President & CEO, CUTRIC
As the President & CEO of CUTRIC, Dr. Josipa Petrunic is leading the formulation of national transportation and energy systems analyses, including battery electric vehicles (BEV), hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) and zero-emissions transit technologies.
As one of Canada’s leading experts in Zero-Emissions Bus (ZEB) innovation deployment projects, Dr. Petrunic has designed, developed and launched the Pan-Canadian Electric Bus Demonstration & Integration Trial (Phases I-II), the Pan-Canadian Hydrogen Fuel Cell Demonstration…
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
Fractional Chief Operating Officer
The foundation of her career focused on developing the processes, people, and systems to support strategic goals. Over the last 15 years her operations expertise expanded to include finding, developing and managing significant domestic and international partnerships. Most recently, she led and managed government and industry partnerships that supported the development of large strategic initiatives including leading a proposal to support the $400M ENCQOR proposal submission that brought pre-commercial 5G R&D infrastructure to small and medium companies in Ontario and Quebec. An earlier IBM transit smartcard proposal valued at $200M harnessed IBM’s global knowledge base, local and international partners, and technology credentials to create a competitive market position.
Known for her strategic and grounded approach, Ms. Davies received an MBA from Ivey Business School and B. Math from the University of Waterloo and received her management consulting and project management training at IBM’s global training facilities.
Fractional Chief Financial Officer
Marianne focuses on building trust with CEOs and owners. She partners with them to convert their strategic visions into productive and growth building initiatives. Marianne rapidly assesses a situation and identifies quick wins and long-term opportunities to maximize the value of their company, while mitigating risk. She rolls up her sleeves and collaboratively customizes a sustainable plan to improve the company’s financial health.
Her experience includes working with owners and executives across all business lines to help them to see the bigger financial picture including all elements that support a positive cash flow. She speaks your language about your operations and translates numbers into something that supports you in reaching your operational goals. Marianne is a firm believer in solving challenging areas through group buy-in to achieve better profitability.
Marianne holds a Finance and Accounting Bachelor’s degree from the University of Applied Sciences in Austria and is a Canadian Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Canadian Certified Management Accountant (CMA).
Marianne is based in Toronto, Canada.
Human Resources Legal Advisor
Her management experience, combined with her years of experience as a managerial attorney in labour and employment law as well as in occupational health and safety law, has bestowed her with a global understanding and vision that allows her to adopt strategies that encompass all aspects of the business.
Fractional Director: Membership, Marketing and Communications
During her time with Canada’s national Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association (APMA) and Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade, she successfully implemented structured sales strategies to improve membership and foreign direct investment goals, respectively. In addition, she has worked extensively with global automotive suppliers and manufacturers, where she led Industry 4.0 implementations, planned and executed corporate Environmental Social Governance (ESG) strategies, and secured government funding for over $150M in global business expansions
At CUTRIC, Nadia holds an advisory role in supporting the planning and execution for strategic initiatives around Membership, Marketing and Communications
Nadia is currently based in Mississauga, Ontario.
ZEB Consulting Services
Program Manager: ZEB Consulting Services and Business Development
Prior to CUTRIC, Parvathy worked in project management, environmental consulting, quality control, research, teaching and knowledge translation at various organizations. She is a certified six sigma black belt (ASQ CSSBB®) from the American Society for Quality (ASQ), project management professional (PMP®), and a certified Environmental Professional (EP®) from ECO Canada.
Parvathy Pillai is currently based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Hon. B.Sc. – Life Sciences, McMaster University
Hon. B.Sc. – Chemistry, McMaster University
Senior Lead – Data Science and Knowledge Management
Roberto previously worked with electrical measurement techniques 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 to the development of the measurement theory of Impedances by investigating constraints imposed on measured data by physical principles such as causality relations.
Dr. Roberto Sardenberg is currently based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
M.Sc. – Physics, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil
BSc – Physics, Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG), Brazil
Zero-Emission Bus (ZEB) Simulation GIS Technician
Junli received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Earth and Environmental Sciences Co-op with a specialization in Geographic Information System (GIS) from McMaster University and he is currently pursuing the GIS Professional (GISP®) designation.
