Get to know our leadership.
Paul Soubry, President & Chief Executive Officer
President & Chief Executive Officer
Paul Soubry joined NFI Group as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2009. Paul has a strong sales, marketing, business development and operations background in businesses held by both trade and private equity owners, with substantial experience in business transformations and LEAN operational practices. Prior to joining NFI Group, Mr. Soubry worked for StandardAero (one of the world’s largest independent aerospace maintenance companies) for 24 years where he held a variety of increasingly senior positions including being named President in 2001, Chief Operating Officer in 2006, and Chief Executive Officer in 2007.
Paul holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Manitoba and attended the Executive Development program at Harvard Business School. Paul sits on the Board of Directors of New Flyer Industries, The Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club/True North Sports and Entertainment and The Wawanesa Mutual Insurance Company. He was also the Chair of the University of Manitoba’s Front and Center capital campaign, which raised $626 million.
In 2003 Paul was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40, was inducted in the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Hall of Fame in 2014, received the Chartered Professional in Human Resources Patron of the Year Award in 2016, was recognized as Canada’s 2016 CEO of the Year by the Financial Post and was awarded the University of Manitoba’s 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award. Mr. Soubry is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and a graduate of the Directors Education Program.
Pipasu Soni, Chief Financial Officer
Chief Financial Officer
Pipasu joined NFI in 2019 and brings nearly 20 years of international business and financial management experience in manufacturing companies, having lived and worked in the United States, the UK, and Mexico. Most recently, Pipasu served as an Officer of United States Steel Corporation in a variety of financial leadership roles including Vice President, Performance Management & Analytics, Vice President, Finance, and Interim CFO. Prior to that, Pipasu held wide-ranging financial and strategy leadership roles in financial planning and analysis, global and divisional finance, business transformation, plant controllership, strategic planning, and corporate development at Pentair and Honeywell International. He began his career at Ingersoll-Rand in manufacturing and design engineering roles.
Pipasu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Clemson University, and a Master of Business Administration, with a finance concentration, from Cornell University. He is also a Certified Management Accountant (CMA) with the Institute of Management Accountants.
Chris Stoddart, President, Transit Bus Business
President, Transit Bus Business
Chris joined NFI Group Inc. (“NFI”) 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.
Colin Robertson, Chief Executive, ADL and President, NFI International
Chief Executive, ADL and President, NFI International
Colin Robertson joined Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) in April 2007 and led its transformation from a UK-focused business to an international player, with bus and coach sales in Hong Kong, North and Latin America, Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand, Mexico, and continental Europe. Colin is responsible for the global operations, performance, and expansion of ADL, leveraging over 35 years of senior international manufacturing experience gained from prior executive leadership roles with Cummins, Case, and Terex Corporation. Colin developed ADL into a technology leader and oversaw its entry to zero-emission transportation, with a focus on improving air quality around the globe. In recognition of his achievements, Colin received Director of the Year from the UK-based Institute of Directors, as well as the EY award for Entrepreneurship and Outstanding Achievement. He was also appointed Chair of Entrepreneurial Scotland in summer 2018. Colin has qualifications in Mechanical and Production Engineering, and studied at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, Illinois.
Ian Smart, President, Motor Coach Business
President, Motor Coach Business
Ian joined NFI Group in 2011. He is responsible for the development and execution of operational strategy and performance of the Motor Coach business unit, which includes manufacturing, facilities and process engineering, product engineering, strategic sourcing and materials management, quality and continuous improvement and program management. Safety, quality, delivery, working capital management, cost performance and resource management are all also key areas of responsibility.
Ian was the Senior Vice President for Airlines and Fleets at Standard Aero with responsibility for revenue of nearly $600M and over 900 people having customers and facilities all over the world. Prior to his most recent role, Ian held various executive level positions such as Vice President Corporate Strategy, Vice President Marketing & Business Development and Vice President of the StandardAero’s largest Business Unit. Ian was also the project leader of the privatization and implementation of LEAN at a United States Air Force Base in San Antonio, TX. Ian holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering.
Brian Dewsnup, President, NFI Parts
President, NFI Parts
Brian joined NFI Group in 2013 and is the President of NFI Parts and is responsible for aftermarket sales and business development, business systems, publications, training, warranty, smart bus technology and aftermarket supply chain and distribution.
