Don Lowry became Chairman of the RS Board of Directors in December 2020. In addition to serving as Board Chair, Don is the Chair of the People & Governance committee of the Board. Don retired in 2013 as president and CEO of EPCOR Utilities Inc. in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He was Chairman of Capital Power Corporation (CPX.TO), a publicly traded company formed when EPCOR spun off its generation business in July 2009, until he retired and stepped down in 2021. Don serves on the board of directors of Alectra Inc. and is Chair of the Development and Investment Committee. He is also a director of Stantec (STN.TO), where he is Chair of the Board’s Social Responsibility and Safety Committee.
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. Don 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. Don obtained his Institute of Corporate Directors designation (ICD.D) in January 2016 from the Rotman School of Business. In 2020, Don was awarded an ICD Fellowship Award, the highest distinction corporate directors in Canada can achieve based on their contributions to Canadian enterprises through governance leadership. He has more than 30 years of industry experience in the utilities, telecommunications, and power generation sector.
Stefan O. Erasmus
Stefan O. Erasmus is Chief Executive Officer of the Werklund Family Office, a single-family office preserving the legacy of one UHNW family, managing their financial, personal and philanthropic affairs. He is responsible for all aspects of the group of companies that manage the family's wealth and investments, including significant holdings in direct private equity and venture capital.
Stefan has personally led the acquisition and divestiture of numerous public and private companies, involving companies in North America, Europe and China. He has also stepped into various interim executive management positions for portfolio companies.
Prior to joining the WFO in 2011, Stefan was Managing Director of RGP, a publicly listed global consulting firm [NASDAQ:RGP]. A former executive for an independent power producer, he has also led a national electronic integration company, among other senior leadership roles. After starting his career in the legal profession, he then worked in Europe, North and South America providing assurance and consultative services to clients in a wide array of industries.
Stefan graduated from Manchester University, England and Bourgogne University, France with a Bachelor of Laws in English and French Law and has completed executive programs at Harvard University in Negotiation and Leadership. He is also a Chartered Professional Accountant in Canada and Fellow Chartered Accountant in England and Wales. He is a Family Enterprise Advisor (FEA certificant), holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors and has sat on the board of many charitable, private and public companies. He is also an alumnus of Calgary Inc. Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 and was awarded the 2019 Alberta Family Enterprise Advisor of the Year.
Kim Ernzen is President of Naval Power at Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a business of Raytheon Technologies. Ernzen’s team provides the U.S. and its global allies in the maritime domain with sensors, command and control, and precision weapon solutions to protect allied ships and sailors around the world. Prior to Raytheon Company’s merger with United Technologies Corporation in 2020, Ernzen served as Vice President of Air Warfare Systems at Raytheon Missiles Systems. Before that, she served as Vice President of the Land Warfare Systems product line and as Vice President of Operaions for the business. Ernzen currently serves on the Board of Directors for Raytheon Canada and Women In Line Leadership (WILL Rise). She previously served on the Boards of Tucson Values Teachers, the Wichita Children’s Home and the Junior League of Wichita. Ernzen also serves on Wichita State University’s National Advisory Council and the College of Engineering Advisory Board. She is a member of the Society of Women’s Engineers and is an executive diversity champion at Raytheon Missiles & Defense. Ernzen holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in aeronautical engineering, and an executive MBA, from Wichita State University.
John Higgins joined the Board of RS in 2019. He 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 John was Senior Vice President of Operations and a Regional President for InfrastruX Group, a US$800 million energy infrastructure business.
John started his career as a lieutenant and platoon leader in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. His 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. John is also a director of SAM Companies, a leading geospatial and engineering services firm to the utility, transportation, and energy industries.
Steven Kantowitz is a Partner at Energy Impact Partners (EIP), where he focuses on growth and private equity transactions across the clean energy landscape. He joined EIP in 2022 after nearly 10 years at Warburg Pincus, where he invested in a wide range of energy businesses. Prior to Warburg Pincus, Steven spent two years in the energy investment banking group at Credit Suisse, advising clients on M&A and financing activities. Steven holds an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, and a BS in Finance and Economics from NYU Stern.
George Kirby joined the company in 2021 as Chief Executive Officer with more than 25 years of global operating, investment, capital markets, and regulatory experience within the energy sector including power and utilities, renewables, offshore oil and gas, engineering and construction services, and product manufacturing. Prior to joining RS, George was President, Chief Executive Officer, and a Director at Ocean Power Technologies (NYSE: OPTT), an ocean-energy and intelligence technology company focused on defense and security, offshore oil and gas, science and research, and the offshore wind industry. Prior to Ocean Power Technologies, George held senior leadership positions at AECOM, Leidos, AMSC, and GE focused on sales, business development, engineering, and project finance and development. He previously served on the board of Mystic Aquarium/Sea Research Foundation, a world leader in marine mammal research. George has a B.Sc. degree in aerospace engineering from Syracuse University and an MBA from Penn State University. He is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas, a certified Six Sigma black belt, and has been granted several patents in nuclear steam turbine technology.
SeeHon Tung is currently the Managing Director of Private Investments at the Werklund Family Office. He also oversees the Finance, Audit and Risk Committee for the Board. He leads and oversees all private equity investments for Werklund, responsible for all deployment, management and realization functions. In addition to RS, SeeHon has served on multiple boards as director, observer or advisor to growth companies. Prior to joining Werklund in 2017, SeeHon held senior officer roles in investment banking for TD Securities and National Bank Financial, focused on the energy sector. SeeHon's principal investing experience includes positions in mid-market structured equity investments and mid-market private equity, including Bank of Montreal's inaugural PE fund.
In addition to his financial background, SeeHon was a founding employee of a number of startups in Silicon Valley in business development and product management roles, including the predecessor to PayPal. SeeHon's work experience spans multiple countries in Asia, as well as the U.S. and Canada. He graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor of Commerce (Distinction) and is a CFA charterholder.