Our Team

(Photo from BC Hydro Haida Gwaii Diesel Generating Station Project)

Jesse Keller - President & General Manager

Jesse Keller is the Co-Founder, President, and General Manager of K2 Electric Ltd. In 1999, Jesse along with his business partner Scott Kilburn, founded K2 Electric Ltd; the name K2 to this day represents the initial partnership of Keller & Kilburn. Jesse obtained his Journeyman Electrician Certificate in 1996. In 1997, he obtained his Contractors license and B FSR designation, with A FSR designation achieved in 2008.

Jesse worked primarily in the wood products industry throughout his apprenticeship where he was given the experience and opportunity to prove himself as a foreman / supervisor. Since the inception of K2 Electric Ltd in 1999, Jesse has worked as a senior project manager and company director.

Jesse leads the company both in project management as well as in business decisions and strategies growing K2 Electric Ltd from a small operation to a multidivisional entity.

Lonnie Douglas, CHSC - Project Development Manager and Safety Coordinator

Lonnie is a shareholder in K2 Electric Ltd and has been with the company since 2004. He has worked as a Construction Electrician, Project Supervisor, Project Superintendent and Safety Coordinator. In 2009, Lonnie became a member of the Canadian Society of Safety Engineers and in 2011 received the designation of Certified Health and Safety Consultant. In 2015, Lonnie achieved his A FSR designation from the BC Safety Authority.

Lonnie has been in the trade since 1988, starting as an Apprentice Maintenance Electrician in a sawmill. After becoming a Journeyman in 1992, he worked at three separate interior sawmills, and one coastal sawmill in BC. While at these mills he worked from Shift Electrician up to Maintenance Superintendent. At each of these mills he was an active member of the Safety Committee.

Lonnie’s present role includes sales, client relations, project management, and the maintenance of the Safety Program. Lonnie is also an active member of the Safety Committee at K2 Electric Ltd.

Terry Esopenko - Operations Manager/Project Manager, Civil Division

Terry has worked in the construction industry for 25 years, obtaining his Journeyman certification in Carpentry in 1996. Since then, he has had active roles in all aspects of the construction building process from the ground up on; Commercial, Hydro, Pulp Mill, MOTH, Industrial, excavations, site services, foundations, carpentry, building packages, and turn key projects.

Throughout Terry’s career he has taken numerous courses for management, supervising, safety, bullying in the workplace, and first aid making him well rounded for dealing with clients, manpower, and the public.

In the past 12 years, he has moved into the Operations / Division Management, Project Management / Project Supervisor roles, allowing him to develop skills with; scheduling, office management, time management, plan and document review, budgeting, estimating, proposals, contracts, coordination, sub trades, cost tracking, and employee management.

Terry has had the opportunity to work throughout British Columbia, Alberta, and has spent a year and a half working abroad in Puerto Rico. This has allowed him to adapt to different cultures, religions, work methodologies, weather, and site location logistics helping him excel here at K2 Electric Ltd.

Chris Ostberg - Operations Manager/Project Manager, Power Division

Chris completed his electrical apprenticeship with K2 Electric Ltd. obtaining his Journeyman Electrician Certificate in 2006. He worked primarily in the wood products industry as a Construction Electrician / Foreman for five years with K2 Electric Ltd.

Chris also worked for BC Hydro Construction Services from 2007-2015 where he spent three and a half of those years as the head Electrical Foreman for the Northern Interior. He was responsible for overseeing all construction activities of the Electrical Department’s substation and generating station projects throughout Northern BC. His projects ranged from emergency equipment replacements to large capital projects such as substation capacity upgrades and substation voltage conversion projects. His eight plus years as both an electrician and supervisor with BC Hydro Construction Services provide a very strong technical background in substation construction, as well as a thorough understanding of BC Hydro’s system, standards, policies, and construction procedures.

Chris came back to work with K2 Electric Ltd. in 2015 to start up the Power Division and focus on the growing high voltage construction industry. Since then, he has completed dozens of substation construction projects for both BC Hydro and private customers.

Richard Bolton – Senior Estimator / Project Manager

Richard has worked for K2 Electric Ltd. since 2000 as an Electrician, Project Supervisor, and Project Manager. He has been in the Electrical trade since 1986, and has held a Journeyman Industrial Electrical License since 1992. With extensive experience in the Mining, Oil and Gas, Sawmill and Pulp and Paper industries, Richard’s organization and budgeting skills are now used to estimate, plan, and schedule K2’s Projects. Richard has a strong control and programming background, is proficient with AutoCad and plays a key role in K2 Electric Design and Build Projects.

Brad Janse - Estimator

Brad is currently an estimator with K2 Electric Ltd. and has been with the company since early 2000. He started his apprenticeship with K2 in the same year and received his Journeyman Certificate in 2005. After working out in the field for many years, Brad started working in the purchasing department from 2006 to 2007. After returning to sawmill construction for a few more years, he once again returned to purchasing in 2010 and stayed until 2017. In the spring of 2017, Brad began to assist with the growing estimating needs of upcoming projects.

During his time at K2, Brad has also been heavily involved in the maintenance of all the computers and technology in the office. He is also involved with the pre-organizing of K2’s projects by completing control cable sheets, lamacoids, and wire tags offsite to keep costs under budget

Larry Disher - Maintenance Manager

Larry has worked in many types of different roles throughout his career. Larry started working on the production floor at a sawmill before taking the role as a production supervisor. He then relocated from BC to Alberta in 2002, where he joined the construction industry. In 2005, Larry started his electrical apprenticeship and gained experience in many commercial and industrial settings before achieving his Journeyman Certificate and interprovincial tickets in 2010. Larry joined the K2 team in 2011 working primarily on Sawmill, Pulpmill and Mine projects before taking the role as Maintenance Manager in 2016.

Larry currently assists with project management, allocation of manpower, planning for maintenance coverage and other customer needs. He is a Level One Thermographer and has received formal training and experience in VFD Programming and Commissioning. He also conducts transformer oil analysis and plant power analysis reports for a variety of clients. Larry has taken a number of supervisor training and safety courses and is currently an active member of the safety committee.

Brandon Daykin - Procurement Manager

Brandon started in electrical distribution in 2005 as a warehouse person. He quickly moved up to VMI specialist where he maintained inventory levels to ensure the plants did not face any downtime. After a few years, he moved into outside sales where he managed a list of clients and met or exceeded their needs. In 2012, Brandon focused on the contracting side of the industry where he gained an understanding of both customer and end user’s needs. Later, Brandon made the decision to focus his career on lighting where he became the General Manger of an LED company. Brandon was responsible for all aspects of the company which included; lighting layout, custom fixture design, and maintaining customer relations.

In 2015, Brandon made the move to K2 Electric Ltd. At K2, Brandon is focused on procurement of materials, lighting design, and sourcing. Brandon has also signed up to become a Journeyman Electrician.

Janice Palidwor - Controller

With an Honours BSc and MSc program from the University of Guelph, Janice was trained in accounting through the CGA Program of Professional Studies. Janice worked in Toronto for 10 years as Canadian Controller for a large multinational manufacturing company. With a move to British Columbia she has worked as Billing and Client Service Manage and Trust Accounting for a national law firm and subsequently back to Controllership in international manufacturing. Now in Price George, she has joined K2 Electric Ltd. With her background, she helped develop, manage and integrate the Sage 300 ERP system and establish accounting practices and procedures. She is also responsible for full cycle accounting, capital asset management, supervision of accounting staff, finance, cost tracking and budgeting amongst other roles.