About Peak Power

Peak Power was founded under the belief that battery energy storage has the potential to fundamentally disrupt the energy sector. CEO Derek Lim Soo had worked in the renewable energy industry long enough to see the growth of wind and solar, and in 2015 realized that storage would follow a similar trajectory. By focusing on the software solutions that forecast grid needs and optimize the operation of energy storage systems, Peak was able to carve out a niche helping building owners and developers get greater returns from their investments. Peak has since expanded on their product offerings by using their expertise in forecasting and optimization to develop additional solutions for building owners and utilities.

Derek Lim Soo

Chief Executive Officer

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Derek Lim Soo

Chief Executive Officer

Derek is a high energy entrepreneur that that brings over twenty years of business experience in the cleantech and energy sectors in senior leaderships roles encompassing business development, capital raise strategies, mergers and acquisitions, technology development and overall executive management. Prior to Peak, Derek held several senior executive positions with global clean tech companies, and is a member of the Young President Association (YPO) – Toronto Chapter.

Matthew Sachs

Chief Operating Officer

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Matthew Sachs

Chief Operating Officer

Matthew has over twenty years of technical experience in the energy and real estate sectors, working in both consulting and development roles. Matthew is passionate about removing the barriers to clean energy adoption, as a member of the Energy Transformation Network of Ontario (ETNO), Ontario IESO’s Market Renewal Working Group, the OEB’s DERs Connection Working Group, a board member of Energy Storage Canada, and a founding board member of BGIS’ Building Energy Innovators Council. Prior to joining Peak Power, Matthew was General Manager of Urbandale Construction, a leading Ottawa home builder specializing in energy efficient homes, and was recognized with the Ottawa Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” award in 2013.

Benson Hu

Vice President, Technology Strategy

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Benson Hu

Vice President, Technology Strategy

Benson has 20 years of experience in software development and services. As the former Department Manager at UMPay, he led the team to be the 3rd largest mobile payment company in China with transaction volume of over 250 M RMB per month. He grew and managed a team of over 60 software developers, designers, risk management and sales specialists to handle transactions with thousands of large corporations and financial institutions, including China Mobile, China Railway, JD.com, Western Union, and more. ​

Benson also holds a master’s degree in Signal & Information Processing – Artificial Intelligence.

Imran Noorani

Chief Strategy Officer

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Imran Noorani

Chief Strategy Officer

Imran Noorani is a clean technology and energy executive, with more than 15 years of experience navigating heavily regulated industries, growing organizations from start-up phases to IPO and numerous acquisitions. He is currently the VP of Strategy & Corporate Development at Peak.
Prior to joining Peak, Imran was a Divisional President in the Ozz Group of Companies, where he led the amalgamation and restructuring of energy companies. In addition to his private sector experience, Imran has also held positions in the utility and public sectors of energy.

As a volunteer, Imran has held various Board positions at a local environmental charity, the Toronto Green Community (2008-2016). Imran has an MBA from the Schulich School of Business (2010), and a LLM in Energy & Infrastructure from Osgoode Hall Law School (2018). Imran is an avid scuba diver, a passionate home cook, and enjoys portaging through Canada in the summers.

Jeremy Bower

Vice President, Software

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Jeremy Bower

Vice President, Software

Jeremy is a hands-on technology leader with over 20 years of experience in web and mobile apps, cloud computing, data science, and information systems security at start-ups and large enterprises. He leads the group that build software products and platforms at Peak Power. Prior to joining Peak, he led the software development group at a services company with thousands of employees and several hundred million dollars in revenue.

Charanjit Singh

Vice President, Finance

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Charanjit Singh

Vice President, Finance

Charanjit has senior finance experience with a career spanning software, energy, and buildings materials industries, which are completely aligned with Peak Power’s areas of focus. With over 20 years of experience in all aspects of financial stewardship in medium and large entities, including CRH and Ontario Power Generation, Charanjit provides financial leadership to increase overall enterprise value.

Charanjit is passionate about helping CPA aspirants through their career development. He was also the Board member at a charity focussed to provide Mississauga residents with reliable consumer health information.  Charanjit is a CPA, CA from Ontario and has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business (Western University). He enjoys reading, nature walks, and is learning traditional Indian music.

Vishu Govindankutty

Vice President, Engineering

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Vishu Govindankutty

Vice President, Engineering

Vishu is an electrical engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in electrical power and control systems engineering in very diverse industries. His immediate past roles before joining Peak Power was in renewable energy and provided leadership in development through interconnection of more than 250MW PV power in Canada.

