Leadership

Chris Stoddart
Chris Stoddart

President, New Flyer

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Chris joined New Flyer 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.

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Chris Stoddart
Chris Stoddart

President, New Flyer

Chris joined New Flyer 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.

Margaret Lewis
Margaret Lewis

Senior Vice President, Manufacturing & Facilities

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Margaret Lewis is a seasoned manufacturing veteran with over thirty years of progressive plant management and operational, quality, and manufacturing leadership experience around the globe. Margaret joined New Flyer in 2009 as Senior Vice President, Quality and Continuous Improvement, and assumed the Senior Vice President, Manufacturing & Facilities role in 2018. Margaret is responsible for all New Flyer transit bus manufacturing and facilities operations across the U.S. and Canada, working closely with engineering, quality, safety, and supply chain functions. Prior to New Flyer, Margaret spent 15 years in senior management positions with Lear Corporation, including Vice President of Metals Operations in India and Vice President of Quality for the North American Seating Division. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Akron and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Michigan State University, and achieved the Manager of Quality & Organizational Excellent Certification (CMQ/OE) from the American Society for Quality.

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Margaret Lewis
Margaret Lewis

Senior Vice President, Manufacturing & Facilities

Margaret Lewis is a seasoned manufacturing veteran with over thirty years of progressive plant management and operational, quality, and manufacturing leadership experience around the globe. Margaret joined New Flyer in 2009 as Senior Vice President, Quality and Continuous Improvement, and assumed the Senior Vice President, Manufacturing & Facilities role in 2018. Margaret is responsible for all New Flyer transit bus manufacturing and facilities operations across the U.S. and Canada, working closely with engineering, quality, safety, and supply chain functions. Prior to New Flyer, Margaret spent 15 years in senior management positions with Lear Corporation, including Vice President of Metals Operations in India and Vice President of Quality for the North American Seating Division. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Akron and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Michigan State University, and achieved the Manager of Quality & Organizational Excellent Certification (CMQ/OE) from the American Society for Quality.

James Pastor
James Pastor

Vice President, Quality and Continuous Improvement

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James is a quality management expert with nearly three decades of experience leading quality and program management in advanced manufacturing. James joined New Flyer in 2019 and is responsible for leading its quality assurance and continuous improvement function, with oversight across transit bus operations. Prior to New Flyer, James spent over fifteen years in executive leadership positions with General Motors, Johnson Controls, and Adient. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Kettering University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan-Flint.

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James Pastor
James Pastor

Vice President, Quality and Continuous Improvement

James is a quality management expert with nearly three decades of experience leading quality and program management in advanced manufacturing. James joined New Flyer in 2019 and is responsible for leading its quality assurance and continuous improvement function, with oversight across transit bus operations. Prior to New Flyer, James spent over fifteen years in executive leadership positions with General Motors, Johnson Controls, and Adient. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering (BSEE) from Kettering University and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan-Flint.

Kirk Burcar
Kirk Burcar

Vice President, Engineering Services

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Kirk Burcar is a seasoned production engineer, having held progressively advancing roles in automotive and heavy-duty manufacturing for over three decades. He currently leads New Flyer’s engineering operation as Vice President, Engineering Services. Since joining New Flyer in 2009, Kirk has provided direction and guidance to its critical design processes and engineering programs, lending expertise in vehicle controls, statistical problem solving, product quality, and lean strategies focused on process improvement. Prior to joining New Flyer, Kirk spent 20 years in the automotive industry with General Motors in various engineering management positions. Kirk is a certified Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from McGill University, and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto.

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Kirk Burcar
Kirk Burcar

Vice President, Engineering Services

Kirk Burcar is a seasoned production engineer, having held progressively advancing roles in automotive and heavy-duty manufacturing for over three decades. He currently leads New Flyer’s engineering operation as Vice President, Engineering Services. Since joining New Flyer in 2009, Kirk has provided direction and guidance to its critical design processes and engineering programs, lending expertise in vehicle controls, statistical problem solving, product quality, and lean strategies focused on process improvement. Prior to joining New Flyer, Kirk spent 20 years in the automotive industry with General Motors in various engineering management positions. Kirk is a certified Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from McGill University, and a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto.

