Meet the members of our team.
Powerhouse Controls is, without question, a player on the global stage in drive and automation systems integration but it's also very much a hands-on, owner-operated enterprise.
The leadership team sets the high standard of excellence that all employees share and that all our clients have come to expect.
Neil Nicholson President
I wanted anyone who chose to spend some time visiting our website to be able to get to know the heart and soul of our organization - our people.
We could put down a bunch of fancy words and titles to highlight the extensive qualifications of our team members but I thought it would be more impactful to be able to read their very own words that they used to describe their reasons to be a member of our team. By reading these personal statements, I know that you will gain an appreciation for the passion and drive that our team has for working in this industry with so many fantastic clients. It is a pleasure and an honor to work with such a talented group of individuals that make up our team at Powerhouse Controls. If you are looking for an outstanding place to work or looking for an integration company with a difference, feel free to give us a call.
Doug Brown VP Sales / Marketing
Prior to joining Powerhouse Controls over 15 years ago I was in a senior management role at a major international corporation. My desire to have ownership in an innovative drives and automation company led me to Powerhouse Controls, a decision I have not regretted.
James Jantzi COO
I enjoy working with the innovative and talented group of people that make up our team at Powerhouse. With a large variety of project types, industries, size and scope, we are always experiencing new challenges whether it is repairing old equipment, or integrating the newest leading edge technologies to provide solutions for our customers. I really enjoy seeing a machine that is running flawlessly and having our customers extremely pleased with the value that Powerhouse has provided with our solution. But it’s not always about work; the social activities and family events are some of the most enjoyable things that we do as comrades and friends. To me, the teamwork, dedication, and determination of our team is outstanding, and I look forward to continuing to grow our team with more talented and motivated people.
Brian Finck Service Manager
I have been with Powerhouse since 1995, it is a unique environment, unlike anywhere else I have ever worked. Come check us out, you’ll see what I mean.
Jeff Bean Nashville Operations Manager
During my career at Powerhouse Controls I have had the opportunity to expand my knowledge by being exposed to an assortment of different manufacturer's control platforms and a variety of different machine applications throughout the world. I have enjoyed the diversification of work and the learning opportunities that have come with each new project. The support from fellow employees and the administration of Powerhouse Controls has been second to none.
When I first came to Powerhouse I thought I was going to order pens and coffee. The job has become so much more than that and I have learned a great deal about Purchasing and the drives industry in Canada and internationally. Our active Social Committee plans fun events and meals for all to enjoy.
I feel incredibly blessed and grateful to be part of the original core Powerhouse group, whose desire and driving energy was to build an admired company from the ground up.
As Powerhouse has grown, each person has been challenged and encouraged to extend ourselves to develop individually as well as be part of a great team.
My main priority as Contract Administrator and Inside Sales Support, it is to provide excellent customer service while remembering one of my favorite quotes “People may forget what you said and people may forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel”.
Wendy de Graauw
I work within a group that I believe in. I get to collaborate with great people throughout the organization on challenging diverse projects. I can't think of any other employer that does what they do for their employees, personally and professionally. It's encouraging.
Although I have just become a part of the Powerhouse family, I can already feel a sense of belonging. Everyone has been incredibly welcoming and I am very excited to be on this next journey of my life at Powerhouse.
Applications Engineering / Sales
The reason why I chose to be a part of the Powerhouse team was that it is an employee owned company. Being part owner in the company provides motivation and a sense of accomplishment that you won’t find working in a large corporation.
Greg Meyer Account Manager
Very excited to be working for such a great company. The entire staff is extremely professional and dedicated to meeting and often times exceeding the needs of their customers.
In January 2007, at the suggestion of a good friend, I resigned from a lucrative job at Siemens, USA to embark on a new and exciting challenge, establishing the US Division of Powerhouse Controls. More than six years later I am extremely honored to still be a part of this phenomenal team of engineering professionals. I personally recommend Powerhouse Controls as an exciting and rewarding career path for anyone who wants to be a part of the premier automation and drives system integration team in the industry today
Why I chose Powerhouse, three reasons:
- Love the people – It’s like a small family, where I now count many as my indispensable friends.
- Love the challenge – Always room to grow and discover new technologies.
- Love the flexibility - Mold your job to meet your professional and personal goals.
Powerhouse Controls is a growing automation and drives integrator with a diverse portfolio. These are exciting times and I look forward to contributing towards the company’s growth.
I have known Powerhouse and several of the employees for many years. I always thought it was a great company. Now I have the good fortune to be a part of it.
At Powerhouse, I am exposed to a brand new field that I have always wanted to be a part of such that I’m continuously learning, developing as a professional and challenged technically. I work in an environment where everyone is able to stop their work to support you when you are stuck. Powerhouse fosters a teamwork environment that allows us to continuously improve in every aspect.
I’ve been welcomed on the engineering team with open arms. At Powerhouse Controls we work on projects involving software, hardware and mechanical design making for a wide range of challenges and excellent learning opportunities. I’m looking forward to the projects to come, and the chance to travel the world.
I enjoy working at Powerhouse because of the challenging projects we take on and because of the team environment and culture of innovation that drive us to succeed as a company.
For me, Powerhouse Controls is a company where I am challenged to do the best work I can on a daily basis. One of the primary reasons for this is due to the exceptional staff who are all experts in this field, and who inspire me to keep pushing myself to reach my goals.
I chose to be a part of this team because of the family atmosphere and the varied challenges that are encountered from project to project. The satisfaction of knowing that my efforts matter to the company and our customers is what really keeps me going day in and day out.
I have worked for several organizations before joining Powerhouse and this is a different company. Everyone here is family and everyone works together for our customers
Friendly working environment, opportunity to work in many areas of the business.