Sharmila Ravula

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

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Sharmila Ravula

Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Sharmila has over 20 years of experience with a majority of them spent in sales and business development for behind-the-meter renewable energy technologies including solar, energy storage and microgrid solutions, particularly the C&I segment.
Prior to joining Peak, Sharmila was the Chief Strategy Officer at Enact Systems. Prior to that Sharmila was the VP of Business Development at AMS, a SaaS company with an A.I. software platform to enable strategic, optimized trading of complex energy assets in energy markets. As the former CCO for Bosch Building Grid Technologies group, Sharmila led customer and market development efforts for introducing DC power distribution technology and software services to commercial and industrial customers. She previously led and managed the solar energy and energy storage business development and strategy functions for the Bosch group in North America. She has also previously led teams at Bosch Research in speech recognition and smart home applications.
Sharmila has an MBA from UC Berkeley, an MS in Operations Research from the University of Delaware and B.E. in Civil Engineering from BITS, Pilani.

Nathan Ota

Vice President, Product

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Nathan Ota

Vice President, Product

Nate is a product leader with twenty years of experience in designing and delivering products at the intersection of the built environment, energy, and physical infrastructure. His background includes enterprise software, Internet-of-Things, and cyber security. Prior to Peak Power, Nate held senior product leadership roles in Industrial IoT, Smart Grid, and Smart Home industries.  

Lucy Fan

Director, Commercial Operations & Transactions

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Lucy Fan

Director, Commercial Operations & Transactions

Lucy Fan is a cleantech enthusiast leveraging complimentary experience across power markets consulting, renewable energy project finance, and chemical engineering to deliver solutions to the toughest problems facing the power sector today. As Director Commercial Operations and Transactions at Peak Power, she is quarterbacking key deals, managing risk, and overseeing customer success. At New Energy Capital, Lucy led the evaluation of innovative new business models and executed deals that resulted in over $1BN invested in over 1 GW of clean energy generation. At Charles River Associates, Lucy tackled a variety of cases consulting to a range of power sector stakeholders across the US and Europe. Lucy holds a degree in Chemical Engineering, and minors in Energy and Management, from MIT where she chaired the Undergraduate Energy Club and rowed Division I Crew. She enjoys hiking, photography, and travelling to UNESCOs in her spare time.

Phil Raffi

Sr. Director, Sustainability & Business Solutions

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Phil Raffi

Sr. Director, Sustainability & Business Solutions

Phillip has over 12 years of experience in sustainability and energy management, predominantly in Commercial Real Estate. In his current role as Sr. Director of Sustainability and Business Solutions at Peak Power, he and his team are diligently working on battery storage solutions, a bi-directional EV charger platform, and a predictive analytics software to eradicate retro commissioning while reducing energy consumption and carbon emissions. To date, Phillip has helped Peak Power deploy these smart technologies in over 20 Million square feet of commercial and industrial properties.

In his previous role, Phillip led a team of sustainability professionals that managed over 65 million square feet of commercial real estate across Canada. He successfully implemented a wide variety of solutions, such as creating strategic corporate initiatives that include national policy development, hedging strategies, green building certifications such as BOMA BEST, LEED and Fitwel, operational efficiency strategies and projects, and the adoption of smart technology. Most recently, Phillip was awarded the 2018 IESO/Toronto Hydro Energy Manager of the Year award.

Andy Redick

Director, Business Development

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Andy Redick

Director, Business Development

Andy has over 20 years of sales experience in the EDA (electronic design automation), semiconductors, and energy space.
Prior to joining Peak Power, Andy spent several years at Johnson Controls working for the digital solutions team doing energy optimization for both buildings and central plants. Andy has also worked at EnTouch Controls doing energy savings programs in the quick serve restaurant and retail space. At BlueDot, Andy was working with AAA (largest membership organization in NA with 54M members), Direct Energy, and other partners to help residential customers in ESCO states to find the best electricity plan based on how their home consumed energy.
Andy also has an extensive background in electronic design automation and semiconductors. While at Cadence Design Systems Andy was helping companies like Broadcom, Qualcomm, Vitesse Semiconductor, and many others with next generation silicon devices. At Melexis Semiconductor Andy was responsible for key design wins at Abbott Diabetes, Tesla Motors, Dell Computer, Mattel Toys, and many other OEM’s in the automotive, industrial, consumer and medical space bring new products to market.