Herb Clark
Herb Clark

Vice President, Human Resources

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Herb is a human resources veteran with over two decades of experience leading people services. Currently serving as Vice President, Human Resources, Herb is responsible for leading people services for the transit bus business in Canada and the U.S., including human resources, training, safety, and environmental initiatives. Through progressively advancing human resource roles over his near 40-year career, Herb has served in Division Director, Vice President, and Senior Vice President HR roles for industrial companies, including Maytag Corporation, Coca-Cola, and North American Bus Industries (NABI Inc.) which was acquired by New Flyer in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in human resources and organizational psychology, and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Herb also serves on the Industrial Committee for the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.

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Herb Clark
Herb Clark

Vice President, Human Resources

Herb is a human resources veteran with over two decades of experience leading people services. Currently serving as Vice President, Human Resources, Herb is responsible for leading people services for the transit bus business in Canada and the U.S., including human resources, training, safety, and environmental initiatives. Through progressively advancing human resource roles over his near 40-year career, Herb has served in Division Director, Vice President, and Senior Vice President HR roles for industrial companies, including Maytag Corporation, Coca-Cola, and North American Bus Industries (NABI Inc.) which was acquired by New Flyer in 2013. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree specializing in human resources and organizational psychology, and is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Herb also serves on the Industrial Committee for the Calhoun County Chamber of Commerce.

Scott  Halbesma
Scott Halbesma

Vice President, Customer Care

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Scott Halbesma has spent nearly two decades leading customer service solutions, having held progressive leadership roles focused on lifecycle support, service center development, field and technical services management, safety and compliance, and process continuous improvements. He joined New Flyer in 2000 and currently leads the Customer Service and Customer Program Management teams as Vice President, Customer Care, providing direction to align customer initiatives from order to program completion, including oversight of all field and post-delivery customer service activities. He holds both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BMSE) degree from the University of Manitoba.

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Scott  Halbesma
Scott Halbesma

Vice President, Customer Care

Scott Halbesma has spent nearly two decades leading customer service solutions, having held progressive leadership roles focused on lifecycle support, service center development, field and technical services management, safety and compliance, and process continuous improvements. He joined New Flyer in 2000 and currently leads the Customer Service and Customer Program Management teams as Vice President, Customer Care, providing direction to align customer initiatives from order to program completion, including oversight of all field and post-delivery customer service activities. He holds both a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering (BMSE) degree from the University of Manitoba.

Jennifer McNeill
Jennifer McNeill

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

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Jennifer McNeill is a transportation industry veteran with over two decades of leadership in transit bus manufacturing and aerospace. She joined New Flyer in 2012 and currently leads the Sales and Marketing operation, while also providing strategic business intelligence direction. Prior to New Flyer, Jennifer held senior management and leadership positions in engineering, quality, sales, and business strategy, including Vice President Sales, Marketing and Business Development with Standard Aero. Jennifer is a catalyst for the development of New Flyer’s zero-emission vehicle program offerings in Canada and the U.S., and is a board member with the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). She holds both a Mechanical Engineering degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Manitoba, and is an accredited Professional Engineer.

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Jennifer McNeill
Jennifer McNeill

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Jennifer McNeill is a transportation industry veteran with over two decades of leadership in transit bus manufacturing and aerospace. She joined New Flyer in 2012 and currently leads the Sales and Marketing operation, while also providing strategic business intelligence direction. Prior to New Flyer, Jennifer held senior management and leadership positions in engineering, quality, sales, and business strategy, including Vice President Sales, Marketing and Business Development with Standard Aero. Jennifer is a catalyst for the development of New Flyer’s zero-emission vehicle program offerings in Canada and the U.S., and is a board member with the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) and the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). She holds both a Mechanical Engineering degree and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Manitoba, and is an accredited Professional Engineer.

Rod Neustaedter
Rod Neustaedter

Vice President, Supply Management

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Rod is a manufacturing veteran with over 15 years of experience in procurement, sourcing, and materials management. He joined New Flyer in 2012 and advanced through supply management positions to his current role as Vice President, Supply Management. Rod leads the procurement and sourcing teams through supplier selection, evaluation, and negotiation to support the transit bus business, and also oversees the purchasing and materials teams to support New Flyer’s manufacturing function in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to New Flyer, Rod served in senior management positions focused on supply management for several Canadian manufacturing firms. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Athabasca University.

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Rod Neustaedter
Rod Neustaedter

Vice President, Supply Management

Rod is a manufacturing veteran with over 15 years of experience in procurement, sourcing, and materials management. He joined New Flyer in 2012 and advanced through supply management positions to his current role as Vice President, Supply Management. Rod leads the procurement and sourcing teams through supplier selection, evaluation, and negotiation to support the transit bus business, and also oversees the purchasing and materials teams to support New Flyer’s manufacturing function in the U.S. and Canada. Prior to New Flyer, Rod served in senior management positions focused on supply management for several Canadian manufacturing firms. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Manitoba, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Athabasca University.

