Kristina Mlakar is the National Operations Manager and Project Lead with CUTRIC, based in Toronto. She manages the operations of CUTRIC’s fast-growing national team to effectively morph CUTRIC from a start-up organization into an increasingly successful small to mid-sized enterprise (SME). Ms. Mlakar began working for CUTRIC as a Research Intern during her graduate studies supporting various research activities related to autonomous and connected electric vehicles as enablers for first-mile/last-mile solutions in urban and suburban communities. Ms. Mlakar’s research capacities and knowledge of the subject matter - which includes the completion of her Master’s research paper on the State of Autonomous and Connected Vehicles in Canada - led her to also become the Project Lead for CUTRIC’s National Smart Vehicle Demonstration and Integration Trial. Ms. Mlakar previously worked as a Research Assistant with the McMaster Research Group for Stable Isotopologues and completed her undergraduate thesis in stable isotope geochemistry and paleoclimatology.