Biographies


 
Ravindra Annigeri
Ravindra Annigeri, also known as Ravi to his colleagues has more than 20 years of experience in gas turbines. Ravi has been with EthosEnergy since company formation in 2014, where he is responsible for application engineering and rotor solution commercialization initiatives supporting Major Maintenance customer’s in the Americas region. Prior to EthosEnergy formation, Ravi was with Siemens TurboCare business and was responsible for global Gas Turbine Service Engineering activities supporting OEM and oOEM gas turbines. Prior to joining Siemens in 2013, Ravi was with GE Power Generation business for 16 years holding several roles in design engineering, new product development and contractual services. At GE, Ravi started his career in gas turbine design focusing on Frame 7FA and H turbine development. His broad GE experiences include heavy duty gas turbines, hot gas path parts manufacturing, services engineering, new product development, planned maintenance and contract management. Before leaving GE, Ravi was responsible for managing GE’s long term service agreement contract on Frame 7FA, 7EA and D11 steam turbines. Ravi graduated from Pennsylvania State University and holds degree in Engineering Mechanics.
 
David Archambeault
Currently the Director of Steam Turbine Engineering for EthosEnergy, leads a global team in support of fleet and customer specific engineered solutions from research & development through design, production & repair engineering through field service support. David joined EthosEnergy, previously TurboCare, in 2010 and has held various positions in Engineering and Project Management, leading the development of new product offerings for the various steam turbine markets. David has received multiple awards for industry related technical presentations/publications and holds a patent in steam turbine system design. Prior to joining EthosEnergy, spent 15 years at GE Aviation in Lynn, MA in various Engineering roles, as well as Marketing Manager and CSM at Boeing in Seattle, WA. A graduate of GE’s Technical Leadership Program and Advanced Courses in Engineering, holds a MSME from Tufts University and a BSME from University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
 
Cristiano Balestrino
Cristiano has joined Siemens in December 2014 as part of the acquisition of the Rolls-Royce Energy business. He has held the position of Portfolio Manager in the aero-derivative gas turbine business since November 2013, with responsibility for the alignment of R&D activities to market requirements and business strategies, support to sales and commercialization of new product offerings. Prior to this, he has held a number of positions in Project Management and Engineering, including Project Manager for gas turbine New Product Development programs. Before joining the operations in Montréal, Canada in 2009, Cristiano has spent five years in the UK within the Rolls-Royce Fuel Cells program, as Development Engineer and team lead. Cristiano holds a Master in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Genova (Italy), and is a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
 
Chris Bloomer
Chris Bloomer has over 30 years of experience across a range of upstream, downstream, domestic and international energy businesses. He began his career at Shell Canada and moved with increasing responsibility from exploration and production to economics and corporate planning, oil sands development and operations, pipelines and oil and NGL marketing. Following his tenure at Shell, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Castle Energy where he was responsible for the Canadian crude oil marketing business and US exploration, natural gas production and pipeline operations. Subsequently, he was a Founder, President and Chief Operating Officer at Talon Resources Ltd., a Latin American-focused midstream/pipeline project development and crude oil marketing company. Chris then went on to spend ten years as a senior executive with Petrobank Energy & Resources, providing leadership throughout a period of significant corporate evolution for the company. Here he held the roles of Vice President Heavy Oil, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer and Director. Immediately prior to joining CEPA, he was Chief Executive Officer and Director at Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd. Throughout his career, pipelines have been an integral aspect of all his business activities in Canada, the United States and Latin America, involving operation of existing pipelines and pioneering new pipelines and access to new markets for both oil and natural gas. Mr. Bloomer has a degree in Geoscience from the University of Toronto, has served on several public and private Canadian energy company boards and is a member of The Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).
 
Anthony Brough
Anthony Brough, P.E. is an Operating Executive of D’Orazio Capital Partners, LLC in charge of energy-related investments. Tony also serves as the President of Dora Partners & Company LLC, an energy-focused management consulting company with clients representing some of the largest original equipment manufacturers that provide products and services in the energy sector. Tony has significant experience in middle market M&A and private equity investing. Tony earned a bachelor of electrical engineering technology degree from DeVry Institute of Technology and a master of business administration degree from Xavier University. Tony holds the Registered Professional Engineer designation.
 