Steve Young
Steve Young

Vice President, Finance

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Steve is a seasoned finance professional with nearly two decades of experience leading accounting, finance, and compliance functions for manufacturing-focused organizations. He joined New Flyer in 2009 and progressed through financial analyst, corporate controller, and director of finance roles to his current role of Vice President, Finance. Steve oversees accounting and performance measurement, budgeting and forecasting, costing, compliance, cash management, and managerial accounting for the transit bus business. Prior to New Flyer, he worked in public practice in accountant and assurance management roles. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Brock University, and is an accredited Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

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Steve Young
Steve Young

Vice President, Finance

Steve is a seasoned finance professional with nearly two decades of experience leading accounting, finance, and compliance functions for manufacturing-focused organizations. He joined New Flyer in 2009 and progressed through financial analyst, corporate controller, and director of finance roles to his current role of Vice President, Finance. Steve oversees accounting and performance measurement, budgeting and forecasting, costing, compliance, cash management, and managerial accounting for the transit bus business. Prior to New Flyer, he worked in public practice in accountant and assurance management roles. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting from Brock University, and is an accredited Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA).

Rob Marion
Rob Marion

Vice President, Fabrication

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Rob joined New Flyer in 1994, and in his nearly 30 years with the organization has assumed advancing responsibilities for facilities engineering, production, manufacturing engineering, and part fabrication. In his role as Vice President, Fabrication, Rob oversees operational excellence, quality and continuous improvement, and performance for all North American internal part fabrication and sub-assembly operations (including New Flyer, MCI, and Carfair Composites), together supporting NFI bus and coach manufacturing. Rob is an expert in lean manufacturing, holding Lean Certified Blackbelt accreditation through Lean Sensei International and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, a Manufacturing Engineering Technology diploma from Red River College, a Chartered Manager (C.Mgr.) designation from the Canadian Institute of Management and the University of Manitoba, and a Production and Inventory Management certificate from the Association for Operations Management. He also holds Certified Engineering Technologist (CET), Certified in Management (C.I.M.), and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) designations.

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Rob Marion
Rob Marion

Vice President, Fabrication

Rob joined New Flyer in 1994, and in his nearly 30 years with the organization has assumed advancing responsibilities for facilities engineering, production, manufacturing engineering, and part fabrication. In his role as Vice President, Fabrication, Rob oversees operational excellence, quality and continuous improvement, and performance for all North American internal part fabrication and sub-assembly operations (including New Flyer, MCI, and Carfair Composites), together supporting NFI bus and coach manufacturing. Rob is an expert in lean manufacturing, holding Lean Certified Blackbelt accreditation through Lean Sensei International and the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, a Manufacturing Engineering Technology diploma from Red River College, a Chartered Manager (C.Mgr.) designation from the Canadian Institute of Management and the University of Manitoba, and a Production and Inventory Management certificate from the Association for Operations Management. He also holds Certified Engineering Technologist (CET), Certified in Management (C.I.M.), and Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) designations.

Brent Maitland
Brent Maitland

Vice President, Private Sector Sales & Marketing

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Brent is responsible for leading MCI private sector sales and marketing, working closely with engineering and aftermarket teams to serve private customers with MCI products, services, and support. Brent joined MCI in 2004, and during his tenure he has led pre-owned coach sales and MCI Service Center businesses, the redesign and market launch of the new-look MCI J4500 coach in 2013, and the introduction of the 2018 MCI J4500 coach interior redesign. Brent was named to his current position when MCI merged with New Flyer in 2020. Prior to New Flyer, Brent was a partner in KIMA Consulting and a consultant with Deloitte. Brent holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Michigan.

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Brent Maitland
Brent Maitland

Vice President, Private Sector Sales & Marketing

Brent is responsible for leading MCI private sector sales and marketing, working closely with engineering and aftermarket teams to serve private customers with MCI products, services, and support. Brent joined MCI in 2004, and during his tenure he has led pre-owned coach sales and MCI Service Center businesses, the redesign and market launch of the new-look MCI J4500 coach in 2013, and the introduction of the 2018 MCI J4500 coach interior redesign. Brent was named to his current position when MCI merged with New Flyer in 2020. Prior to New Flyer, Brent was a partner in KIMA Consulting and a consultant with Deloitte. Brent holds a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from the University of Michigan.