SPI’s sales and operational activities are led by the President & CEO, Robert Desnoyers. Robert co-founded Safety Power Inc. (SPI) in May 2005. Since being with SPI he has secured significant installations at major North American sites such as TD Bank, Royal Bank, Ford Motor Company, Pepsi, Ericsson and many other locations. Previously, Robert was President of a major district energy facility which had a base of natural gas engine generators. While there Robert was responsible for the development of the Combined Heat & Power district energy system, which services several million square feet of commercial and public facilities in a major North American city. Under Robert’s direction, his Company was successful in responding to an RFP for 300MW of Renewable Energy and was awarded a contract for a bio-gas combined heat and power facility at the city’s wastewater treatment facility.
Prior to joining the district energy facility, Robert spent nearly 20 years with a major North American city in a number of engineering and management roles related to facility and real estate asset management. Robert’s last position with the city was as Director of Facilities & Real Estate where he was responsible for the management of over 700 facilities and 1400 properties worth several billion dollars. Robert served in the navy as a Marine Engineer and is certified as a Mechanical Engineering Technologist. Robert is a college graduate in Business Management and Building Environmental Systems Operations & Design. He has over 25 years experience in the asset management industry with a particular focus on energy management projects and alternative energy.
Bob Stelzer is CTO of Safety Power Inc (SPI). While at SPI, Bob has worked with the engineering team to design the Company’s ecoCUBE® and ecoTUBE® product families for air emissions control for on-site power generation. As a result of this activity, Safety Power has registered several patents for components in SPI’s innovative emissions technology.
Prior to SPI, he worked for a leading global manufacturer of industrial controls and electronics with global sales exceeding $500 million. While there he obtained a global mandate for the design and manufacture of industrial power supplies and inverters which resulted in significant global sales. Thereafter he was promoted to serve as President of the company’s Americas Region which included the US, Canada and Mexico.
Prior to the above employment, he worked for Honeywell where he led a team that developed advanced control technology using one of the world’s first applications of real-time non-linear optimization. This software is now used by global oil refineries to produce over 50% of the world’s supply of gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel and other hydrocarbon products.
Bob is on the University of Toronto Engineering Industry Advisory Board and is on the Board of the Ontario Chapter of the AWMA. He is a Professional Engineer with a Masters Degree.
Michael is currently the President and CEO of Etratech Inc., headquartered in Burlington, Ontario, Canada. As one of the founding partners in 1989, Michael has taken the company from its initial entrepreneurial start-up to a global presence in the design and development of electronic controls and control systems for leading OEMs around the world. With over 100,000 sq. ft. of production space, 500 employee’s worldwide and annual sales approaching $80 Million, Etratech has and continues to be one of the leading Electronic Design and Manufacturing companies in Canada.
Michael is a graduate of the Computer Electronics Engineering Technology program at Mohawk College and most recently was selected for the Mohawk College Alumni of Distinction Award in Technology. He has twice been nominated for the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year awards and was selected as one of the country’s most promising entrepreneurs to participate in the Richard Ivey School of Business, Quantum Shift Program.
Actively involved in the community, Michael is a member of the Burlington Economic and Development Board of Directors, Chamber of Commerce Roundtable for CEO’s, the EMC CEO Strategic Interest Group, numerous charitable fundraising campaigns and has received several community awards in recognition of his efforts.
Ralph Dunham spent his early career with IBM and several other technology & training companies. Ralph became President of Continuum Planning, an IT consulting firm with expertise in the area of Business Continuity. Ralph was responsible for the growth of the company from a “start-up” to a pre-eminent position in the marketplace. The company’s success was recognized when it was purchased by IBM. After working with IBM as a consulting practise leader, Ralph launched Marsh’ Canada's consulting practice and managed its growth for 5 years.
As a result of his consulting experience Ralph has an extensive network of senior contacts throughout industry and the public sector.
Ralph has guided several start-up organizations through periods of rapid expansion and has senior level marketing experience in a variety of industries. Ralph has a Bachelor of Math Degree (Computer Science) from the University of Waterloo.
Doug has 34 years of North American entrepreneurial, manufacturing and managerial experience in the power industry. He has started a number of successful manufacturing businesses throughout Canada and the US markets, engineering and manufacturing stationary and prime generator power systems and emission control products for clients such as; Caterpillar Engine Company and General Electric, the largest being a transportable 10 MW system for Georgia Power a subsidiary of Southern Company.
Doug incorporated TerraGen Environmental Group Inc. in 2009 to engineer and construct Commercial Solar Power generation facilities throughout North America with an initial focus on the Ontario Market. He has managed and directed his team installing more nearly 4.5 mw of Industrial roof top and ground mount systems in the Ontario market. He has travelled throughout Europe and China researching the latest technologies and developing strategic relationships across the global solar market supply chain.
In 2010 Doug started an associated company, Icon Solar Installations Inc. focusing on the residential and agricultural roof top solar markets.
He is a graduate in mechanical engineering from The University of Toronto and is a Professional Engineer registered in Ontario.