Cristina Barlow

Director, Business Development

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Cristina Barlow

Director, Business Development

Cristina will be leading our Partnerships and Business Development Efforts, and has already been instrumental in creating and implementing sales process and enablement initiatives (e.g. Salesforce, new business outreach campaigns)
In December 2020, Cristina relocated from the UK to Canada. She’s worked in multinational corporates and start-ups, in both Canada and the UK. This include the US-based Cintas Corporation, where after several successful years managing the North America (US, Canadian, and Mexican) sales teams, Cristina was tasked with establishing Cintas’ European presence. Based out of the UK, her remit included all the EU member countries and Russia.
Cristina has been in the technology field for the past 10 years. First with Virgin Media Business in the UK where her focus was B2B commercial grade Wi-Fi for partners such as Selfridges, the London Underground, and Nationwide Building Society (the world’s largest building society). More recently, she was Director of Partnerships with British Gas, one of the UK’s “Big 6” energy providers, in the Hive Smart Home division. There she led a team that focused on key business growth areas including home automation and IoT in energy, developing many significant strategic partnerships such as Thames Water, Lloyds Insurance, and Barclays Bank
Cristina is tri-lingual and with over 20 years in sales leadership across various industries, she brings a wealth of experience.

Michael Skirzynski

Director, Strategy & Corporate Development

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Michael Skirzynski

Director, Strategy & Corporate Development

Mike has over 6 years of global experience spanning Cleantech and High Technology Sectors. He has advised numerous tech startups in finding their product-market fit with large corporates, worked with clients in emerging markets to develop clean energy projects, and orchestrated the technical work for one of North America’s largest rooftop solar portfolios. In addition to his tech experience, Mike also analyzed the status of global mobility policy with the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). Mike is also the former Co-Chair of Emerging Leaders for Solar Energy, where he helped foster awareness of solar energy and train young professionals for the clean energy future, and in 2016 he was awarded CanSIA’s “Emerging Solar Leader” award. Mike holds and MBA from the Schulich School of Business, and a Bachelors in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University. Mike is formerly raced in the International Ski Federation (FIS) alpine skiing circuit, and he enjoys all forms of outdoor activities, including skiing, cycling, rock climbing, and eating his way around whichever city he happens to be in.

Shivani Garg

People and Culture Manager

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Shivani Garg

People and Culture Manager

Shivani Garg is a human resource and recruitment professional with a career spanning 8 years with a keen focus on developing people and culture in small and large companies. She has worked with industry leaders in IT Consulting and Technology to create and improve recruitment, onboarding, performance management, compensation, and development. Her key goal is to help companies enhance employee experience with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the core of everything.

 

Before Peak Power, Shivani worked with multiple Toronto technology startups to hire the best talent and retain technical talent. With a focus on mental health and well-being, Shivani has supported businesses towards achieving its objectives. She has a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management from Symbiosis Institute of Management Studies and a Bachelor's degree in Commerce. Shivani is an avid yogi, enjoys hosting paint nights and teaching new tricks to her puppy.

Shaun Ishwanthlal

Director, Energy Markets

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Shaun Ishwanthlal

Director, Energy Markets

Shaun is a power markets and trading professional with more than 20 years of experience in wholesale power markets. He spent the last 15 years trading renewable energy products at Brookfield Renewable. He managed various renewable resource portfolios throughout the eastern interconnect and most recently a 1000MW portfolio in PJM, MISO and Southeast US. His experience encompasses trading futures, options, capacity and renewable credits. Within the ISO/RTO realm, Shaun traded Financial Transmission Rights, Virtuals, and Ancillary services.

During Shaun’s career he dealt with ISOs and RTOs from a market design standpoint and in particular how it relates to the participation of renewable resources. Shaun holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand and a Business Management degree from the University of South Africa.

Elaine Kwok

Director, Marketing

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Elaine Kwok

Director, Marketing

Elaine is a marketing management and creative professional with more than 15 years of experience navigating heavily regulated retail industries. She has a proven track record of utilizing data-driven insights to inform the development and execution of marketing strategies. Elaine has worked within organizations from start-up phases to national growth. Prior to joining Peak Power, Elaine spent the last decade in the healthcare space, most recently with CareRx Corporation, the leading specialty pharmacy provider in Canada.