Our Team

  • Dr. Eric Bibeau - CHTTC Director

      Eric Bibeau
    • Dr. Eric Bibeau, Associate Professor at University of Manitoba, is the director of the Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre. Eric has more than 15 years experience in the field of innovative renewable energy technologies to increase the renewable energy ratio of communities. He held the NSERC/Manitoba Hydro Industrial Research Chair in Alternative Energy for 10 years.


  • Samuel d'Auteuil - CHTTC Site Manager

      Samuel d'Auteuil
    • Samuel d’Auteuil has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba. He graduated in June 2014 and did his undergrad thesis in separated and reattached turbulent flow. His master’s work is focused on flow characterization for hydro-kinetic turbines in a river environment. His hobbies include sports (biking, soccer, hockey and golf, among others), travelling, playing music and cooking. Sam also speaks three languages: English, French and Portuguese.


  • Jody Soviak - CHTTC Technical Manager

      Jody Soviak
    • Jody Soviak, M.Sc., is from Winnipeg, Manitoba. He received his B.Sc. and M.Sc. at the University of Manitoba in the field of Mechanical Engineering. He specializes in renewable energy and thermo-fluids. His master's work was focused on examining the interactions between two counter-rotating hydro-kinetic turbines. The research was conducted with a numerical focus and utilized the large-eddy simulation (LES) turbulence modeling technique. Jody speaks two languages: English and French.


  • Zeev Kapitanker - Mechanical Engineering Technologist

      Zeev Kapitankar
    • Zeev Kapitanker is a mechanical technologist at the University of Manitoba for the faculty of engineering and the CHTTC technical specialist. He provides technical support to students, staff and clients at the CHTTC site. Zeev is a specialist in design, manufacturing and purchasing, as well as equipment installment and maintenance. He has gained a wealth of experience at the CHTTC, participating in projects with researchers and industry partners alike.


  • Kirk Dyson - CHTTC Watercraft Safety Officer

      Kirk Dyson
    • Kirk Dyson is the facilities coordinator for the faculty of engineering at the University of Manitoba and the primary operator of all watercraft at the CHTTC. He has garnered enough experience in his time on the water to judge the safety and relative risks associated with marine activities. For this reason, he is also the designated watercraft safety officer at the CHTTC. He oversees and ensures the safety of all personnel involved marine hydrokinetic operations at the CHTTC.


  • Kaiser Bhuyan - Research Assistant

      Kaiser Bhuyan
    • Kaisar Bhuyan is a master’s student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba. His research includes quantifying the sources of errors associated with riverine measurements and developing techniques to reduce the contribution of these errors. He has several years of work experience in different industries specializing in industrial facility designing, system validation and project management.


  • Ekezie Sixtus - Research Assistant

      Sixtus Ekezie
    • Ekezie Sixtus is Mechanical Engineering graduate from the Federal University of Technology Owerri, Imo-state Nigeria. Sixtus is a master's student at the University of Manitoba in the Mechanical Engineering department working with the Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre. He is working on assessing the impact of macro-turbulence flow structures, anchor blocks and mooring lines on the performance of a horizontal axis marine hydrokinetic turbine. He specializes in flow characterization, measurements and instrumentation.

  • Raul Vaid - Research Assistant

      Raul Vaid
    • Raul Vaid is a master’s student at University of Manitoba in the Mechanical Engineering department. He is currently working with the Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre on a novel concept for the design of a hydrokinetic turbine. Raul has done his B.Tech form Amity University, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.


  • Jermaine Hovern - Research Assistant

      Jermaine Hovern
    • Jermaine Hovern is a dedicated Mechanical Engineering Student with an B.Eng. Honors in Aerospace Engineering with Space Technology from the University of Hertfordshire in United Kingdom. He is currently undertaking his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba. His research focuses on the hydrokinetic turbine aspects of renewable engineering, where he is working with Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre to develop a fish friendly turbine.


  • Chloë Dorge - Research Assistant

      Chloë Dorge
    • Chloë Dorge is an undergraduate student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manitoba. She is investigating the accuracy and reliability of using rotor discs for replicating wake interactions in hydrokinetic turbine arrays. Upon completing her B.Sc. in January, 2018, Chloë intends to begin a Master’s degree on this topic.


  • Nick Jackimec - Research Assistant

      Nick Jackimec
    • Nick Jackimec received his B.Sc. in Manufacturing Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 2010. He has spent six years in industry specializing in automation, field commissioning, and data analysis for business-critical decisions. Currently working towards his M.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, focusing on marine renewable energy, Nick’s research focuses on flow assessment mythologies for long-term data collection and analysis. Practical applications include site assessments for hydrokinetic turbines to facilitate distributed power generation in remote areas, and environmental monitoring for structures and shorelines.

  • Derek Neufeld - Support Engineer

      Derek Neufeld
    • Derek Neufeld is a professional engineer with a background in mechanical and electrical machine design and manufacturing, and has been involved with the commissioning of small scale hydrokinetic turbine in various locations around the world. In addition to providing general engineering support to CHTTC activities, Derek owns a private engineering firm in Winnipeg, where he provides consulting services in the field of autonomous energy systems.