Management Team

Dr. Joachim Blum

Chief Executive Officer and Chief Technology Officer and a Senior Manager at Daimler Group on assignment at AFCC

Mr. Blum has more than 19 years’ experience in automotive development. Prior to AFCC, he was responsible for fuel cell and hydrogen tank system component development at Daimler Group. He has earned a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Process Systems Engineering from RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Tim Bovich

Chief Financial Officer and a manager at Ford Motor Company on assignment at AFCC

Mr. Bovich is responsible for the Finance, Legal 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.

Jim Boerger

Director of Operations and a manager at Ford Motor Company on assignment at AFCC

Mr. Boerger is responsible for operational logistics at AFCC. Mr. Boerger has over 30 years experience in the automotive industry, holding leadership positions in powertrain product development and manufacturing. Mr. Boerger earned his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and Masters of Business Administration from the University of Michigan.

Chris Di Lello

Chief Program Engineer

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

Director Engineering

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.

Mike Sexsmith

Director, Research & Development

Mr. Sexsmith is responsible for leading the innovation process as well as the research and development department at AFCC. He has over 20 years experience in the development of fuel cell stacks and their application into automobiles. In recent years he has worked on technology strategy and the interfaces between the stack and other power train components. Prior to AFCC Mr. Sexsmith worked at Ballard Power Systems where he held various roles in research and product development focused on cell design engineering. Mr. Sexsmith is a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence.  He received his Masters of Applied Science in Materials Engineering and a Bachelors Degree in Engineering Physics from the University of British Columbia.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in British Columbia.

Glenn St. Onge

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.

Robert Artibise

Sr. Manager, Stack Engineering

Leslie Berg

Manager, Finance

Jason Birdsall

Program Manager, Next Generation

Robert Boulianne

Engineering Manager, Program Interface

Simon Farrington

Manager, Novel Tools/Methods & Benchmarking

Herwig Haas

Sr. Manager, MEA Engineering

Rob Holland

Manager, Quality Management Systems

Sharon Howatt

Manager, Legal Affairs

Sumit Kundu

Manager, Validation, Testing & Characterization

Wendy Lee

Manager, CCM & Electrode Engineering

Jing Li

Principal Scientist

David Musil

Manager, R&D Portfolio

Arthur Pismenny


Michael Procter

Manager, Stack Systems Engineering

Mark Reimer

Manager, Facilities, Prototypes and EH&S

Chris Richards

Manager, Hardware & Mechanical Interface

Joy Roberts

Manager, MEA Fabrication

Jose Rubio

Program Manager, Technical

Juergen Stumper

Manager, CL Research & Modeling

Andrea Sudik

Manager, GDL Engineering

Mirek Urban

Manager, CAD & Design Services

Rajeev Vohra

Manager, CCM Components