Executive Profiles

Bryce Cooper

Group President, Harris Utilities

As President of Harris Utilities Group, Bryce is responsible for the strategic planning and direction of all Harris business units servicing the utility market sector. Bryce works closely with the Executive Vice Presidents to develop growth strategies; placing emphasis on innovation, long-term customer relationships, and world class service. Before becoming President of Harris Utilities Group, Bryce served Harris as Vice President of Business Development, where he spearheaded acquired growth, lead the business development team and oversaw Harris’ acquisition and integration processes.

Bryce holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from McGill University and holds an MBA from Queen's University. Prior to joining Harris, Bryce worked with high-growth companies and an early stage venture capital fund. He has also benefited from his engineering background with experiences in the acquisition of businesses in the United States, Canada, and internationally in South Africa, Venezuela, Mexico and Australia.

 

Peter Fanous

Executive Vice President, Advanced Utility Systems

Focused on expanding market share and offering superior quality to all customers, Peter is responsible for the overall direction and performance of Advanced, including product development, sales and marketing, professional services, and support of CIS Infinity and its suite of products.

Peter joined Advanced in 1999 and ushered the company into the Harris family in 2006. With many years experience in the utility market, he has worked with hundreds of utilities to successfully implement CIS Infinity and adjacent products. His leadership approach—in combination with his experience, innate technical ability and unaffected style—inspire excellence in the delivery of software solutions to the utility industry.

Peter attended Ryerson University in Toronto, where he earned a bachelor of commerce degree in business information systems.

 

Brad Atchison

Executive Vice President, Cayenta

Brad’s career stretches back nearly two decades in the utility market. Currently responsible for the overall direction of Cayenta—including product direction, sales, professional services and support—Brad works with the management team to deliver superior business solutions and expand market share. He joined Harris in 2004 as director of professional services and was instrumental in creation of the Business Solutions group and development of the Cayenta CRM and portal modules, as well as mobile service order, dashboard and customer self service functionality.

Previously, Brad served as Cayenta’s director of development services and senior application consultant. He also worked at BC Hydro, where he served as a financial analyst and later as manager of market information and analysis in the utility’s industry leading Power Smart business unit.

Brad received his bachelors of commerce degree in finance from the University of British Columbia in 1991, and is also a Certified General Accountant.

 

Randy Brookes

Executive Vice President, Cognera

Randy brings more than 15 years of executive experience to the leadership of Cognera, where he has served since 2008.

Previously, Randy was vice president of business operations for Service Intelligence, a market research services company that delivers business intelligence, customer experience evaluation and training to large organizations throughout North America. He gained his energy and utility industry experience during more than 10 years at ATCO I-Tek, where he held positions in business analytics, customer billing, and call centre management.

Randy earned his bachelor of science in chemistry at the University of Calgary. His education also includes coursework in business law and economics at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.

 

Terry Ridyard

Executive Vice President, Cogsdale

Terry is joining Cogsdale as our new Executive Vice President and comes to Cogsdale with over 10 years of experience working with other Harris Business Units including Cayenta (Application Consultant), NorthStar (Director of Services), and most recently Advanced (VP of Business Operations). Prior to that, Terry spent 5 years as the Assistant VP of Client Services with Peterborough Utilities Services, managing billing systems operation, deregulated electricity market operations, and regulatory affairs. During his time at Harris, Terry has significantly contributed to the overall success of each Business Unit by helping them streamline business processes, build cohesive high performance teams, develop stronger customer partnerships, and achieve operational efficiencies. As Executive Vice President, Terry will have direct responsibility for the strategic direction of Cogsdale’s products and services while developing long term partnerships with new and existing clients.

 

Arno Weichbrodt

Executive Vice President, SIV.AG

Born in Görke (22.02.1957) Arno graduated in physics at Universität Greifswald in 1982. After his studies he has been working as a research associate in executive positions at Universität Greifswald and Akademie der Wissenschaften in Potsdam.

In the course of the political change in the year 1990 Arno started his career in the private economy sector. He is co-founder of the SIV.AG and as the Chief Technological Officer and member of the executive board since the formation of the company in 1990 responsible for Product Development, IT Services, Technology and Software-Development. Since 01.03.2016 he is Chairman of the Management Board (Executive Vice President) and bears the overall responsibility fort he SIV.AG and its subsidiaries.

 

Chris Lewis

Executive Vice President, Harris Utilities SmartWorks

As Executive Vice President for a leading smart grid technology company in North America, Chris works with industry partners, consultants and utilities to drive solutions that will transform the utility industry and evolve the modernization of the power and water grids. With more than 15 years of leadership and management experience in energy, utilities and enterprise-technology Chris is focused on delivering valuable and innovative solutions for the modern utility and propelling business growth. 

Chris has been with Harris Utilities for the past five years working in positions such as the Director of Marketing Development at Cognera and the Vice President of Business Development. Prior to joining Harris Utilities, Chris held a variety of senior executive level positions with companies such as Enmax and Direct Energy. He is a graduate of the University of Calgary and a proud father of Jaida, 10 and Tyson, 7.

 

Ponder Wright

Executive Vice President, inHANCE Utility Solutions

Ponder is responsible for overseeing the development, sale, implementation and support of inHANCE products and services. He is also a member of the senior Harris Utilities management team, which sets strategy for the company’s utility management software solutions.

A veteran of the vertical software market, Ponder has been involved in various aspects of the software industry since 1987. Prior to joining Harris in 2004, he served six years in senior management with Invensys Inc. and Sensus Metering Inc. A former owner of software and technology companies, Ponder also served as a technology consultant for small businesses and government agencies, helping decision makers evaluate and implement vertical software solutions.

 

Patrick Shaughnessy

Executive Vice President, NorthStar Utilities Solutions

Pat has been with NorthStar’s parent company Harris Computer Systems since 2008 when he joined as the Corporate Controller. Pat is currently the Vice President of Operations for NorthStar with responsibility for Research and Development, Professional Services and Customer Support.

Prior to assuming this role, he served in a number of senior roles within Harris including Vice President of Finance and Vice President of Professional Services. Pat is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant (Illinois). 


Cameron Mahbubian

Executive Vice President, Systems & Software

Cameron has 20+ years of experience in the high-tech and utilities industry. Prior to joining Cogsdale, Cameron held various other executive and managerial roles for several award winning companies and consulted for many reputed organizations including Fortune 500s. Thanks to his strong software development/engineering background, Cameron has been instrumental in the design, creation, and innovation of numerous applications currently being used by cities, utilities, universities, pharmaceutical companies, oil & gas entities, and de-regulated competitive retailers in both the power & gas sectors. In addition to having been published in magazines and books, Cameron also plays an active role in the high-tech conference circuit and has presented at several world renowned conferences. In his role as our VP of R&D and Support Services, Cameron will preside over our R&D Department (responsible for the development, maintenance, and roadmap of our existing product suite and the strategic creation of upcoming ones), our Support Department (responsible for the delivery of support services to our entire partner-base), and the Client Development portion of our Professional Services Department (responsible for the successful deployment of all client services projects that require development).