Dr. Andreas Truckenbrodt is Chief Executive and Chief Technical Officer for AFCC and responsible for driving the commercialization of the company’s fuel cell activities. Previously, Dr. Truckenbrodt was responsible for the DaimlerChrysler Hybrid Development Center following a number of high level executive positions within DaimlerChrysler including the head of the company’s Fuel Cell and Alternative Powertrain Vehicles. Dr. Truckenbrodt has also worked with Ballard Power Systems, Daewoo and BMW following his studies in Aeronautics and Aerospace Engineering at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, and receipt of his PhD in Mechanics and Control Systems in 1981.
Tim Bovich is Chief Financial and CFCP Finance Officer and a manager at Ford Motor Company on assignment at AFCC. Mr. Bovich is responsible for the finance and IT functions at AFCC. Mr. Bovich has 16 years experience in the Finance organization of Ford including control responsibilities for marketing and sales, product development, and international operations. Mr. Bovich earned both his Bachelor of Science degree and his Masters of Business Administration from Purdue University.
Chris Di Lello is Director Operations at AFCC. Prior to AFCC, Mr. Di Lello led various functions within Ballard Power Systems including the supply chain and development of Ballard’s first commercial fuel cell manufacturing facility. Prior to 2000, Mr. Di Lello worked with General Motors Canada with responsibility for manufacturing engineering, line maintenance, production supervision, lean manufacturing initiatives, and leading process capacity increases within General Motors’ most automated car assembly facility. Mr. Di Lello holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University, Flint, Michigan, an M.Eng in Electrical Engineering from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, and an M.B.A. in Science and Technology from Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario.
Rob Esterer is Director Program Management & Integration. Prior to AFCC, Mr. Esterer worked with Ballard Power Systems from 1998 to 2008, where he was responsible for various stationary and automotive fuel cell stack development programs. Previously, Mr. Esterer held various project and construction management, engineering and consulting positions in the paper industry. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia (1986) and is a licensed Professional Engineer in British Columbia.
Gregory Frenette is Director Component Development & AFCC Research. Mr. Frenette led Ford Motor Company’s first fuel cell vehicle launch and global fleet deployment. He also led the design and development of Ford’s first plug-in hybrid vehicle fleet, and has held numerous engineering leadership positions in Ford’s product development activity. Prior to joining Ford Motor Company in 1990, Mr. Frenette was engaged in advanced propulsion systems design and development on the M1A1 main battle tank working for General Dynamics Land Systems. Mr. Frenette holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Michigan. He also holds a Masters of Business Administration from Wayne State University.
Arthur Pismenny is Corporate Development Manager at AFCC and responsible for strategy development initiatives, including external communications with Government and other strategically important organizations. Prior to AFCC, Mr. Pismenny led a variety of initiatives at Ballard Power Systems in Product Development, Manufacturing Process Development, and Supply Chain & Operations. Arthur holds a Master’s degree in Materials Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also received certifications in Project Management (PMI PMP), Six Sigma (ASQ CSSBB, and SigmaPro CSSMBB) and participated in the Executive Leadership Development program at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Glenn St. Onge is Head of Human Resources. Mr. St. Onge is responsible for designing and implementing HR strategies and programs that attract, develop and retain talent for a high-performing workforce. To support AFCC’s growth and continued success, Mr. St. Onge is focused on employee engagement, leadership development and talent management initiatives. Prior to joining AFCC, Mr. St. Onge spent 9 years as Director, Human Resources for QLT Inc. He also held a variety of Human Resources roles with WorkSafe BC, BC Transit and the Hudson’s Bay Company. Mr. St. Onge received a Bachelor of Psychology degree from York University in Toronto.