The Tractive Power Corporation team is comprised of veteran rail industry personnel. Our knowledge of the industry is our strength in creating products that industry would want to purchase.
Frank Donnelly: Founder , Chairman and CEO
Tractive Power Corporation was founded by Frank Donnelly in 2010 to provide innovative and practical solutions to the rail industry. Frank is a well known innovator in the rail industry with over 30 patents in his name. His achievements include re-powering a large part of BC Rail’s mainline fleet and founding RailPower Technologies Corp. where he designed and built the industry’s first hybrid locomotive. At Tractive Power, he has assembled a talented and committed team with significant industry expertise at both its manufacturing plant in Squamish BC, and its Head Office in North Vancouver BC.
Frank has 35 years in engine design and development. As the founder and CTO of Railpower Technologies Corporation, Frank was responsible for the initial design, development and commercialization of its technology which contributed to its early growth as an alternative to traditional diesel power in rail applications. Frank has extensive patents in transportation, power, hybrid and fuel technology. A longstanding ambition has been to develop and commercialize a natural gas engine suitable for the locomotive market. He is currently a Director of ICRTec.
Peter Ballachey: Director & Chief Financial Officer
Peter has over 25 years of experience at senior levels in the rail industry and he has served on numerous boards. He started his career in public accounting with Clarkson Gordon (a precursor to E&Y) where he spent 8 years. In 1989 he joined Canadian Pacific Railways where he held a number of increasingly senior roles. When he resigned in 2002, Peter was the Director of Internal Audit for CPR, and amongst his many initiatives was the establishment of an enterprise wide risk management system. Peter joined BC Rail, a Crown Corporation with revenues of $400 million, that competed with the private sector, in 2002. As CFO and VP Finance, Peter led a staff of 55, and he had final responsibility for all treasury, finance, tax, risk management, and real estate activities of BC Rail. Under his watch debt was reduced by 25% and he was intimately involved in BC Rail’s privatization in 2003. Peter then joined Railpower Technologies where he served as the CFO until 2006. From 2006 onwards he has served as a consultant, director, and CFO for many enterprises including the $2 Billion Fraser Health Authority, OSUM Oil Sands Corp., Empower Technologies Corporation, Underground Energy Inc., and ICRTec. Peter is passionate about the rail industry, and amongst his many activities, he is a director and principal of CRC Rail Management Services, a provider of locomotive engineers to the railroad industry in Canada.
Tim Sanderson: Chief Operating Officer
Tim has over 20 years of experience in the rail supply industry. In 1997 he was one of three founders of Global Railway Industries, which ultimately grew to a market capitalization of $90 million. Tim was a Director of Global until 2009 and he also held a number of operational positions during his tenure. He was instrumental in the acquisitions of Rafna Industries, G&B Specialties, Bach Simpson and Prime Railway Services, and in 2003 Tim became President of Rafna Industries. On his watch, sales increased, operational efficiency improved, numerous safety initiatives were implemented, and labour relations improved, culminating in a successful labour agreement with the CAW. In 2005 he oversaw the merger of Rafna Industries with G&B Specialties and in 2010 Rafna, G&B Specialties and Bach Simpson were successfully sold to Wabtec. In 2011 Tim joined Raildecks Intermodal as VP of Operations and he was soon named the C.O.O. Tim successfully setup Raildeck’s manufacturing facility in Reading PA and oversaw the design of the model 7.1, Raildeck’s standard offering. Tim resigned from Raildecks in December of 2013 to join TractivePower – he remains a shareholder in the company.
Bill Kidd: Independent Director
Bill has been involved in agriculture and related industries for over 55 years. This has involved a large family owned farming operation in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, including crop production, feedlot operation, hay production and a cow-calf enterprise. Other ventures include an early
investment in an internet company, abattoirs for domestic and export, as well as investor and director of a fast moving consumer goods distribution company in Romania. Bill was an investor, director, president and partner in several agricultural distribution companies (primarily John Deere ), which eventually evolved into JayDee AgTech, headquartered in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. This high growth company was operated from 2009 to 2014 and then sold. JayDee AgTech was awarded “Dealership of the Year” by Farm Equipment magazine in 2011. Bill has served on the board of directors of Vancouver Island Providence Community Association, whose goal is to serve the needs and foster the talents of people in the Cowichan Valley, especially those not easily accepted elsewhere. He presently serves as an advisor for the ICE (Innovative Centre for Entrepreneurs) at the University of Victoria.
Yurek Duszynski: Senior Engineer & Director
Yurek is an engineering design enthusiast, who applies engineering theory and practical hands-on experience, in mechanical equipment and components design. He is a creative and experienced user of SolidWorks and AutoCAD with excellent engineering drawing skills and an “eye for detail”. Yurek has been using SolidWorks since 1997, and AutoCAD since 1992 for the purpose of mechanical engineering design and drafting.
Yurek’s association/involvement with Tractive Power Corporation founder, Frank Donnelly, started in 2003. This was when Yurek’s company, Accurate Projects and Services Ltd., was awarded engineering contracts from RailPower Technologies Corporation. Yurek worked with Frank on projects related to hybrid locomotives: Green Goat and Green Kid, Eco Crane System: Rubber-Tired Gantry crane and was listed on some of Frank’s patents. Yurek’s involvement with Tractive Power Corporations dates back to the original initial idea for TP56 Locomotive and the beginnings of the company. Yurek is a shareholder in the company.
Yurek’s previous experience includes, but is not limited to, fuel facilities design (gas stations, genset powerhouses) and heavy road equipment design (asphalt hot-in-place recycling road trains).
Yurek holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering awarded by the University of Victoria and CAD/CAM Honours Diploma of Mechanical Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is eligible for registration with the Association of Professional Engineers of BC (APEGBC).
Andy Faris: Associate
Al Broadfoot: Senior Mechanical Consultant
Ken Mah: Communications
Ken is our Communications Coordinator. He brings his creative experience from the likes of VTech Electronics, Lear Industrial Design and AMR Global Sourcingas an industrial designer and creative designer. Kenny is responsible for all things creative such as maintaining Tractivepower corporation’s website, promotional material, trade show booth graphics design, and other print graphics material. Key holds a diploma in mechanical systems design from British Columbia Institute of Technology.