2022 AGM Nominee Bios and Registration Link
For the 2022-2023 OPTA Board election, there are 8 vacancies to be filled. At least 5 of these vacancies must be filled by employees of transit system members. Click HERE to see the current Board member status.
Transit System Nominees
Brad Tubman, OC Transpo
Catherine Baldelli, Burlington Transit
Kyle Catney, York Region Transit
Tyson Cragg, Transit Windsor
Tony D’Alessandro, Milton Transit
My professional career in the transit industry began in 2004 as a Transit Planner at Oakville Transit. I was primarily responsible for planning and scheduling conventional transit services, creating operator paddles/boards as well as providing feedback on proposed developments throughout the Town. In 2007, I accepted a position at the Town of Milton as Coordinator, Transit where I supported the foundation for establishing a transit system from the ground-up in a rapidly growing community. In my current role as Director, Transit Services, I have been able to bring forward a number of strategic initiatives that have helped increase the Town’s exposure to transit; enhancing community engagement, advancing service investment and garnering Council support.
I have been on the OPTA Board of Directors since September 2015 and have welcomed the role of Treasurer on the Executive Board since April 2018. Throughout the initial phases of the COVID-19 pandemic, I had chaired the COVID-19 Recovery Working Group to help facilitate system collaboration for the adoption of various health and safety measures. Additionally, I am an active representative on the CUTA Board of Directors representing a voice for small transit systems. These experiences have provided me with a diverse perspective of the public transit industry to help advance advocacy efforts.
Please accept my submission of interest to serve as a member of the OPTA Board of Directors for the 2022-2024 term. I believe I can continue to bring my experience, personal integrity and commitment to serve the mandate of the Board and its members. With a diverse background in the transit industry and over 15 years of progressive experience in a small and growing transit system, I would be able to provide a unique perspective and contribute to matters of advocacy, government relations and priority awareness. Notwithstanding the above, I am a continuous learner and would greatly value active participation on the OPTA Board as a platform to share and resolve emerging issues related to COVID-19 recovery, service diversification, system planning and operational matters.
On a personal note, I am grateful to be part of a growing industry where each other’s experiences are valued and openly shared. As an OPTA Board member, I would continue to cultivate diverse perspectives and knowledge, to support the evolution of the public transit industry.
Vince Rodo, Brampton Transit
Vincent Rodo is the Director of Brampton Transit and has been in this role since 2017. Vince has over 35 years’ experience in the transit industry and was previously the Chief Financial and Administrative Officer with the Toronto Transit Commission. Vince has a Bachelor of Commerce degree, CPA, CMA and Chartered Director designations. He currently serves as Vice-Chair on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Public Transit Association (OPTA). Vince is responsible for overseeing the Operations and Maintenance divisions within Brampton Transit and has been a leader in a number of key transit initiatives.
Bem Case, Toronto Transit Commission
With 20+ years at the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC), Bem has worked in a wide range of roles, including: infrastructure and vehicle maintenance, engineering, capital program delivery, safety and enterprise risk management, and intergovernmental relations.
Currently, Bem is the Executive Director of TTC’s Innovation and Sustainability Program (ISP). The ISP is aimed at seeking, capturing, evaluating, incubating and implementing ideas that are needed now to maximize the public’s investments for the future benefit of TTC customers, the broader public, and the global environment. Through this program, Bem is directly accountable for the stewardship of a $10+ billion portfolio of capital programs, including procurement and overhaul of subway trains, streetcars, buses, wheel-trans, and the electrification infrastructure required to decarbonize TTC’s fleets and facilities.
Paul Buck, Belleville Transit
Paul is a supporter of regional transit opportunities that are developed with a cooperative effort of neighboring agencies and municipalities. With more than 20 years’ experience in Transit Operations in both the Municipal and Private sector he knows the importance of strong cooperation. He has worked on many transit projects including Bus Rapid Transit launches, Mobile Fare Payment, New Facilities start-ups and CAD/AVL launches. In November 2019 Belleville Transit and Pantonium Inc. were awarded the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) Corporate Leadership Award for Innovation in Transit for the On Demand Project.
Chad Sadowy, New Flyer Industries
Chad is the Regional Sales Manager of Canada for New Flyer and MCI, subsidiaries of NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”), one of the world’s largest independent bus and coach manufacturers and a provider of four pillar mobility solutions including buses and coaches, infrastructure solutions, connected technology, and workforce development. Chad Sadowy is the living example of a successful rise-through-the-ranks, lifelong learning, second generation employee. His three-decade career in the bus and motorcoach field began at Motor Coach Industries Inc. (“MCI”) on the production lines, before he advanced through roles including Quality Assurance, Product Support Specialist, Business Excellence Manager (obtaining his Six Sigma Black Belt), Technical Solutions Manager, and Vice President of Sales for Western Canada. With his recent move to the position of Regional Sales Manager of Canada with New Flyer and MCI, Chad has continued to expand his skillset through the new mobility era, becoming an exceptionally astute product expert. Chad is also a highly active advocate and ally for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in transportation. In addition to serving transit agencies across Canada, he participates regularly in New Flyer’s cofounding and ongoing leadership of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (“COMTO”) Toronto and Region Chapter – which was named emerging chapter of the year in 2020 – and frequently attends in CUTA Technical Services committee, Maintenance and Vehicle Technology subcommittee, CUTA COVID Weekly Conventional Transit meeting, CUTRIC ZEB committee and conferences, OPTA Live, Business Member and AGM events, and APTA Latinos in Transit (LIT) events.