Klaus Brun
The biography for Klaus Brun should be as follows: Dr. Brun is the Machinery Program Director at Southwest Research Institute where he leads an organization that focuses on R&D for the energy industry. His past experience includes positions in engineering, project management, and management at Solar Turbines, General Electric, and Alstom. He holds seven patents, authored over 250 papers, and published two textbooks on gas turbines. Dr. Brun is a Fellow of the ASME and won an R&D 100 award in 2007 for his Semi-Active Valve invention. He also won the ASME Industrial Gas Turbine Award in 2016 and ASME Oil & Gas Committee Best Paper/Tutorial awards in 1998, 2000, 2005, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016. He was chosen to the “40 under 40” by the San Antonio Business Journal in 2007. Dr. Brun is the past chair of the ASME-IGTI Board of Directors, the past Chairman of the ASME Oil & Gas Applications Committee, and the current chair of the ASME sCO2 Power Cycle Committee. He is also a member of the API 616 Task Force, the Asia Turbomachinery Symposiums, the Fan Conference Advisory Committee, and the Supercritical CO2 Symposium Advisory Committee. Dr. Brun is the Executive Correspondent of Turbomachinery International Magazine, an Associate Editor of the ASME Journal of Gas Turbines for Power, and an Associate Editor of the Elsevier Solar Power Journal.
 
Ghenadie Bulat
Dr. Ghenadie Bulat is the Product Owner at Siemens where he is responsible as a global authority for the product development of a small gas turbine. Dr. Bulat joined Siemens in 2003, a Chartered Engineer, the Member of Institution of Mechanical Engineers, an elected committee member of British Section of the Combustion Institute and a visiting professor of combustion at Imperial College London. His experience includes 15 years of engineering and management within combustion at Siemens and at another GT OEM. He was responsible for managing combustion projects and resource allocation for aero-thermal design, testing and support of new products and technologies of small Siemens gas turbines His contribution is reflected in several combustion design improvements, peer reviewed paper publications and patents. Dr. Bulat is the author and co-author of more than 20 patent applications in gas turbine combustion system improvements such as: active and passive damping control of combustion instabilities, fuel injection and engine reliability improvements.
 
Paul Cheliak
Paul Cheliak is the Vice President, Government and Regulatory Affairs with the Canadian Gas Association in Ottawa, Ontario. The CGA is the national voice for Canada’s natural gas distribution companies who deliver natural gas to over 20 million Canadians in all sectors of the economy. Prior to joining CGA, Paul worked with Natural Resources Canada – Canada’s federal resource department – providing natural gas market and policy advice to the Department’s senior management. Paul lives in Ottawa with his wife and two daughters and is an avid cook and fisherman (with marginal success in the latter).
 
Lauren Day
Lauren is a Metallurgist at Liburdi Turbine Services, since 2014. She works on research and development of diffusion aluminide coatings and coating processes as well as performing component life and failure analysis of hot section gas turbine components.
 
Salvatore DellaVilla
Salvatore A. Della Villa Jr. is the founder, Chairman, & CEO of Strategic Power Systems, Inc®. With over forty (40) years of experience in the reliability engineering and information technology disciplines, he has led SPS® in establishing the Operational Reliability Analysis Program (ORAP®) as the single largest global plant database in the energy industry, serving equipment manufacturers, owner/operators, and industry regulators. Prior to founding SPS in 1987 he held various positions in General Electric's turbine businesses, with a focus on “design for reliability” processes, product improvements, and customer service. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, a past Chairman of the Electric Power committee, and a past Chairman of the ASME Standards Committee on reliability. He is a member of the American Society for Quality Control, and an ASQ certified reliability engineer. He is also a member of the PowerGEN International advisory board for 2016 and 2017 in the area of the “Digital Power Plant.” He has written and published numerous papers on reliability issues and performance trends in the industry, receiving a “best paper” award in 2001 for a paper entitled “Gas Turbine Performance of Mature, F, and Advanced Technologies 2000”. In 2014, he was awarded the Industrial Gas Turbine Award from ASME for sustained contributions to the energy industry.
 
Glenn England
Glenn England is a Principal Consultant with Ramboll Environ in Irvine, California. Glenn has more than 30 years’ experience related to stationary source air emissions control, measurement and monitoring and combustion system design. Prior to joining Ramboll Environ in 2009, Glenn was a vice president at Energy and Environmental Research Corporation and a manager at GE EER after General Electric Company acquired EER in 1999. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mechanics and Engineering Sciences from the University of California at San Diego. He is a Fellow of the Air & Waste Management Association and a Source Evaluation Society Stack Sampling Hall of Fame member.
 
