Neal Bach, M.Eng, P.Eng.
As a fresh graduate of Engineering Physics at Queen’s University in 1994, Neal started his career in Copenhagen, Denmark, where he worked for two years with a small firm that developed gas analyzers. Upon his return, he initially thought his future lay in manufacturing, but he was fortunate to join Engineering Interface Limited, where he met many great people who were passionate about energy efficiency in large buildings, including the visionary and inspirational Bob Tamblyn. After completing his Masters in 1998, Neal joined what became Toronto Hydro Energy Services, and this is where he met Mike McGee, who was then the acting President. A year later, with deregulation of the Ontario electricity market looming, inspired by the opportunity to help owners and managers of large buildings by providing guidance on energy issues, he and Mike teamed up as Energy Profiles Limited.
Neal has been the driving force behind the growth of EPL since 2000. He has prepared detailed energy audits, done complex energy modeling, acted as a Project Evaluator doing Measurement and Verification for large utility company incentive programs, advised key clients on energy purchasing, and designed and supported the implementation of submetering systems. He is an acknowledged expert on the cost of electric cooling and is a regular speaker at industry conferences. He was instrumental in pioneering hosted energy and sustainability data management software systems more than 10 years ago – way ahead of the industry – and continues to drive development.
During this time EPL has developed a comprehensive suite of services centred around bringing clarity to energy and water consumption and costs, both from an accounting perspective and a decision-making lens. Neal is laser-focused on the quality of EPL analysis, and similarly on the importance of meeting commitments, integrity and trust. As he says frequently: “It is a long road. Reputation is everything.”
Neal holds a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics and a Master of Mechanical Engineering. He is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario and Quebec, a LEED Accredited Professional (Operations & Maintenance), a Senior Member of the Association of Energy Engineers, a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional (CMVP), an Eco Canada Certified GHG Professional, and speaks English, French, and Danish.
Outside of work, Neal and his wife Joanne are keen squash players and regularly compete in tournaments. Neal is active in his community, coaching hockey, basketball, and baseball teams with his three young daughters Jesslyn, Vivian and Laura. In his spare time, downhill skiing and cottaging are other favoured family activities.
Conan O’Connor, P.Eng.
Conan has 10 years’ experience in energy management with property managers and utility programs across Canada and the US. He is dedicated to helping his clients make sense of their utility consumption and costs whether they manage one building, 100 buildings, or 1,000 buildings.
With a deep understanding of utility rates and how buildings use energy, Conan delivers tools and strategies to forecast, report on, and ultimately drive down utility use and costs. In his free time, Conan keeps active playing soccer with EPL’s company team and running the streets of Toronto with his wife Jennifer.
Jeff Kalbfleisch, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.
As one of the senior technical resources on staff, Jeff has been instrumental in providing expertise to both government and commercial clients with his ‘first principles’ approach. He has over 8 years experience with energy conservation studies in large commercial and retail buildings, measurement and verification of energy savings, submetering, cost allocation and project management. His modeling work includes developing tools for the OPA’s HPNC program and models to assess theoretical system efficienices of steam and cogeneration plants. During his tenure Jeff has become an industry leader in commercial refrigeration systems and re-commissioning in the retail food sector, with an eye towards energy conservation.
Prior to joining EPL, Jeff spent 10 years as a Scientist/Systems Engineer in the technology industry, working for firms such as JDS Uniphase in fibre optics and Nikon Metrology, where he designed and installed novel indoor GPS systems for aerospace clients including Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Airbus.
When not in the office Jeff, can be found running, riding his bike, or trying to keep pace with his three daughters.
George Bober, C.E.T.
George has over 30 years of experience in the electrical utility industry. George joined EPL in 2001, and currently manages the relationship with one of EPL’s largest accounts. This includes contract management, bill verification, LDC issues management, power procurement, and energy management/demand response. His experience includes new product testing & analysis, energy management, market planning, municipal utility regulation, electrical supply coordination and wholesale tariff negotiations.
He joined the former Ontario Hydro/Ontario Power Generation in 1982, and prior to his departure 2001 was an Account Executive at OPG, and a Team Leader in the development of a Retail Billing and Settlements System for OPG. As an Account Executive his responsibilities included the development of customized electricity risk management solutions for the largest industrial and commercial customers across Ontario. He also provided wholesale risk management solutions to Local Distribution Companies, Electricity Retailers and Buying Groups. As a Team Leader, he developed at Retail Billing and Settlements System that enabled OPG to provide complex metering, settlement and billing capability to both Wholesale Market Participants and customers embedded within Local Distribution Companies.
Aislinn runs EPL’s Vancouver office, which opened in the fall of 2015. Aislinn has a passion for achieving results in sustainability and energy performance, and has provided energy and sustainability consulting services to prominent buildings in Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary. She is an active player in the Vancouver real estate market and has long been an active member of local industry organizations including BOMA and NAIOP.
After graduating from Queen’s University in mechanical engineering, Aislinn spent two years in Vienna, Austria where she worked as a research engineer specializing in optimizing biomass combustion processes before returning to Canada and joining Halsall Associates.
Aislinn reads extensively and enjoys biking, hiking, camping and yoga. Her passions also include travel, and she regularly travels to new countries and cities, practicing her languages at every opportunity (she is fluent in French, German and Italian, and is working on Spanish).
About Mike McGee
Mike McGee, founder of EPL, was taken from us too early. He passed away suddenly in August 2013 while on holiday at his family cottage, in his 58th year.
Loved and respected, Mike pursued his passions – family, friends, music, cottage, work – with great warmth, sharp intellect and utmost integrity. His family was an immense source of joy and pride for him, as were his many friends, including his bandmates with whom he played many gigs over the years.
Smart and fun to be around, Mike was a true gentleman who defined class for all who knew him. Always aware of the big picture, he worked hard to steer things in the right direction in all facets of his life, including on a personal level with countless friends and colleagues whom he mentored and supported generously.
Mike McGee’s career spanned 35 years. At Ontario Hydro from 1978-1993, he inspired and led a team of several hundred people in creating the first Demand Side Management programs in North America. After leaving Ontario Hydro, he briefly ran the Canadian office of Encon Systems.
Mike founded Energy Profiles Limited (EPL) in 1996 to provide independent and impartial guidance with respect to utility issues as trusted advisor to large commercial energy users. In 1997-1998, he was hired on contract as President of Hydro Energy Services, a joint venture between Ontario Hydro and Toronto Hydro that was intended to serve large commercial customers in the upcoming de-regulated electricity market, and which subsequently became Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. It was here that he and Neal Bach first worked together, and in 2000 they teamed up as EPL.
Mike was a long-standing BOMA Toronto member who contributed as a Board Member, as leader of the Energy & Environment committee, and as architect of the award-winning BOMA Conservation and Demand Management Program. As one of the sector’s leaders on energy issues, Mike shaped many aspects of energy conservation policy for large commercial end-users over the past 25 years.