Greg Houston is President and Chief Executive Officer of Lakeside – a market leader in the Process Automation industry and a member of the Emerson Impact Partner Network for Central Canada. Greg started his career at Lakeside as an Application Engineer in 1991. Having been with the company for more than 25 years, he has held several sales and management roles, including Vice President and General Manager prior to assuming the role of President and CEO in 2009. Greg’s leadership and profound understanding of Lakeside, its customers and the industry has consolidated the organization’s position as a market leader and led to Lakeside’s consistent growth.
Throughout his tenure, Greg’s approach to organizational and sales development has been integral in expanding Lakeside’s portfolio and capabilities from what once started as a small control valves sales representative in Toronto, to what is now a central-Canada-wide organization providing complete automation solutions from its eight facilities in Ontario and Manitoba. Under his leadership, Greg has led several mergers and acquisitions including Lakeside’s acquisition of Arctic Combustion Ltd. in 2010 – a provider of engineering services related to industrial boiler, combustion and energy optimization solutions, the merger of Controltech into Lakeside’s organization, and the creation of Lakeside Industrial Services Ltd. (today known as Asset Reliability Services). Further strengthening Lakeside’s continuous growth, Greg led the 2014 relocation and opening of Lakeside’s new head office in Mississauga, which doubled in size to 80,000 square feet of office and warehouse space.
Greg is a firm believer in the importance of employee engagement and its inherent link to organizational productivity and success. His initiatives have led to Lakeside’s consistent recognition as a platinum member of Canada’s Best Managed Companies since 2002 and earned the distinction for Best Workplaces in Canada for 10 consecutive years.
Greg currently sits on the Executive Advisory Board of FIRST Robotics Canada. He has been an avid runner for most of his life and has competed in numerous marathons, half marathons and 10 km races. In the summer, Greg spends time at his cottage where he often goes boating with his family, including his dog Carly.
Greg is a Professional Engineer in Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University.
Scott James holds more than two decades of industry experience and strategic selling capabilities in the Natural Gas Utilities and Nuclear industry. As Vice President of Sales, Scott plays a leading role in Lakeside’s major business opportunities, as well as developing strategies for driving sales, delivering revenue and building long-term customer relationships for Lakeside’s accounts in the natural gas, nuclear and EPC industry. Scott is also responsible for the business development of the mining and OEM key accounts.
Prior to assuming the role of Vice President in 2019, Scott was the Director of Sales, where he worked closely with the Leadership team at Lakeside to ensure continuous and long-term growth opportunities. He was responsible for leading the growth and expansion of the Fabricated Station Business in 2003, that broadened Lakeside’s portfolio. Scott is the recipient of Emerson’s President’s Club Award in 2005, as well as the Sales Leadership Excellence Award in 2015 – recognizing industry professionals demonstrating outstanding sales achievements.
Prior to joining Lakeside, Scott held multiple roles at Union Gas Ltd., including Project Engineer, Utilities Service Manager and Business Development Manager. He joined Lakeside’s Natural Gas Utilities team in 2003 as Account Manager and later became Manager of Nuclear and Natural Gas Utilities in 2016.
Scott is a member of the Canadian Gas Association (CGA) and currently sits on the Operation Supplier and Equipment Contractor’s Committee (OSEC) and the Material Trainability Committee. He is an avid squash player and enjoys golfing during the summer.
Scott is a professional engineer in Ontario and holds a bachelor of engineering in chemical engineering from McMaster University.
Karnan Karunakaran joined Lakeside in 1998 as part of the Process Automation Services team and has since grown his career to Director of Sales of Enablement. Throughout his tenure at Lakeside, Karnan has held multiple roles including Project Services, Solutions Specialist, Manager – Process Automation Services, Sales Manager for Lakeside’s regional teams, and later served as Director of Services and Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO) Sales in 2013.
With over 20 years of sales and services leadership in the automation and pharmaceutical industry, Karnan’s responsibilities include leading the overall long-term strategic development for sales and services operations, sales and culture development as well as customer and talent management leadership as it pertains to Frontline Sales.
Since being appointed as Director of Sales of Enablement, Karnan has accelerated Lakeside’s customer management processes by leveraging segmentation principles, driven productivity in sales operations through utilization of cloud-based tools and analytics processes, and driven a culture of constant collaboration across Frontline sales. Since 2006, Karnan has also been a member of the Strategic Growth Partners Operations Leadership Team (OLT) and the Sales Effectiveness Leadership Team (SELT). He actively engages on strategic initiatives with his Emerson Impact Partner peers across North America to ensure that Lakeside is the best performing sales and solutions delivery organization in the market.
Karnan is an ardent soccer fan and enjoys to cook. He is a Professional Engineer in Ontario and holds a bachelor of applied science in chemical engineering with a specialization in process control and statistics from the University of Waterloo.
Levi Brown has served as Director of Final Control at Lakeside since 2017. Levi’s career at Lakeside started in 1997, when he joined the company as a co-op student. Since then, Levi’s career progression has led him to take on several roles as an Application Engineer, Account Manager, Sales Manager and General Manager. Of significance, within his many contributions to Lakeside, was Levi’s leadership and direction in the rebranding and transformation of VAC (a former subsidiary that is now a part of Lakeside) and Lakeside’s portfolio expansion of Pentair’s V&C products.
Holding over 21 years’ experience in the process automation industry, Levi currently oversees the long-term strategic development, implementation and operations of Lakeside’s Final Control Business Unit, which includes all mechanical products, services and technology.
Levi is an avid hockey player and spends his free time camping and fishing with his family. He is a graduate of Lambton College in instrumentation and process control.
Stephanie Enright has served as Director of Talent Management and Administration at Lakeside since 2016. Starting her career with Lakeside in 2008, Stephanie joined the Human Resources team as a co-op student. She was brought on full-time later that year taking on the role of HR Administrator. Quickly growing her knowledge and proficiency within human resources, Stephanie became HR Manager in 2010 and expanded her responsibilities in 2015 to include leadership of Lakeside’s administration.
Holding over ten years’ experience in human resources and administration management, Stephanie’s responsibilities include developing and implementing Lakeside’s talent management strategy as well as ensuring the continuous enhancement of organizational capability to create more value for Lakeside’s customers. In 2010, she fronted the development of Lakeside’s Wellness Program – a recipient of Benefit Canada’s Best In-Class Wellness Programming for organizations under 1000 employees; recognizing organizations with innovative health and wellness programs. She regularly shares her knowledge on wellness in the workplace and other talent management best-practices as a public speaker and panel member at various conferences.
Stephanie holds a bachelor’s degree in English and history from the University of Toronto, a certificate in Human Resources Management and a master’s degree in Leadership from the University of Guelph. She is also a certified yoga teacher from Yoga Alliance and enjoys hiking.