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.

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.

Doug Westlund, MBA, P.Eng. – Senior Vice President. More than 30 years’ experience in communications and cyber security in the utility and telecommunications markets. Doug is a recognized industry leader in cyber security for electric power utilities.

Joel Charlebois, P.Eng. – Vice President Regulatory Compliance. Greater than 10 years’ experience assisting electric utilities across North America to understand and meet their NERC compliance obligations within the context of their regional or provincial regulatory frameworks through assessments, governance development, training and sustainment services.

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.