Our Management team has decades of energy procurement knowledge. As former senior managers for some of largest competitive energy retailers in North America, our team has an intimate understanding of all aspects of energy purchasing. Our collective experience includes energy procurement for businesses, the actual creation of commercial energy contracts and products, development of risk and credit policies, energy volume modeling and pricing policy development. Unlike other consultants that simply shop the market for a price, our firm is skilled at negotiating for the lowest rates, and for the best contractual protection, which results in the greatest value for your energy investment.

Our Leadership Advisory Board is a Pan-Canadian strategic “think tank” comprised of the best-in-class executive managers, academics and local business owners whose collective goal is to consistently improve our energy advocacy efforts and energy procurement practices. They offer leadership on important topics that impact your business, community and environment.

Leadership Team

Michael Yurechuk, BCOM, MBA

Deregulation is complex, customers are frustrated, and energy contracts continue to increase in complexity. Our sole purpose is to protect our business customers, provide corporate budget stability and save our customers money.


President & CEO, Energy Engine Inc.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Michael is an energy deregulation expert and leading authority on energy procurement. With nearly a decade of energy experience he has held several senior management roles for some of the largest energy marketers in North America. Michael specializes in electricity and natural gas procurement, energy contract development, credit and risk policy development, energy profile analysis, national sales, and corporate governance issues.

Some of Michael’s energy career highlights include:

  • In 2004, as Commercial Account Manager for Direct Energy Business Services, Michael introduced the first Green Energy product into the Alberta marketplace and helped IKEA to protect its electricity price while reducing its environmental carbon footprint.
  • In 2005, Michael was responsible for one of the largest Canada-wide retail natural gas deals as he helped all of the YMCA locations across Ontario and Alberta achieve price stability and a predictable energy operating budget.
  • Michael started-up a retail natural gas marketing office in Alberta for CEG Energy Options Inc. and was responsible for managing all aspects of the business including sales, marketing, and operations. From 2006 to 2008 Michael built a large commercial customer base in excess of 300 customers representing nearly $75M in energy procurement revenues while acting as the Provincial Sales Director.
  • From 2008 to 2009, as Western Canadian Director of Sales and Marketing for Ontario Energy Savings Corp, Michael participated in a corporate re-brand and led the firm’s entry into commercial and industrial markets. He spearheaded activities relating to the development of commercial energy products, contract development, pricing development, and was responsible for the general management of all Commercial and Industrial sales and operations.

Prior to creating Energy Engine Inc., Michael was the Executive Vice President for a manufacturing firm where he led a fast paced strategic turnaround and corporate rebrand which resulted in improved operational processes, increased customer base and improved manufacturing efficiencies.

Michael is happily married and has two young children. He is involved in many community activities but his favorite is acting as head coach for his son’s hockey team.

EDUCATION

  • Masters of Business Administration from Queens School of Business, 2009
  • Bachelor of Commerce from University of Alberta, 1999
  • Certification in Electricity, Canadian Energy Research Institute, 2004
  • Certification in Natural Gas, Canadian Energy Research Institute, 2004
  • Certified Management Accountant, Candidate

Kel Knutson, CMA, MBA

As CFO for a manufacturing firm, time is a precious commodity and managing corporate expenses demands proper attention. Energy Engine has the experience to make energy procurement simple, clear and effective.


Chief Financial Officer, Petrospec Engineering Ltd.

I have been a part of the Executive Management Team who is responsible for developing and implementing the corporation’s strategic plan, vision, mission, key objectives, and action plans for a high growth Oilsands Services Company. This has led to an aggressive international expansion plan for current products and services along with introducing innovative game changing technologies to both the domestic and international markets. My responsibilities have been to develop the five year operational budget and ensure performance metrics, finances, and administration are all in alignment with the corporate strategy. My previous experiences have been with high growth companies requiring financial leadership for both domestic and international growth initiatives. I am currently a member of the board of directors and am the chairman of the audit committee for a publicly traded company.

EDUCATION:

  • Master of Business Administration from Queen’s School of Business, 2009
  • Certified Management Accountant, 2009
  • Applied Accounting Degree from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, 2007
  • Marketing Diploma from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, 1995

Warren Bergen, BCOM

There are many businesses that could more effectively manage their energy requirements and costs. Energy Engine is a very real solution.


VP, Corporate Development for AVAC Ltd.

Warren is VP, Corporate Development for AVAC Ltd., a company that invests in promising early-stage value-added Alberta businesses in the agri-business, ICT, life sciences, and other industrial technology sectors. Most recently, Warren served as President of real estate development company. Previously, he held the position of Executive Director, Alberta Deal Generator, an investor network that considers financial participation with emerging Alberta technology companies.. Prior to his involvement at Alberta Deal Generator, Warren founded a business consultancy specializing in the creation of integrated business, marketing, and sales plans for Western Canadian businesses. Projects included companies from information technology, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, real estate, construction, leasing, retail, and insurance sectors. Warren was co-founder, director, and VP Marketing for a publicly traded technology firm and was an awarded Finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

Current and former involvements include member of the board executive for the 42 store retail chain, Ten Thousand Villages Canada; board member for WiTEC Alberta, an association supporting Alberta’s wireless and telecom industry; Chair, Investor Committee, Alberta Life Technologies Investment Forum; Member, Investment Committee, Banff Venture Forum, National Angel Organization and advisory board member to several early stage companies.

