joined the City of Brampton in 2008. With over 30 years of municipal government experience, holding various leadership roles in transit operations, public works, human resources and health, safety and wellness, Heidi is now the General Manager at Brampton Transit, one of the fastest growing big-city transit systems in Canada. Heidi is dedicated to increasing the efficiency, accessibility and sustainability of public transit for the community and leading fleet electrification to meet the City of Brampton’s GHG emission reduction targets.

Heidi currently serves as Co-Chair for the Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA) Human Resources/Operations Committee and Chair for the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Workforce Development Committee. She is committed to cultivating a positive work culture and is an advocate for diversity, equity and inclusion, leading a team of nearly 1,400 staff that support one of the most diverse cities in Canada.


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Steve
Kay

Manager of Business Development, Enbridge

About Steve
Steve Kay is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario and has worked for Enbridge for 29 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 & hydrogen 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 Vice-Chair of the Board of the YMCAs of Southwestern Ontario.

BASc, Mechanical Engineering, University of Waterloo