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Alumni Spotlight

University of Windsor alumni are doing great things in their careers, communities and on the global stage. Learn more about their experience and impact here.

Lisa Lortie BASc '96, MBA '00

Lisa Lortie Alumni Spotlight GraphicLisa Lortie is the Director of Propulsion Systems Testing and Analysis at the Stellantis facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan. As Director, she oversees a professional team of engineers, technicians and mechanics throughout North America and has global lead on Electrification testing for Stellantis.

Named one of the Top 100 Leading Women in Automotive in North America by Automotive News in 2020 and featured in a Chapter of SAE’s book, “The Road Forward,” where she was recognized as a leader in the North American auto industry and distinguished for her advice on navigating the automotive sector through the COVID crisis. Member of the Society of Women Engineers, Professional Engineers Ontario, Network of Women in Engineering, See It Be It STEM It and Engineers of Tomorrow. Board Member of the Women of Stellantis and volunteer on their Community Committee, partnering with charitable community partners and setting up events and communications to foster relationships amongst women.

In the past two decades of her career, Lisa has been dedicated to ensuring the safety of millions of vehicles before they hit the road. As global director of propulsion systems testing and analysis, she oversees a professional team of nearly 1,400 scattered across the globe. While working remotely during the pandemic, she says it was critical for her to maintain and develop new mentoring relationships.

Lisa says it’s critical for her team to be innovative to keep pace with the evolving technological landscape and determine optimal testing methods.

“Everything is moving towards electrification,” she says. “We need to stay on top of advances in technology because we are the ones responsible for the validation of the components.”

Her curiosity in applied science was sparked at a young age by her parents, who were both teachers. She could often be found in the garage alongside her dad, immersed in woodworking projects, while her mom helped foster her interest in science and math.

She credits her UWindsor education for setting a foundation for her success. “Between the classes, labs, and co-op experience, the education that I received at the University of Windsor gave me a good, all-around experience to prepare me for the working world.”

Ken Alexander BPA '87, LLB '92

Growing up in Windsor Ken BPA (Hon) ’87, LLB ’92 was always motivated to participate and be involved in extracurricular activities. Ken's parents were immigrants from the Caribbean and were always actively involved in the community. This set an example to him and his siblings.  “I believe the lessons I learned through extracurricular activities and community involvement are equally as important as those learned in the classroom. These experiences gave me the opportunity to work with a variety of individuals and gave me to confidence to take on a leadership role with the Alumni Association.”

Ken is the current president of the UWindsor Alumni Association Board after many years of engagement with the Association in a variety of capacities including a member of the Toronto Chapter, Strategic Plan Committee, Finance Committee as well as other committees. His involvement with the University of Windsor began as a student.  At Law School he was vice president of the Student Law Society.  He was voted by his peers to receive the John Whiteside award for contribution to the Faculty of Law.  In undergrad he held the position of president of the University of Windsor Student Alliance (UWSA), (or SAC as it was then), for two years after having been a member of Social Science Society.  After Graduation Ken worked in Toronto and became involved in the Toronto Chapter of the Alumni Association and was involved in planning numerous events including the Humphrey Ianni Memorial Golf Tournament which raised money for student scholarships.   

In 2005 Ken was recognized with a Clark Award in recognition of his outstanding service and commitment to the University.  “I promote the University of Windsor at every opportunity. I encourage alumni to become involved in the Association, whether it’s volunteering, participating on a committee or becoming a member of the Board of Directors. Nominating alumni for one of the recognition awards, Odyssey, Ambassador, Award of Merit, is a great way to start.”   

Ken is an employment lawyer and principal of the Davenport Law Group in Toronto. He was a volunteer coach and manager of his sons' hockey teams the Toronto Marlboros and Toronto Red Wings.  Among other things Ken's practice includes Wrongful Dismissal Law and Human Rights Law. He is counsel to a number of not-for-profit organizations. He has contributed his legal services to a number of these organizations on a pro bono basis. “We recently purchased a cottage in Lakeshore. I’m looking forward to spending more time in the Windsor area. This will also give me the opportunity to continue to participate in UWindsor initiatives.”  Ken enjoys golf, cycling squash, hockey (although he says he’s not particularly talented at any of them). 

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