Hydro Tech is exhibiting at the 2023 HydroVision International Convention in Charlotte, NC.
Meet with Hydro Tech’s experts at booth #1002 to learn more about our latest developments in hydro mechanical modernization and bearing designs.
Don’t miss our presentation during the Summit Session: Case Studies of Equipment Upgrades at 11:00 a.m. on July 13 at W206B.
See you there!
Robert Jewer recently joined Hydro Tech’s technical team in May of 2023. After completing his Mechanical Engineering Degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2016, Robert gained extensive experience installing and overhauling large vertical Francis and Kaplan turbines and generators. Rob extensively supported projects such as Muskrat Falls installations and Labrador’s Churchill Falls overhauls.
Robert is a registered Professional Mechanical Engineer in the province of Newfoundland. He will now be supporting the engineering team division of Hydro Tech in our Niagara Falls office.
We would like to welcome Robert to our growing team of hydro specific engineers.
Steven Denicourt is the newest member of Hydro Tech’s technical and management team. Steven’s new position at Hydro Tech is General Manager of the Bearing Division. In his new role as GM, he will be responsible for managing the entire bearing division, including PTFE and Babbitt oil bearings, as well as turbine and stern tube water bearings.
Having completed his Mechanical Engineering Technology (3-yr) degree at Sherbrooke College, QC (French program), Steven quickly gained extensive experience working for one of the main Turbine OEMs as a Technical Advisor for 8 years before moving on to various roles within the same company. Steven was part of several new turbine/generator installations, unit overhauls, and turbine maintenance support/supervision. Back at the office, to further improve himself, he concentrated his efforts on training new coworkers for the field, while also serving as a Project Manager on small/medium size overhaul projects. With the objective of optimizing project costs and strategy, Steven then took on the role of Proposal Manager. Finally, drawing on his full 13 years of experience, Steven became part of the team working to establish a new US entity for Litostroj Group as its Technical Director.
We are excited to have Steven aboard the Hydro Tech team and look forward to working alongside him as he drives our bearing division to greater heights.
Mohamad El-Chazli, B.Eng, joined Hydro Tech’s Field Services Engineering Department in late November, 2022. Mohamad completed his Mechanical Engineering degree at McMaster University in Hamilton, ON. Following university, he spent 3 years gaining work experience, working closely with Senior Engineers and driving projects to completion. In November, Mohamad relocated to Cornwall, ON to join the RH Saunders Overhaul team for Hydro Tech. He has been enjoying learning about the hydroelectric industry and the on-site experience of providing engineering services in support of a hydroelectric unit overhaul. Outside of work, Mohamad is an avid sports enthusiast, playing soccer, hiking, and canoeing while also enjoying following professional sports like basketball and tennis.
Erin Ryckman recently joined the Hydro Tech team as our Health and Safety Officer. An experienced and accredited Health and Safety Professional with demonstrated success working across departments and organizational hierarchies, Erin works from our Sault Ste. Marie office. She has extensive experience in both unionized and non-unionized environments, which is ideally suited to Hydro Tech. Skilled in Occupational Health and Safety Management, Erin is a recognized implementation specialist in change management and organizational culture development and is currently pursuing her MBA in Safety Leadership. A mom of two grown children, Erin is eagerly looking forward to her new role as Grandma this coming fall and is also a loving fur-mom to her three rescue dogs!
Jessica Culligan is Hydro Tech’s new Accounting Clerk in Sault Ste Marie. She holds a 2-year Bachelor of Commerce in Financial Management from the University of South Africa. With Jessica’s 12 years of bookkeeping experience, she has quickly adapted to her new role in our accounting department. During her off-time, Jessica enjoys camping with her family and is a busy mom of two young children!
Here we grow again! Hydro Tech is very pleased to welcome Darren Walker, P.Eng (Mechanical), to the Hydro Tech team as Lead Project Manager. Darren brings valuable PM experience to his new role, including Major Capital Projects Management and Management of Capital Expenditure Budgets, Project Lifecycle, Workflow, Approval and Controlling Experience, and Project Economic Analysis and Benefits Measurement. Darren’s Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Management skills will support our company’s continued rapid acceleration. We look forward to having Darren as a member of our increasingly robust project management team.
Hydro Tech is also pleased to announce the recent hiring of Taylor Cond as our new Shipping and Resource Planner. Taylor brings many years of experience in international/domestic shipping and logistics. Having worked in international Customs compliance for five years, Taylor has quickly adapted to her role at Hydro Tech and is already moving our loads across borders and the country. Taylor is currently completing her Bachelor of Business Administration degree and will also assist with Resource Allocation and Planning at Hydro Tech.
Welcome to the team, Taylor & Darren!
Ariful Islam holds an M.E.Sc. in Mechanical & Materials Engineering and a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. Having joined Hydro Tech’s Engineering team this past March, Ariful has taken on GENMAT software responsibilities and is utilizing his extensive research and quality engineering experience to assist with SRED and Bearing Projects. As well, Ariful operates our ROMER Arm for QA at machine shops.
Marty Sdao holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and joined Hydro Tech’s Research & Development team this summer as an R&D Assistant at our Sault Ste Marie location. Marty is responsible for supporting our PTFE Bearing Manufacturing and Stern Tube Bearing designs, as well as being involved in other research and development projects in which Hydro Tech is participating.
Eama Melland is Hydro Tech’s new Administrative Assistant in Sault Ste. Marie. She holds a diploma in Business Human Resources and is currently working towards her Bachelor of Human Resources & Labour Relations. During her first month at Hydro Tech, Eama has been learning to support various aspects of our Shipping, Office Management and Accounting departments.
Deep Basak holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering and also a diploma in Electromechanical Engineering Technology – Automation and Robotics. Since August, Deep has been with Hydro Tech’s Niagara Falls office working with our ARMD software and assisting with the RH Saunders Project. In addition, Deep will be supporting our Engineering team with drawing and QA documents. He also looks forward to participating in Hydro Tech’s R&D studies when projects permit.
Nikhil Varghese holds a B.Tech. in Mechanical Engineering and also a diploma in Quality Engineering & Management. Nikhil started working with Hydro Tech only this month and is based out of our Niagara Falls office. He is part of the Field Services team supporting the Quality Assurance of multiple projects. With his strong background in QA within the automotive industry, Nikhil is excited to take on the new challenge of hydro projects.