President & CEO
Jan Peeters is founder, CEO and controlling shareholder of Olameter Inc. Launched in 1998, Olameter helps utilities reduce the cost and complexity associated with the provision of site services. Today, the company has 2,000 employees and operates in 36 states and provinces in the US and Canada. Jan was the founder (1988) of ƒONOROLA Inc., a highly-successful long distance telephone company and a main developer of inter-city fiber-optic networks in Canada and the US. The company was sold to Sprint in 1998 for C $1.8B. Jan served for 20 years on the Boards of Cogeco (CGO & CCA,TSX-300), North America’s 8th largest cable company. He stepped down as Chairman in 2018. Jan 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 $3.2B. Jan is a Governor Emeritus of McGill University, having served on that Board from 1999 to 2008. On McGill’s behalf, he founded and chaired iNovia Capital from 2001-2011. iNovia, based in Montréal, has raised in excess of US $1B through its various start-up and later-stage venture capital funds. Jan continues to chair the Investment Committee for iNovia’s Growth Fund.
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.
Tim Kowdys currently serves as the Chief Marketing Officer.He 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, including 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 holds an Engineering degree from the University of Waterloo, MBA from University of Ottawa and lives in Toronto, Canada.
Executive Vice President
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
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.
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.