ABOUT

Bullwheel International Cable Car Corp.
is the first company in the world dedicated solely to developing, financing, building and operating cable car systems in urban and recreational settings around the globe.

Cable car technology is a proven, clean and economically viable technology that is a rapidly growing transportation technology niche. 

Today there are roughly 20,000 ropeway systems in operation around the world. These systems operate reliably and safely in some of the harshest environments on earth and move millions of paying customers every day.

Bullwheel’s approach to project development leverages the team’s existing project sourcing relationships (including through major manufacturers) and exclusive in- house expertise to track, vet and select those projects from around the world that are economically viable, implementable and welcomed by local stakeholders.

PEOPLE

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  • Robert Macdonald

    Chairman

    Robert is the Chairman and Managing Director of AgriFood Capital Corporation (AFCC) and responsible for implementing their capital markets strategy. Robert was the Founder and President of Afton Food Group and its predecessor companies, food services-industry businesses that grew from a standing start to system sales in excess of $180 million per annum.

    He has significant experience in both franchising and real estate industries, as well as substantial experience in mergers and acquisitions, and has personally directed debt/equity capital creation in excess of $150 million. Robert has also acted as an investor or director in several private companies that were subsequently taken public on the TSX.V.

    Robert was educated in Commerce and Agriculture at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

  • Steven Dale

    Chief Executive Officer

    Steven Dale is the Founder and President of Creative Urban Projects Inc, Managing Director of Cable Car Consultants GmbH and the creator of The Gondola Project website—the world’s most widely read resource on cable transit solutions. Steven is a planner, researcher and designer who specializes in Cable Propelled Transit systems and wrote the first literature review on the subject in the English-speaking world.

    Steven has managed and developed projects around the globe; is frequently profiled in major media outlets; has co-published several peer-reviewed journal articles; and travels constantly in order to help educate people about the unique value that cable transit systems can offer urban environments.

    Steven holds two degrees in urban planning from the University of Toronto and Ryerson University.

  • Tino Imhäuser

    Technical Director

    Tino has worked in the ropeway industry as a technician, designer, project manager and salesman. Starting as a draftsman and apprentice, Tino is a 35-year veteran with experience in nearly every facet of the ropeway business.

    Tino has led research efforts with major cable transit manufacturers to develop and implement cable car technologies targeted to the urban market. Most recently, he has travelled around the globe designing and commissioning new ropeway systems in developing markets. His work spans Europe, North America, South America, Asia and Africa.

    Tino is fluent in German and English; he speaks some French and Spanish.

  • Mike Appelton

    Chief Operating Officer

    Mike has 15 years of experience serving the banking and power market industries. He has an extensive track record in financial and lending environments including Bruce Power, GE Capital and TD Bank. The majority of his career has been with GE Capital in Canada and Australia, where he held positions of increasing responsibility in sales, credit risk and portfolio management, ultimately structuring transactions totalling in excess of $500 million annually. He has also worked on transactions domiciled New Zealand and parts of Southeast Asia.

    Mike is currently the CEO of Pro Farm Energy, a renewable energy project developer using energy crops as its dedicated fuel source. Under Mike’s leadership, the company successfully obtained commitments for $80 million in debt and equity project financing for its 13MW combined heat and power plant in Eastern Canada.

    Mike holds an Honours Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada and a Masters of Applied Finance from Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia.

  • Vince Conte

    Chief Financial Officer

    Vince Conte is a senior executive with experience in finance, governance and social license.

    He is a Chartered Accountant who currently also serves as the CFO of Talon Metals Corp., a Toronto Stock Exchange listed company (TLO:TSX) focused on the exploration and development of the Trairão Iron Project in Pará State, Brazil.

    He was previously Vice President of Corporate Development and Financial Evaluation at Tau Capital Corp. Prior to this he was a Senior Manager with Deloitte & Touche LLP in Toronto, practicing in the Financial Advisory Group. In this role, Mr. Conte advised financial services, mining, real estate, private equity and infrastructure companies, including ports, airports, healthcare and power assets.

    Vince holds the CFA and CBV designations.

