CEATI (the Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation) is a user-driven organization committed to providing impactful solutions to our utility members, leveraging the benefits of our powerful network and technical expertise to meet your needs. We harness innovation and empower collaboration to advance the industry via specialized interest groups covering all areas of power generation, transmission, and distribution.
We offer a well-established network of 150+ utilities from across the globe. Our organization brings together a universal knowledge of the industry that’s essential to targeting and aiding key issues that affect all members.
Our unique and trusted program model provides a cost-effective vehicle for sharing experiences and addressing issues pertinent to day-to-day operation, maintenance, and planning.
CEATI members also have unfettered access to our vast array of technical resources and expertise. This includes our library of 2,000+ reports and guidance documents, consultations with technical advisors, webinars, conferences, workshops, and on-demand access to your fellow utility colleagues.
CEATI strives to bring value directly to our utility members. Distinguished by our rich history, high-quality content, and global reach, we address our clients' most pressing operational and strategic needs with practical solutions and expert advice.
We facilitate information exchanges and industry conferences to bring partners together to collaborate and develop customized training solutions to fit members’ needs. We are a powerful network working hand-in-hand to help you achieve unparalleled success.
Member Impact: We strive to deliver exceptional experiences and generate high-quality and impact-focused research relevant to the future of the electric utilities industry. Our practical solutions serve as valuable tools to help our members do their jobs.
Collaboration: Our members play a critical role in driving the content of each of our technical interest groups, which is what makes us unique. Many of our key benefits are driven by the spirit of sharing best practices and working together to solve challenges.
Curiosity: We constantly seek to understand and share past, present, and emerging trends impacting our organization and our members.
Continuous Improvement: We believe the status quo is never good enough. We constantly seek to find better and faster ways to accomplish our goals and deliver the highest quality experiences and insights to our members.
Trust: Our membership model is unique because we foster a safe space for utilities to share candidly with one another. We believe a foundation of trust is crucial for both our employees and our members.
Our roots date back to 1891 as part of the Canadian Electricity Association. In the 1970’s an exclusive Research & Development program was developed for Canadian utilities.
By the mid-1990s, as the electric industry landscape started to shift and a new era of deregulation and open markets emerged, we expanded our operations beyond Canada. By the end of the decade, our new and innovative program had nearly quadrupled in size and represented over 50 utilities from Canada, the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia.
In 2001 the program was renamed CEA Technologies and began to operate independently of the Canadian Electricity Association. With visionary leadership appointed, we were able to meet industry needs by developing new Interest Groups and Task Forces, while continuing to flourish on the national and international stage.
On January 1, 2008, we officially became known as CEATI International (Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation). We have continued to launch additional groups as the industry evolves, expanding our programming across all areas of power generation, transmission and distribution, including asset management and cross-functional planning and strategy.
In February of 2021, Pamlico Capital – a US-based private equity firm - made a growth investment in CEATI and began working with our leadership team to expand the business and enhance the value we deliver to our members.
Asim Haldar received master’s and doctoral degrees in Engineering from Memorial University. He has published over 50 papers and reports on line design and asset management, including on the topics of conductor dynamics, reliability-based optimization, cascade prevention, and conditionbased asset management. Dr. Haldar is an active member of CIGRE Study Committee B2, Overhead Lines.
Bruce Muller graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Purdue University and earned his Master of Science in Civil Engineering/Water Resource Management from Colorado State University. He has a broad background in water resources engineering and management, including being a member of the US government’s Senior Executive Service and working as a design engineer and project manager at Reclamation. Bruce was responsible for a variety of Reclamation's risk management programs including Dam Safety, Safety and Occupational Health, Security, Law Enforcement and Emergency Planning and Operations. He worked closely with the Department of the Interior and Reclamation's Regional Directors to implement risk reduction and public protection actions at Reclamation facilities. He also worked closely with industry partners to implement risk management techniques for dam safety both nationally and internationally.
Charles Bach received his bachelor’s degree in Atmospheric Sciences & Mathematics from SUNY Albany, and his master’s degree in Meteorology from Florida State University. He worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority 36 years. He was also the Project Manager for an environmental impact statement for a fossil plant and upgrades to TVA’s aeration equipment. Mr. Bach is currently the President of Big Red Water Management Consultants, providing water management services to national and international customers. Mr. Bach has been involved with the CEATI Hydro Program since 2004, helping to lead and direct several initiatives, such as the Hydro Operations and Planning Benchmark and the Dissolved Oxygen Working Group.
David Curtis has been working in the electric utility industry in Ontario for over thirty-seven years. He has experience in asset management, including corporate strategy development, risk management, and asset planning. Mr. Curtis has appeared numerous times as a proponent before the Ontario Energy Board, served on the IESO’s Technical Panel, and was the Canadian member on CIGRE’s C1 System Development and Economics Study Committee. He also has been a Canadian Energy Council Board member, an Electric Power Research Institute Transmission Executive Committee Member, and a member of the Institute’s Power Deliver Unit Council.
