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.
Dave Fedirchuk, P.Eng
David Fedirchuk graduated from the University of Manitoba with a B Sc degree in Electrical Engineering in 1972. Since then, he has worked for 25 years for Manitoba Hydro, a power utility in the areas of HVDC Transmission, Distribution Design and System Performance.
Work in these areas involved commissioning of equipment, study and resolution of power system disturbances and the assessment of operation and application of protective relays within the power system.
In 1985 he became involved in the development of microprocessor based protective relays and recorders and holds several patents for innovation in this area.
In 2000, David worked with NxtPhase Corporation as a product development manager to develop product for the power utility industry. David has presented papers to several power system conferences in North America in the areas of power system protection and monitoring.
Today, David is working with ERLPhase Power Technologies, in the area of product development helping to develop the next generation of protection and recording technologies.
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- Cigre ERIAC
May 19-23, 2013
Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
Hear Anderson Oliveira present "IEC 61850 Interoperability Between Recorders and Relays" and "Sub-Harmonic Protection Application for Interconnections of Series Compensated Lines and Wind Farms".
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- Simposium Iberoamericano de Protecciones
May 20-25, 2013
Mexico City, Mexico
Hear René Midence present "IEC 61850 Interoperability Between Recorders and Relays" and "Sub-Harmonic Protection Application for Interconnections of Series Compensated Lines and Wind Farms".
- PAC World
Jun 24-27, 2013
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Hear René Midence present "Sub-Harmonic Protection Application for Interconnections of Series Compensated Lines and Wind Farms".
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- Brazil Windpower
Sept 3-5, 2013
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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