Willie Grieve
Willie Grieve became the AUC’s first permanent chair on February 1, 2008. Mr. Grieve is a graduate of Carleton University in political science and the University of Saskatchewan College of Law. He is a member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan and the Law Society of Alberta, and received an Alberta QC designation in 2012. Mr. Grieve has been involved in utility regulation and competition policy for more than 30 years and played a significant role in the regulatory evolution of Canada’s telecommunications sector. Most recently Mr. Grieve was vice-president of regulatory affairs with TELUS Corp. Earlier, Mr. Grieve practised law in Saskatoon, Sask., concentrating on public utility and telecommunications regulation and competition policy as well as construction law. He has acted for and appeared before the Public Utilities Review Commission of Saskatchewan, the government of Canada, SaskTel, the Stentor Alliance of major Canadian telecommunications companies and the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission. Mr. Grieve has also appeared as an expert witness for Canada’s Bureau of Competition Policy, and worked with the government of Poland and the People’s Republic of China in areas related to regulation and competition policy. His academic work has been published in the United States, Japan and Austria. Mr. Grieve has been responsible for setting the overall regulatory tone of the AUC and for leading its efforts to explore the efficacy of different styles and manners of utility regulation. He has also initiated procedural reviews within the AUC in the areas of rate and facilities regulation to rationalize and streamline procedures. Mr. Grieve has led and chaired AUC panels that have issued major regulatory decisions in each of the areas of rates, facilities and markets. Mr. Grieve is a former professional musician and an active community volunteer. He previously served as chair of CAMPUT, Canada’s association of energy regulators; a member of the board of governors of MacEwan University; co-chair of the Concordia University College of Alberta’s advisory board for business management; a member of the Fringe Theatre Adventures board of directors, and president of the Edmonton Eclipse Junior A Lacrosse Club.
 
Tim Haaf
Mr. Tim Haaf is a registered First Class Power Engineer in the Province of British Columbia. He is currently the Plant Manager of the BC Hydro, Prince Rupert Generating Station, which is a 2 unit, 46 Mw Gas Turbine driven, Power Generating Station serving the Prince Rupert Area Load on an emergency standby basis. He is also a Thermal Plant Projects Manager in the Thermal Generation Area Division of BC Hydro. He has extensive experience in Oil & Gas and Pulp and Paper, is a member of the Institute of Power Engineers, currently serving as Treasurer of the Vancouver Branch, and has also served as Vice President and Social Director for the Institute.
 
Syed Hasan
Syed Hasan joined Union Gas Limited in 2006 and is now currently working as Senior Compressor Operations Engineer. He holds extensive experience in pipeline engineering and rotating equipment. He has worked with Mott McDonald International limited , an Engineering firm based out of United Kingdom and Mobil Askari Lubricants a subsidiary of ExxonMobil in Pakistan. He holds MASc degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Waterloo and Bachelor degree from NED University, Karachi Pakistan. His interest in project management also led him to do his MBA degree from IBA Pakistan (an institute established back in 1955 with technical support from Wharton School and University of Southern California).
 
Scott Hastie
Scott Hastie is Continuous Improvement Engineering Manager at Liburdi Turbine Services. Scott has over 17 years of experience in developing new processes for the manufacture and repair of gas turbine components. He and his team are responsible for new repair process development and continuous improvement for Industrial, Aero Derivative and Flight gas turbine components.
 
Anders Hellberg
Anders Hellberg is FEED Manager at Siemens working with technical support for gas turbines to the oil and gas industry. Previously Anders has been product manager of the SGT-750 and SGT-700 gas turbine and prior to this the project manager for the development of the SGT-700 turbine . Earlier Anders were Product Planning Director Oil and Gas, responsible within Siemens Power Generation Industrial Applications Oil and Gas for development of product strategies for oil and gas products. Anders has graduated from Linköping University, Sweden as Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1991.
 
Corey Kinart
Corey Kinart is a Senior Associate at HGC Engineering, a leading engineering consulting firm specializing exclusively in noise, vibration and acoustics. He received his BASc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 2001 and his MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2015, and has been with HGC Engineering for the past 10 years. Corey specializes in the measurement and assessment of industrial noise and vibration, having conducted feasibility studies, acoustic assessments and audits for government approvals, as well as noise complaint investigations, for hundreds of facilities across Canada and abroad, including numerous gas turbine installations.
 
