Executive Team

With several decades of proven stability, quality and business ethics, our people remain at the core of our service excellence. Our team is comprised of a blend of youthful enthusiasm and wise seasoned veterans. The unmatched expertise of our engineers, project managers, estimators, and execute management team ensures precisely planned and well executed projects. Together with our superintendents, foremen, trades people, and office staff, we strive to surpass the needs and expectations of our customers. Our team is dedicated to maintaining Houle’s position as the industry leader through customer choice.

Chuck Phillips

Chuck Phillips

President & CEO

As President & CEO, Chuck is responsible for providing leadership and direction to the organization and for supervising the overall performance of the company.

In April 2018, Chuck joined the Houle Electric Board of Directors as one of two new External Directors. He transitioned to active duty as Houle’s Interim President & CEO on June 12, 2019. Chuck has spent most of his career in the construction industry, which included lengthy assignments leading companies involved in civil engineering projects. He has a background in corporate finance and strategy and has helped the companies he worked for achieve significant growth and diversification. More recently, Chuck has taken on a series of assignments at family owned businesses where he honed his skills in collaborative decision making.

Ken Bitschy

Ken Bitschy

Executive Vice President

As Executive Vice President, Ken oversees both the new construction and low voltage teams. Ken is also Houle’s Corporate Safety Officer, playing a key role in the company’s stellar, industry-recognized safety record.

Ken joined Houle in 1993 as Superintendent. After 15 years as a Superintendent, Ken was promoted to the role of Regional Manager in 2008, to Vice President of Projects in 2013, and then to Executive Vice President in 2019.

Ken has worked in the electrical contracting business for over three decades. He has extensive experience in large equipment and high voltage contracting, with several years’ experience on Hydro projects in the oil and gas industry. Ken holds an A-Class Certificate of Qualification (BC) and is certified for Interprovincial Work. As a result of Ken’s leadership and dedication, Houle has won numerous industry awards for project quality and innovation.

Lori Podnevar

Lori Podnevar

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Lori oversees all the financial aspects of Houle and acts as a business advisor to collaborate on strategic and tactical decisions that will drive the business. She works collaboratively across the organization’s leadership team, leading and supporting a large team to ensure that Houle’s financial policies and practices align with its strategic goals.

Lori joined Houle in 2019. Over the last 19 years, Lori has become an expert in the construction industry. She has held positions of increasing responsibility at Ledcor Group, serving as their Vice President, Finance for the last 12 years. During her time at Ledcor, Lori has developed a broad range of experience in all the various types of construction and has assisted Ledcor Construction in their project management systems conversions, strategic growth initiatives, as well as strategic planning. Prior to starting with Ledcor, Lori spent three years at Canfor. She qualified as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) at Doane Raymond Chartered Accountants, starting in Toronto and then moving to Vancouver in 1994.

Hamed A. Pasdar, P.Eng.

Hamed A. Pasdar, P.Eng.

Vice President, Major Projects

As Vice President of Major Projects, Hamed plans and leads all P3/design-build initiatives and industrial projects across Houle.

Hamed joined Houle in 2012 as an Electrical Field Engineer and Project Manager. Hamed was the Project Manager and Project Engineer for Houle’s largest project to date, the $200 million Kitimat Modernization Project. Hamed’s leadership skills and his commitment to the team resulted in meeting every milestone and turnover dates on the site and achieving an exceptional performance factor of 10% below the contract requirements which helped to save the customer millions of dollars on a cost reimbursable contract.

Due to Hamed’s extensive project management experience, significant business acumen, and employee management and mentoring skills, Hamed was promoted to the role of Group Project Director in 2018 and again in 2019 to VP of Major Projects. Hamed holds a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University. He is also registered as a professional engineer in Engineers and Geoscientists BC.

Keith Parsonage

Keith Parsonage

Vice President, Projects

As Vice President of Projects, Keith leads the Project group operations to deliver excellent customer service and prompt, high quality professional workmanship.

