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Board of Directors and Officers


Don Lowry

Don Lowry became Chairman of the RS Board of Directors in December 2020. Mr. Lowry retired in 2013 as president and CEO of EPCOR Utilities Inc. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is chair of Capital Power Corporation, a publicly traded company formed when EPCOR spun off its generation business in July 2009, and is a director of Stantec, a major Canadian engineering firm. In 2011, Don was named Alberta Business Person of the Year by Alberta Venture magazine and, in January 2014, was named Alberta Resource Person of the Year for 2014 by the Alberta Chamber of Resources. Mr. Lowry holds a Bachelor of Commerce (honors) and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Manitoba, and he is a graduate of the Harvard Advanced Management Program and the Banff School of Management. Mr. Lowry obtained his Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D) in January 2016 from the Rotman School of Business. He has more than 30 years of industry experience in the utilities, telecommunications, and power generation sector.

David P. Werklund

David Werklund's sound business sense, extensive industry experience, and commitment to his employees have been vital to the long-term growth and sustainability of the various organizations he has led.

Mr. Werklund grew what in 1979 was a one-rig operation into a $3.7 billion multi-faceted organization by 2007. In the course of its impressive growth, CCS Corporation has become internationally recognized and trusted as an industry leader, providing integrated and environmentally responsible services to upstream and downstream oil and gas companies across North America and around the world.

Among his many accolades, Mr. Werklund was named Ernst & Young's Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005 and Industry Legend as Inspiration in 2007. He has also been featured in numerous publications, including ​The Globe & Mail, the Financial Post, the Calgary Herald, Calgary Inc., and Alberta Venture—where he was listed as one of Alberta's 50 most influential people.

Stefan Erasmus

Mr. Erasmus is president of Werklund Capital Corporation, a private wealth management advisory firm that serves an ultra-high net worth family. He is also a board member of the Werklund Foundation, governing the family’s philanthropy. Prior to this role, Mr. Erasmus was Managing Director, Western Canada for global consulting firm Resources Global Professionals. A former CFO for a public independent power producer, he has also led a national electronic integration company, among other senior leadership roles. A law graduate from Manchester University, England and Bourgogne University, France, as well as a Fellow Chartered Accountant in the United Kingdom, and a Chartered Accountant in Canada, Mr. Erasmus started his career with Coopers & Lybrand in England serving a client portfolio from a wide array of industries providing audit and consultative services.

Mr. Erasmus sits on a number of boards for private and public companies and is actively involved in numerous non-profit activities personally. He is also an alumnus of Calgary Inc. Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40, and a graduate of the ICD-Rotman Directors Education Program.

John Higgins

Mr. Higgins most recently served nine years as President of the Utility Services Group of MasTec, a Fortune 500 infrastructure business and NYSE-listed firm. He was responsible for a stand-alone US$1 billion business with more than 5,000 employees serving the construction, engineering, and maintenance needs of the electric power, natural gas, and telecommunications industries nationwide. Prior to this role Mr. Higgins was Senior Vice President of Operations and a Regional President for InfrastruX Group, an US$800 Million energy infrastructure business. Mr. Higgins started his career as a lieutenant and platoon leader in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Mr. Higgins’ education includes a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Master of Business Administration, with distinction, from Harvard Business School.


Howard Elliott

President and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Elliott joined the Company in May 2008 as Chief Operations Officer with more than twenty five years of experience in the development, production, application and sale of advanced composite materials and products used in the electronics and aerospace industries. Mr. Elliott's extensive experience in the optimization of complex manufacturing and business operations was acquired at industry leading global corporations where he exercised his passion for manufacturing, problem solving and value creation. Prior to joining RS Mr. Elliott served in a number of leadership positions at a major advanced composite materials company, where he was responsible for business units located in the United States, Singapore and China. Mr. Elliott was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of RS Technologies Inc. in November, 2011.

Joel Tennison

VP & General Counsel
Mr. Tennison joined RS in 2008 and serves the company in the capacities of Vice-President and General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. His professional background includes the practice of corporate and securities law, marketing experience with technology companies and equity research for a Canadian investment dealer. Mr. Tennison holds degrees in business and law and has been an active member of the Law Society of Alberta since 2007.












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Note: The RS pole selector is based on CSA Grade 2 construction with a maximum AGH deflection limit of 22% at class load for tangent and self supporting poles with line angles ≤3°. The M5/6 is not shown in the module tree as it is a base only module that stacks under the M4. The AGH shown is based on a standard embedment assumption of 10% of the pole height plus 2 ft. [0.61m] for poles 40 ft. [12.2m] and over and 10% plus 2.5 ft. [0.76m] for poles less than 40 ft. [12.2m]. The RS pole selector is for demonstration purposes only. Contact RS to confirm the correct pole for your application.