Leadership

UBC’s Energy and Water Services (EWS) unit is led by a skilled and experienced team of professionals specializing in engineering, operations, business administration and finance.

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David Woodson

Managing Director, Energy and Water Services

David Woodson is the Managing Director of Energy and Water Services (EWS) at UBC, Canada’s second largest university, which ranks amongst the top 35 research universities in the world.

As part of this role, David oversees the management of UBC’s $50 million annual budget for the operations and maintenance of over $420 million of utility infrastructure including: high-voltage electricity, district energy (steam and hot water), natural gas and water systems. David is leading the transformation of the University’s utility infrastructure on the 1,000 acre campus, in association with the Campus as a Living Lab initiative and the alternative energy sources project, to achieve UBC’s aggressive greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction targets. At the heart of the unit’s activities are new, collaborative relationships between administrative units, academic departments, governments, communities, and private industry partners.

Prior to taking on this new role, David held several leadership positions within UBC Building Operations, Utilities, and Plant Operations over the past 17 years. His responsibilities ranged from managing capital renewal and deferred maintenance to resource planning and work control. He began his career as a Building Systems Engineer with the City of Surrey in 1993.

David has a Master of Business Administration from UBC and a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Washington. David is a Professional Engineer in B.C. (mechanical), Facilities Management Administrator (FMA), and a Certified Educational Facilities Professional (CEFP).

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Orion Henderson

Director, Energy Planning and Innovation

Orion Henderson is Director, Energy Planning and Innovation (EPI) with UBC’s EWS unit. The EPI group is responsible for energy infrastructure planning, campus energy and water performance and building automation systems. Orion provides strategic leadership to the Energy Conservation, Building Management System (BMS) and Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Operations teams.

In this role, Orion leads a high-performance team of engineers and technical specialists who plan, design, implement, operate and optimize the campus’s energy systems. Through professional diligence, collaboration and innovative practices, Orion’s team’s mission is to achieve the University’s sustainable energy and water goals.

Orion is a Professional Engineer in British Columbia. He received his Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from CIT, Ireland, and his Master of Science in Environmental Technology from Imperial College, England.

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Paul Holt

Director, Engineering and Utilities

Paul is the Director, Engineering and Utilities for UBC’s EWS unit. The Engineering and Utilities group delivers utility services to all UBC academic buildings, student housing, athletics buildings, the UBC hospital, commercial tenants and residential communities across the Vancouver campus. Paul provides strategic direction to the unit team and manages UBC’s commodities, operations and maintenance budgets for the delivery of high-voltage electricity, district energy (steam and hot water), natural gas and water system services (potable, sanitary and storm).

With hundreds of miles of utility infrastructure on UBC’s 1,000 acre campus, Paul leads a team of professional engineers and technologists to plan and implement cyclical maintenance and renewal programs for existing utility infrastructure. The team also looks after the planning and construction of new utility infrastructure, to meet UBC’s growth and expansion needs. Paul also manages an operational group comprised of Chief Engineers and Power Engineers to operate and maintain the University’s steam plant, the Campus Energy Centre (CEC) currently under construction, and the Bioenergy Research Demonstration Facility (BRDF).

Prior to immigrating to Canada, Paul was the Senior Electrical and Mechanical Engineer at a large cogeneration power station in the south of England with RWENpower, a major European utility. Paul is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) in BC and a Chartered Engineer (CEng) in the UK.

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Ray McNichol

Portfolio Finance Director

Ray McNichol is the Portfolio Finance Director for UBC’s EWS unit. Ray works closely with the unit’s leadership team on planning, operations, and project initiatives.

During his 14 years at UBC, Ray has held leadership roles in financial reporting and the financial services portfolio, which includes payroll, accounts payable, banking, and research and trust accounting. Ray currently leads the University’s Finance Support Program—a special cross-functional project to assist finance units across the University with their organizational structure, financial practices and training. In addition to his work with EWS, Ray also serves as financial portfolio lead for the Vice President portfolios of Human Resources, Finance, and Research and Operations at UBC.

Ray holds a Bachelor of Administration (BAdmin) degree from the University of Regina. His BAdmin provided the basis for his successful completion of the Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA) designations—both of which are now represented in Canada by the unified Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation.