People

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.

Corporate Team

Robert Lashin, P.Eng

Robert Lashin, P.Eng

President

As president of Houle since 1997, Robert provides leadership and direction to the organization, inspiring and communicating the vision, mission, and values of Houle.

Robert joined Houle in 1973 as a Junior Estimator and Project Engineer and went on to become a Project Manager and Chief Estimator. In 1980, he was one of 12 employees to purchase the company.

Robert has invested countless hours to serve on various industry boards and committees to further both the safety regulations and business opportunities for BC. Robert is a current Board of Director for the Construction Labour Relations Association of BC and the Western Joint Electrical Training Society. He is a past Chair of the Electrical Contractors Association of BC, Director and past Chair of the BC Construction Association, and a past Director and past Chair of the Vancouver Regional Construction Association (VRCA). He also served as Director of the BC Safety Authority and past Director of the Aboriginal Skills and Employment Partnership.

In 2011, Robert received the prestigious VRCA Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to the industry. The following year, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition for his contribution to the construction industry. Robert is an Electrical Engineer registered with the Association of Professional Engineers of BC.

Dennis Carlow

Dennis Carlow

Vice President, Operations

As Vice President of Operations at Houle since 2000, Dennis oversees the operations of Houle’s seven regional offices, playing a key role in helping to build Houle into one of the largest and most respected electrical contractors and systems integrator in BC.

Dennis joined Houle’s Victoria office in 1980 as a project foreman and superintendent. In 1990, he transferred to Head Office in Burnaby, where he was promoted to Regional Manager in 1996 and later to Vice President of Operations in 2000.

Dennis holds an inter-provincial electrical ticket and gold seal certification from BC Construction Association. He took his formal business training at British Columbia Institute for Technology. He is past President and past Treasurer of the Electrical Contractors Association, Vancouver Chapter.

Rois Rizzo, CFO, CPA, CMA

Rois Rizzo, CFO, CPA, CMA

Vice President, Finance

As Vice President of Finance at Houle since 1998, Rois directs all financial aspects of the company including bonding, insurance, shareholder reporting, and management of the accounting department. Rois also establishes and implements growth-driven financial policies for the company, ensuring continued quality of service as the company expands.

As a Certified Management Accountant, Rois served as a Senior Accountant with KPMG in their Business Advisory Services Group, was Controller for Budget Rent-A-Car, and Assistant Controller for Palmer Jarvis. Rois also operated his own independent consulting company prior to joining Houle. Rois is current Chairman of Trust for the BCCA Employment Benefit Trust.

Ken Bitschy

Ken Bitschy

Vice President, Strategic Projects

As Vice President of Strategic Projects at the Houle since 2013, Ken leads the largest group of electrical professionals in Western Canada. He ensures that all projects run smoothly and are completed on time, on budget and to the highest of industry standards. 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 and then to Vice President of Strategic Projects in 2013.

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.

Wayne Nielsen

Wayne Nielsen

Director, Strategic Projects

As Director of Strategic Projects, Wayne leads the pursuit and estimating team for strategic projects 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. Wayne holds a diploma in Electrical Technology from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He is also Gold Seal Trade Certified.

Jonathan Lashin

Jonathan Lashin

Chief Estimator

As Chief Estimator for Houle since 2016, 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 and then Chief Estimator in 2016.

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.

Brian Aasman

Brian Aasman

Lean & Prefabrication Manager

Brian has helped Houle maximize value for our customers by encouraging integrated processes, rigorous planning, and continuous improvement. As a process innovator, Brian helped Houle start its Lean journey in 2013. In his current role, Brian leads and supports deep implementation of Lean practices.

As a certified Lean Black Belt and GSC Superintendent, he has extensive experience in project management, production and cost management, scheduling, and quality. This expertise allows him to lead the implementation of effective and innovative approaches to project delivery that aligns with the needs of Houle’s customers.

Amber Roberts, CPHR

Amber Roberts, CPHR

Human Resources Manager

As Human Resources Manager for Houle since 2007, 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).

Melissa McNeil

Melissa McNeil

Business Development Manager

As Business Development Manager for Houle, Melissa’s role is to lead the Business Development team to prospect new business and grow and retain existing accounts by presenting new solutions and services to our clients and by providing outstanding customer service.

Specializing in relationship selling, Melissa has held a variety of positions which have helped both manufacturers and agencies focus on retaining and building relationships in their customers while growing revenue. With her background that specializes in wires and cables, power quality, network infrastructure, data centres, and security, she has been able to understand Houle’s vast product offering. As a key account management expert who has over 18 years of management experience, Melissa is a great negotiator who believes in the power of team work.

Allan Lanzador

Allan Lanzador

Marketing Manager

As Marketing Manager for Houle since 2010, Allan leads the marketing initiatives at Houle. In addition to managing internal communication and information sharing efforts, Allan manages a number of customer facing initiatives at Houle that include coordination of trade shows and events, planning of both off and on-line advertising, maintenance and development of the company's websites, social media channels, and marketing collateral.

With several years of marketing experience across various industries, Allan brings skill sets that include advertising planning, graphic design, web development, e-marketing, customer relationship management (CRM), and intranet administration. Allan holds a Diploma in Marketing Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He also has additional training in search engine optimization, social media, user interface design, and Microsoft SharePoint and Dynamics CRM Administration.

Gabriel Ana

Gabriel Ana

Director, Technology

As the the Director of Technology for Houle since 2013, Gabriel's role is to lead and coordinate efforts aimed to align technology vision with business strategy through planning, developing, facilitating, supporting and correlating technology initiatives within Houle.

Gabriel started at Houle in 2002 as a Project Manager. He was promoted to the role of Division Manager for Vancouver’s Security team in 2007. In 2013, Gabriel moved into the role of Strategic Technology Consultant, looking after all technology for Houle’s 3 low voltage teams: Network and Infrastructure, Security, and Controls Automation. Gabriel has extensive experience in various systems including communications, building controls and automation, security, audio visual, and integration.

Holding 3 degrees and having over 30 years of experience as an Electrical Engineer, Gabriel has developed a diverse background and skillset which has allowed him to have a unique perspective when it comes to a project. Gabriel was involved in BC’s very first P3 project, the Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre, and has since played a fundamental role in many others projects such as the award-winning Surrey Memorial Hospital Critical Care Tower project. Gabriel is licensed as a Security Consultant by the Ministry of Justice of British Columbia under the Security Services Act.

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