Current and former involvements include member of the board executive for the 42 store retail chain, Ten Thousand Villages Canada; board member for WiTEC Alberta, an association supporting Alberta’s wireless and telecom industry; Chair, Investor Committee, Alberta Life Technologies Investment Forum; Member, Investment Committee, Banff Venture Forum, National Angel Organization and advisory board member to several emerging technology firms.

EDUCATION:

  • University of Saskatchewan, College of Commerce

AWARDS:

  • Finalist, Entrepreneur of the Year

Carol Bruineman, BCOM

The Energy industry is complex and any assistance that can be provided to help clients make an informed decision for their business is critical. Effective communication can increase understanding and remove some of the barriers and reluctance companies have in switching energy suppliers. Energy Engine has the ability to simplify what has traditionally been technically complex for clients.


Communications Manager, Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional District

Carol has over 25 years experience in Marketing and Communications working with a range of industries, both private and public including the water and power utility sector for over a decade. In the various positions she has held Carol has taken on responsibility for all aspects of the Marketing and Communication functions. This includes development of communications strategy and planning around major program and product initiatives, in addition to assisting the organizations she has worked with to manage the challenging areas of reputation management, branding, client/customer satisfaction, and new product/service development. Through her experience she also developed an expertise in the area of consultation where she worked closely with stakeholders to develop meaningful outcomes.

EDUCATION:

  • University of Alberta, BCOM, 1986

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Member, International Association of Business Communicators (IABC)

Darren Snider, BCOM

Given my experience in the retail industry, I understand first hand the importance of utility costs and the role they play in affecting both the expenses and profitability of a company. When working on major retail leases the utility costs impact the net rents retailers can afford to pay. Energy Engine helps businesses understand their energy purchasing options and manage the utility procurement process effectively.


Principal and Member of Executive Committee, Avison Young Commercial Real Estate

As Principal at Avison Young with over 25 years’ experience, Darren has become one of the leading Retail Negotiators across Canada. From 1996 – 2011, Darren completed over 4,500,000 square feet of leasing and/or acquisition retail transactions in Western Canada. Darren’s wealth of experience includes project leasing, land sales and tenant mandate work for many of the leading firms in the industry.

EDUCATION:

  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Commerce, 1986
  • Real Estate Associates Program, 1986

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Member of the International Council of Shopping Centres
  • Member of the REALTORS? Association of Edmonton

AWARDS:

  • Top Canadian Producer in 1998
  • Top Edmonton Producer in 2001
  • Top Alberta Producer in 2002 and 2003
  • Top Edmonton Producer in 2007

Steven Michael Reid, B.A., LL.B.

As a lawyer and real estate broker, I constantly encounter people who are either uninformed or misinformed about important, everyday considerations. Energy is like that – we all need it and pay handsomely for it, but how many people really understand it? Energy Engine fills that void – we demystify deregulation and help you purchase energy effectively.


Principal and Broker, Rock Point Realty

Steven graduated from the University of Alberta Law School in 1998 and was called to the Alberta Bar in 1999. In his legal career, Steven has worked for a provincial crown corporation, a private firm and, since 2008, as a sole practitioner. Past areas of practice include pensions/administrative law, civil litigation, family law and wills and estates. In 2008, Steven obtained his Real Estate Associate’s License to help his wife Darlene with her burgeoning real estate career and, in 2010, completed the Broker’s Course. Shortly thereafter, Steven and his wife opened Rock Point Realty, a fast-growing real estate brokerage operating in Edmonton, Alberta. Although maintaining a small legal practice, Steven is focused primarily on his duties as the Broker of Rock Point Realty and thoroughly enjoying his newfound work/life balance.

EDUCATION:

  • University of Alberta Law School, Bachelor of Laws, 1998
  • University of Alberta, Bachelor of Arts, 2009
  • Real Estate Associates Program, 2008
  • Real Estate Brokers Program, 2010

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Member in good standing of the Law Society of Alberta
  • Duly Licensed as a Real Estate Broker by the Real Estate Council of Alberta
  • Member in good standing of the REALTORS? Association of Edmonton

Brandon Van Unen

From a businesses’ standpoint, price stability is essential for any long-term strategic planning. Without predictability, there is no way to manage budgets which are essential for planning growth and operational initiatives.


President, Titan Construction 1989 Ltd.

Brandon has a strong history in the energy sector. In 2002, Brandon was hand-picked to act as the Sales Manager for Direct Energy Business Services, and he was instrumental in championing Direct Energy’s start-up efforts as it was in the process of completing the $90M acquisition of the ATCO GAS customer retail base. Brandon managed all aspect of his Commercial and Industrial energy sales team and was responsible for generating an impressive $250,000,000 in commercial energy sales. In 2006, Brandon transitioned to Titan Construction in the capacity of General Manager and was promoted to President and Partner of the firm after demonstrating his unique ability to effectively lead a strategic turnaround. Under his management he increased revenues, improved operations, improved customer relations and built a high performance construction team. Brandon has helped Titan Construction has become a leading company within the disaster restoration and construction industry.

EDUCATION:

  • Corporate Executive Program, University of Alberta, 2005
  • Certification in Electricity, Canadian Energy Research Institute, 2004
  • Certification in Natural Gas, Canadian Energy Research Institute, 2004