Krishnan Iyer – President and CEO – Krishnan Iyer is an experienced district energy and infrastructure executive with over 20 years of management expertise in leading teams and executing organizational change and growth, including strategy development, structuring, capital sourcing, and governance oversight.
Krishnan most recently served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Infrastructure Ontario where he led the $8 billion infrastructure lending and finance functions, including structuring multi-billion dollar public-private partnership infrastructure projects. Prior to working at Infrastructure Ontario he was the Interim CFO for Borealis Infrastructure, the investment arm of the Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, where he worked on the transaction structuring, due diligence, and active management of assets in their $20 billion investment portfolio. Krishnan was also the CFO and Executive VP with Enwave Energy Corporation where he repositioned the company to increase EBITDA by 25 times over five years, culminating in the sale of the company for over $500 million.
Krishnan holds a Master of Commerce degree from Calcutta University as well as the Chartered Professional Accountant and Certified General Accountant designations.
Kieran McConnell, P.Eng., LEED AP® – Director of Engineering & Innovation – Kieran McConnell has 15 years of engineering experience in district energy, power generation and industrial water and energy management. He played a key role in the development of the Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility, involved in the feasibility, design, construction and commissioning of this project beginning in 2007. From 2010 to 2016, he was responsible for operations and expansion of the system. He frequently acts as an advisor to developers of other hot water district energy utilities across North America. Kieran holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University.
Lori Parker, PE – Director, Operations – Lori Parker joined Central Heat as their Utility Distribution Manager in 2010, and was a key member of the team through its re-branding and re-envisioning to Creative Energy. Lori now serves as Director of Operations, over-seeing the distribution network. Lori brings 30 years of progressive experience to her role, including Chief Engineer of a steam plant where it had provided her with a broader perspective of the impacts of the plant through to the distribution system.
Kelsey Devine, E.I.T. – Manager, Customer Development – Kelsey Devine joined Creative Energy in 2015 as a project engineer with a customer-focused mandate. She works with existing customers as well as prospective clients to determine feasibility and advantages of connectivity with Creative Energy’s thermal energy system. Kelsey is also involved with development projects, working closely with the engineering team, to ensure compatibility and develop best customer rates for all new systems. She is a 2015 graduate in Chemical Engineering, University of British Columbia.
Nicole Victor, PE – Chief Engineer – Nicole joined Creative Energy in 2018 as the Chief Engineer of the Beatty Street steam plant. Nicole’s background includes more than a dozen years in Power Engineering, with a significant focus on logistics and planning. She places a high value on operational and worker safety, and brings a strong health and safety background to the team. She is a graduate of the BCIT Power and Process Engineering program and holds a First Class Certificate of Power Engineering.
Amin Hassanshahi, AScT – Manager, Utility Design & Construction – Amin Hassanshahi joined Central Heat in 2008, and played a leadership role through Creative Energy re-branding in 2014. He provides oversight of the Energy Centres, Distribution Piping System, underground structures, and Energy Transfer Stations which includes strategic leadership and management for planning, design, construction, commissioning, inspection and repair. Amin oversees and directs the implementation of District Energy projects to ensure timely and cost effective connection of buildings to the thermal energy system. He is a graduate of BCIT Engineering.
Ryan Mukuda, PE. – Distribution Lead – Ryan joined the Creative Energy team in 2011 as a service engineer, where he was instrumental in bringing safety and customer service to a new standard. He brings with him over 15 years in Operations. Ryan is a key contact for customers, assisting customers with mechanical issues in and around their steam equipment, including questions about their steam usage.
Richard Neindorf, B. Eng, PMP – Project Engineer – Richard Neindorf joined Creative Energy team as Project Engineer in September 2016. Richard’s background includes five years as a project engineer working on and managing projects through all phases within the natural gas industry, specializing in upgrades and expansion projects within a complex brownfields portfolio on onshore facilities and offshore platforms. Richard holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Curtin University of Technology in Australia. Richard places extremely high value on stakeholder engagement and builds effective and open relationships with clients and consultants alike.
Jodie Hon, E.I.T. – Project Engineer – Jodie Hon joined Creative Energy as a Project Engineer in May 2017. With three years of experience in the natural gas industry as a Production Engineer for Shell Canada, Jodie brings her skills in project management, stakeholder management, production optimization and water chemistry to the Creative Energy team. Jodie holds a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering from the University of British Columbia, and is passionate about sustainability, green energy, and innovation.
Energy Centre Team
Creative Energy’s Energy Centre has been running continuously since 1968, providing reliable, efficient and low cost heat energy to our 210+ downtown Vancouver customers. The team consists of the Chief Engineer, who holds a first Class power engineer certificate, plus 10 operating engineers. Two power engineers consisting of a second class Shift Engineer and a 3rd/4th class Assistant operate the plant 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Two second-class power engineers provide relief and plant maintenance.
Distribution System Team
Creative Energy’s Distribution System team consists of the Distribution manager, who holds a second-class certificate, plus four operating engineers who hold third- and fourth- class certificates. The team operates and maintains around 14 km of distribution system that reaches out to over 210 customer buildings throughout downtown Vancouver. The team liaises closely with customers to ensure the heat energy is used efficiently within the buildings. All of the operating engineers for the Energy Centre and the Distribution System belong to the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 882. In total, the operating engineers bring over 200 years of collective experience in operating and maintaining our facilities.