ABBREVIATED BIOGRAPHY OF MONTGOMERY GISBORNE, B. TECH.
Montgomery graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical University, Toronto, Ontario, with a bachelor of technology honours degree in 1991. Prior to this, he had studied mechanical engineering at the University of British Columbia from 1981 to 1984.
Mr. Gisborne has been working on automobiles since his early teens and grew up in an automotive and mechanical engineering environment. He is a descendant of Frederic Newton Gisborne, the early (Canadian) telegraph pioneer who first proposed, then successfully completed the first transatlantic telegraph utilizing the largest ship in its day, the Great Eastern.
After many successful restorations of gas-powered automobiles, Montgomery became actively involved with electric vehicles in 1993. Since 1994, he has served on the executive of Canada's largest electric vehicle association, the Electric Vehicle Society. In this capacity, he has managed the 100-plus members' treasury and membership list as well as volunteeredView Our Milestones his services at the various exhibitions, such as the Toronto Auto Show. In 1996, he completed Canada's only electric vehicle technical course at Durham College, Whitby, Ontario in highest standing.
In November 1996, Montgomery was selected to be among a handful of people invited to Vancouver to take part in General Motor's test program entitled "PrEView" to provide feedback regarding the world's first modern mass-produced electric car, the EV1. Later in 1996, he decided to take his involvement in electric vehicles one step further with the construction of an electric car to compete in the 1997 (and subsequently 1998, 1999, 2000 and 2003) "American Tour de Sol" electric vehicle rally, the world's largest and most popular environmental event. With the help of sponsors including General Electric and using lithium batteries from Electrovaya, Mr. Gisborne's entry the "ElectriFly", a converted 1991 Pontiac Firefly convertible, placed tenth out of fifty entries in its first competition and fifth, seventh, second and sixth in its later attempts. In 2003, Mr. Gisborne's entry, a Chinese-made electric car, placed first.
Mr. Gisborne served as president of the Durham Electric Vehicle Association during the 1998-1999 term, during which time he conceptualized and organized Canada's first electric vehicle rally entitled the Canadian Clean Air Cruise. Widely publicized, twelve vehicles participated in this rally from Oshawa to Scarborough and the event was reported on in over 25 newspaper articles, as well as on five television stations and three magazines. Prominent sponsors included the Canadian Tire Corporation and the Oshawa Utilities Commission.
Montgomery spends most of his time driving or working on electric cars, motorscooters, tractors or boats or reading about them. He has logged about 50,000 kilometers electrically and hopes to one day to be the first person to travel across Canada. His efforts have been published