After 20 years in the unregulated utility sector, Richard joined the regulated Hydro One Networks in 2007 to work in a Corporate Development Role focused on the various aspects of Smart Metering and Smart Networking. This has morphed in leading Hydro One's Advanced Distribution Solution initiative.
Richard's early utility focus was on acquisition of distribution and generation assets in Central and South America. Subsequent focus was on high-tech start-up ventures spun-offs from the utility. In 2000, assisted with the structuring and launch of Hydro One Telecom Inc. and in the role of Director, Carrier Relations was responsibility for fibre network acquisitions and structuring reciprocal interconnection agreements with domestic and international telecommunications carriers.
Richard holds an Honours Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo and a MBA from McMaster University.
As Director of Telecommunications Services and Smart Grid Communications, Chuck currently manages the engineering, operations, and revenue generation aspects of CNP's telecommunications network. He is also a leader on CNP's Smart Grid project, responsible for the implementation of the 5,000 sq. mile Smart Grid communications network that will enable communications with 2.2m meters, substations, grid control devices, and the associated systems. In addition, Chuck plays a leadership role associated with the development and implementation of CNP's long term Smart Grid strategy. He is a strong advocate of continual process improvement and cost control and has experience implementing and optimizing large technology infrastructures, re-engineering business processes and organizations, and evaluating emerging technologies. With over 28 years of organizational and project related management experience in utility engineering planning/design and Information Technology (IT) project/operations, he is proficient in the organizational design, development, and personnel management associated with both large projects and operations. During his 30+ years at CNP, he has held numerous management positions in such areas as: transmission and distribution system engineering; fossil power plant engineering; the SAP implementation project; Information Technology; and the Operations Technology organization supporting regulated electric and gas operations (current). He has a BS in Civil Engineering and is a registered professional engineer in the state of Texas.
Mr. Helm has over twenty years of experience in the electric utility industry including the areas of Distribution Engineering, Customer Service and Marketing, Transmission Operations, Transmission Performance Analysis and Technology. Of this time, sixteen years was associated with the management of Transmission-related activities.
Mr. Helm's primary field of experience has been in Transmission Operations, Transmission system event monitoring and coordination, Transmission system performance / statistics, Transmission work management processes and systems, Transmission outage management processes and systems, Transmission network communications standards, Transmission equipment condition monitoring systems and processes.
In his current position, Mr. Helm provides and manages technology strategy for all organizations within Oncor Electric Delivery with respect to systems, system integration technologies, network communication technologies and security. Mr. Helm is also an active participant in the Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee as part of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) initiative under the Energy Independence and Security Act (EISA) of 2007.
Lisa Schmidt Pike is a global industry offering leader within IBM's Global Technology Services area where she leads development of IBM's Energy & Utility communications and networking service offerings worldwide. Lisa has over 15 years experience in global solution development, strategy, marketing and business development and over 7 years experience in the mobility, wireless and RFID market. Most recently, Lisa led the launch of IBM's Intelligent Utility Network Communications Services offering. A graduate of New York University's Stern School of Business, Lisa holds her Masters of Business Administration. Lisa also received her Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon.