The Energy Team currently consists of the following roles:

  • Associate Director – Colin Richardson
  • Energy Engineer – Glen McIntyre
  • Senior Energy Specialist- Vasily Bigildeev
  • BMS Specialist – Reid Towsley
  • BMS Specialist – Jayden Greenlay
  • Energy Team Admin- Alex Katsen

Colin Richardson

Associate Director

Colin is the Associate Director for the UBC Okanagan Energy Team.  He oversees the department and provides strategic direction to ensure that the University is able to meet its existing and future energy demands and position UBC as a leader in sustainable energy management.

Colin has over 20 years experience in buildings and industrial instrumentation and controls, and started with UBC Okanagan in 2011 initially as manager of the geoexchange district energy system. Since then, he been responsible for optimizing buildings and managing utilities tracking and reporting.  He has grown the Energy Team to a department of six; responsible for managing utilities budgets, energy efficiency projects, BMS platforms, delivering KPI’s for growth forecasting and achieving rebates and incentives of over $500k annually.

He has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and has engaged in career development to currently hold some relevant accreditations of:

  • Project Management Professional PMP
  • Certified Energy Manager CEM
  • Certified Measurement and Verification Professional CMVP
  • Certified Educational Facilities Professional CEFP
  • Certified Building Commissioning Professional CBCP

Glen McIntyre

Energy Engineer

Prior to joining the UBCO team, Glen worked as an energy and mechanical design consultant.  Glen has his Certified Energy Manager designation and is a professional engineer with an M.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics.







Reid Towsley

BMS Specialist, EMIT (Energy Manager in Training)

Reid Towsley is the Building Management Systems Specialist for the UBC Okanagan Energy Team. He oversees the campus BMS to ensure that the building management installations meet UBC’s defined control strategies and best practices to ensure established energy management guidelines are met. He has a focus on developing and implementing BMS operating policies, procedures, and guidelines to maintain UBC’s building management systems and provide efficient, effective operation.

Reid holds a diploma in Electronics Systems Engineering Technology from Saskatchewan Polytechnic. He is also a member of the Association of Energy Engineers and holds an EMIT certification. Prior to joining the Energy Team, Reid has a history focusing on building HVAC automation and process control for the past 8 years. Reid has experience with Delta and Siemens automation systems, and was the programming lead for an Energy Performance Contract at the Royal University Hospital in Saskatoon, SK.

Reid has also been involved in the new construction at UBC Okanagan as a contractor for 3 years prior to joining UBCO.

Jayden Greenlay

BMS Specialist

Jayden is a Building Management Systems Specialist and has been working in the building automation industry in Kelowna since 2016.
His past experiences include installation, design, programming and graphic development exclusively for Delta Controls BMS systems, and he became a certified Red Seal Electrician in 2020.
He enjoys the programming and integration of new technologies into existing BMS infrastructure.






Vasily Bigildeev

Senior Energy Specialist

Vasily holds a Master’s in Sustainability Energy Security. His work involves implementing strategies for energy monitoring, promoting conservation, and optimizing energy use. In previous roles, Vasily implemented energy efficiency initiatives in commercial buildings, including energy audits, building commissioning, retrofits, and utility management. He was honoured as the 2019 Alberta Energy Manager of the Year. His expertise contributes to operational cost reduction, improved work and study environments, and corporate sustainability efforts. His professional designations include CEM, CBCP, and CMVP. Additionally, Vasily serves as a Director at Large at the AEE Alberta Chapter.