Brian was previously the CFO of North American Bus Industries (NABI) which was acquired by New Flyer in 2013. Prior to that Brian served as Controller of Johns Manville’s Waterville operations — a Berkshire Hathaway Company, and held various finance capacities at Ford Motor Company and Visteon Corporation. Brian has an MBA in Finance, a Masters Degree in Mechanical Engineering, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering.
David White, Executive Vice President, Supply Management
Executive Vice President, Supply Management
David began his NFI Group career in 1998 as Corporate Controller, and in 2002 moved from Finance into the role of VP of Supply Management, where he lead a multi-year transformation to a world-class, lean supply chain organization. Since 2016, David is responsible for the leadership and coordination of the Supply Chain organizations across all New Flyer Group’s business units.
Prior to NFI Group, David worked for eight years with Deloitte as a Chartered Accountant. David holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) in Finance from the University of Manitoba, and obtained his Chartered Accountant (CA) designation in 1993.
Janice Harper, Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Executive Vice President, Human Resources
Janice has been with NFI Group for 20 years and is currently serving as Executive Vice President Human Resources. She is responsible for leading the people services function at NFI Group in a multi-location and diverse multi-national manufacturing, parts distribution, and service environment. Janice has worked in progressive human resource and management roles in the public and private sector with a proven track record in employee/labour relations, workplace culture enhancement, employee and organizational development, and safety/environmental systems management.
Janice holds a BA in Communication and Certificate in Human Resources Management from the University of Winnipeg and Diploma in Creative Communications from Red River College. She holds the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation, SHRM Senior Certified Professional certification (SHRM-SCP) and Human Resources Compensation Committee designation from the Director’s College at McMaster University (HRCCC). She currently serves as Board Chair for the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources of Manitoba.
Colin Pewarchuk, Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Executive Vice President, General Counsel
Colin Pewarchuk, EVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, joined NFI Group in 2006 and is responsible for assisting the NFI Group team in fulfilling legal and business requirements. Prior to NFI Group, Colin was a lawyer with Aikins, Macauley and Thorvaldson in Winnipeg, MB and a Banking Officer with Royal Bank of Canada.
Colin holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) in Finance and a Bachelor of Laws, both from the University of Manitoba.
Wayne Joseph, Global Strategy and Operations Advisor
Global Strategy and Operations Advisor
Wayne currently serves NFI as Global Strategy and Operations Advisor. Wayne joined NFI Group in 2008 and was responsible for the development and execution of operational strategy and performance of New Flyer Transit Bus and ARBOC. He provided overall leadership and direction for operations, and was responsible for their operational footprint including sales, marketing, purchasing, materials and information technology. Safety, quality, delivery, working capital management, cost performance and resource management were all also key areas of responsibility.
Prior to NFI Group, Wayne held various positions with NABI, Blue Bird Body Company and Flxible, and also worked with BAE Systems.
Wayne holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and an Accounting Degree from Ashland University in Ohio. He also has a Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) designation.
Jason Pellaers, Vice President, Central Finance
Vice President, Central Finance
Jason Pellaers joined the New Flyer team in 2001. He progressed through various rolls in finance including costing manager, controller, director of finance to his current role as Vice President, Central Finance, which he assumed in 2017. Jason has directed strategic projects including mergers and acquisitions and the implementation and continuous improvement of public company reporting, Jason currently works with the company’s various business units to develop finance strategy across NFI Group. Prior to New Flyer, he articled for his CPA with the Office of the Auditor General. Jason is an accredited CPA, CA.
Alex Kirshner, Vice President, Information Technology
Vice President, Information Technology
Alex Kirshner has over two decades of finance and information technology (IT) expertise with the New Flyer team. He joined New Flyer in 1998 and progressed through controller, director of finance, and product lifecycle management positions to his current role as Vice President, Information Technology, which he assumed in 2012. Since 2010, Alex has directed strategic IT projects and currently leads the strategic development of information systems and technology across NFI Group. He also provides operational leadership for business systems and corporate cyber security. Prior to New Flyer, he served in financial roles in the retail and distribution industries. Alex is an accredited CPA, CGA (Certified General Accountant) and is APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM). He holds an IT Management Program Certificate from the Queen’s Executive Program through Queen’s University.