Prior to CUTRIC, Junli worked as a GIS Technician for Ontario Land Trust Alliance. He created the maps and geoprocessed spatial data through ArcGIS to support various land conservation projects. During Junli’s co-op, Junli utilized his GIS knowledge and geospatial techniques to support electric mobility data analysis for McMaster Institute for Transportation & Logistics and to assist the implementation of Source Protection Plans for the Regional Municipality of Halton.
Junli Hu is currently based in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada.
Social Scientist: Low Carbon Smart Mobility
Ms. Choudhury has worked in various sectors like Energy, Environment, Wildlife, Mental Health and Education. Prior to CUTRIC, she worked as a researcher with the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association to solve the existing issues faced by urban Indigenous people in Canada.
Ms. Choudhury has a Masters in Anthropology from the University of Alberta, and a Masters in Ecology and Sustainable Development from Tata Institute of Social Sciences, India.
Titash Choudhury is currently based in Edmonton, Alberta.
M.A – Ecology Environment, and Sustainable Development, Tata Institute of Social Sciences
Hon. B.Sc – Microbiology, West Bengal State University
Project Management Office Consulting Lead
Prior to CUTRIC, Jim has provided project management training and PMO support to a wide range of organizations worldwide, is on the board of the BC Organizational Development Network, and has published books on teamwork for technical teams and developing personal resilience. He is a Project Management Professional (PMP®), and has an Hon. B.Sc. in Physics from Ottawa University.
Jim Brosseau is currently based in Burnaby, BC, Canada.
Project Management Professional (PMP®),
Zero-Emission Bus Simulation GIS Technician
Prior to CUTRIC, Ms. Ayyaz worked in the Transportation industry where she was responsible for creating streamlined workflow and cost-saving analysis for the collection of road-data. She also worked in Utilities where she made efficient processes and GIS related solutions.
Ms. Ayyaz received her Bachelor of Environmental Studies Degree in Geography and Environmental Management with a Specialization in Geomatics from the University of Waterloo. She also has her Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification received from QCDMS Consultants.
Ms. Ayyaz is currently based in Milton, Ontario.
Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification, QCDMS
Zero-Emission Bus Transportation Planner and Developer
Prior to CUTRIC, Ryan Welfle worked as a GIS Technician designing fibre optics circuits. He also volunteered as a coordinator for various community garden/seed-saving initiatives. He received his Bachelor in Environmental Studies, as well as a Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing from York University
Ryan Welfle is currently based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Certificate in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing, York University
Project Manager: Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) Initiatives
Jessica started her career in the publications department of the Centre for International Governance Innovation, before taking on a number of project development and program management roles at FIM-Forum for Democratic Global Governance and the World Design Organization, including leading five cycles of the World Design Capital initiative.
Ms. Hanson completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at McGill University, a Masters of Arts in International Relations at the University of Sussex and obtained the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification in 2015.
Jessica is currently based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
MA in International Relations
BA in Political Science
Zero-Emission Bus Simulation GIS Technician
Prior to CUTRIC, Tanyaradzwa worked as a GIS Analyst in natural resource management, providing geospatial analysis support, designing and developing GIS models and tools as well as producing high quality cartographic products. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from University of Zimbabwe and a joint Master of Science Degree in Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation for Environmental Modelling and Management from University of Twente (ITC), the Netherlands and Lund University, Sweden.
Tanyaradzwa Muswera is currently based in Calgary, Alberta.
Hon. B.A. – Geography, University of Zimbabwe
Zero Emission Bus (ZEB) Simulation Modeller
B.Sc. – Electrical Engineering, University of Jordan
Membership Success Officer
Prior to CUTRIC, Ms. Assunçao-Denis worked as a transportation planner and project manager at several international organizations including ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) and UN-Habitat. She has contributed to public policies, active and public transportation projects as well as urban and community development proposals. Before moving back to Canada in 2019, she worked a few years in international and community development, which led her to live in seven countries over four continents. She also studied bicycle planning, architecture and graphic design, and she is a published researcher in the field of active transportation. She is fluent in French, English and Spanish, and also speaks Portuguese.
