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About Strum Engineering

In October 1983 Strum Engineering Associates Ltd. was federally incorporated as a privately-owned consulting engineering company, specializing in the fields of bulk electrical power systems and industrial power systems and process automation and instrumentation.

With our head office located in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and branch offices in Sydney, Nova Scotia and Saint John, New Brunswick, we provide engineering services to power utilities, industry, government and institutions primarily in the Eastern Canadian region.

Strum Engineering was founded by Mr. Nick Strum, P. Eng., who provided more than forty-five years of experience in power systems and project engineering to the Company.

Learn More About Our Team

Serving clients across Atlantic Canada

Meet Our Team

Rick McCarthy, P. Eng.

President, Senior Electrical Engineer

Company President, Mr. Rick McCarthy, P. Eng., joined Strum Engineering in 1987 after accumulating several years experience in offshore oil and gas related projects. Rick became President of Strum Engineering in 2017 and has been involved in many complex, multi-disciplined engineering projects in the capacity of both senior electrical design engineer and senior project engineer. His responsibilities have included detailed design, equipment specification, cost estimating, project scheduling, construction management, and testing and commissioning services functions to meet very demanding project schedules.  The types of projects in which Rick has been involved include electrical power transmission, distribution and generation system design and control for the pulp and paper industry, the tire manufacturing industry and private, public and municipal power utilities. Some clients include Nova Scotia Power, NB Power, Maritime Electric and Newfoundland Hydro. Rick has acted in the capacity of senior design engineer and project manager for several renewable energy projects, including large wind energy projects, municipal solar energy projects and in-stream tidal energy projects at the FORCE facility in Parrsboro, NS and at the Grand Passage facility, near Long Island, NS.


Bill Pickup, P. Eng

Vice President, Senior Electrical Engineer

Company Vice-President, Mr. Bill Pickup, P. Eng., joined the Company in 1991, is a senior project engineer as well as engineering manager of our Sydney N.S. office. Bill has an extensive background in electrical engineering in heavy industry, in particular in relation to the underground coal mining industry.  Since joining the Company, Bill has been involved in several major power generation and distribution projects, including major electrical upgrades of hydro-electric generating plants in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Bill has also been involved in the development of several large transmission system connected wind power generation projects.  Bill has more than thirty years of experience in project design, project management, installation supervision, testing, and commissioning in the field. Recently, Bill provided the role of Owner’s Engineer during the commissioning of the 345kV Woodbine Substation, which is the Nova Scotia terminal for the 200kVdc Maritime Link subsea cable to Newfoundland and Labrador.


Ross O’Flaherty, P. Eng.

Financial Officer, Senior Electrical Engineer

Company Financial Officer, Mr. Ross O’Flaherty, P. Eng., who joined the Company in 1988, is a senior project engineer, and has an extensive background in electrical engineering in several industries, including offshore oil and gas projects, renewable energy projects, pulp and paper projects and municipal sewage, wastewater and pollution abatement projects.


F. Fahey, P. Eng

Senior Electrical Engineer

Mr. F. Fahey, P. Eng., joined the Company in 1985 as a power system design engineer. Frank has more than thirty-four years of consulting experience in the heavy industrial field, in particular, with pulp and paper, oil refinery, manufacturing, production and shipyard-related engineering projects. This experience, together with several assignments with various government and institutional departments, has provided Frank with a broad experience base and makes him well suited to working on multi-disciplined project engineering assignments.


Paul Babin, P. Eng

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Mr. Paul Babin, P. Eng., joined the company in 2001 as a Senior Mechanical Engineer. Paul has more than twenty-five years of experience in the design, construction and commissioning of instrumentation, controls, and mechanical systems for the power utility and heavy industries. His extensive work experience includes a number of assignments as lead mechanical design engineer for standby generator fuel and ventilation systems.  Paul has extensive experience with SCADA system design, including Human Machine Interface (HMI) graphics development software, PLC programming software and data collection configuration using industry standard communications protocols for many industrial projects throughout the Atlantic Provinces, including many wind farm electrical substations in Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, and Nova Scotia.


Jason Naugler, P. Eng

Senior Electrical Engineer

Mr. Jason Naugler, P. Eng., brings over twenty years of experience in the design and commissioning of industrial controls and automation systems to the Company.  Mr. Naugler has been with Strum Engineering since his graduation from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1998.  Jason has worked on a diverse range of industrial controls and automation projects, including projects for clients in the marine industry, water utilities, electrical utilities, wind power generating facilities, hydroelectric generating stations, airports, hospitals and health care facilities. Mr. Naugler has been involved in several power generation projects, with specialization in the automation of standby and emergency power systems. His responsibilities have included detailed electrical design, construction, project management, testing and commissioning.


Andrew Watters, P. Eng.

Senior Electrical Engineer

Mr. Andrew Watters, P. Eng., joined the company in 2005 as an Electrical Engineer, specializing in the design, construction, and project management of utility, institutional, and industrial power system projects.  Andrew has particular expertise modelling electrical power systems and performing electrical engineering studies.  Andrew also has significant field experience managing the testing and commissioning/start up of large generation, transmission and distribution system projects. 


Jamin Barrett, P. Eng.

Senior Electrical Engineer

Mr. Jamin Barrett, P.Eng., joined Strum Engineering in 2010, after several years’ experience leading a team of technologists and engineers in the power electronics design industry. Jamin specializes in power system protection and control for substations, transmission networks and generation. He has extensive proficiency with modelling power distribution systems for various types of computer-based studies.  Jamin also has wide-ranging experience with project design and field-related testing and commissioning services.  Jamin has been involved with several large-scale wind and substation design projects in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. Jamin was responsible for the electrical design and testing and commissioning of several large generation facilities' upgrades in Newfoundland and Nova Scotia.


Ryan Trudel, P. Eng.

Senior Electrical Engineer

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Lucas Doucette

Intermediate Electrical Engineer

Mr. Lucas Doucette, P.Eng., began his career in the energy industry on a team that was responsible for the balance of plant maintenance of a 99MW wind energy generation facility. In 2017, he joined Strum Engineering and worked on a range of detailed electrical designs, including utility and commercial/industrial installations, protection and control systems, and utility lighting. Lucas also has experience in field engineering services including substation maintenance testing, equipment commissioning, and electrical troubleshooting.

In 2019, Lucas left Strum Engineering to gain further experience with Nova Scotia Power as an underground medium voltage distribution specialist before returning to the company in 2021.


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