Dean Gatien

Dean Gatien

Vice President, PowerTel

Dean Gatien is Vice President of PowerTel currently focused on strategy and planning for PowerTel Utilities Contractors Limited and the associated businesses inside the overall corporate group at Cormorant Utility Services. Former Owner of PowerTel, Dean’s work in Risk Management helped establish PowerTel as the leading high voltage services company in Canada. Graduated from Cambrian College in Electrical Engineering Technologist in 1986. Obtained a Business Administration Certificate from Cambrian College in 1991. Dean is a C.E.T. (Power designation) and was a 25 year member of OACETT in 2012.

Dean developed the Health & Safety and Quality Management Systems at PowerTel in 1991 as is Certified H & S Management Representative and Quality System Internal Auditor. Dean brought PowerTel to ISO Registration and the ISO-9001-2015 registration. Dean initiated the COR System registration for PowerTel.

Dean was an Owner at PowerTel from 1988 to 2014 with his brother Wayne Gatien (President). It is a family business started in 1953 by their father Clary. Dean is a past President of the Sudbury Construction Association 1995, He was a long time Board member of the Construction Safety Association of Ontario (CSAO) 1989-2001. He has been a member of the Provincial Labour-Management Safety Committee for the Utility Sector work in Ontario from 1994 to 2015 on this Section 21 Advisory committee to the Minister of Labour. He was a member of the Program Advisory Committee for the Powerline Technician Training Standard in Ontario and was on the initial OCOT Trades Board. Dean is also the past Chair and still a member of the Local Apprenticeship Committee (LAC) for the Powerline Technician course he helped create at Cambrian College in 2006. Still sits as a member of the Program Advisory Committee (PAC). Dean assisted E&USA (now IHSA) in helping Ron Sarazin, Gezhtoojig (Sudbury) establish the Line Crew Ground Support Course for ‘Make Ready’ Training for First Nations candidates.

Dean has been involved in the many activities at IHSA (formerly E&USA) including EU Safety Groups, Member of the IHSA Board of Directors and the Executive Committee 2009-2015. Chaired the Finance Committee and was a member of the Auditing Committee. Dean became a member of the Electrical Advisory Committee in 2010 – 2015 and was its inaugural Chair to set the structure of the new advisory committee format. Dean’s focus these days is advising the new CEO and COO the processes and risk management issues for the new business structure.

Dean has worked for his family business since 1974. Dean worked his way up through the ranks in the field from 1977 to 1986. Moved into the office in 1986. In 1988 purchased PowerTel with his brother Wayne Gatien from their father Clary Gatien. Dean has been an active manager and executive at PowerTel in the High Voltage Services Industry since 1986 as Contract Administrator, H & S Manager, Quality Manager, Director of Purchased Services and VP Risk Management. Moving into the Business Development role in 2017.

From 1987 to 1996 was also the Vice President – Administration of Cobalt Power Company Inc. with the run-of-the-river power plant in Cobalt. In 2005 Dean helped create the new Rubber Tracked Vehicle manufacturing business, PowerTraxx Vehicles Inc. and was the Vice President Administration at PowerTraxx until 2014. In 2014 Dean sold his shares in PowerTel but remained very involved in the operations and expansion of PowerTel until 2017. With the new Atlantic Division, PowerTel has offices in Bedford (Halifax), Nova Scotia and Fredericton, New Brunswick which is keeping Dean very busy.

Dean has been married to his wife Kelli since 1982 and they reside in Lively, Ontario. Kelli retired in 2014 after 36 years of Nursing. They have two boys Matthew and Michael. Matthew is an English major from UOttawa, Teacher from Trent University and graduate of Public Relations and Communications at Cambrian College. Currently working in Toronto, Michael is a Mechanical Engineering Technologist (CET) from Georgian College in Barrie. Currently finishing his Heavy Duty Equipment Mechanic Apprenticeship. Working in design and service at Marcotte Mining in Sudbury. Dean played Elementary, High School, College and Men’s League basketball for 27 years. Helped create the Sudbury Youth Basketball League in 1994 and created the Walden Youth Basketball League in 1997. Managed and coached until 2007.

Panel Discussion: Powering the North

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