About Us Management
John Swindlehurst, P.Eng
President ERL Americas
With over 20 years in the power industry, Mr. Swindlehurst has earned a reputation for integrity and a passion for satisfying customer needs. He is responsible for all aspects of ERL's business in the Americas with significant experience throughout the organization ranging from production to engineering, sales to customer support. Having travelled to run projects in business environments around the world, Mr. Swindlehurst combines strong leadership with analytical and problem solving skills – he is an expert at focusing a business on fundamentals necessary for bottom-line success. He first joined the ERL team (formerly NxtPhase, formerly APT Power Technologies) in 2001 as a Regional Sales Manager, growing revenue in his territory with his strong product, application and market knowledge, as well as his partnership-based selling approach. Before that he spent many years at GE Energy/GE Harris/Westronic as an application engineer, proposal manager and Canadian sales manager. And before his time at GE, he began his career with a contracts and inside sales role at ABB. Mr. Swindlehurst earned his B.Sc Electrical Engineering in 1987 at the University of Manitoba.
Krish Narendra, Ph.D
Chief Technology Officer
ERL - Power Automation & Smart Grid
Dr. Narendra has over 18 years of software development expertise, as well as over 25 publications and 4 patents (pending) to his credit. He is actively participating in the IEEE PRSC (Power System Relaying Standards Committee), IEEE – IEC joint working groups and is a member of the PRTT of NASPI (North American Synchrophasor Initiative). He also holds the Adjunct Professor term position at the University of Manitoba. His areas of interest include Power Systems Disturbance Analysis, Protection, HVDC Controls, Neural Networks, Fuzzy Logic, Wavelets, Phasor Technology (PMUs), and IEC 61850 application to protection and control.
Krish obtained his B.E. (Electrical Engineering) in 1986, and Msc (E.E.), Ph.D. (E.E) with a specialisation in High Voltage Engineering in 1989 and 1993 respectively. He worked as a Research Scholar in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of Montreal's Concordia University, later joining software development with APT Power Technologies, and then heading software development for NxtPhase T&D Corporation.
Director of Technical Services
For over 25 years, Mr. Midence has been involved in the design and commissioning of power substations and power plants including Protection and Control, SCADA, Substation Automation and Substation LAN systems. His well-rounded experience covers the fields of consulting and engineering, construction and commissioning, manufacturing, strategic marketing, technical support and training. In the manufacturing business, he has worked in the design and testing of medium and high voltage substations as well as metalclad switchgear, protection and control panels. During his more than 15 years of experience in manufacturing, he has contributed to the development and introduction to market of new protection and control microprocessor based relays, Ethernet switches and routers. Mr. Midence is a Senior Member of the IEEE, have active participation in the development of IEEE Standards, member of the IEEE Power Systems Relaying Committee (PSRC), member of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC57 WG10. He graduated from the University of Honduras with a Bachelor of Applied Science degree in Electrical and Industrial Engineering.
Lorne Repas, P.Eng
Mr. Repas's 20+ years of experience in engineering, project management and production roles includes bringing over 100 products to production. His depth of experience gives him the perspective from which to design and scale up production for all ERLPhase products, including managing vendor relationships and unwavering commitment to the solid quality process that underpins production of all ERLPhase products. He has extensive experience in all aspects of hardware and software design from concept through to production and support. Before joining the team in 2004, Mr. Repas spent time as a Program Manager responsible for development of protection relays at GE Multilin. Before that, his career included many years managing aspects of product development and other business at companies including VI Engineering, Kraus Group, and Vansco Electronics. Mr. Repas has a degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University, as well as an MBA with honors from the University of Manitoba.
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- WSU Hands-On Relay School
Mar 17-21, 2014
René Midence presents Digital Fault Recording and Event Analysis
Relay School Website
- Texas A&M
Mar 31-Apr 3, 2014
College Station, TX
Visit us at booth #24!
Mon, Mar 31 IEEE PSRC
Tutorial from 9am-3pm
Communications Technology for Protection & Control Engineers
Texas A&M Website
- IEEE PES T&D Conference
Apr 14-17, 2014
Visit us at booth #3200!
Hands On Instruction by Relay Manufacturers Educational Track:
Monitor, Record & Analyze Sub-Harmonics in Power Systems
Presented by René Midence, Director of Technical Services and Anderson Oliveira, Technical Services Engineer
Thurs, April 17 -10:10am-12:10am in room 193B
IEEE PES T&D Conference Website
- GA Tech
Apr 29-May 2, 2014
Visit our booths!
Aug 25-29, 2014
Visit us at stand #380 on the 3rd floor!