Dennis Hansen works with PacifiCorp, where he is a Principal Engineer of Engineering Technical Services. In this role, he managed a group that handled a variety of issues for which engineering standards were marginal, emerging, or did not exist. This included distributed generation, energy storage devices, energy saving devices, audible noise, AC corrosion, stray voltage, and electrodynamic field effects.
Don Ans received a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1985 and a master’s degree in Business Administration from Athabasca University in 2012. He has over 34 years of experience in the operation, maintenance, and asset management of hydroelectric generating stations. During his tenure with Manitoba Hydro, Mr. Ans was responsible for carrying out and managing maintenance engineering, reliability, and commissioning functions at all of the utility’s facilities, as well as leading the corporate enterprise asset management project.
Doug Campbell (B.Sc., B.Eng., M.Sc., P.Eng.) is a Professional Engineer with over 45 years of experience. He developed a wide range of technical skills associated with the design, construction, and start-up of new generation. He has been involved in providing expert advice on new and developing technologies to support the transformation of the electrical grid. His current work includes providing insights to the progress in these developments, especially as related to a low carbon world.
Dr. Eric Mazzi has been the technical advisor for the Demand Side Energy Management group since 2015. He has over 30 years of experience in energy and environmental consulting, policy research, and education. Since 2007, he has focussed mainly on demand-side electric and thermal systems performing 3rd party technical analysis, M&V, facility energy studies, evaluation, and training. Eric is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia and California, a member of the IPMVP (evo-world.org), and certified as both a CEM and CMVP. He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Energy Management with the New York Institute of Technology, and a board member of the Northwest Energy Coalition.
George Watt has over 35 years of profession experience in transmission infrastructure planning and engineering design with Hydro One (formerly Ontario Hydro). He has held many technical and management positions throughout his career, and retired from the company as Director of Engineering. His areas of expertise include planning, developing, and implementing core business strategies and programs based on operational and performance requirements, as well as detailed engineering and design of transmission lines. He remains active in international and national technical committees (CIGRE, CSA) and leads technical and standards development activities.
Gil Mourant, P. Eng., is a consulting civil engineer with over 40 years’ experience in transmission line design, inspection, construction and testing, in Canada and internationally. He recently retired as VP Engineering and Special Projects with Valard Construction. Previously served as Transmission Line consultant for Teshmont Consultants. In his roles, he provided engineering leadership with senior management skills and technical insight on design and construction, ensuring projects achieved their goals of technical competency, quality, budget, schedule and risk mitigation. He continues to provide consulting services in a technical advisory capacity to CEATI.
Hugh Armitage graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering Science (Civil) and earned his Master of Engineering Science in Geotechnical Engineering, both from the University of Western Ontario, Canada. Hugh has a broad background in geotechnical engineering and construction experience while working for an international geotechnical engineering consultant, a national specialty contractor and a large national power utility. During his years with Southern Company, Hugh was involved with the company’s dam safety program for all of Georgia Power and Gulf Power embankment and hydroelectric dams. As supervisor and the Chief Dam Safety Engineer, he was responsible for all aspects and oversight of the company’s dam safety program in Georgia. This included inspections, remedial repairs, training, emergency action and security plans, inundation mapping and reporting to ensure compliance to FERC mandated requirements. The responsibilities also required regular interaction with the regional FERC D2SI office and liaison with the company’s senior management. Hugh has been actively involved with CEATI’s Dam Safety Interest Group since 2010.
Jean C. Pellerin graduated from the University of Ottawa with a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering. He has over 36 years of experience in the operation, maintenance, and development of renewable energies, with a focus in hydro generation. During his career with Brookfield Renewable Energy, he was Director of areas such as Technical Services, Asset Optimization, and Engineering Development, and contributed to the company’s growth through acquisitions and greenfield developments. He currently provides technical and strategic advice to several engineering firms.
Joe Siracusa has a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He joined OPG in an engineering capacity and during his 41 years of employment, Mr. Siracusa worked at all the major coal fired plants in Ontario, as well as the corporate office. Mr. Siracusa held numerous senior positions in Plant Management, Production, Engineering, and Business, and was a member of the Executive Team. He was also on the advisory board of two CCGT facilities in Ontario. Mr. Siracusa also served on the EPRI Generation Council, helping to assess the power industry’s direction and extending guidance for future research.
John Ciufo is a Professional Electrical Engineer with over 40 years of electric utility experience in areas such as protection engineering, smart grid, asset management, development strategies, policies, functional and design standards, regulatory compliance, and cyber security. Mr. Cuifo has been a corporate sponsor for many R&D projects.
John Fuerth has over 35 years of experience in the electric power industry, including almost 30 in distribution systems engineering and planning. With Hydro One, he led the development of tools for assessing proposed DER connections to the distribution system, including impact assessments and technical interconnection requirements.
John Sabiston (B.Sc., P.Eng.) has over 35 years of power utility experience at Ontario Hydro/ Hydro One. He specializes in the area of transmission system planning and has been responsible for developing plans and gaining approvals for over $2 billion worth of work over his career. He has participated in the Northeast Power Coordinating Council for 25 years.