Working is fun again! I am happy to be working with a team of enthusiastic, helpful and knowledgeable professionals. After many years in the industrial automation industry, mixing hardware and software engineering, with project management on exciting projects is a great combination.
Started at powerhouse because of the exciting co-op program, and stayed because of the unique and challenging project opportunities and colleagues who are now good friends.
After 18 years in the integration industry, it’s no secret that taking care of the customer is the key to success. The management and team at Powerhouse Controls focus on taking care of the customer and delivering results. It’s a great environment to be a part of, and I’m proud to be part of the team.
It was evident that Powerhouse Controls was an environment where even the most experienced individual would be challenged and could continue to learn and grow. I’ve not been disappointed – with nearly two decades Controls Engineering experience in a multitude of industries I’ve never worked with a more talented, knowledgeable staff with such wide ranging expertise. Professional qualifications aside, customer or employee – you’ll never work with friendlier bunch.
I love to work with the incredibly talented professionals to grow and improve together every day with the company.
Powerhouse gives me ability to explore new ideas and watch them evolve into tangible outcome. It gives me a great opportunity to experience diversity of different challenges and to set new goals. Experience base at Powerhouse provides a healthy environment for learning and personal development.
I am excited to be part of a team of professionals that excel in Automation and Drives.
I am looking forward to learning something new every day and keeping my skills on the cutting edge of the industry.
This job is certainly never boring!
I chose to be part of the Powerhouse team to be involved in a variety of technically complex projects in a variety of industries. I stay with Powerhouse because of the family environment and the team atmosphere when working through projects.
I enjoy the challenges and the ability to learn about all different industries and processes. While the tools and fundamental devices that we use are typically the same, the way in which they are applied is different for every project. This keeps the job interesting and requires us to be continually learning.
I have been in the industrial field working with drives for 25 years. The chance to be an owner in an employee owned company was what attracted me to Powerhouse. I have enjoyed being part of an innovative and talented group of people that make up the Powerhouse team.
I enjoy the challenges and love the close proximity to home.
Dave Van Elswyk
Since joining Powerhouse I have been provided challenging but engaging work. Following a project from its development in the office to one of the many unique work environments of the industry is exciting and rewarding. Developing solutions alongside the team of friendly and extremely talented professionals makes every workday an enjoyable experience!
I love the rewards and challenges of project work and am delighted to add my experience to our team of talented individuals.
Why I Love Powerhouse
- I get to be part of an incredibly talented team that routinely overcomes challenges that others are scared to touch.
- We are a team in every sense of the word. Anybody will drop what they're doing to give you a hand.
- Every project is unique. There is always something new to learn and a new challenge to overcome.
- There is something immensely satisfying about watching your hard work come to life in front of a satisfied customer.
For those of us just out of college, we many times end up taking the position we can get rather than choosing an employer. With Powerhouse, I couldn’t have hoped to be discovered by a better company. They have treated me like family from day 1 and, although the assignments are oftentimes challenging, no one has ever refused to dive in when I need help. To a new recruit, that can mean more than anything.
No better place to get a chance to travel the world while working
Powerhouse Controls is an amazing company which provides its students with both mentorship and the opportunity to be meaningfully involved in a wide range of fascinating projects. After experiencing this innovative, team environment first hand, it is not hard to see why students keep coming back.
Working at Powerhouse is a great opportunity as a student. Everyone is friendly and willing to help, to explain, and to teach. I’ve learned a great deal in my first two weeks and am glad to already be involved in meaningful work on exciting projects.
Powerhouse presents itself as an excellent opportunity through the university co-op program and an even better one when you start working here. With a range of challenging projects right from the start and enthusiastic support from colleagues, it doesn’t take long to feel like a meaningful member of this great team.
Powerhouse Controls is a company where I experience lots of challenges, obstacles, work projects, and also a sweet home with inspiration, friendship, and fun. It is where I see various aspects of this huge industry and get a chance to have my hands on the actual machines and panels. This is where I enjoy my work and learn a lot from it.
Gord Vandersteldt Fabrication Shop Manager
I enjoy working with a talented group of people. Everyone takes pride in providing a quality product. The close-knit, family atmosphere makes it a pleasure to come to work every day.
I have been here a long time because of the team atmosphere & plan to be here as long as I can.
Powerhouse is truly a company that emphasizes teamwork. It’s a great experience to work in such an atmosphere.
The Powerhouse panelshop is a great shop to work in. And the people at Powerhouse are always working to build our panels with quality and pride.
Bob Bryant retired
I started with Powerhouse after 33 years with Reliance Electric. The same level of support and guidance I had from my fellow Reliance technicians as the technology changed has been extended to me at Powerhouse.
Bob retired in October of 2016 after 15+ years of service and is missed.
Brian Highton retired
I’m so proud to be a part of such a creative and innovative team
After almost 12 years with Powerhouse, Brian retired in November 2016.
Bob Karn retired
Nine years ago, I was trying to decide “retire or work”. Powerhouse Controls approached me with an offer in sales which I accepted.
The company has proven to be an exciting and challenging place to work. Nine years later but with the perspective of 50 years total on the job experience, Powerhouse has lived up to all of my expectations.
Bob retired in June 2016.
Andy Riddell retired
My goal has always been to be part of an organization that is owned, managed and employs locally but is globally focused. Fortunately for me Powerhouse was right around the corner in Stratford.
Andy retired in June, 2017 after twelve years at Powerhouse.
Atje Tuyten retired
I have been employed at Powerhouse since Oct 1995. I believe that the almost 19 years employed is a testament to my commitment to Powerhouse and the company to their employees. Any company with the longevity of almost 20 years has certainly proven that they are able to weather the ups and downs of being in business.
After 18 years of dedicated service, Atje became the first employee to retire from Powerhouse. She will forever remain a member of our team in our hearts.