David Helliwell, co-founder and CEO
Pulse Energy is led by CEO David Helliwell, whose career has spanned 3 continents and has been focused on the energy sector since 1994. Before starting Pulse Energy in 2006, David was an exploration geophysicist, a Paris-based management consultant to large multinational organizations and director of policy for a cabinet minister in the Canadian federal government. While with the Canadian government, David was responsible for reducing costs and improving environmental performance of 700 million square feet of office space across the country. David is a director of the Vancouver Board of Trade, an Action Canada Fellow, a member of the BC Cleantech CEO Alliance, and is on the Imagine BC advisory board. David and his wife Nancy have two young daughters.
Bill Davila, Vice President of Sales
Bill Davila joined the Pulse Energy team as Vice President of Sales in August 2013. Bill has over 25 years of consulting and sales experience in the energy industry. Bill brings expertise in managing large complex sales processes, having led a team that secured a $100 million + Smart Grid Project with a major electric utility. Prior to joining the Pulse team Bill held senior sales and sales management roles with industry leaders such as Silver Spring Networks, EDS Utilities Division and SPL Worldgroup. Bill holds degrees in Business Administration and an MBA in Finance. Bill lives in Atlanta, GA with his wife Leonor and takes great pride in having raised three great kids. When not on a plane Bill enjoys working out, reading history and historical fiction, and playing chess.
Kevin Tate, Vice President of Product Development
Kevin Tate is the VP of Product Development and Information Security Officer at Pulse Energy. He is a key member of the leadership team and responsible for guiding development of the industry’s leading energy intelligence platform. Kevin joined Pulse Energy from Electronic Arts, where he led EA’s animation central technology team as product manager and development director. Prior to EA Kevin was Chief Product Architect at Alias Systems in Toronto as they grew into market leaders in 3D computer graphics. He led teams that launched the products ShowCase, StudioPaint, and DirectConnects and worked closely with the Maya, StudioTools, and SketchBook Pro teams. Kevin is the author of Sustainable Software Development, a leading handbook on agile development practices published by Addison Wesley.
Steve Jones, Vice President of Product Management
Steve Jones, Vice President of Product Management, is responsible for leading the product management team at Pulse Energy. Steve has been with the company since 2007 and joined shortly after it was founded. He has experience implementing large energy efficiency projects in industrial settings as well as dealing with energy efficiency at a very small scale in advanced robots. He holds a degree in Engineering Physics and is also an active participant in the community. He has presented at the Lean Startup conference, has been a member of the Vancouver Board of Trade Sustainability Committee and has volunteered through the Vancouver School Board Mentorship Program. Steve is also an avid hiker and nature photographer and a Canadian national paper airplane champion.
Bruce Herzer, Director of Marketing and Regulatory Affairs
Bruce Herzer is responsible for leading marketing and regulatory engagement at Pulse Energy. He brings fifteen years of experience in management consulting, operations and software development in the energy utility and telecommunications sectors. A certified project manager, Bruce was previously with Raleigh, NC-based consulting firm ScottMadden where he engaged with several of the largest US energy utilities on sourcing, human resource and shared services projects. He holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a BA (Honors) in Psychology from Queen’s University. Bruce is an avid scuba diver and enjoys backpacking, squash and volleyball.
Harish Raisinghani, Director of Client Services
Harish Raisinghani leads an enthusiastic team dedicated to helping clients succeed. His team provides day-to-day support, training, engineering services, and high value energy analysis and insights. Prior to joining Pulse in 2010, Harish worked with a local industrial engineering consulting firm on energy efficiency projects. He is also a past president of the Vancouver chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and an active mentor with the Surrey school district. Harish is a space enthusiast, loves to play hockey, and occasionally piloting homemade flying machines for Red Bull Flugtag.
Ash Bassett, Director of Finance
Ash Bassett, is responsible for the strategic financial management of the organization and also oversees the Company’s human resource and information technology functions. Ash has ten years of public accounting and financial management experience spanning a variety of industries. Prior to joining Pulse in 2009, Ash was a Senior Accountant at a public accounting firm. As an Aussie expat, Ash enjoys watching Australian Rules Football and can be found golfing, playing tennis or hiking the local mountains in his spare time.
Bruce Cullen, Remote Communities Manager
Bruce Cullen is an energy analytics junkie. In his role at Pulse Energy, he blends his years of direct, ground level, energy efficiency program management with advanced algorithms to create market leading Micro Smart Grids for remote First Nations communities as well as large scale utility client engagement programs.
Amelia works with the Energy Intelligence team dealing with the qualitative data that is less amenable to statistics and algorithms. She is a UBC grad and likes kayaking, deserts, and learning dead languages.
Andrew is Pulse Energy’s QA lead. With an Engineering degree from the University of Guelph, he has worked in QA with numerous companies; public & private sectors. He can be often be found traveling or playing ultimate.
Ben runs our Technical Writing department. He has a degree in English and Psychology from SFU. His work background includes Transit Software and the Public Library. Ben is into hiking, movies and lactose intolerance.
Ben applies his PhD from the University of Alberta to build out Pulse’s energy analytics. His travel resume includes paths less traveled to Greenland and the Canadian Arctic, as well as the peaks of Tibet and Pakistan.
In his role as Project Manager, Brent has managed deployments with several utilities. Brent is a proud University of Waterloo grad and enjoys hitting the tennis courts, cycling and hiking to scenic vantage points.
Bryan is Director of Business Development at Pulse, leading our channel partner business. He holds an MBA from London Business School, and spends his free time with his family skiing, biking or playing in the sun.
