Rob is currently working for Itron Inc headquartered in Liberty Lake, Washington. Itron is a world leader that provides meter equipment and information management solutions to electric, gas and water utilities. Rob is a Principal Consultant who performs engineering tasks as part of Itron’s Global Solutions Delivery Group. In his role he uses business process engineering to develop technical solutions and management processes for the implementation of single systems or enterprise wide solutions using Itron’s metering hardware and software products.
Prior to forming SIMMARIX, an independent Meter Data Management and Consulting Organization, Rob worked for ENMAX Corporation, the electric utility for his home city of Calgary, Alberta, Canada. During his eleven-year career with ENMAX Corporation, Rob held a variety of positions with increasing responsibility in management, customer service, engineering and contracts management.
Outside of work, Rob actively supports his profession. He has spoken to first year engineering students at the University of Calgary regarding careers in engineering and participated as a judge for student projects/paper competitions on a regular basis. Rob has also served as a mentor for young engineers in the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta Mentoring Program providing career and professional guidance.
In May 2004, Rob received the IEEE Western Canada Council Ted Glass Merit Award for “Outstanding contribution, dedication and leadership to the Southern Alberta Section, Western Canada Council and IEEE Canada.” Rob also received the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Millennium Medal for outstanding service to the organization in 2000.
2018 IEEE Awards Board Treasurer;
2015 -2017, Chair Region 7 (IEEE Canada) Audit Committee;
2004-2009 R7 (IEEE Canada) Treasurer;
2007 Judge at IEEE Canada TELUS Innovation Competition;
2004 Judge R7 (IEEE Canada) Web Page Competition;
2000-2003 R7 (IEEE Canada) Membership Development Chair;
2002 R7 (IEEE Canada) Sections Congress Coordinator;
2001 Chair R7 (IEEE Canada) Electronic Services Review Committee;
1997 Member R7 (IEEE Canada) Audit Committee.
Conferences: 2010 General Chair Canadian Conference on Electrical & Computer Engineering;
2008 & 2005 Speaker for Sections Congress on Financial Management;
2002 Speaker for Sections Congress on Section Management;
1999 Wescanex Organizing Committee.
1994–1995 PES/IAS Chapter Chair,
1992-1993 PES/IAS Chapter Vice-Chair
1997 Petroleum & Chemical Industry Conference Organizing Committee,
1996 Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering Facilities Coordinator,
1993 Chair Alberta Power Quality Conference,
1993-1996 Organizing Committee Alberta Power Quality Conference.
I received the B.S. in Electrical Engineering (1974) and the M.S. in Telecommunications (1997) from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. I have 46 years experience in telecommunications engineering and management and was employed by BellSouth Telecommunications from 1973 to 2002. During these years, I held positions of Design Engineer, Planner, Support Manager, Engineering Manager and Planning Manager. When I retired in 2002 I was a member of the BellSouth Louisiana State Staff providing engineering and construction support. In 2003 I joined NorthStar Communications Group as the Director of Corporate Quality. In September 2005 I returned to BellSouth for seven (7) months working on Hurricane Katrina restoration. I currently perform internal quality audits to the ISO9000, TL9000 and M-1003 standards on a part time basis. During my professional career I attended numerous training sessions on telephony, management, leadership, contract administration, and quality management. Debbie and I have been married for 46 years. We have two children, both Electrical Engineers, and five grandchildren.
I have been involved in IEEE activities since joining as a student. Over the years I have been involved at the Section, Region and International levels and have served on the IEEE, MGA, Awards, Foundation and IEEE -USA Boards. I have served as Treasurer for the IEEE, MGA, IEEE-USA, Foundation, Consumer Electronics Society, Smart Village and Lafayette Section and have been a member of the IEEE Finance Committee 13 of the past 16 years.
Region 5 Director 2000-2001, Region 5 Committee 1988-2005. Served on several Region 5 committees.
Consumer Electronics Society Board of Governors 2013-2018, Treasurer 2013-2017, Secretary, 2014.
IEEE Smart Village Steering Committee serving as Finance Chair 2016-2017.