Sophie Le Blanc, Transit App
John Pagliaro, Bytemark
John Pagliaro joined the Bytemark Management Team in January of 2021 as our Executive Director for Canada. In this role, John leads Bytemark’s efforts and delivery throughout Canada. John is a recognized leader in both the payment and fintech industry. Most recently, John served as the Senior Vice President of National Account Sales for Moneris Canada, where he managed the organization’s enterprise portfolio and drove new opportunities, helping clients find the best payment solutions. During his tenure, John collaborated with some of Canada’s biggest businesses (including transportation and parking leaders) to create seamless, secure customer experiences through emerging payment technologies. Before joining Moneris, John served as Director of Sales at American Express Canada and Senior Manager, Small and Medium Enterprise Markets, at RBC Royal Bank.
Doug Parker, IBI
I have been working as a Transit Technology Consultant with public transit agencies for over 30 years. I am an Engineer and Sr Practice Lead, Transit Technology at IBI Group. I lead a team of professionals specialized in working with transit agency staff on how to most effectively and strategically apply transit technology. To improve agency planning, operations, maintenance for electrification, revenue collection, security, and customer information. In addition to strategy development, we work with transit agency staff in supporting technology projects deployment. This includes specifications, procurement, design review, configuration, testing, evaluation, and business process analysis associated with deploying transit technology projects. I have worked with many transit agencies in Ontario (and beyond – in Canada, US, and globally). In Ontario, these agencies include (from roughly west to east): Transit Windsor, Sarnia Transit, London Transit Commission, Grand River Transit, Guelph Transit, Brantford Transit, Hamilton Street Railway, Niagara Falls Transit, Mississauga Transit, Brampton Transit, Metrolinx, Toronto Transit Commission, York Region Transit, Barrie Transit, Belleville Transit, and OC Transpo.
Through my ongoing involvement with many different transit agencies as a consultant, I have developed a strong understanding of and appreciation for how essential are the benefits of effective public transit (and also of the many associated challenges). I have a strong desire to continue to help foster the development and improvement of public transit in Ontario. Serving on the OPTA Board will be an opportunity for me to continue to apply my experience and expertise, for ongoing contribution to sustaining and enhancing public transit in Ontario. I am very good at collaborating and communicating. I would bring these capabilities to bear in helping to facilitate effective results by the Board (and also its Committees and task groups). I bring a history of ongoing service with transit associations including: – In the Executive for the CUTA Technical Services Committee since 2019 (currently Chair) – Participated in the OPTA Conference Planning Committee since 2017 – Organized and moderated an OTE session each year since 2018
Bill Lupkoski, BYD
A senior manager with more than 40 years’ experience in the transit industry, Bill Lupkoski is known and respected for his comprehensive technical expertise, his ability to build effective, high-performing teams, and his responsive approach to industry colleagues. Bill brings a unique three-pronged perspective to his work, having spent 24+ years as a transit vehicle mechanic for a large transit property in Ontario (Hamilton Street Railway), almost 4 years as a transit fleet manager (Grand River Transit), a combined 14 years with Cummins Eastern Canada, where he intensified his in-depth knowledge of engine and transit products, 5+ years with Alexander Dennis focusing on the double-decker bus world, and now with BYD Canada, helping bring electric buses to the Canadian market. His extensive personal experience in all of these roles has helped Bill to cultivate a unique understanding of the needs of the transit customer – through the lens of the transit manager, the transit mechanic, and the transit supplier. In demand for his technical expertise, Bill enjoys being an ambassador and representing his organization to the broader transit community. Bill also spent 26 years as a well respected volunteer minor hockey coach in Hamilton, where he enjoyed encouraging and inspiring young people to work as a team as they discover, develop and improve their hockey skills.
Jordan Brock, Strategic Mapping
Barry Dykeman, USSC
I have been part of the Canadian Transit Industry for over 20 yrs. I began my career with Luminator in the supply community and after 11 years moved to the manufacturing side where I joined New Flyer as their Canadian Sales Manager. After continuing that role for over 10 yrs. I moved back to the supply community in January 2020 where I am now the National Sales Manager for United Safety. I am also active in several CUTA and CUTA Chapter, APTA and State level associations committees, COMTO (Toronto and Region Chapter) and I am currently serving on the Ontario Public Transportation Association (OPTA) Board
After serving previous terms on the OPTA Board and participating in National CUTA committees I am keen to continue with my position on the OPTA Board by representing the interest of fellow business members of the association and assisting the Transit Agency partners at the Board level.
Tom Glover, MTB
Starting in the bus industry in my mid-teens I developed a passion in the transit industry. Employed at Ontario Bus Industries, I was able to see buses being repaired, refurbished as well as manufactured. Moving into the manufacturing side of Ontario Bus I met individuals that I still converse with today. There I undertook sheet metal working, warehouse inventory control, shipping and receiving and managing key aspects of Aftermarket Parts. Joining MTB in 1989 and with a strong passion for the bus industry, I have been instrumental in the growth of MTB’s business, having managed every single project that has come through our shop for more than three decades. Since 2013 I have been responsible for the Sales and Marketing division for the MTB Team. The transit marketplace has always fascinated me especially with the input, insight and leadership that has developed in individuals and the authorities themselves. Since working with MTB, my friendships and contacts have grown as MTB has been fortunate enough to supply our services to many transit authorities throughout Canada and the United States. With such a push and realization regarding the environmental issues that are forefront, I believe I could offer valuable insight to the transit industry for a push to green/clean power. Though always exciting over the past 40 years, the growth in transit is at a new level. I am very interested in how transit can be further improved by going green as well as exploring the financial risks and gains going forward. I believe my background in the bus industry can offer added value to OPTA and the Ontario transit authorities.
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