Instructors – BEV Short Course at CIM 2019

Paul Summers, Lead Developer, Electric Drive Systems, Miller Technology Incorporated

Batteries and other storage systems 

Paul Summers is a hands-on person who loves finding solutions. He sees product development and design as more than a job; to him, it is a vocation and a calling. From an early age, he was fascinated by technology, tinkering, designing, and building. From using Legos, he learned to create solutions for challenges. From working with his father and grandfather in their family workshop, he learned to respect both processes and materials.

After graduating from Algonquin College, he worked in the automotive sector before moving into the mining industry as a field technician.  For the last nine years, he has held the Senior Developer position at Miller technology, which is focused on research and development. In this position, he continues to design, develop, and fabricate solutions for real-world applications.

His fascination with Lego has come full circle, as he is now a proud coach and mentor for youth involved in FIRST FLL robotics, which focuses on experiential learning in the field of robotics using Lego.


François-Pierre Pepin, Team Leader, Industrial Automation – Process Industries

Charging systems


François Pepin, eng. is a graduate from École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in electrical engineering. He began is career as an application specialist in DC to AC conversion applications for renewable energies. He then transferred to the rôle of control engineer for AC to DC conversion systems for various industries such as chemical, primary metals, graphite and power generation. He is now a team leader in the Industrial Automation – Process Industries division at ABB helping his team to fulfill projects in various power electronics applications for the mining and primary metals industries.





Alain Richard, Senior Engineer – Team Lead, Bestech

Mine planning and design for a BEV mine


Alain Richard has been consulting in the Sudbury basin for eight years with BESTECH.  Since 2015, he has been an instrumental team member of Glencore’s Onaping Depth and Nickel Rim Depth studies.  As the Power Distribution system lead, Alain was involved in sizing the electrical system and assisting the mining and ventilation groups to convert their designs from a diesel fleet to a BEV fleet.  Alain was also a key contributor to the Mine Design section in both editions of the GMG BEV Guideline.



Brian Huff, Chief Technology Officer, Artisan Vehicle Systems

Operations and performance standards for BEVs


Brian Huff is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Artisan Vehicles, a manufacturer of battery electric mining equipment that was recently acquired by Sandvik.  He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Davis and has over 25 years of hands-on experience with a wide variety of advanced electric vehicle programs. Artisan’s current product line consists of a 4 Tonne LHD, a 40 Tonne Haultruck and a recently launched 10 Tonne LHD.