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John Swindlehurst John Swindlehurst, P.Eng

President ERL Americas
With over 20 years in the power industry, Mr. Swindlehurst has earned a reputation for integrity and a passion for satisfying customer needs. He is responsible for all aspects of ERL's business in the Americas with significant experience throughout the organization ranging from production to engineering, sales to customer support. Having travelled to run projects in business environments around the world, Mr. Swindlehurst combines strong leadership with analytical and problem solving skills – he is an expert at focusing a business on fundamentals necessary for bottom-line success. He first joined the ERL team (formerly NxtPhase, formerly APT Power Technologies) in 2001 as a Regional Sales Manager, growing revenue in his territory with his strong product, application and market knowledge, as well as his partnership-based selling approach. Before that he spent many years at GE Energy/GE Harris/Westronic as an application engineer, proposal manager and Canadian sales manager. And before his time at GE, he began his career with a contracts and inside sales role at ABB. Mr. Swindlehurst earned his BSc Electrical Engineering in 1987 at the University of Manitoba.

Krish Narenda Krish Narendra, Ph.D

Chief Technology Officer and Board Member
ERL - Power Automation & Smart Grid

Dr. Narendra has over 25 years of experience in power system protection, monitoring, control and analysis. He is responsible for innovative design, implementation, quality and commercialization of protective relays and disturbance monitoring recorders using advanced digital signal processing technologies on embedded systems, and in Windows development environments.

He worked as a Research Assistant (Post Doctoral Fellow) at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada in 1995 and 1996. In 1986 he obtained a BE (Electrical Engineering) from the University Visweswaraiah College of Engineering (UVCE), and an MSc (EE) and PhD (EE) with a specialization in High Voltage Engineering from the Indian Institute of Science in India in 1989 and 1993 respectively.

Dr. Narendra has been a valued IEEE member for over 15 years. He is actively participating in the IEEE PRSC working groups, and is a member of the PRTT of NASPI. He is a member of the CIGRE C4-B5 working group and NERC SMS committee.

He has published over 35 papers in various IEEE/IEC journals and conferences, and is an innovator of several patents. His areas of interests include power systems disturbance analysis, protection, micro grid protection, sub-harmonics in power systems, SSR (sub synchronous resonance), ferroresonance, HVDC controls, neural networks, artificial intelligence, fuzzy logic, phasor technology (PMUs), and the application of IEC 61850 protocols for protection and control.

Rene Midence René Midence, P.Eng

Director of Technical Services
For over 30 years, Mr. Midence has been involved in the design and commissioning of power substations and power plants including Protection and Control, SCADA, Substation Automation and Substation LAN systems. His well-rounded experience covers the fields of consulting and engineering, construction and commissioning, manufacturing, strategic marketing, technical support and training. In the manufacturing business, he has worked in the design and testing of medium and high voltage substations as well as metalclad switchgear, protection and control panels. During his more than 15 years of experience in manufacturing, he has contributed to the development and introduction to market of new protection and control microprocessor based relays, Ethernet switches and routers. Mr. Midence is a Senior Member of the IEEE, have active participation in the development of IEEE Standards, member of the IEEE Power Systems Relaying Committee (PSRC), member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC57 WG10. He graduated from the University of Honduras with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Industrial Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in the province of Ontario.

Andy Perreault Andy Perreault

Production Manager
Mr. Perreault has over 20 years of development and supervisory experience in a variety of engineering and design environments, with a particular focus on product development for volume manufacturing. His career includes 10+ years of development management, including 5 years of project management as part of the ERLPhase product development team. During his career, Mr. Perreault has been involved in multiple aspects of business operation, including quotations, regulatory approvals and contract manufacturing. His perspective and knowledge will help him carry forward the ERLPhase commitment to deliver high-quality products to market, with a sustained effort towards continuous product and process improvement. Prior to joining the team in 2010, Mr. Perreault served in department and project management roles with Parker Hannifin Electronic Controls (Vansco Electronics) and Kraus Global. Mr. Perreault has a diploma in Electronic Engineering Technology from Red River College, as well as a variety of courses through the University of Manitoba.

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