Frank Wszelaki, President & CEO
Frank Wszelaki joined Columbia Power in September 2011. Frank has close to 30 years experience in all aspects of the Electric Utility industry, from Engineering to Executive Leadership, and has worked in both coal and nuclear power plants. He spent five years as the Director of one of the largest coal power plants in the US, located in Monroe, MI. Frank holds a degree in electrical engineering as well as a MBA and is certified from the Project Management Institute. He has also earned his Lean Six Sigma Black Belt in business management strategy and holds a Technical Staff & Managers Certification from the National Academy for Nuclear Training.
Sue Dyer, Vice President, Operations
Sue Dyer has over 20 years experience in Plant Operations and Maintenance Management in both British Columbia and Alberta. Most recently Sue was employed as the Manager, Electric Generation at the City of Medicine Hat, accountable for the full scope of management of the City’s Generation Facility. Sue has also held the positions of General Manager at Brookfield Renewable Power and spent many years in Operations Management at West Kootenay Power/FortisBC. Sue holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering, a Masters of International Business Administration and a Project Management Professional Certification.
Giulio Ambrosone, Vice President, Capital Projects
Giulio Ambrosone joined Columbia Power in 2003 after four years as the Resident Engineer with Klohn Crippen/SNC Lavalin, Columbia Power’s Owner’s Consultant during construction of the Arrow Lakes Generating Station. Giulio has a Master’s of Science degree in Construction Management, and is also a professional engineer with a degree in civil engineering, and over 30 years experience in power plant construction.
Karim Hirji, Vice President, Project Development
Karim Hirji has over 25 years experience in operations, project management, engineering and construction of power, transmission and distribution infrastructure and maintenance projects. He has held leadership positions in engineering and project management with BC Hydro and with leading consultancy providers SNC Lavalin and Amec. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science, Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia and has a Project Management Professional Designation. He is also is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers of BC (APEGBC).
David De Git, Director, Finance
David De Git has been with Columbia Power since 1999. In his current position, he is responsible for accounting, risk management and controllership for the corporation. David is a member of the Certified Management Accountants of British Columbia and served as a CMABC Board Director from 2006 to 2008.
Frank Marino, Director, Human Resources & Corporate Services
Frank Marino joined Columbia Power in 2013. Frank is responsible for developing HR strategies, policies, processes, practices and programs to support the organizations activities including recruitment and selection, performance management, learning and development. He is also accountable to the Board of Directors on executive hiring and compensation related items, ensuring that the organization is compliant with the Public Sector Employers’ Council policies and guidelines. Frank has a Bachelor of Education degree and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of British Columbia along with over 20 years experience in Human Resources and Management in both public sector health care and the private sector.
Bree Seabrook, Director, Public & Aboriginal Relations
Bree Seabrook has 15 years of experience in communications, public relations, stakeholder engagement and issue and crisis management. She holds Diplomas in Business Administration from Selkirk College and Marketing Communications from BCIT, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Thompson Rivers University, and a Graduate Certificate in Professional Communications Management from Royal Roads University. She is a member of the Canadian Public Relations Society.
Scott Spencer, Director, Major Projects
Scott Spencer joined Columbia Power in 2014. Scott has over 25 years of diverse leadership experience in project management, construction management, maintenance management, operations management, reliability engineering, engineering design and strategic planning. Prior to joining Columbia Power, Scott was Manager, Strategic Development at Zellstoff Celgar where he had also been the Project Manager for their 48MW Green Energy Project. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical from the Royal Military College of Canada and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management from Royal Roads University. He has a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation and is a registered member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC (APEGBC) and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).