Conference Update

Like many organizations, we are closely following Health Canada’s guidelines for public gatherings ahead of our Conference. Our team looks forward to this event, but our central concern is the health and well-being of our staff and many supporters. As the situation continues to evolve rapidly, we are currently exploring how best we can engage on the critical topics covered by this conference, while maintaining everyone’s health and safety.

We expect to make a final decision about the conference by April 13, 2020 and will reach out to those who have registered with this information and post any updates.

About the Conference

After a hugely successful 1st Canadian Low Carbon Smart Mobility Technology Conference debut in 2019 featuring nearly 200 attendees and presentations from industry-leading public and private innovators, CUTRIC is proud to announce the 2nd Canadian Low-Carbon Smart Mobility Technology Conference: Zero Emissions Transit & Data Driven Smart Mobility in Winnipeg on June 17th – 19th, 2020

Confirmed Conference Keynotes!

Don’t miss this phenomenal learning and networking opportunity that will assist technology innovators, cities, transit systems, utilities, research organizations and manufacturers gain insight into the most cutting edge technology developments and innovation relating to the transportation sector. 

As the leading conference in zero emission transit and smart mobility, this conference aims to educate and mobilize industry champions, policy makers, planners, and integrators across Canada who are keen to partake in the best technology learning experience in the country about low and zero emission transportation solutions, smart mobility technology applications, and big data sharing and analysis.

Specific topics include:

1) Getting to zero emissions with battery! Battery electric bus deployments and experiences across Canada, U.S. and Europe

Leadership in battery electric bus (BEB) fleet deployments, charging systems integration, and energy storage optimization across transit and coach bus fleets for zero-emissions fleet operations across North America and Europe in 2020.  

2) Getting to zero with hydrogen! Hydrogen fuel cell electric bus deployments and experiences across Canada, US and Europe

Leadership in hydrogen fuel cell electric bus (FCEB) fleet deployments and fuelling systems integration across transit, coach bus fleets and rail for zero-emissions fleet operations across North America and Europe in 2020.  

3) Getting smart and smarter! First-kilometre/last-kilometre CAV mobility solutions for cities

Leadership in connected and autonomous mobility solutions for first kilometre/last kilometre challenge routes to enable integrated city mobility systems across North America and Europe in 2020  

4) Big data means better mobility! Collecting, analyzing and creating artificially intelligent data solutions in real-time for transit and public fleets

Leadership in cross-jurisdictional real-time data collection, analysis and machine-based solution building that supports optimized, low-carbon smart mobility deployments across North America and Europe in 2020

Date: June 17th – 19th, 2020

Location: Radisson Hotel Winnipeg Downtown, 288 Portage Ave, Winnipeg, MB R3C 0B8

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June 17

Annual General Meeting

10:00am – 12:00pm

Site Visits

1:00pm – 4:00pm

Conference Launch Dinner

5:30pm – 8:00pm


8:00pm – 9:00pm
June 18

Breakfast and Registration

7:30am – 8:00am

Welcome Address

8:00am – 8:25am


8:25am – 8:45am

Panel: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Battery Electric Bus and Fuel Cell Electric Bus Transit Operations

8:50am – 10:00am

Health Break

10:00am – 10:20am

Breakout Session #1A : What Role are Utilities Trying to Play? Canadian Utility Strategies for Transit & Heavy-Duty Electrification

10:20am – 11:20am

Breakout Session #1B: LIDAR, RADAR, Cameras, Action! The State of Automated Vehicle Technologies Today & The Challenges Looming

10:20am – 11:20am

Health Break

11:20am – 11:35am
11:35am – 11:55am

Lunch Break

11:55am – 1:00pm

Keynote: Financing 2getthere's Autonomous Vehicle Deployments

1:00pm – 1:20pm

Panel: More Money! Innovative Public-Private Funding-Financing Models to get to 5,000 ZEBs by 2025

1:20pm – 2:30pm

Health Break

2:30pm – 2:45pm

Breakout Session #2A : The Future Energy Supply Chain for ZEB Fleets (Part A): Energy Storage Integration with Transit Fleets

