Our Energy Consulting Team
No matter where you run your business, every region’s energy industry has its own subtle nuances. Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, our energy consulting team has decades of experience negotiating complex market dynamics and regulatory landscapes across both Canada and the United States. Drawing on extensive energy consulting expertise, the Absolute team maximizes value at every stage of the supply chain so we can pass those cost-efficiencies on to you.
Meet our Energy Consultants:
David Grewal, B. Eng., Co-founder
David has a degree in Engineering with over 21 years of experience in the energy industry. He has represented the interests of key clients across every consumer class, including; forest products, mining, metals, and food & beverage processing. David evaluates potential factors that might affect commodity prices and energy supply fluctuations and provides agile price risk management strategies to mitigate volatility exposure. David plays an instrumental role in fostering upstream supplier relationships and providing guidance on optimizing financial performance on behalf of our clients through every link in the natural gas supply chain from the wellhead to the burner-tip.
Peter Kresnyak, B. Eng., Co-founder
Peter completed his degree in Chemical Engineering and has over 22 years of experience in the energy industry. His extensive background includes producer services, pipeline operations, regulatory governance, and wholesale market trading in Canada and the US. He has coordinated the transportation assets for BC’s largest natural gas aggregator, overseeing supply operations in BC and on the US West Coast, as well as conducting all short and long-term US trading. Peter’s primary role at Absolute Energy is to build world-class supplier relationships throughout Canada and the US., and to implement price risk management plans to increase value to our clients.
Kirby Morrow, B. Eng., Manager, Client Solutions
Kirby has a degree in Mechanical Engineering and over 27 years of natural gas supply experience in the Canadian energy markets, with a high level of expertise in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining Absolute Energy in 2009, Kirby held numerous key positions at leading natural gas providers, including Director of BC Operations for CEG Energy, Director of Natural Gas Supply for FortisBC and Manager of Energy Services for Canadian Forest Products. Kirby has also worked as a petroleum process engineer in Alberta.
Currently overseeing a diverse range of customer accounts across the commercial, industrial and public sectors, his unparalleled energy management experience combined with a comprehensive understanding of the BC market ensures we source the most competitively priced natural gas supply for our customers.
Melissa Running, B. Comm, Manager, Client Solutions – Industrial Services
With over 17 years in the natural gas industry, Melissa has extensive experience managing customers in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. This includes expertise in regulatory governance and the complex regulated gas utility environment, working with FortisBC to structure non-standard utility rates for large industrial clients.
At Absolute Energy, Melissa puts her valuable skill set to work managing the daily sourcing, trading, pipeline scheduling and utility nominations for our customer base across Canada, as well as overseeing many of our key institutional and industrial accounts.
Susan Wills, B. Eng, Manager, Client Transport Services
Susan joined Absolute Energy in 2008 after moving from Calgary, Alberta. Upon completing her degree in Chemical Engineering, she worked as an Engineering Consultant and moved into the natural gas marketing side of the business for a large oil and gas exploration company in the capacity of Manager of Gas Operations in Alberta. Susan plays a vital role in providing market guidance and risk management to a portfolio of large commercial and light industrial clients in Canada and the US.
Sheri Clemons, Operations Coordinator
Sheri Clemons has over 20 years of experience in the natural gas industry working throughout Canada. A brief relocation to Houston, Texas allowed her to expand her knowledge of natural gas pipeline deliverability throughout the Eastern US. She brings a wealth of experience in regulatory affairs, production and pipeline transportation optimization, and scheduling applications.
Joseph Chopik, CPA, CMA, Manager of Accounting
Joseph graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria. Prior to joining Absolute Energy, Joseph worked for a Canadian midstream energy asset company. He has played an integral role in creating new processes and efficient systems to manage the growth at Absolute Energy. Joseph has also been pivotal in developing and optimizing the daily operations and trading platform at Absolute Energy.
Rebecca Kresnyak, Gas Supply Coordinator
Rebecca manages the scheduling of gas supply between our upstream supplier base and our large group of end use customers, moving supply across a complex system of pipeline and utility distribution systems on a daily basis. Her focus is to provide customers with supply reliability using cost-effective daily purchasing from a mix of gas suppliers at different receipt points and communicating dispatch requirements to pipelines and utilities using on-line based scheduling systems.
We made the switch to Absolute Energy in 2014 and have not looked back. They have continually brought innovative techniques to optimize savings and create real value for our business. Their understanding of the market and our specific needs have been invaluable. The level of personal service I receive in managing our gas costs is second to none.
Dave Powers, Mill Manager, Coastland Wood Industries
The management and tracking of our natural gas portfolio is critical to Tolko Industries, as energy is a significant input cost to our manufacturing facilities. Absolute Energy has been managing our portfolio for over 5 years, ensuring we achieve the most competitive fixed rates, supply premiums and transportation costs. Brokering supply deals not only affords Tolko the best pricing, but also increased reliability of supply and transport capacity. Absolute’s services also provide short and long-term market assessments allowing us to develop purchasing strategies that align with our business needs.
- Tolko Industries
Absolute Energy has been providing SunRype Products with a high-level of service in all matters regarding our natural gas purchases for a number of years. Absolute's value to SunRype lies in their understanding of the energy market and their dedication to us. A volatile natural gas market continues to present many challenges to SunRype, but Absolute Energy has been able to manage price risk effectively and deliver a more stable energy budget. Their team takes a hands-on approach to understanding our specific purchasing requirements and has helped us to source the most competitive supply options available. We like their frequent market updates and hedging recommendations, which has kept us informed of future buying opportunities.
- SunRype, Engineering Services