Keith joined Houle's Victoria office in 2004. In 2005, he relocated to Prince George as a Project Manager and Estimator. Prior to joining Houle, Keith spent 3.5 years as an electrician in the Northwest Territories.

Keith has many years of experience with remote projects, commercial and industrial design-build, P3, and oil and gas. Keith was promoted to Construction Division Manager for Houle’s Prince George location in 2009.
After 3 successful years as Construction Division Manager, Keith accepted an offer to manage Houle’s Prince George/Northern BC Regional operations in 2012. In 2014, Keith was given the opportunity to return to Vancouver Island to manage Houle’s Nanaimo/North Island Regional operations. He was promoted in 2018 to Regional Director and again in 2019 to his current role as VP of Projects.

Keith has been active since 2005 in supporting his industry through volunteering on a number of committees and boards. Keith was an active member of the Prince George Construction Association (PGCA) where he served in several capacities including serving as Board Chair. Keith has also served as a Director of the Vancouver Island Construction Association (VICA), Western Joint Electrical Training Society (WJETS), and the Construction Council of Vancouver Island (CCVI). Keith holds an FSR A and Red Seal Trade Certification.

Rob Spratt

Rob Spratt

Vice President, Technologies

As Vice President of Technologies, Rob provides leadership, direction, and expertise to the organization’s technology function. He ensures technology operations support the strategic direction of the organization.

Rob joined Houle in 2013. He has over 23 years of IT experience spanning IT management, IT infrastructure and operations, and enterprise business applications. Prior to joining Houle, Rob worked across diverse industries including finance, insurance and banking, aerospace and defense, construction and professional services, health and wellness, and technology. As a strong technology and operations leader with enterprise vision and strategic planning, Rob has successfully created, developed, managed, and directed talented technology teams within the IT landscape.

Ross McLean

Ross McLean

Vice President, Business Development

As Vice President of Business Development, Ross provides leadership and direction to the organization’s sales function, as well as align Houle’s sales objectives with the business strategy.

Beginning his Houle career as a Foreman in Prince George in 1979, Ross soon moved into the role of Project Manager / Estimator, working in many controls, industrial, commercial, and institutional projects in the North including early controls and data projects. During this time in Prince George, Ross began his volunteer time in industry associations: Electrical Contractors Association of BC, Prince George Construction Association, and the Western Joint Electrical Training Society. He moved to Victoria in 1986 to become Service Manager.

After a 5 years leading Business Development for AT&T Network Systems fibre, copper and wireless business in Western Canada, Ross returned to Houle in 1998 as Manager of the Network Systems and Controls Divisions for Vancouver Island. In 2001, Ross was promoted to Regional Manager in Victoria where he continued his involvement in construction association boards, working to raise money for various charities such as the Arthritis Society, Victoria Hospice, and United Way. He was promoted again in 2018 to VP, Services and then to VP, Business Development in 2019.

Ross is currently a Houle Board Member, Past Chair of the British Columbia Construction Association where he served as a Board of Director for the Canadian Construction Association, Co-Chair of the Deputy Ministers Industry Infrastructure Council and member of the Construction Foundation of BC. He received the Distinguished Service Award in September 2016 from the BC Construction Association, for his contributions to the growth and stature of BC’s construction industry. In March 2018, Ross was recognized with the 2017 Canadian Construction Association Trade Contractor Award for promoting and enhancing the Canadian construction industry. A passionate lifelong learner who enjoys mentoring, Ross can be often found learning how to, or helping others find, a better way to serve Houle’s valuable customers.

Shawn Boyd

Shawn Boyd

Vice President, Services

As Vice President of Services, Shawn plans and leads the Service and Facilities Management group operations, ensuring the delivery of excellent customer service and prompt, high quality professional workmanship.

Shawn joined Houle in 1990. He began his electrical career as an apprentice with Houle and spent four more years in the field as a Journeyman/Foreman. In 1998, Shawn moved into Project Management, and became Construction Division Manager for the Nanaimo and North Island Regional Office in 2005. During this time, Shawn demonstrated exceptional skills in design-build projects, healthcare projects, communications cabling and public infrastructure (water/waste) upgrades. In 2008, Shawn’s work for the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital’s new Perinatal Building was recognized by the VRCA, winning to top Gold Award in the electrical construction category.

