About Us

Company Profile

Headquartered in Montreal (Canada), Pantero is built on more than 10 years of various R&D projects and has its roots back to 1997 when its co-founder and CTO Jean Raymond founded its mechanical engineering and product development firm Raymond Engineering. After a solid experience in developing products and vehicles with Nova Bus, Orion Bus, GE Transportation, to name a few, and delivering superior and cost-effective solutions, the natural outcome was to create a new industrial player able to deliver innovative technologies and transportation solutions.

Our Mission: To design, develop and manufacture game-changing solutions for the public transport and commercial vehicle markets according to sustainable development principles with the aim of meeting the challenges of the world urbanization.

Our main areas of activity are:
  • Alternative energy and high performance electric powertrain systems
  • Weight reduction and lightweight vehicle structures
  • Energy-efficient auxiliary systems
  • High passenger capacity vehicle architecture and advanced bus rapid transit technologies
  • Passenger safety and comfort systems
  • Advanced vehicle platforms for urban trucks (medium- and heavy-duty classes)
  • Rail refurbishment programmes

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

We Believe in Sustainable Transportation Principles

People and Communities

Transportation systems are a critical element for a strong economy, and can also contribute directly to building community and enhancing quality of life. Transportation systems should be designed and operated in a way that protects the health and safety of all people, and enhances the quality of life in communities.

Environmental Quality

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

Economic Viability

Sustainable transportation systems must be cost-effective.

Our Engineering Team

We are proud of our engineering team, which includes some of the most skilled and committed people in our industry.

All of our associates and employees share the same vision and objectives: the success of our clients, which in turn ensures our own success.

The core of our team is composed of talented senior engineers with solid experience in vehicle engineering and in the development and production of key systems for major global manufacturers in both North America and Europe. Our people have worked in bus, train, automobile and truck engineering and production and have developed transmissions, suspensions, hybrid powertrains, electrical systems, as well as chassis, doors and ramps, seating, etc.

We recruit the best talents from all over the world and nurture a multicultural and truly international spirit.

Our Management Team

Jean-François Audet, MSc, MBA, C.Adm.

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Audet is a recognized business strategist in the technology and innovation sector. He brings to Pantero more than 20 years experience in management and corporate finance, project structuring, and partnership development. Prior to 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 holds a master degree in physics from Université Laval, a MBA specializing in finance from HEC Montréal, and holds the title of Chartered Administrator.

Jean Raymond, Eng.

Vice President of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer

Over 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; and was the lead design engineer of a series of light low-floor urban transit buses for Altair Engineering in Michigan, to name a few. He is a graduate of École Polytechnique de Montréal in mechanical engineering.

Ronald Bourget

Vice President of Sales and Customer Support

Prior to joining Pantero, Mr. Bourget has held various positions in sales and after-sales service for bus and heavy vehicle manufacturers, automotive suppliers, and industrial machinery manufacturers. He entered the vehicle manufacturing industry in 1981 at Prevost Car, a North American motorcoach manufacturer, where he was involved during 14 years in various aspects of after-sales service, warranty management and maintenance programs. He finally led the company’s North American service center. During his career, he was also involved in the development of transit bus maintenance programs for transit authorities. He has educational background in mechanics (automotive, heavy machinery and marine) as well as in sales and marketing, quality assurance and management.

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.

Commited to being an active player in the innovation ecosystem, we are proud member of these organizations

  • World Alliance for Efficient Solutions