Manfred Klein
Mr. Klein retired in 2013 after 33 years with the Canadian federal government, most recently at the Gas Turbine Laboratory of the National Research Council in Ottawa. As principal of MA Klein & Associates, his present interests include natural gas energy systems, gas turbines, distributed energy and air emissions solutions. With 16 years at Environment Canada, he was involved withnational emissions guidelines for gas turbines using output-based environmental standards, new taxation incentives to encourage cogeneration and waste heat recovery, environmental assessments, clean energy studies, as well as industrial training activities for gas turbines and cogeneration systems. He was with the National Energy Board for 11 years, dealing with natural gas pipeline and compressor station construction inspection and certification. Manfred is a former chair of the Canadian Industrial Applications of Gas Turbines Committee, and former Chair of the Environment Committee of the ASME International Gas Turbine Institute. He has a degree in Mechanical Engineering (1980) from Carleton University in Ottawa.
 
Joshua Kohn
Mr Kohn earned a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University in 2009, and has eight years experience related to filtration for gas turbine systems, specializing in on-site monitoring and optimization of filtration applications for various environments, as well as product development.
 
Justin Kuipers
A registered Professional Engineer in Ontario, he has worked as a Materials Engineer at Liburdi Turbine Services for the past 10 years, working on research and development of braze and heat treatment repair processes, as well as performing component life and failure analysis of hot section gas turbine components.
 
Rainer Kurz
Rainer Kurz is the Manager, Systems Analysis at Solar Turbines Incorporated, in San Diego, California. His organization is responsible for predicting compressor and gas turbine performance, for conducting application studies, and for field performance testing. Dr. Kurz attended the Universitaet der Bundeswehr in Hamburg Germany, where he received the degree of a Dr.-Ing. in 1991. He joined Solar Turbines in 1993, and holds his current position since 1995. Dr. Kurz is the past chair of the ASME/IGTI Oil and Gas Applications Committee, a member of the Gas Machinery Research Council Project Supervisory Committee, the GMC Conference Organizing Committee, the Texas A&M Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee, the Asian Turbomachinery Symposium Advisory Committee, and the SDSU Aerospace Engineering Advisory Committee. He was elected ASME Fellow in 2003 He has authored numerous publications about turbomachinery related topics, with an emphasis on compressor applications, dynamic behavior, and gas turbine operation and degradation. Many of his publications were considered of archive quality and were accepted for publications in Engineering Journals. He has received several ‘Best Paper’ and ‘Best Tutorial’ Awards at the ASME TurboExpo Conferences and is the recipient of the 2013 Industrial Gas Turbine Technology award.
 
David B. Layzell
David Layzell is a Professor at the University of Calgary and Director of the Canadian Energy Systems Analysis Research (CESAR) Initiative. In CESAR, he studies the energy systems of Canada and models the costs, benefits and tradeoffs of technologies and policies driving energy systems transformation. Between 2008 and 2012, he was Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Energy, Environment and Economy (ISEEE), a cross-faculty, graduate research and training institute at the University of Calgary. Before going to Calgary, Dr. Layzell was a professor at Queen’s University (Kingston) and the Executive Director of BIOCAP Canada, a research foundation focused on biological solutions to climate change. While at Queen’s, he founded an scientific instrumentation company called Qubit Systems Inc. and was elected ‘Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada’ (FRSC) for his research contributions.
 
Steven Lewis
Steve Lewis is a Technical Program Manager for Siemens with 15 years of engineering experience, with specialism in Defence & Civil Aerospace and Industrial Gas Turbine Development. The last 7 years has been focused on leadership and product execution for distributed generation and oil and gas applications. Steve started his career as an engineering apprentice at BMW in 1996. Since then he helped design and develop the transmission for the JCB DIESELMAX vehicle, which still holds the diesel class land speed record today. During 2006 and 2011 he support development build and testing of the A400M, MANTIS UAV, F35 and Trent 1000 for Rolls-Royce Defence and Civil Gas Turbines. In 2011 he relocated to Rolls-Royce energy in Montreal to lead the R&D Development of the RB211-H63 program. More recently he led the new Siemens SGT-A45 TR product development. Steve holds a Degree from Wales, a Masters from Canfield and is a Chartered Mechanical Engineering.
 
