History & Our People

Breaking away from a large, fully-integrated utility, believing that there was a better way to accomplish change, AESI’s founder and chairman, Don Robinson, P.Eng., established AESI’s roots in 1984. Since then, AESI established its head office in Milton, Ontario, Canada and another office in Tucker, Georgia, US.

AESI has maintained steady growth, building on integrity, quality and relationships. All of this is a direct result of our people.

Board and Key Operations Staff

Don Robinson Chairman, still contributes today bringing more than 40 years’ engineering and business management experience.

Loreto Sarracini, P.Eng. – President. Almost 40 years’ experience working directly for a vertically integrated utility and with generation, transmission, distribution and operations utilities. Expertise in Power System Operations, EMS/SCADA, NERC Compliance (CIP and Non-CIP), and Operational Management.

Neil Sandford, P.Eng. – Senior Vice President. Over 40 years of experience in the electricity distribution industry, much of it as a senior staff member at a distribution utility—specializing in business operations and management, actively participating on industry committees and current board member for an Ontario distribution utility.

Joe Raso, P.Eng., MBA – Chief Operating Officer. More than 20 years supporting electrical utilities, distribution centres and corporate operations with software development, strategic planning, process analysis and business improvement; today his focus centers on quality and efficient/effective operations.

Kellie Elford Director US Business Operations. Greater than 10 years’ experience working directly for distribution, generation and operations utilities, as well as consulting for electrical power utilities in the areas of business and systems operations, and NERC Compliance; manages AESI-US, Inc.’s operations supporting corporate and project objectives.

Toula Campbell Beris Director Business Operations. Greater than 10 years’ experience in Business Operations, from various industries, leading the organization’s operations to meet established objectives for growth and profitability.

AESI Acumen Engineered Solutions International Inc. is a privately owned, incorporated firm. AESI-US is wholly owned by AESI Acumen Engineered Solutions International Inc.