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Breakout Session #2B: ZEB Data: Real-Time Transit Data to Improve Operations, Reduce Costs, and Deliver Better Transit-Client Services

2:45pm – 3:45pm

Health Break

3:45pm – 4:00pm

Panel: Future Zero! Canadian Transit Systems Going Electric

4:00pm – 5:10pm

Five Year Anniversary Dinner Party (Off-Site)

6:15pm – 8:30pm


8:00pm – 9:30pm
June 19

Breakfast and Registration

7:30am – 8:00am

Welcome Address

8:00am – 8:25am

Keynote: How Fuel Cells Could be the Lowest Cost Solution for Zero Emission Transit

8:25am – 8:45am

Fireside Chat: The art of the possible? RoutΣ.i™ predictions of BEB & FCEB performance and limitations on blocks and routes, including deadheading, in three transit fleets

8:50am – 9:40am

Health Break

9:40am – 10:00am

Breakout Session #1A : The Future Energy Supply Chain for ZEB Fleets (Part B): Hydrogen Generation, Distribution & Storage Integration with Transit Fleets

10:00am – 11:00am

Breakout Session #1B: Cities Getting Smart: Generating, Sharing & Using Big Data from Smart Mobility Deployments

10:00am – 11:00am

Health Break

11:00am – 11:20am
11:20am – 11:35am

Lunch Break

11:55am – 1:00pm

Panel: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Autonomous Shuttle Pilot Experiences with Transit Systems & Cities

1:00pm – 2:10pm

Health Break

2:10pm – 2:20pm

Breakout Session #2A: Going the Distance with ZEB: Highways and rails, going cross-country across Canada with ZEB systems

2:20pm – 3:20pm

Breakout Session #2B: Regulating Ourselves Into and Out of Smart Mobility: The Canadian Regulatory Landscape for Connected and Automated Vehicles

2:20pm – 3:20pm

Health Break

3:20pm – 3:30pm

Panel: Canadian Transit Agencies Flipping the Switch and Electrifying Tomorrow!

3:30pm – 4:40pm

Closing Keynote

4:40pm – 5:00pm


5:00pm – 8:00pm


Carel van Helsdingen

Chief Executive Officer, 2getthere

Carel van Helsdingen, MSc (1950) is founder of Frog Navigation Systems and its spin-out company 2getthere, acting as its Chief Executive Officer. After graduating from the University of Technology in Delft in manufacturing engineering, Carel worked at Fluor Daniel, IBM and Burginvest Project Development before founding Frog Navigation Systems in 1984.

Carel has been in the automated transportation industry since 1984, realizing the world’s first free ranging Automated Guided Vehicles for industrial applications. Based on the on the company’s state-of-the-art technology, his vision lead to new markets for automated vehicles: ports, entertainment parks and people mover systems.

As CEO he was responsible for the growth of the company and successful applications at multinational companies such as GM, VW, Sony, HP, Apple and Disney. Recognizing the potential of autonomous vehicles, he lead the spin-out of 2getthere in 2007 and the delivery of the world’s first PRT application open to the public in 2010.

In addition to CEO of 2getthere, Carel coaches young entrepreneurs in the Netherlands.

Chris Stoddart

President - Transit Bus, New Flyer

Chris joined NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”) in 2007 and is responsible for leading the development and execution of operational strategy and performance for the New Flyer transit bus and ARBOC businesses within NFI, including Sales and Marketing, Supply Management, Materials, Engineering, Manufacturing, Quality, Program Management, and Customer Service.  Safety, working capital management, cost performance, and resource management are also key areas of responsibility. Prior to this role, Chris served as Senior Vice President, Engineering and Customer Service, overseeing New Product Development, Production Engineering, Sustainable Transportation, and Customer Service. Prior to New Flyer, Chris was Vice-President of Engineering at National Steel Car in the freight rail industry and spent nine years with General Motors. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BSME) specializing in Automotive Engineering Design from Kettering University, and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. Chris is a board member for CALSTART, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the growth of clean transportation technologies, and is an accredited Professional Engineer.

