George Cooper (IDGTE Canada Branch President / Hatch Thermal Energy)
George Cooper is a mechanical engineer in the thermal energy business unit at Hatch and has experience in power plant engineering for reciprocating engine, gas turbine combined cycle, and steam turbine power plants employing natural gas, coal, LFO (diesel) and HFO fuels. On recent projects George has been involved in engineering projects for the integration of wind and solar and wind power with 20 to 30 MW captive power systems at remote mining operations, and consulting for existing power generation assets which consist of wind, solar, co-located with combustion turbine and reciprocating engine peaking power plants sharing a common substation. Since 2014 George has also been honoured with the role of Canadian Branch President for IDGTE.
Mohammad Sedighy (Hatch Technologies)
Mohammad Sedighy is a Principal Consultant and Associate at Hatch Technologies and is responsible for providing technical leadership in the application of electro-technologies in power delivery systems, including energy storage systems, hybrid power and electronic power conversion. He has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of electrical power systems, power electronics and advanced control systems. Mohammad has led the development and engineering of an advanced control system for stand-alone hybrid wind-diesel systems (HuGrid), an integrated high-speed flywheel energy storage system, and the world’s first medium voltage power demand stabilization systems for high power electrical loads (SPLC). He has authored a number of papers and holds several patents in the areas of electrical power control and energy management systems. He is a two-time winner of the Hatch Global Innovation Award, after having received the award in 2005 and 2014.
Joe Van Schaick (Tormont CAT)
Joe Van Schaick is a recognized leader in the Ontario energy market for landfill, bio, syngas and CHP projects. He has been in the Caterpillar dealer network for 34 years starting his career in eastern Canada before joining Toromont Cat in 1994. Joe is often sought out for his knowledge and experience developing power system projects in the gas, bio-gas, mining and marine sectors. He has extensive experience with power generation systems operating on heavy & light Diesel fuels, natural gas, biogas, syngas and a variety of low energy gaseous fuels. Joe brings a strong technical background and a keen business acumen for the development of these types of projects. Joe as past president of the Canadian Branch IDGTE (Institution of Diesel and Gas Turbine Engineers) served for five years after having served on the founding as well as ongoing Branch committees for the previous dozen years. Joe also sits on a number of other industry advisory boards such as the Biogas Association and QUEST’s CHP Sub-Committee and has been a member of several Caterpillar dealer advisory groups.
Chris Wright (Canal Marine & Industrial Inc)
Chris Wright P.Eng is Lead Engineer at Canal Marine & Industrial Inc based in St Cathrines, Ontario. During his career he has led teams of engineers, technologists and systems integrators developing and implimenting marine electrical power and propulsion systems across a range of sectors, from workboats to ultra-deepwater drilling rigs. Previously, as Aspin Kemp & Associate’s most senior electrical engineer, Chris was instrumental in the design of numerous marine hybrid power and propulsion plant over a period of eight years. These projects included the world’s first hybrid tugboat in Long Beach, California and Europe’s first hybrid vessel in Rotterdam. He also developed a system for OSVs that utilizes battery-only propulsion for some operational scenarios. A native of Ontario, Chris continues to work with cutting-edge technologies for Canal Marine’s new and existing customers.