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.

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.

Amber Roberts, CPHR

Amber Roberts, CPHR

Vice President, People & Culture

As Vice President, People & Culture, Amber leads Houle's people-focused initiatives to help drive talent development and acquisition, employee engagement, and corporate communications. Amber oversees Houle’s Human Resources, Payroll, and Marketing and Communications teams.

With over 20 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 Western University and a Diploma of Technology in Human Resources Management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. She also holds the Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation. As part of her initiative for continued development and market awareness, Amber currently sits on the boards and committees of various industry associations such as the Electrical Contractors Association, Construction Labour Relations, and Construction Industry Rehabilitation Plan.

Geoffrey Beukema

Geoffrey Beukema

Vice President, Projects – Commercial/Institutional/Residential

As VP, Projects – Commercial/Institutional/Residential, Geoffrey leads the Commercial, Institutional, and Residential Project group operations to deliver excellent customer service and prompt, high quality professional workmanship.

Geoffrey joined Houle in 2015 as a Project Manager. He was promoted to Regional Manager for BC Interior and Lower Mainland for commercial and institutional projects in 2019. Geoffrey was promoted again in 2021, to his current role as VP, Projects – Commercial/Institutional/Residential.

As an Interprovincial Red Seal and FSR A with over 28 years of experience in the electrical industry, Geoffrey has obtained a vast knowledge of both the administrative and hands-on aspects of electrical projects. Geoffrey enjoys the challenges that come with working in this industry and has successfully overseen over 20 significant industrial and commercial projects throughout his career.

Keith Parsonage

Keith Parsonage

Vice President, Projects – Design Build & Industrial

As Vice President of Projects - Design Build & Industrial, Keith leads the Design Build & Industrial Project group operations to deliver excellent customer service and the prompt, professional, high-quality projects Houle is known for. Keith is also Houle’s Chief Safety Officer, playing a key role in the company’s stellar, industry-recognized safety record.

With over 20 years of electrical industry experience, Keith brings a wealth of knowledge across various types of projects – remote jobs, commercial and industrial design-build projects, and P3 projects. Keith joined Houle in 2004. Since then, he has been promoted to various roles – Project Manager and Estimator, Construction Manager, Branch Manager, Regional Manager, Regional Director, VP of Projects, and his current role as VP of Projects – Design Build & Industrial.

Since 2005, Keith has been active in the community, volunteering on a number of committees and boards. He served on the Board for the Prince George Construction Association (PGCA) and the Boys & Girls Club of Central Vancouver Island. Keith has also served as Director for 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.

Matthew Bewsey

Matthew Bewsey

Vice President, Operations

As VP of 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 also oversees prefabrication, Project Planning Services, warehouse operations, tools, and inventory.

Matthew joined Houle in 2003. He spent 5 years as a Site Supervisor 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 Lead Superintendent in 2018, to Director of Field Operations in 2019, and again to his current role as VP of Operations in 2021.

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.

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.

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.

Amy Moore

Amy Moore

Director, Technology

As Director of Technology, Amy provides strategic planning, leadership, and coaching to the Technology Group.

Amy joined Houle in 2014, managing business technology with notable contributions including B2B integrations and automation for Houle's $200M Kitimat Modernization Project as well as digitalization of the corporate commissioning program. In 2020, Amy joined the Technology Group as the Director of Operations and leads Houle's Security, Building Automation, Healthcare Technology, Audiovisual and System Integration divisions.

Amy holds an Honours BSc with Academic Distinction in Computing and Information Science from the University of Guelph and a Certificate in Advanced Strategy from UBC Sauder Executive Education. Amy is currently pursuing a Master in Business Administration from the Jack Welch Institute.

Jake Russell

Jake Russell

Director, Design Build

As Director, Design-Build, Jake oversees the development of design, planning, and budgeting of complex projects.

Jake’s client focused approach to design build ensures clients’ vision, priorities, and budget are met. His strength is developing innovative solutions within the boundaries of schedule and budget.

With over 20 years of electrical industry experience, Jake brings considerable knowledge in design build, electrical, and low voltage systems to Houle. His experience includes design, estimating, project management, and implementation. Jake started with Houle in 2005 as a Site Supervisor, progressing through various roles including Estimator, Project Manager, Construction Manager, and Division Manager. Jake is an Interprovincial Red Seal Electrician.

Jonathan Lashin

Jonathan Lashin

Director, Pre-Construction

As Director of Pre-Construction, Jonathan oversees the estimating and business development teams and processes. He manages the estimating and tendering of major projects for Houle, ensuring that Houle’s tendering process meets the company’s rigorous corporate standards. Jonathan provides leadership and direction to the organization’s sales function, aligning Houle’s sales objectives with the business strategy. He also provides support and mentorship to Division Managers and Project Managers across all regions.

Jonathan joined Houle in 1999 as a Project Manager. After 10 years in that role, Jonathan was promoted to Electrical Construction Division Manager in 2010, Chief Estimator in 2016, Director of Estimating in 2019, and his current role as Director of Pre-Construction in 2021.

Throughout his career at Houle, Jonathan has led several flagship and award winning projects. 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.

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