Our Team

A quest for innovation and the desire to create lasting value for our clients and our global community drives the Hedgehog team of expert engineers. We’re strategic in our thinking, principled with our advice and thoughtful in our solutions. We build lasting relationships by doing what’s right – for our clients, for their teams and for our staff.

Meet Hedgehog’s team of electrical engineering consultants:

Michael Wrinch

President, P.Eng.(Elec),PHD.,PMP, FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland), FEC

Mike is the founder of Hedgehog Technologies and a pioneer in contemporary project management and electrical engineering practices, Michael Wrinch is a Certified Professional Project Manager and Professional Electrical Engineer. Since establishing the company in 2001, he has guided its evolution to a multifaceted electrical engineering firm of skilled professionals covering a multitude of industries. Today, Hedgehog specializes in safety critical systems design of high-energy control, manufacturing and automation systems.

Michael integrates traditional strategies of risk management with modern technologies. His current focus is on developing safety critical systems. 

Younes Rashidi

Director of Engineering,  P.Eng.(Elec), FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland), M.A.Sc.

Younes is an Electrical Engineer with more than 15 years of experience in electrical and automation systems for the oil and gas and renewable energy industries. Younes has gained significant experience through design, implementation, installation, commissioning and supervision of multi-million dollar international projects. He designed one of the largest hybrid grid-tied solar power systems in BC for the City of Colwood, located on Vancouver Island. In addition to a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering, Younes earned a Master’s degree in Mechatronic Systems Engineering with specialization in renewable energies and energy efficiency from Simon Fraser University (SFU). In the course of his research at SFU he worked on a number of projects in the area of energy efficiency for industrial facilities. Younes is a certified ISO 9000 lead auditor.

Matt Keeler

Electrical Engineer, P.Eng. (Elec.), FS Eng (TÜV Rheinland), B.A.Sc.

Matt is an engineer with experience in high tech subsea solutions. He is a graduate from Simon Fraser University in Mechatronics Systems Engineering where he founded the unmanned aerial vehicle team. Matt has worked on systems in oil and gas including offshore sea trials, military submarine rescue, and seafloor networks. He has experience programming automation controllers and SCADA systems as well as system integration and testing for custom high reliability systems. At Hedgehog, he works on safety systems, energy management and automation support.

Amreen Grewal

Electrical Engineer and Quality Systems Lead, P.Eng.(Elec.), B.A.Sc.

Amreen is an expert in national and international electrical design standards especially hazardous locations. With years of experience in evaluation and certification of CSA, UL, IEC, IECEx, ATEX and CE electrical products she brings a unique perspective to the team ensuring the final design will meet any local regulation. She is a graduate from University of Toronto in Electrical Engineering. At Hedgehog Technologies, she is currently involved in electrical design in explosive environments, control systems and DC power systems design.

Oliver Wiart

Electrical Engineer, P.Eng.(Elec), B.A.Sc.

Oliver is a electrical engineer with experience in safety systems, explosive and combustible environments, electrical controls, and has a passion for power systems. He is a graduate from the University of British Columbia in Electrical Engineering. He has designed systems in hazardous locations, industrial facilities and for the amusement industry.  Oliver’s adaptive skills and focus on building a more sustainable world have made him a perfect fit for the team.

Ali Syed 

Project Engineer,  P.Eng. (Elec), B.A.Sc.

Ali Syed has over 8 years of experience in mining, Oil & Gas, building construction and R&D sectors working on projects across Canada and internationally. Ali is very passionate about renewable energy and has been an enthusiastic advocate of the technology in all the sectors he has worked in. Ali is experienced with a wide spectrum of electrical and automation engineering concepts, methods, software and standards. Ali’s multidisciplinary educational background and diverse experience has given him a unique ability to integrate diverse teams including process design, mechanical design, automation and system integration. His excellent communication and leadership capabilities enable Ali to play a coordinating role on projects he is involved in. 

Noor Salh

Controls and Software Engineer, B.A.Sc., EIT (Elec.)

Noor is a System and Controls Engineer who has graduated from the University of Technology (Bagdad) and Ryerson University. She also has an Electronics Engineering Technology Diploma (In controls) from Seneca College with Honors. Noor has extensive experience in PLC programming on a multitude of different supplier platforms such as Omron and Rockwell. She also possesses specific experience on Instrumentation, SCADA and system controls for sewerage and storm water pumping stations, water treatment plants and HVAC manufacturing and automation. At Hedgehog, she works on programming automation for safety rated systems, HMI and systems control theory.

Jarred Richter

Electrical Technologist, Dipl Tech (Elec)

Jarred is an Electrical Technologist with experience in manufacturing and power distribution. He is a graduate from the British Columbia Institute of Technology in Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology, Electrical Power and Industrial Control Option. Jarred has experience in the construction and manufacturing fields as an Electrician. At Hedgehog Technologies, he is currently involved in building, testing and commissioning of electrical control and equipment.

Janesa Charles

Accounts and Office Manager, MM, B.Sc. (Econ)

Janesa is a Economics graduate from the University of the West Indies with a Masters of Management from the University of Windsor. Through a diversity of industry experience Janesa has earned extensive skills in accounting, negotiation and relationship management. As the Accounting Manager at Hedgehog Technologies she manages the company’s financials, forecasting as well as all aspects of payables and receivables management.

Vadim Bredis

Electrical Technologist and Electrician, B.A.Sc.(Electro-Mechanical)

Vadim is a graduate in automation and control engineering systems. He is a registered electrician and a field technologist. He has experience tuning protection relays, in site risk assessments and working with low medium and high voltage systems up to 138kV. Most recently he has designed and built  control panels for industrial and marine environments. 

Collin Doherty

Electrical Engineer, B.A.Sc.(Electrical)

Collin graduated from University College Cork, Ireland with a first class honors in Electrical and Electronic Engineering. He has designed and commissioned brewery control systems, wind farm substations up to 100 MW and Gas Turbine waste heat Boilers. His capabilities span between control and electrical design for renewable energy systems, industrial and explosive environments.

Muhammad Vellani

Electrical Engineer, B.Eng. (Electrical), M.Eng.

Muhammad is an electrical engineer who received his first degree in electronics engineering from Karachi, Pakistan. He then worked for Pakistan’s National Space Agency for three years. He then came to Canada to complete his Masters in electrical engineering from Simon Fraser University. He has advanced experience in controls and automation and in digital signal processing including Image processing and video analytics. He most recently worked on developing a smart multi-device SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system for utility meter monitoring applications.

Sayan Roy

Electrical Engineer, B.Eng. (Electrical), M.Eng.

Sayan is an experienced Instrumentation Engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the oil & energy industry in Africa and India. He was part of a team that built the first CNG barge for transportation of crude oil in Nigeria. He is skilled in system analysis, C++, business development, and strategic planning. He is a strong engineering professional with a Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) and Masters of Engineering (M.Eng) focused in Instrumentation and Control from Amity University,India and Queen’s University,Canada. Sayan is currently part of the electrical and controls team at Hedgehog.