First power plant control system upgrade based on a DCS platform in Canada - 1986

Today, the company is owned by Keith Bradshaw with a slightly new name, VASPAC (2014) Inc. It has grown to a multi-disciplined group of resources that provide the experience and quality to take on complicated control projects in the power generation industry

VASPAC (2014) Inc. is a professional engineering company registered in the Province of Ontario and is authorized to engage in the business of providing services that are within the practice of Professional Engineering in the Province of Ontario in accordance with the provisions of the Professional Engineers Act.

VASPAC Inc. started business in November, 2001 and received its Certificate of Incorporation under the Canada Business Corporations Act in October, 2003.

VASPAC Inc. was launched by Mr. Harry Snowden, PEng in 2001.  Mr. Snowden has thirty years of experience that he brings to his customers.  Mr. Snowden started his engineering career in 1975 at Calgary Power, now TransAlta Utilities, where he was a senior instrumentation engineer at the time he left the company in 1989.  As senior instrumentation engineer, his group designed, implemented, installed and commissioned the first distributed control system upgrade to an existing coal-fired power plant in Canada. 

In 1989, Mr. Snowden joined Bailey Controls in Burlington Ontario.  At Bailey, Mr. Snowden held the positions of Senior Applications Engineer, Engineering Manager, and Marketing Manager for the Power Utilities Group.  As applications engineer and engineering manager, Harry and his group delivered many plant-wide control systems for hydraulic, conventional and combined-cycle power plants as well as special control applications for the nuclear power industry.  In 2001, Mr. Snowden left ABB, which had acquired Bailey Controls in 1999, to form his own engineering company.