PhD – 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

BJ – Political Science and Journalism, Carleton University

Josipa Petrunic is the President and 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 Women’s Transportation Seminar – Toronto (WTS Toronto).  In 2018, she was named as one of Canada’s a Top 40 Under 40 by Bloomberg News and Canada’s Top Clean 50. In 2019, she was named Aspioneer Top 10 Influential Women Leaders.

Frank Meuhlon

Managing Director - Global E-Mobility Infrastructure Solutions, ABB Group

Frank Muehlon was appointed Managing Director of ABB’s global E-Mobility Infrastructure Solutions business in 2017. He oversees ABB’s entire range of charging and infrastructure for light duty vehicles to medium- and heavy-duty fleets, as well as grid connected solutions.

Prior to this role, Frank led ABB’s Low Voltage Modular Devices unit and was Managing Director of ABB Stotz-Kontakt GmbH in Heidelberg, Germany.  Before joining ABB in 2014, Frank had several global general management positions within the Automotive Division of Bosch, and has worked in Germany, China and the United States.

Frank has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering and business from the University of Darmstadt, Germany and lives close to Frankfurt, Germany.

Parvathy Pillai

Project Manager: ZEB Simulation & Commercialization

Project Management Professional (PMP)

M.Sc. – Global Health, McMaster University

Hon. B.Sc. – Life Sciences, McMaster University

Hon. B.Sc. – Chemistry, McMaster University

Parvathy Pillai is the Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicle Program Lead at CUTRIC, based in the Toronto office. In this role, Parvathy manages diverse aspects of CUTRIC’s Pan-Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle Demonstration & Integration Trial project and supports the revival of Canada’s hydrogen prominence in the public transportation sector.  Parvathy also supports the organizational project management of CUTRIC.

Parvathy is a certified project management professional (PMP) ® and holds the Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) ® designation from PMI.

Prior to CUTRIC, Parvathy has worked in project management, environmental consulting, quality control, research, teaching and knowledge translation at various organizations. Parvathy earned her Master of Science from McMaster University, following her undergraduate studies in Chemistry and Life Sciences. 

Robert Campbell

Chief Commercial Officer, Ballard Power Systems

Rob Campbell was appointed Chief Commercial Officer at Ballard Power Systems in May 2017. Mr. Campbell’s responsibilities include global business development, sales, marketing, product line management and after-sales service activities in the Company’s key Power Products markets of Heavy Duty Motive, Material Handling and Back-up Power.

Rob has considerable experience in global business development for technology based products in China, Japan, India, Europe and the United States. He has deep knowledge of high-growth markets and engineering-based capital equipment sales to sophisticated customers.

Mr Campbell was most recently President and CEO of SoloPower Systems Inc., Prior to SoloPower his career included: SVP of Business Development at Energy Conversion Devices and Solar Integrated Technologies in the US., EVP of Sales and Marketing at Hydrogenics in Ontario, Canada and senior leadership roles at several construction and power generation companies in Ontario, Canada.

Mr. Campbell earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering at Queen’s University and an MBA in Finance and Marketing at York University’s Schulich School of Business. He is a licensed Professional Engineer with the Professional Engineers Association of Ontario.

Ryan Popple is the president and CEO of Proterra, the leading innovator of zero-emission, battery-electric buses. Prior to Proterra, Ryan was a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. An early employee of Tesla Motors, he was senior director of finance, with a focus on strategic planning, technology cost reduction and corporate finance. Ryan serves as a board member of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and is focused on increasing access to affordable, sustainable transportation solutions throughout Silicon Valley and the Bay Area, through strategic partnerships and policy initiatives. He is also a member of the California League of Conservation Voters Green Advisory Council where he provides guidance on political and legislative priorities, communications planning and development efforts. Ryan has served in the U.S. Army, received a bachelor’s in business administration from the College of William & Mary and a master’s in business administration from Harvard University.