About us

The Cormorant Utility Services Group of Companies provides comprehensive solutions to the utility power sector. At the core of the success of our companies is our ongoing commitment to safety and quality in every aspect of our work. The expertise and experience of our companies creates a broad suite of turn-key service offerings including:

Board of Directors

John MacKinnon
Principal and Vice President with Cormorant Utility Services

John has held various business development roles in the utility construction industry for the past 10 years. Prior to Cormorant John held business development and project management roles at the energy conglomerate Emera. John has extensive experience with EPC transmission, distribution, substation, and telecommunications projects. Prior to joining the utility construction industry, John was a Manager in Deloitte’s Strategy and Operation Practice. John holds a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University and Bachelor degrees from St. Francis Xavier University and Dalhousie University.

Adnane Rakib
President of PowerTel and PowerTraxx

He has established himself as a strong leader in the Power Sector construction. Prior to joining Cormorant Utility Services, Adnane was the Vice President of Operations at Forbes Bros. where he managed over $300M in projects value and over 600 people per year. Prior to his time at Forbes, Adnane led many projects with Kiewit across Canada and Vinci overseas on Power, Infrastructure, and Mining sectors. Adnane is a Professional Engineer who holds a B.Eng. in Civil Engineering from L’ECOLE MOHAMMADIA DES INGENIEURS of Morocco and a Kellogg EMBA from Northwestern University of Chicago.

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Stan Spavold
FCA & Executive Vice President of Clearwater Fine Foods Incorporated (CFFI)

Stan has been part of a small team at CFFI, a diversified holding company with major holdings including Seafood, Telecommunications and Biotechnology. CFFI has over $2.3 billion of assets under management. Working alongside the President of CFFI, Stan provides financial management and executive oversight at Clearwater. Stan was previously at McCain Foods Limited for 15 years as a senior financial officer. Stan has extensive public board experience and is currently serving on the board of Clearwater Seafoods Limited as Chairman of their finance committee and member of the governance and audit committees. Stan has also served in various leadership roles on the Board of Directors of several public and private companies. In February 2011 Stan received the FCA honorary designation from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Nova Scotia. He is active in a member of not-for-profit organizations in his community, having served as a Governor of Dalhousie University, Chairman of The Cobequid Hospital Foundation and Governor of the Tax Foundation of Canada.

Damian Kulasingham
President of Cormorant, EPTCON Ltd. and OneLine Engineering

Damian has over 21 years of experience in project development and execution, organizational turnarounds, market growth and diversification strategies. Prior to joining Cormorant, Damian held senior executive roles at SNC-Lavalin and General Electric where he was responsible for the development and execution of over $8.5 billion in PPP and EPC projects within Canada, Asia, Middle East and Africa in the energy and public infrastructure sectors. Damian is responsible for leading Cormorant’s growth strategy as well as overseeing operations at EPTCON and OneLine Engineering.

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Brendan Paddick
chairman of Cormorant Capital Corporation, a private investment company based in Freeport, Bahamas

He is the the founder and former chairman and chief executive officer of Cormorant International Inc., a diversified telecommunications company based in Barbados. Cormorant provided digital cable television, broadband Internet and digital landline telephony throughout the Caribbean under the brand name FLOW and next generation connectivity and IT solutions, managed networking, cloud-based services, wholesale capacity, IP services and data center hosting throughout 42 countries in the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean region under the brand, Cormorant Networks. In March 2015, Cormorant merged with Cable & Wireless Communications PLC in a transaction that valued Cormorant at over CDN$4.4 billion (US$3.3 billion). Mr. Paddick holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Mr. Paddick has extensive capital market experience and was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2000. He was named Ernst & Young’s Atlantic Canadian Business-to-Business Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011, is a member of the Atlantic Business Hall of Fame and was honoured as Memorial University’s Alumnus of the Year in 2013.

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John Risley
Chairman and President of CFFI Ventures Inc.

John Risley is the Chairman and President of CFFI Ventures Inc., an active investment/holding company with major investments in Seafood Harvesting and Processing (Clearwater Seafoods Limited), telecommunications, biotechnology, software development, life sciences, financial services, waste management and energy development, construction, generation and distribution. John serves on the Board of Directors of several private, not-for-profit and public companies including Clearwater Seafoods and Futurpreneur Canada. Mr. Risley was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Nova Scotia Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 1997. A renowned entrepreneur and public policy advocate, he has received numerous awards including Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year and a Canada Award for Business Excellence in Entrepreneurship. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s President’s Program and Leadership.

Operating Companies

Cormorant Utility Services provides solutions to clients across Canada and the Northeastern United States through our four operating Companies:

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A specialized, privately held, high voltage electrical contracting firm that provides the highest quality in products and services for electrical utilities, independent power producers and large power users.
High voltage contractors offering services in transmission lines, substations and distribution systems including all phases from development to commissioning.

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Focuses on the specialized field of substation design, power system analysis, protection and control systems for utilities and industrial facilities.
Manufacturers of off-road tracked vehicles with carrying capacities suitable for transporting personnel or being mounted with material handling aerial devices, construction cranes, digger-derricks, and a vast array of other devices.