Cailie,a Software Developer at Pulse, loves switch statements and searching for pieces of sanded glass on the beach. Previously she worked on enterprise application software, web services and rules engines.
When he’s not writing validation algorithms or analyzing the vast quantities of data we get from our clients, Chris, a University of Waterloo grad, can be found leading the peleton, hiking, or studying urban planning.
Chuck is currently helping out with front end developments at Pulse as a Software Developer Co-op. His interests include architecture and the visual arts.
David helps build our software, with an eye towards making it as user-friendly as possible. He earned a masters at University of Waterloo and his interests include linguistics, board games, ultimate and Nathan Fillion.
Dessi is a member of our QA team. After moving to Vancouver, she fell in love with latin fitness routines, specifically Cardio Reggaeton. She is also interested in photography, reading and psychology.
Edward is a developer at Pulse, with previous experience working on applications ranging from statistical weather forecasting to weather visualization. His days in NZ translated into a love for sailing and canoeing.
Fritz J. Lapastora
Fritz is a project manager for direct customers. He studied systems engineering at SFU before joining a BC consulting firm in energy management and building system renewal. He aspires to the title of company prankster.
Graham has a hard time sitting still and enjoys pretty much any type of physical activity, including running and playing rugby. Fortunately for us, he also enjoys his role as a member of our software development team.
Greg is a Sales Engineer and a lover of all things outdoors especially climbing, backcountry skiing and hiking. He is also obsessed with music and vinyl records. He earned his Masters in Clean Energy Engineering at UBC.
Our undisputed Go champion, James is a project manager on our Client Services team. He has deep experience in building automation systems, and is interested in child welfare, sustainability, and the Canada experiment.
Jamie is a Senior Account Manager for the USA. Previously with RuggedCom and Schneider Electric, he has extensive experience providing smart grid and demand-side management solutions for energy utilities.
Jenny is a co-op student on the Software Development team with experience in the IT sector. She enjoys hiking, camping, playing accordion and listening to classical music.
Jeremy is a Developer and focuses on finding ways to extract data from the wide variety of systems and devices found within utilities and commercial buildings. He completed his Computer Engineering degree at UVic.
Jerry is a Technologist at Pulse, with a focus on operations and scalability. When Jerry is not working or traveling, he is usually reading one of his many ebooks or trying to consume the internet in its entirety.
Joel has more than 25 years of experience developing and managing infrastructures for companies through start-up, survival, turnaround and growth modes. He enjoys the hands on nature of system and network administration.
In her role as a Technical Product Analyst, Jordana turns problems into solutions by translating customer needs into easy, helpful features. She earned her software engineering degree at UVic and moonlights as a writer.
Kaelan does North American business development, helping uncover opportunities where we can help utilities improve commercial efficiency. Kaelan studied finance and economics, and is happiest on skis or a mountain bike.
Kemeria processes the Pulse Energy payroll and helps in any accounting issues. She moved to Vancouver 22 years ago and has worked in public and private companies as an accounting/payroll administrator over 13 years.
Kristine joined Pulse as a graphics generalist to support the Marketing and Development Teams. Her interests include photography, illustration, wood working/carving, mountain biking, boarding, xc-skiing and soccer.
Laura does research to help build awesome energy conservation software products. Laura previously worked for the provincial government on climate policy and did a Masters at UBC.
Michele is the overseer of the office and attends to the million and one details that pop up in day to day operations so the rest of the team can concentrate on doing their jobs.
Software Developer is a wonderfully nebulous title, and most assuredly describes what Neil does. Before Pulse, he spent time at Nitobi, and holds a BASc in Computer Engineering from UBC.
As a member of the Product Team Owen designs, develops and helps improve Pulse. In his spare time Owen likes to engage in Ultimate, climbing, skiing, cycling, startups and coding.
A member of the Energy Analytics team, Paul uses statistical and machine learning techniques to gain insight from energy data. He enjoys cycling, music, and hobbyist electronics.
Peter J. Cavan
Peter leads external communications at Pulse Energy, including regulatory engagement and investor relations. His predilection towards loquaciousness is restrained only by character limi
Rajeev was born and raised in Ottawa where he survived frigid winters and grew his passion for hockey. Currently he is a Software Developer Co-op who studies at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University.
Reetu is a software developer on the Energy Manager team. She’s a currently learning about the fun world of functional programming. Reetu likes manual espresso machines, travel, bread baking and photography.
Ryan manages utility accounts in Canada and the West Coast USA and promotes the adoption of Pulse Energy software, while finding time to play frisbee golf and prepare his infant son for a career in professional sports.
Sam is Pulse Energy’s Marketing Coordinator, with responsibilities including marketing collateral, lead qualification, conferences and CRM administration. Sam is the GM of a beer league hockey team and a man of winter.
Sarah is a client services project manager, dedicated to maximizing the success of our utility programs. Her interests include skiing, running, hiking and eating really good food.
Sean is the senior technical resource for the sales team. Sean loves everything technology, demos, cars, cycling, skiing and wine, and it is rumored that he can fly planes.
Stephanie is our energy efficiency analyst. She is responsible for energy conservation tips for our clients. Stephanie’s interests include all kind of outdoor activities, especially hiking and camping.
Tyler is a UX Designer here at Pulse. In the broadest sense, his job is to help ensure that the people using our products feel good about them. His hobbies include photography, noticing spelling errors, and the Leafs.
Vanya recruits great talent for the Pulse team. She is always on the hunt for the best and the brightest. Vanya loves Argentine tango, windsurfing, skiing, biking, hiking and good food.
You have a passion for energy efficiency and you’d love to be part of the team. Visit the Careers page to join this illustrious group.