Principal, Hydropower & Dams - Canada, Stantec
Michael is a mechanical engineer with 31 years of experience from concept to implementation of water and wind power projects in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and the Americas. He is currently responsible for the Canadian hydropower and dams sector at Stantec. Prior to Stantec, Michael worked primarily as engineering consultant, was part of the executive team of an Independent Power Producer, and early in his career was a product developer for a manufacturer. Michael’s technical latitude has spanned component and system level design, site engineering, commissioning, laboratory and field performance testing, equipment selection inspection and assessment, troubleshooting, assessment of aging infrastructure, risk, and other specialty studies. He has managed projects, emerging technologies, contractor prequalification, technical bid evaluation, and contract negotiations for equipment supply, construction, and service contracts. Michael has developed computerized optimization tools for risk-based capital expenditure planning on hydro plants and for the collector system and layout of wind farms. He led multidisciplinary engineering teams during project initiation, development, construction, and operations. His longer-term construction engagements include a 20-MW runof- river hydro plant in Canada, a 138-kV transmission line in the mountains of British Columbia, and Resident Engineer on a 45-MW hydro plant in Guatemala. He has served on standard setting committees, with industry associations, as director of cooperatives as well as advisory panels to government and academia.