Olameter’s management team is drawn from people with extensive professional and field experience with utilities, telecommunications companies and in the tech sector.
Derek Benson, CPA, CA – VP, Finance
Derek oversees all aspects of finance.He is responsible for all accounting staff, as well as all treasury functions. He works with the COO and CEO on the strategic and financial analysis of potential acquisitions. He is responsible for all financial reporting, including the issuance of the Annual Information Document. Derek started his career as an auditor for Ernst Young, prior to joining Olameter in 2011.
Jean-Pierre Carette, CPA, CA – Chief Operating Officer
Jean-Pierre (“JP”) was named COO of Olameter in 2018. In this capacity, he oversees all aspects of operations both in the United States and Canada. This includes day-to-day management of existing contracts, as well as preparing responses to requests for quotations. Prior to this, JP was CFO of Olameter
since inception. Before Olameter, JP was the VP Finance and Administration of ƒonorola. While there, the company raised $350 million in the Canadian equity markets and negotiated a $185 million loan facility with a consortium of Canadian banks, before being sold to Sprint in 1998 for C$1.8 billion. JP started his career as an auditor with KPMG.
Laird France – VP, US Operations
Laird started his career in 1997 in the utility damage prevention business as a field technician for Byers Engineering (bought by UtiliQuest in 2000). He then joined Unibar in 2007 and rose to the positions of supervisor and then Division Manager. Olameter purchased Unibar in 2012. Since then, Laird’s responsibilities have expanded beyond underground locating. In 2014, Laird was made responsible for a number of meter reading and meter services contracts. He became Regional Manager in 2015 and was promoted to Vice-President US Operations in 2018.
Rachel Fuller – VP, US Operations
Rachel started her career in the staffing industry in 1991 with AMS Utiliserv. She quickly rose to the position of Vice President and was responsible for meter reading and meter services contracts with large utilities, such as Entergy. In 2006 Rachel relocated to Houston and joined Unibar. There she helped build their meter reading and meter services practice as Director of Operations. Olameter purchased Unibar in 2012, and recognizing her talent, promoted Rachel to the position of Vice-President, US Operations. Rachel has managed meter services and underground locating contracts for over 80 utilities.
Leonard Gross – VP, Special Projects
Lenny leads the Olameter communications and distribution grid team in designing, building and operating the companies Internet of Things (IOT) initiative. Over the last 3 decades he has held progressive engineering positions, including CTO and Vice President of engineering at ƒonorola where he was responsible for the building and operations of a USA/Canada-wide fiber-optic network which was acquired by Sprint in 1998 for $1.82 billion. Lenny later accepted the position of Vice President of Engineering Telecom and Smart Grid at Hydro One Networks where he lead a specialized engineering team towards the technical design and successful installation of 1.3 million smart meters and was part of the senior management team that was awarded Canada’s first UPN (Utility Planning Network) global award for this project.
Stéphane Jutras, P. Eng., PMP – VP, Software Engineering
Stéphane is responsible for Olameter’s software development portfolio. He has a cumulative 31 years of experience in the development and management of software projects, 15 of which were spent as an IT consultant to Hydro Québec. He is registered as a member of the Québec Order of Engineers and is a certified Project Management Professional (“PMP”). Throughout his career, Stéphane has held the position of: Programmer, Analyst, Project Manager, Director of Processes (ISO 9001), Account Manager, Regional Director, and Program Manager. These positions have resulted in extensive experience in software development, client relationships, resource management, and project management.
Timothy Kowdys – Chief Marketing Officer
Tim has extensive experience in operations and marketing of utility services in both the US and Canada. Tim has also held executive roles in the technology industry, with both North American and global responsibility. He is an advocate of technological change in the utility services and damage prevention industry, implementing new methods and technologies to the benefit of all stakeholders. Tim is a registered Professional Engineer, with an engineering degree from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from the University of Ottawa.
Michael Lunau – Executive VP, Canadian Operations
Mike joined Olameter when it acquired URB in 2012. He began his career in the utility industry in 1982 when he started out in the field with C&D Meter Reading Services, and rapidly rose to become the Director of Operations. As such, he was responsible for overseeing the implementation of meter reading, collection, and billing-related services. Following the acquisition of C&D Meter Reading Services by Schlumberger Industries in 1986, Mike assumed the role of Sales Manager, Field Services for the Canadian marketplace. In his current role, he oversees all Canadian field-related operations for Olameter.
Russell McCloud, P. Eng. – VP, Meter Data Management
Rusty’s career began in the electric utility industry after completing his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering at Texas A&M University. Rusty is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Texas. Having worked in the areas of power generation, generation performance testing and reporting and rates, he settled into the area of meter data management where he has spent the last 31 years of his career. Rusty has extensive experience in interval data collection, C&I billing, and project management on the installation of MDM systems. He is also a capable programmer in the C++, C#, and Java languages.
Jan Peeters – President & CEO
Jan is the CEO and controlling shareholder of Olameter Inc. Prior to founding Olameter, Jan was the founder (1988) and CEO of ƒonorola Inc., a Canadian long distance telephone company and, at the time, the main developer of inter-city fiber-optic networks in both Canada and the northern United States. The company was sold to Sprint in 1998 for C$1.8 billion.
Jan served for 20 years on the Board of the Cogeco companies (CGO & CCA, TSX-300), North America’s 8th largest cable company. He stepped down as Chairman in 2018 having assured the succession of the new CEO. Jan also served on the Board of Intersil Corporation, a semi-conductor company, from 2000 to 2016 (ISL, NASDAQ-100). In 2016, Intersil was sold to Renesas Electronics for US$3.2 billion.
Jan is a Governor Emeritus of McGill University, having served on that Board from 1999 to 2008. On McGill’s University’s behalf, he founded and chaired iNovia Capital from 2001-2011. iNovia, based in Montréal, has raised in excess of US$1 billion through its various start-up and later-stage venture capital funds. Jan continues to sit on iNovia’s Investment Committee.
Michael Polson – VP, IT
Mike has 23 years of professional IT experience. He began his career working for Industry Canada to establish Internet connectivity in rural Ontario and train its residents. He gravitated to the utility industry, performing IT services for electric and water utilities in central Ontario. Mike began providing IT services to Olameter in 2002. In 2004 he was promoted to Manager, IT and, in March 2010, to Vice President. Mike leverages his experience with utility systems and infrastructure to oversee Olameter’s system operations and maintenance, as well as other corporate IT requirements.
Mae Reliszko – VP, Administration
Mae is responsible for meeting the administrative requirements of our clients, as well as internally. As such, she leads Olameter’s Business Services department for utilities and energy retailers, including the provision of billing, call center operations and document fulfillment. Mae has acted as subject matter expert for the utilities and Independent System Operators (IESO) in Ontario as they integrated AMI systems into their various platforms. Mae has been with Olameter since inception. Prior to this, Mae worked for 8 years at ƒonorola where she gained experience developing and providing technology solutions within the telecommunications sector.