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Kevin Bade
General Manager, Trapeze Group Americas
"There is a tremendous amount of effort – and technology – that powers the whole [transit] system and makes it run."
Kevin Bade
General Manager, Trapeze Group Americas
What’s one thing you wish the public knew about the transit industry?I wish the public knew how many people worked behind the scenes just so the bus shows up at the stop. There is a tremendous amount of effort – and technology – that powers the whole system and makes it run. Most people aren’t even aware of all that has to happen just so that door is there to open for them.

Kevin has more than 20 years of experience working in software and technology, building and implementing enterprise software applications for both the Transportation and Justice fields. Prior to joining Trapeze Group, Kevin held other roles within Volaris Group, including Senior Vice President at AssetWorks and, most recently, General Manager of CourtView Justice Solutions. Kevin has a passion for customer care and brings strong operational and product management experience.

Kevin has a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin and a M.S in Mechanical Engineering and Operations Research from The University of Texas at Austin.

Steve Sawyer
General Manager, Trapeze Group North America
"Every single public transit agency that I have worked with is passionate throughout their entire organization about providing the best services that they possibly can with the resources at hand."
Steve Sawyer
General Manager, Trapeze Group North America
What was your first public transit experience?I lived in the country and hitchhiked or caught rides with the local Mennonites in horse and buggy to get to where the transit system began in Waterloo. In those days, KPUC/KT ran a system of buses and trolleys that today is Grand River Transit (GRT). Transit linked me to friends, work and school when I needed it to. What’s one thing you wish the public knew about the industry?Every single public transit agency that I have worked with is passionate throughout their entire organization about providing the best services that they possibly can with the resources at hand. They deserve a lot gratitude for what they accomplish each and every day. There are a lot of unsung heroes at transit agencies. What’s your favorite transit memory?One Waterloo bus driver, if you were lucky enough to get him, sang. I would sit as close as I could to the front of the bus in a window seat. He sang hymns, quite different from my musical tastes at the time. He didn’t mean to entertain and he wasn’t loud, he was singing to himself. He was a good singer and I enjoyed looking out the window and listening to him – every single verse.

Steve Sawyer is the General Manager, Trapeze Group North America. Prior to that, he was the Chief Operating Officer at Trapeze Group. Steve is passionate about transit and passionate about helping agencies succeed in this rapidly changing technological world. His experience working hand-in-hand with our customers for more than five years, his deep knowledge of technology solutions, and his excitement to build the future of transit make him the natural fit for this role.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Mathematics (BMATH) from the University of Waterloo. Steve enjoys various sports including cycling in Waterdown and participating in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. He also enjoys photography and astronomy.

Lucy Ventresca
Vice President of Marketing
"To the public, transit is a system to get from point A to point B – to those of us behind-the-scenes, it’s a complex system that has so many people and different tools involved."
Lucy Ventresca
Vice President of Marketing
What’s one thing you wish the public knew about the industry? To the public, transit is a system to get from point A to point B – to those of us behind-the-scenes, it’s a complex system that has so many people and different tools involved.What’s your favorite transit memory? It’s a tie between taking my kids on their first subway ride through downtown Toronto and taking them on a train to Toronto’s famous Canadian National Exhibition (CNE).

With over 20 years of marketing experience in a variety of different roles, Lucy recently joined Trapeze as the Vice President, Marketing where she oversees the marketing team that manages Trapeze’s demand generation, thought leadership, customer experience and brand perception.

It’s a work hard, play hard kind of life – and that’s okay because one of her mottos is “just do it!”

In her free time, she enjoys watching her daughters play volleyball, shopping for new shoes (her guilty pleasure) and reading articles on how to push boundaries – with marketing and with Trapeze’s transit solutions.