  • Brian Dingwall

    General Counsel

    Brian has practiced law for over 20 years, and held General Counsel roles in many public and private companies with market capitalizations in the nine figure range.

    He has been involved in businesses which have introduced new products to regulated and deregulated markets, and has taken part in numerous regulatory and policy processes which have led to the enablement of new technologies and services in the energy sector. Brian has also been involved in many mergers, acquisitions, and corporate restructurings, and specializes in matters of corporate governance.

  • Nicholas Chu

    Research Director

    Nick has worked extensively on urban planning projects and feasibility studies in Canada and abroad. Throughout his academic and professional career, Nick has featured prominently in projects both with the private and public sectors.

    He is one of the few planners in the world with an intimate understanding of cable transit technologies and is a regular contributor to CUP’s Gondola Project website. He is frequently invited to transportation planning conferences around the world to speak on the matter of cable transit systems in urban environments.

    Nick is an honours graduate from the University of Waterloo’s School of Planning Program, specializing in Land Development Planning. Nick is fluent in English and Cantonese and speaks some Mandarin.

  • G. Michael Newman

    Special Advisor

    Michael has more than 35 years of senior management and public company experience, including 25 years in the North American telecommunications industry.

    Michael was the founder and President and CEO of InterRent Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX-IIP.UN) from 1997-2009, and a director of The SKOR Food Group Inc. (TSX.V-SKF) for nine years. He currently serves on the Boards of Succession Fund, and on the Independent Review Committees of Artemis US Capital Appreciation Fund, Citadel Income Fund (TSX-CTF.UN) and Energy Income Fund (TSX-ENI).

    Throughout his career, Michael has served on the Boards of Directors of over a dozen TSX and TSX.V listed companies and assisted in the raising of over $250 million in debt and equity for these ventures.

  • Dr. Mitchell Kosny

    Senior Advisor

    Dr. Kosny has a 25-year career of strong leadership through his roles as Director, Associate Director and Professor at the Ryerson School of Urban and Regional Planning in Toronto, Canada.

    He is well-known for both his breadth and depth of work in strategic planning, facilitation, capacity-building and governance. He has led many redevelopment strategies and municipal reorganizations in cities and institutions both domestically and internationally (Eastern Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East). Dr. Kosny has also been directly responsible for building university-level partnerships in Australia, Germany, China, and the United Kingdom.

    Most recently, he served as Chair of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, the second largest housing authority in North America. He has also held leadership positions in many organizations including the City of Toronto Committee of Adjustment, Social Planning Council of Toronto, Trillium Housing and Woodgreen Community Centre, one of Canada’s largest multi-service centres.

  • Dr. Luna Khirfan

    Senior Advisor

    Dr. Khirfan is an Associate Professor at the School of Planning, the University of Waterloo, Canada. She received her Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Michigan in 2007, and has since focused her research on urban planning and urban design, especially in the Middle East and the Caribbean.

    Dr. Khirfan investigates the cross-national transfer of planning knowledge, in particular, the transfer of sustainability concepts from Toronto to Amman and from Vancouver to Abu Dhabi. She also investigates urban governance in Middle Eastern cities such as Jordan, with particular emphasis on mega developments, inequality and mobility. Additionally, her research addresses the challenges that face historic cities as they adapt to meet the contemporary needs of their residents and to mitigate the pressures of tourism. In that regard, Dr. Khirfan’s more recent interests address the links between urban design and climate-change adaptation in coastal regions.

    Luna was a Visiting Fellow at Columbia University Middle East Research Center in Amman during 2011-2012, a Visiting Scholar at the Amman Institute for Urban Development during 2010-2011, and a Fulbright Scholar between 2007-2009.

  • Dr. Amer Shalaby

    Senior Advisor

    Dr. Shalaby is an Associate Professor of Transportation Engineering and Planning at the University of Toronto, Canada.

    Dr. Shalaby has extensive and diverse experience in transportation engineering in the Middle East. He spent the past two years holding an honorary visiting appointment at Carnegie Mellon University in Qatar.

    Simultaneously, he served as an advisor and senior consultant to the Qatar University Wireless Innovation Services and to the Saudi Government in support of their innovative cable car study in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

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