Shawn accepted the position of Vancouver Regional Manager in 2013, Regional Director in 2018, and his current role as VP of Services in 2019. Shawn holds an Electrical TQ Certificate (BC) and has extensive training in Project Management/ Estimating Software and structured cabling technology.

Amber Roberts, CPHR

Amber Roberts, CPHR

Director, Human Resources

As Director of Human Resources, Amber leads Houle’s people-focused initiatives, including strategic planning, leadership development, and recruiting.

With over 15 years of experience as a Human Resources professional, Amber has significant practical and policy experience in her field, with special focus on employee relations. Prior to joining Houle in 2007, she held HR positions with notable industry players including Teck and Exp.

Amber holds a Bachler of Arts (Hons) degree in Sociology from the University of Western Ontario and a Diploma of Technology in Human Resources Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She also holds the Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) designation. As part of her initiative for continued development and market awareness, Amber is involved with industry committees such as the Electrical Contractors Association, Construction Labour Relations, and Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA).

Jonathan Lashin

Jonathan Lashin

Director, Estimating

As Director of Estimating, Jonathan manages the estimating and tendering of major projects for Houle, ensuring that Houle’s tendering process meets the company’s rigorous corporate standards. He also provides support and mentorship for Division Manager and Project Managers across all regions.

Jonathan joined Houle in 1999 as a Project Manager where he held that role for 10 years. He went on to become the Electrical Construction Division Manager in 2010, Chief Estimator in 2016, and then Director of Estimating in 2019.

Throughout his career at Houle, Jonathan has led several flagship projects including the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology renovation, the City of North Vancouver Library, and several projects for P&O Ports including the award-winning berth expansion project. Jonathan recognizes that projects are run by people not companies, embracing the core values of integrity, hard work, and partnership. He holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Matthew Bewsey

Matthew Bewsey

Director, Field Operations

As Director of Field Operations, Matthew oversees total field construction efforts to ensure projects of all sizes and in all locations are constructed safely and in accordance with the projects’ design, budget, and schedule requirements.

Matthew joined Houle in 2003. He spent 5 years as a Foreman and another 5 years as Superintendent for Houle’s Strategic Projects team. Due to his leadership capabilities, ability to collaborate effectively with multiple trades, and out of the box strategical approach to work, Matthew was promoted in 2018 to Lead Superintendent and then again in 2019 to his current role as Director of Field Operations.

Throughout his career, Matthew has successfully lead the Houle team to complete many high profile new build projects throughout British Columbia. Matthew was the Superintendent for new build P3 North Island Hospitals project that included the Comox Valley Hospital and the Campbell River Hospital. The $40 million Comox Valley Hospital project was recognized by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA) for its project excellence and was awarded the VRCA Gold Award of Excellence. Other new build projects Matthew has been involved with includes the Penticton Regional Hospital Patient Care Tower, Uptown Mall, University of Victoria CARSA Building and Parkade, Rona in Langford, and Victoria General Hospital Emergency Addition. Matthew has his Red Seal Endorsement and is a certified Lean Black Belt.

Wayne Nielsen

Wayne Nielsen

Group Project Director

As Group Project Director, Wayne leads the project pursuit and estimating team at Houle.

Wayne joined Houle in 1982 and assumed the role of Chief Estimator in 1997. With two decades as Chief Estimator for Houle, Wayne has led the tendering process for numerous high profile projects including UBC Life Sciences Building, Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, BC Cancer Agency – Centre for the North, Surrey Memorial Hospital – Critical Care Tower, Joseph and Rosalie Segal Family Health Centre, Emily Carr University of Art & Design, North Island Hospitals (Comox Valley and Campbell River), and Penticton Regional Hospital – Patient Care Tower. He was promoted to the role of Director of Strategic Projects in 2016, with a change in title to Group Project Director in 2018. Wayne holds a diploma in Electrical Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is also Gold Seal Trade Certified.

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