Nathan Partington
Chief Financial Officer
"I am given the unique opportunity through attendance at trade shows and conferences [...] to hear some amazing stories of how public transit impacts the daily life of so many people."
Nathan Partington
Chief Financial Officer
What was your first public transit experience? Being from Hamilton, ON, Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) has played a significant role in my upbringing, from my mother using HSR to drop me off at daycare, riding Route 23 to high school and taking the 1.5 hour one way trip to and from McMaster University.What do you like most about being part of the public transit industry? I am given the unique opportunity through attendance at trade shows and conferences, such as our own ThinkTransit conference, to meet with a number of amazing transit industry employees and hear some amazing stories of how public transit impacts the daily life of so many people.What’s your favorite transit memory? Taking GO Transit with a bunch of friends to bring in the year 2000 in downtown Toronto. Amazingly, Y2K did not interfere with our commute.

Nathan Partington is Vice President of Finance for Trapeze North America. He is responsible for overseeing all financial activities, including forecasting and planning, driving efficiencies, enforcing divisional Key Performance Indicators and ensuring the overall financial health of the business.

Nathan has held a variety of roles within the Constellation Software group including Head of Internal Audit at Constellation and Manager, Corporate Finance at Volaris Group. Nathan obtained his CPA, CA designation while working at BDO LLP and holds an Honours. B. Comm, Accounting and Financial Management, Minor in Economics from McMaster University.

Nathan lives with his wife and two children in Burlington, ON and enjoys listening to music and playing basketball..

Alex Ni
Chief Technology Officer
"My dream job – up to the age of 14, anyway – was to become a train conductor. I fell in love with travelling by train."
Alex Ni
Chief Technology Officer
What’s one thing you wish the public knew about the transit industry? The transit industry is going through profound and interesting transformations from a traditional model of specific hardware-centric approach to a cloud- and IoT-centric approach. The complexity will move towards the software stack to provide enhanced intelligence and insights to the operators, rather than just data. This movement will propel technologies such as cloud, mobile, IoT, and AI/machine learning to the forefront of the product strategy for transit solutions. What’s your favorite transit memory? When I was 12, I went to Beijing from Wuhan (my hometown) for the very first time on my own on an overnight train. The rhythmic humming of the wheels, the perfectly concise clicks when the cart goes over each railroad joint and the fresh country air spilling in from open windows concocted together the most perfect, intoxicating cocktail of sensations. I remember having one of the best sleeps in my life ever and fell in love with travelling by train. Because I stuck my head out of the window so much, all my pimples (yup, I had them too) were gone by the next morning. My dream job - up to the age of 14 anyway – was to become a train conductor so I could take all the train rides with pockets full of money. What do you like most about being part of the public transit industry? As much as the train conductor dream did not work out for me, I am absolutely loving that the work I do today helps deliver better experiences for commuters and agency workers alike by pushing the limits on the technology that drives public transit. This stuff really impacts the lives of millions and I am very proud of all the great work that we are doing.

​Alex Ni is the CTO at Trapeze Group North America. He is a seasoned technology leader who has held many titles from developer, architect to delivery manager, innovation lead, and start-up CTO across different industries from mobile, telecom to digital media, biotech and fintech.  A true tech nerd at heart, Alex is most passionate about building world-class technology companies by creating an open, transparent, and accountable engineering culture that delivers quality. Alex’s technical interests include building scalable cloud-based software systems, machine learning /AI-driven applications, web/mobile application development and blockchain. Other than his technical skill set, Alex also holds a CPA/CMA designation, and has his MBA focusing on technology management and valuation.

Trung Lam
Senior Legal Counsel
"I like the fact that I'm part of an industry that impacts so many people."
Trung Lam
Senior Legal Counsel
What's one thing you wish the public knew about the transit industry? How many people actually use it and what the positive environmental impact has been because of that.What's your favorite transit memory?Riding the subway for the first time in a big city. After growing up in a small town, it was a symbol of how much bigger my world just got.What do you like most about being part of the public transit industry?It's something that is instrumental to so many people's lives. I didn't own a car for the first 40 years or my life, so I know how vital public transit is when you don't have a car. I like the fact that I'm part of an industry that impacts so many people.

Trung Lam is the Senior Legal Counsel at Trapeze Group, managing the legal and contracts department. He has more than five years of IP law experience at a top Toronto law firm, as well as another five plus years at Rogers, Yahoo! Canada, and a small start-up.

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