Diverse Knowledge and Expertise
Blue Box Technology is a privately held technology development company focused on accelerating the development and installation of behind-the-meter (behind-the-fence) energy generation technologies. The company’s board of directors and management team has been selected for their diverse knowledge and expertise in the electric industry related to development and implementation of behind-the-meter technologies.
Board of Directors
The board of directors of Blue Box Technology is united in one goal and one vision – bringing success and profitability to its customers and shareholders. The company seeks to be ethical and transparent in all its business dealings and appreciates similar qualities in the companies with which it works.
C.E.O and Director
Berny Amiel’s business experience has been spent primarily in the Construction and Hospitality industries with a history:
- As President of Global businesses living and managing in Europe, Asia and North America, has led several companies onto geographical expansion, sales and profitability growth.
- In the past 11 years, as CEO of Hunter Amenities Int’l, a cosmetics manufacturer to the Hospitality market with global plants serving Hotels, has achieved growth of the global companies by an average of 16% per annum over 10 years and expanding sales to over 100 countries.
- Of restructuring businesses to optimize synergies from an Operational and Financial point of view.
- Of making numerous Mergers and Acquisitions in both North America and Asia which included complex but successful integrations of companies with varying levels of finances in vastly different cultures.
- As a Board member of approximately 10 international boards directing companies with Global reach in both North America and Asia.
- Currently, Berny is also President of 2 Charities, one in Canada and one in the US. The “Soap Aid” charities are both Government approved as non-profit organizations in their respective countries; their goal is to save lives by providing hygiene to 3rd world countries.
Paula Mayor currently serves as the President and Board Director of BBT. She and her team take the lead in technology development and strategic marketing for product placement.
Paula was formally trained in the field of Medical Administration, and Project Management, however had an early career in Marketing and Business Development, with Optimum Marketing and Stanley Tools. She has focused much of her career on renewable energy and new technology development.
Paula was an employee of New World Generation (NWG) from 2002 to 2005 which is a research and development company. She later worked as an Independent Consultant for both NWG and MPR Associate Engineering, fulfilling the roles of Marketing and Business Development, with focused attention on early stage companies providing networking capabilities to capital financing and feasibility valuations of new technology.
In 2009, Paula worked as project manager on a 2.0MW wind turbine, design, development and implementation project.
Since that time, Paula has led developments on a compressed air energy storage project, and thermal energy storage. Ms. Mayor has been the lead project developer and helped advance the technology to be utilized with waste heat streams, promoting energy conservation.
Norman Fraser, B. Sc, P. Eng.
One of the newest and welcome additions to the Blue Box family is Mr. Norm Fraser an Independent Utility Advisor.
Upon graduation on the Dean’s Honor roll with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering, Norm began his career in the electrical utility business. As a Utility Executive, he has extensive experience and demonstrated leadership in the utility business with Hydro Ottawa, Hydro One and Ontario Hydro.
Until December 2016 Norm served as Chief Customer Officer at Hydro Ottawa, and previously as Chief Operating Officer and VP of Operations at Hydro Ottawa overseeing a staff of 450. Prior to that he held the position of VP, Transmission Development; VP, Performance Management reporting to a Senior Vice President at Hydro One, and at Ontario Hydro, he progressed from Junior Engineer to Director level positions. Norm has a proven track record in almost all aspects of the electrical utility business – strategic planning; power system integrated resource planning (including both supply and demand), asset management, design and operations of transmission and distribution systems; customer service, benchmarking, performance and risk management; employee and public safety; as well he has successfully participated in mergers and contract negotiations.
In his different roles, Norm has made presentations in Canada, United States and the United Kingdom, at public meetings and community associations; as well as numerous interviews with print and broadcast media (including a live interview with Ted Koppel of ABC Nightline News); including interactions with three levels of government, and a wide network of contacts across North America.
Norm has had an active leadership role in many industry associations serving in the past as:
- Chair of Distribution Council of the Canadian Electricity Association
- Chair of the Board of Directors Electricity Human Resources Canada / Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee
- Chair of the Power Delivery Committee of the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies
- Member of Board of Directors of Hydro Ottawa Limited
- Member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum
- Member of Electrical Distributors Association Smart Meter Entity Transition Board.
Tony Thoma BSc, BBA, MBA, PEng.
Tony’s experiences include senior-level positions in academia and industry including: Dean of Engineering Technology, VP operations and Global technical director. In Industry these experiences include participation in due diligence investigations to secure partners, site locations, and commissioning manufacturing plants in Canada, USA, Mexico, Hungary, and China. Tony’s roles within industry have included operations, process quality, maintenance, engineering and energy management with an international automotive parts company.
In Academia Tony has managing large technical schools working with industry partners to bring the latest trends in technology to the market and preparing students for successful careers in developing topics such as Smart Energy Systems, Automation, Mechatronics, and Industry 4.0.
Currently Tony serves as the Executive Dean Engineering & Technology, Trades & Apprenticeship and the Institute of Food Processing at Conestoga College.
Tony’s board experience includes 9 years at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, 3yrs on the Ontario Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee and is currently on the advisory board for Thompson Gordon Group in Burlington and Hamilton Utilities Corporation. Tony has also recently served for the City of Hamilton’s Citizens Jury committees for Area Rating and LRT initiatives.
Credentials include being a licenced Professional Engineer (PEO), an MBA from the University of Western Ontario, an Honours BBA from Brock University, and a B.Sc. in Metallurgy and Materials Science from McMaster University. More recently Tony has completed the McMaster University Chartered Directors Program.
Mike Lamontagne, CPA/CA, CBV
Mike graduated from Brock University in 1980 with a Bachelor of Administration, received his CA designation in 1982 and his CBV designation in 1997.
After a 21 year career in public accounting, Mike was appointed CFO of Wolseley Canada in 2001. Wolseley is a wholesale distributor of plumbing, HVAC, PVF and industrial supplies. During his tenure, Mike was responsible for building a national finance group from a much decentralized organization. Mike was also responsible for 10 acquisitions in Canada which contributed to the doubling of revenues and growth in profitability.
In 2011, Mike joined Etratech Enterprises as Executive Vice-President and CFO. Etratech, a designer, developer and manufacturer of electronic and electro-mechanical controls, was underperforming and required significant structural changes and investment to improve profitability, reduce risk and maximize value. Mike’s executive and financial leadership helped play a major part in the turnaround of the company with increasing sales, profitability, cash flow and enterprise value. In 2017, Etratech was sold to a US public company. The company’s value increased tenfold over the period 2011 to 2017.
Mike also sat as a Director on the Special Olympics Canada (SOC) Board from 2009 to 2019. SOC is a national Non-Profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of those in Canada with an intellectual disability through the transformative power of sport. While a Director, Mike also held the offices of Treasurer, Vice-Chair, and Past Chair.