Jan founded Olameter in 1998 to seek out investments in the area of site services, particularly in areas undergoing deregulation. An accomplished business leader, Jan was also the founder of ƒONOROLA Inc, a highly successful long distance telephone company, and the main developer of inter-city fibre-optic-based networks in Canada and the northern United States. The company was sold to Sprint in 1998. Jan is a Governor of McGill University, the Chairman of the Boards of Cogeco Inc. and Cogeco Cable Inc., (a Canadian cable company), a member of the board and Chairman of the Audit Committee of Intersil Corporation (a NASDAQ-100 semiconductor company), and iNOVIA Capital (a university-based venture seed capital company). Jan is a graduate of McGill University with degrees in Engineering and Accounting.
Jean-Pierre Carette oversees all aspects of finance, administration and personnel departments at Olameter. JP’s career has been highlighted by the completion of a private equity issue for over $20 million and a convertible debenture private issue of over $6 million (both on the Canadian market), and the completion of two business acquisitions for over $12 million. In his role as CFO and Vice President of Finance & Administration, JP is responsible for the negotiation of all credit facilities, working with the CEO on strategic and financial analysis of potential acquisitions, direct communications with investors, including making financial presentations at each Board of Directors meetings and at the corporate AGM, all financial reporting, budgets and controls, actively participating in operational issues, and the issuance of annual Management Proxy Circular.
Executive VP, US
Patrick Burk has worked in the utility service and damage prevention industry for over 30 years. Prior to joining Olameter, Patrick was the owner of American Utility Services and BDHWA which provided locating, leak detection and claims services for multiple major utilities within the US. Patrick originally started his career with Central Locating Service (CLS) in 1984 after spending 10 years serving in the US Marine Corps communication and electronics field. Patrick was instrumental in the growth of CLS and after they sold in 1998 to the Asplundh Corporation Patrick remained with the company through the transition period prior to American Utility Services inception in 2003.
Executive VP, Canada
Michael began his career in the utility industry in 1982. Starting out in the field with C&D Meter Reading Services, Michael rapidly advanced to Director of Operations and was responsible for overseeing the implementation of all services including meter reading, collection, and billing services. Michael’s extensive operational background has proven to be a valuable asset in his current role as Olameter’s Executive Vice President in Canada.
Mike Polson has completed a number of IT and system certificate programs, including the Microsoft Certified System Engineer + Internet certificate with IIS and MSSQL elective exams. Prior to joining the Olameter team, Mike had been performing small and medium sized IT consulting until becoming a full-time contractor at Olameter in the summer of 2002. Mike has since been promoted through Manager and Director roles to take the position of Vice President, IT in March of 2010. Mike leverages his experience with utility systems and infrastructure in overseeing solution development, system maintenance and operations, and corporate IT requirements.
Olameter’s Business Services department is led by Ms. Mae Reliszko who, over the past 15 years, has gained experience developing and providing technology solutions within the telecommunications and utility markets. As Manager and then Director Billing for approximately 6 years, Mae was responsible for all aspects of Olameter’s Billing Services for LDCs, Municipalities, and Energy Retailers, including the provision of consolidated billing, document fulfillment, call center services, and collections administration. Beginning in 2007, Mae has also provided extensive consultation to utilities and regulatory entities to facilitate system integration planning and implementation related to AMI data systems.
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 22 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.
VP, Software Engineering
As VP of Software Engineering at Olameter Inc., Stéphane is responsible for the management and implementation of IT development projects for Olameter. Stéphane has a cumulative 28 years of experience in the development and management of IT projects, 15 of which were spent as an IT consultant to electric utilities. He is registered as a member of the Order of Engineers of Quebec and holds a PMP certification. 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 IT development, client relationships, resource management, and project management.