John Williamson is a Professional Engineer with 36 years of experience in the electrical utility industry at New Brunswick Power. He specializes in lightning protection and grounding system design. He received his bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering in 1974 from the University of New Brunswick. Mr. Williamson instigated the creation of the GLP in 2009.
Marcel Paul Raymond holds a master’s degree in Computer Science and Operations Research from the University of Montreal and has 32 years of experience at Hydro-Québec. He has been actively involved in planning the operations of the utility’s system of generation, transmission, and interconnection. He has gained international recognition by managing projects in Brazil, USA, Poland, and Russia. After his retirement from Hydro-Québec in 2009, Mr. Raymond became an energy consultant. His services as an expert have been used in many documents presented before the Quebec Energy Board. In addition, he has been consulted on matters related to the hydroelectric projects of Lower Churchill in Labrador and Three Gorges in China.
Paul Silba is a Cyber Security and IT Systems Professional with 23 years of experience in cyber security program management. He worked as Director of Cyber Security for NY Power Authority, managing a staff of over a dozen cyber specialists in the areas of vulnerability prevention, cyber awareness, and computer forensics. He also worked with the Power Operations Team to maintain NERC-CIP compliance and develop/maintain auditable defense of standards compliance.
Richard O’Callaghan is a graduate of Grove City College and a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Pennsylvania. Mr. O’Callaghan worked for FirstEnergy Corporation for 40 years, filling various technical and leadership roles in both regional operations and engineering. He retired as Director of Substation and Transmission Line Engineering, where he had focused on design, standards, material specifications, and regulatory siting in support of the completion of the company’s capital portfolio.
Scott Flake has over 30 years of experience in the energy industry focusing on energy policy, hydropower O&M, licensing, energy storage, and project development. At the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Mr. Flake held positions as Senior Director Iowa Hill Project Development and Director of Power Generation. He serves as the Northern California Director for the NWHA, Chair of NWHA’s Pumped Storage Committee, and is also a member of the National Hydro Power Association and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Scott Webber graduated with a BA and MA in Criminology (the latter, with a Security Management concentration). Mr. Webber had 30 years of experience in various utility physical security leadership roles. During his tenure at Allegheny Energy, Mr. Webber chaired the Edison Electric Institute Security Committee from 2007–2009 and served on the Leadership Committee from 2009–2012, as well as the NERC CIPC Executive Committee from 2007–2009.
Shawn Otal is a Professional Engineer with over 35 years of experience in the power sector. His work experience includes management consulting, infrastructure investment planning, utility mergers and acquisitions, R&D, policy development and power system planning, design, and construction supervision. He has worked extensively on consulting assignments aimed at improving the financial and operating performance of electricity delivery systems around the world. He has authored 16 major R&D publications on behalf of CEATI.
Steve Haddock is a utility expert with over 34 years of experience maintaining and managing transmission lines and cable equipment. He began his career at one of the largest electric utilities in North America as a high voltage underground cable splicer, maintaining and splicing cables up to 230 kV. Mr. Haddock progressed through a wide range of positions with increasing levels of responsibility, leading up to becoming the Director of Business Development at a medium sized international utility consulting firm.
Steve Narolski earned a master of silviculture certification through the graduate honorarium, the Continuing Education in Forest Ecology and Silviculture, from the University of Montana, the University of Idaho, and the Washington State University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forest Science from the Pennsylvania State University. As a professional forester for 46 years, he has worked on the federal, state, and private levels. His recent work focused on utility integrated vegetation management for transmission assets and was president-elect for the Utility Arborists Association. He led IVM programs with Puget Sound Energy, Bonneville Power Administration, and the Western Power Administration as well as distribution assets for a host of local utilities across the USA, recognized as an IVM expert in the utility industry creating numerous programs that NERC/WECC identified as “best in class”. He has authored many articles related to utility IVM and how to cope with the rising incidence of wildfire while maintaining reliability and safety
Steve Wenke is recently retired as Senior Manager of Generation Strategy and Planning for Avista. His 40 year career has involved design, management, and operation of generating assets. This has included new plant developments, major overhauls and upgrades, structural remediation projects, dam safety projects, and plant control and automation programs. He has also worked on numerous business initiatives including NERC Compliance Programs, labor management and negotiations, corporate merger teams, product development, and Asset Management and planning. He has led a team to develop a corporate Human Performance safety strategy and implementation plan and has worked with an internal group on Distributed Generating Resources. For 15 years he served as a mentor for Avista’s Aspiring Leader Program, charged with helping develop the next generation of utility leaders. He currently is President of the Hydropower Foundation. Prior to his retirement he served as Secretary for the DHS Dam Sector Coordinating Council, served as Vice Chair of the NERC GADS Work Group and NERC’s Performance Analysis Subcommittee and Electric Gas Work Group and a member of several other industry groups. He served three terms on the Board of Directors for the National Hydropower Association and continues to stay active in the organization. He has been active in R&D including serving as peer review for US DOE programs, industry advisory boards, and other efforts.