Marie-Ève Assunçao-Denis is currently based in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
Planning the Cycling City Summer School, University of Amsterdam’s Urban Cycling Institute
AA Mexico City Visiting School, Architectural Association School of Architecture
B.A. – International Development Studies and Political Science, McGill University
Certificate in International Cooperation, University of Montreal
A.C.S. – Community Development and Intercultural Relations, Marie-Victorin College
Operations & Communications
Governance & Funding Proposal Coordinator
Jess sits on Fierté Canada Pride’s Board of Directors as Vice President of Governance, and does activist work for the 2SLGBTQ+ community. Prior to CUTRIC, they worked as a Legal Coordinator and Digital Producer in Halifax.
Jess Smith is currently based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Ms Moss also supports the positive branding and reputational growth of CUTRIC nationally. Prior to CUTRIC, Caren worked in operations and volunteer management and has extensive experience with NGOs and grassroots organizations in the art industry in South Africa.
Caren Moss is currently based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Hons. BA Art History, University of South Africa
BA. Art History, Rhodes University
Certificate in Creative Writing, Rhodes University
Certificate in Public Relations, University of South Africa
Managing for Results, Gordon Institute for Business Science
With a B.Sc. from McGill, Leah specializes in translating technical and scientific information into content for a general audience. She has written on behalf of cabinet ministers, senior executives and Canada’s Chief Science Advisor, and has been published in university and trade magazines.
Leah Geller is currently based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
National Administrative Coordinator & Marketing Lead
Prior to CUTRIC, Melissa worked as a Professional Officer of Marketing and Communications at the City of Cape Town (South Africa).
Melissa Heynes is currently based in Okotoks, Alberta, Canada.
Certificate in Public Relations at the University of South Africa
Certified Digital Marketing Professional (CDMP) from the Digital Marketing Institute
Zero-Emission Bus (ZEB) Commercialization Team Lead
Prior to CUTRIC, Conrad coordinated communications for net zero pathways in Canada. Before that, he worked in project management for Low Carbon Transport on policy and demonstration efforts, Cleantech Innovation for start-ups, and Industrial Energy Efficiency systems solutions with specialized international organizations. He is an Accredited Change Management Specialist (ACM Specialist) and is working towards his PMP. Conrad received his Bachelor of Arts in International Studies including his Honours Degree in Political Science from Stellenbosch University in South Africa. He obtained his joint Master of Arts Degree in Global Studies from the University of Wrocław in Poland and the University of Vienna in Austria.
Conrad is currently based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Project Management Professional (Candidate), PMI
M.A. – Global Studies (Energy Governance), University of Wrocław & University of Vienna
B.A. Honours – Political Science, Stellenbosch University
B.A. – International Studies, Stellenbosch University
Project Manager: Rail Innovation and Smart Mobility
Prior to CUTRIC, Maria led integrated physical security projects with the introduction of new technology in transportation facilities with the Government of Canada. She participated in the development of the Confederation Line, the Ottawa Light Rail Transit project and the Hwy 417 Expansion project. She holds the Next Generation Transportation certificate from the Simon Fraser University and has a Master of Science in Logistics Management with Transportation System concentration from the Universidad Nacional de la Fuerza Armada Nacional in Venezuela.
Maria Pinto is currently based in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
M.Sc. – Logistics Management (Transportations Systems Concentration), Universidad de la Fuerza Armada Nacional, Venezuela
B. Sc. – Architecture, Universidad de los Andes, Venezuela
Advanced Technician – Design of Civil Engineering Construction, IUT Antonio José de Sucre, Venezuela
Government Relations Lead
Hon B.A. - Political Science and International Studies