Jim Noordermeer
Mr. Noordermeer has over 35 years of international experience in the design, repair, upgrade and modification, layout, installation and construction, commissioning, startup, testing and servicing of gas turbine and steam turbine generator power plants, including cogeneration and combined-cycle plants and associated equipment, at Noord Power Consulting; Gryphon International Engineering Services; SNC – W.P. London; and Westinghouse Canada – Turbine & Generator Division.
 
Douglas Petrie
Douglas Petrie is currently the “VP of Business Development ” for Dresser-Rand a Siemens Business. Doug has over 40 years of experience with Compressors, Gas Turbines and Steam Turbines. Doug joined Siemens in 2011. Prior to Siemens he has worked for Dresser, Elliott and most recently GE. While at GE Doug had responsibility for CONMEC business and the GE Oil & Gas Service business in North America. He has 40 has worked in Sales, Service, Projects and Operations Management. Doug is a graduate of Clarkson University with a BS majoring in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering.
 
Pascal Robichaud
Pascal is a professional mechanical engineer with 20 years of experience in Power Generation. Fluent in both English and French, Pascal has extensive experience in the engineering consulting field, specializing in gas turbine power generation and thermodynamic energy distribution systems. Pascal has experience in research, analysis, drafting, design, installation, and maintenance of plant operations with extensive hands-on experience in the field. Pascal also has experience in the installation and maintenance of equipment and processes in both manufacturing and power generation industry. Pascal is CEM’s Manager of Project Development and is supporting his team in the development of technical solutions to address CEM’s Client’s energy targets applying latest best practices. In addition to Ontario, Pascal also holds license to practice engineering in both British Columbia and Alberta.
 
Todd Shaw
Todd Shaw is the Director of Industrial Gas Turbine Products at Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems Americas. He is responsible for strategy, technology, and business development leadership for the small and medium size combustion turbine product portfolio for the Western Hemisphere. Mr. Shaw earned a degree in Environmental Engineering at the University of Central Florida and is a licensed engineer in the state of Florida. He has been employed by MHPS for 7 years in various roles including business development, commercial operations and product line management and has an extensive technical, commercial and BD background. Mr. Shaw's experience prior to joining MHPS includes capital equipment sales and engineering practice with several large multi-national EPC and AE firms, where he served various roles including client services manager, project manager, mechanical superintendent, and project engineer.
 
William Stein
William (Bill) Stein has more than 37 years of experience in the field of Industrial Lubricants and is recognized as a leader in the industry by his peers and colleagues. As a manager at Shell Global Solutions, Bill leads a global team of professionals with expertise primarily focused on new product development and technical services for industrial rotating equipment and hydraulic operations. Bill is responsible for the alignment of R&D activities to meet the needs of the Shell Marketing organization for commercialization of new and existing lubrication products and applications. His team provides technical service support for problem resolution for Shell facilities and external customers. Bill values his relationships with original equipment manufacturers and works closely with them, researching ways to improve equipment reliability and performance. Bill earned a degree in chemical engineering from Purdue University, has authored and presented various papers throughout his career and has co-authored several patent applications.
 
Eric Steinson
Mr. Eric Steinson is currently serving as President of the Vancouver Branch of the British Columbia Institute of Power Engineers. He is the Past President of the National Institute of Power Engineers. He worked at BC Hydro as a Shift Supervising Engineer at the Burrard Generating Station from 2000 until his retirement this year. His time at BC Hydro included stints as Operations Manager and Generation Safety Implementation Manager. Prior to his work at BC Hydro, Mr. Steinson held positions at Skeena Cellulose’s Northern Pulp Operations as Manager of Recovery and Utilities and Training and Development Manager. He is currently Chair of the Program Advisory Committee for Power Engineering at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
 
Landon Tessmer
Landon Tessmer, a licensed Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario, is the Technical Sales Manager at Innovative Steam Technologies (IST). Landon has seven years of experience with the thermal design and optimization of once-through heat recovery steam generators. Landon also oversees the creation of project budgets, proposal documents, specification review, and contract negotiations. IST has provided heat recovery units behind gas turbines for over 25 years and is the world leader in once-through steam generation.
 
Sean Yun
Dr. Yun received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from University of Toronto in 2005 He is leading a gas turbine related master project under bioenergy program of NRC as a program technology lead and a senior researcher. His R&D work has been mainly in the areas of spray, combustion and biofuels. His current main research interest is to develop a gas turbine combustion system, which can operate on pyrolysis oil. He has worked on numerous industry-sponsored projects and ample experiences in collaboration with gas turbine industries. He is the author or co-author of over 50 publications.