About Us

Company Profile

Headquartered in Montréal (Canada), Pantero is built on experience gained over more than two decades working on various R&D projects. Its roots date back to 1997, when co-founder and CTO Jean Raymond started Raymond Engineering, a mechanical engineering and product development firm. Gaining solid experience delivering products and vehicles with Nova Bus, Orion Bus, GE Transportation, and other leaders in public transportation naturally led to the creation of a new industrial player capable of bringing innovative solutions to the sector.

Our Mission: To design, develop, and manufacture sustainable, game-changing public transit solutions that meet the needs of the market and the challenges of world urbanization.

Our main areas of activity are:
  • Engineering Services: In support of fleet operators, from compliance assessments for bus and rail vehicle acquisition projects to vehicle refurbishment programs and transport electrification.
  • Motor Vehicle OEM: Development of a new range of mass transit vehicles, from a highly optimized electric city bus to a unique "trambus" or "roadtram" concept capable of competing with the tramway as we know it. We're laying the foundations to become a new world-class motor vehicle manufacturer.

We don't only provide technologies: we develop solutions that redefine industry standards in terms of technical, economic, and environmental performance. We leverage new technologies to improve vehicle quality of service while applying sustainable transportation principles.

We Believe in the Principles of Sustainable Transportation

People and Communities

Good transportation systems are critical to strong economies. They also contribute directly to community building and enhance the quality of life. Accordingly, they should be designed and operated to protect health and safety and increase the quality of life of the people in the community.

Environmental Quality

Transportation needs must be met without generating emissions that threaten public health, aggravate the global climate, or jeopardize biological diversity and the integrity of essential ecological processes.

Economic Viability

Sustainable transportation systems must be cost-effective.

Company Founders

Jean-François Audet

Jean-François Audet, C.Adm., M.Sc., MBA

President/CEO | Co-Founder

Mr. Audet is a recognized business strategist in the technology and innovation sector. He brings to Pantero over 20 years of experience in management and corporate finance, project structuring, and partnership development. Before co-founding Pantero, he was a business advisor and strategist specialized in the field of light metals/advanced materials and new technology/product development for the automotive and transportation industry. He has also worked as an independent industry expert for KPMG. Given his thorough knowledge of markets, technologies and finance, he was involved in structuring many start-up and growth projects for technological and industrial companies.

He has a master's degree in physics from Université Laval, an MBA specializing in finance from HEC Montréal, and holds the title of Chartered Administrator.

Jean Raymond

Jean Raymond, P.Eng.

Vice President of Engineering and CTO | Co‑Founder

Over the course of his career, Mr. Raymond has gained a solid reputation in vehicle engineering and new product development for the rail and bus industries. Since 1993, he has cumulated different responsibilities in product and production engineering at leading organizations such as Nova Bus, Orion Bus Industries, and GE Transportation Systems (where he received the GE Transportation Lean Manufacturing Award in 2008).

Prior to co-founding Pantero, he was working as a consulting engineer in vehicle and transportation equipment development for manufacturers and transit authorities in Canada and the United States. During his career, he participated in the development and production of the LFS low-floor urban transit bus at NovaBus; designed and validated components for electric-diesel locomotives for GE; headed production engineering for the Orion VI bus; was the lead design engineer of a series of light low-floor urban transit buses for Altair Engineering in Michigan, to name a few. Over the years, he has been the inventor or co-inventor of more than 20 international patents relating to automotive technologies.

He is a graduate of École Polytechnique de Montréal in mechanical engineering.

Advisory Board

Our advisory board comprises independent advisors who bring unique knowledge, skills and experience to support and guide the management team.

Jean-Pierre Baracat

Jean-Pierre Baracat

Special Advisor

Mr. Baracat has some 30 years experience in the transportation sector, of which 22 years working for Nova Bus (Volvo), one of the big three urban bus manufacturers in North America. Between 2013 and 2016, as President of Nova Bus then as Senior Vice-President of Volvo Buses North America – NovaBus division, he directed Nova Bus operations and was responsible for the results of an organization of over 1,000 employees in Canada and the United States.

Since he left Volvo Group in 2016, Mr. Baracat has been working as an independent consultant and a strategic advisor for different companies.

Mr. Baracat graduated in mechanical engineering from École Polytechnique in Montréal and has followed leadership development courses at the McGill Executive Institute in Montréal.

Jean-Noël Debroise

Jean-Noël Debroise

Special Advisor

Mr. Debroise has over 30 years of experience in transportation and energy at Alstom. From 2002 to 2011, he was Vice-President Product Strategy for the railway sector where he was responsible for defining and implementing R&D strategies and plans for 23 product lines with a multidisciplinary international team. For nine years, he was responsible for the Tramway business unit and was behind the Citadis line that enabled Alstom to become an undisputed world leader in the sector with over 2,300 tramways sold and cumulative sales of over 6 G€. Concurrently, between 2007 and 2011, he was responsible for sustainable development in the railway sector and administrator of the Alstom Foundation for sustainable development.

Mr. Debroise now acts as a business consultant, teacher in engineeringg and associate researcher in social responsibility.

Mr. Debroise holds an engineering diploma from the Institut National Polytechnique in Grenoble and a diploma of advanced studies in matter physics from Claude-Bernard University in Lyon. He has also trained in management, international trade and strategy at the Centre des Études Supérieures Industrielles (CESI) (France) and the European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD).

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Our Name

Pantero: Esperanto word for panther, a black leopard or jaguar. Panther (panthera in Latin) also refers to the genus of all big cats (lion, tiger, jaguar, and leopard).

These animals are an expression of the beauty of Mother Nature's engineering. They combine energy, power, and agility.

Committed to being an active player in the innovation ecosystem, we are a proud member of the following organizations

  • World Alliance for Efficient Solutions