Leadership Team


John Nicholls President

John Nicholls


John, a graduate of Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Nottingham in the UK, engineered all across Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia before settling in France for 3 years as CEO of a controls company based in Paris. Back in the UK in 1991, he became VP for Sales & Marketing at Andover Controls, and then CEO of Andover Controls for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

Before becoming our Executive Vice President, and now President, John was part of the Delta family for many years and was instrumental in the creation of our Delta Controls operations in Europe.

Brian Goodchild Founder and Senior Advisor 

Brian Goodchild

Founder and Senior Advisor

Founder and Senior Advisor of Delta Controls, President and Co-founder of ESC Automation (1980), and CopperTree Analytics. Brian, like many entrepreneurs, is a visionary. He is a Professional Engineer and saw the changes in microprocessor technology in the late 70's as an opportunity to further improve the performance of buildings. Brian spearheaded the development of one of the first direct digital control systems,  now a fourth generation control system, and the world’s first integrated native BACnet™ HVAC, Access and Lighting control product line.

Raymond Rae Founder and Senior Advisor

Raymond Rae

Founder and Senior Advisor

Raymond a co-founder and Senior Advisor of Delta Controls, and is also a co-founder of ESC Automation and CopperTree Analytics.

An industry veteran, Raymond was a founding director of the BACnet Manufacturers association, which became the industry body BACnet International, and was a founding corporate member of the BMA.  Raymond has enjoyed more than 35 years in the HVAC industry, and has an extensive background, including: energy auditing, computerized building simulations, system commissioning, controls, engineering, product certifications, design, and marketing. Raymond has been a member of ASHRAE since 1984.

Anita Parker Chief Financial Officer

Anita Parker

Chief Financial Officer

Anita joined Delta Controls as CFO in 2017 and oversees the accounting, payroll, human resources and information technology departments.

Prior to joining Delta Controls, Anita qualified as a Chartered Accountant in the UK before transferring with KPMG to their Vancouver office in 1998. After obtaining her Canadian Chartered Accountant credential, Anita worked at a TSX-listed group of food processing and distribution companies for 11 years as head office controller and then treasurer. She spent the next 3 years as senior controller of a North American franchise chain of retail stores in the truck accessories industry.

Agustin Castellanos

Chief Operating Officer

Agustin joined our Operations team as COO in 2017 with over 20 years’ experience in Manufacturing organizations. An Industrial Engineer by trade, Agustin has lead and developed teams in the electronics, heavy-duty, utility and high tech industries. Before joining Delta Controls, Agustin worked as Director of Manufacturing at an international manufacturer of natural gas compressors and, before that, as an Operations Manager with an industry-leading manufacturer of food equipment.

Chris Kwong  Director of Engineering

Chris Kwong

Chief Technology Officer

Chris has been with Delta Controls since 1993 when he was first brought on as the embedded systems team leader.  Since then he has filled the roles of Project Manager, Engineering Manager and most recently the Director of Engineering leading all of hardware and embedded software development within Delta Controls. His varied industry experiences from public access control, utilities, oil and gas, steel manufacturing, and telecom provides him with a uniquely practical view point.

Chris earned his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science, and is a practicing registered professional engineer in computer engineering, with APEGBC and an involved member of the IEEE.

Robert Hemmerdinger Director Sales & Marketing

Robert Hemmerdinger

Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

Robert Hemmerdinger joined Delta Controls as Chief Sales & Marketing Officer in 2017. Robert started his career with Andover Controls in 1997, which was later acquired by Schneider Electric in 2004, as a Technical Support Engineer. With a background in Engineering, he has performed a variety of roles including Product Management, Strategic Sales and Business Development in the US, EMEA and Asia Pacific.

Prior to joining Delta Controls, Robert managed a Business Development group helping customers and consultants design intelligent integrated buildings. Robert also had a dual role of Global Account Manager for a large investment firm based in the USA.
Robert holds a BSc (Hons) in IT Engineering from De Montfort University in the UK.

Craig Johnson Director of Manufacturing

Craig Johnson

Director of Manufacturing

Craig studied Electronic Engineering Technology, and his initial foray into the working world of high-tech was in Digital Communications. In 1992, he joined Delta Controls. Over the years, Craig has worked in manufacturing and technical services, and he also gained field experience working with ESC Automation before returning to the manufacturing group where he later took on a management role. Combined, these experiences have given him an appreciation for what it takes to deliver quality product. In 2016, he took over the position of Director of Manufacturing, and now leads the Delta controls production team.

Dana Parkinson Director of Human Resources

Dana Parkinson

Director of Human Resources

Dana Parkinson joined Delta Controls in 2015 as a Human Resources Professional (CPHR) with more than 20 years of HR and operational leadership experience in the mining, oil and gas, IT, trades, education, manufacturing and construction sectors, in Canada and Latin America.

David Amos Director of Product Management

David Amos

Director of Product Management

David was part of the Delta family for a number of years with ESC Automation before joining Delta Controls. After he earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from UBC, his first job was with ESC. David worked for ESC for 12 years as an Application Engineer and Service Technician. During this time he was given the opportunity to move to the US where he worked initially in the ESC Tigard office, and later the ESC Bothell office. He joined Delta as Director of Product Management in 2015.

Kurt Graves

Director of Inside Sales

Kurt joined Delta Controls in 1991. Before Delta, Kurt worked in product management roles, first with Sauter Controls and then with Staefa Control System Ltd. in Switzerland. Kurt made a move to Canada,  and when he joined Delta Controls, it was initially in the role of Marketing Manager, though his focus was heavy on sales. In this role, he focused on building Delta’s international Partner network. Kurt progressed through other roles with increasing responsibility for inside sales and business development. In 2017, Kurt took on the role of Director of Inside Sales, responsible for leading Delta’s sales support services for the Delta partnership.

Lee Dickson Director of Quality Assurance

Lee Dickson

Director of Quality Assurance

Lee is another of the team educated in Electronic Engineering Technology, which has helped him integrate into almost every part of Delta Controls over the years. He's gone from being a hardware developer, where his primary focus was to bullet-proof the V2 product line, to heading up the Test department in Manufacturing.  Since 1996 Lee been responsible for Quality Assurance, overseeing all aspects of hardware testing and RMA service, and closing the loop on hardware quality.  His team maintains our ISO9001 Quality Management System, and helps us remain one of the most reliable products on the market.

Timo Kinna Director of Product Development

Timo Kinna

Director of Product Development

Timo earned a BSc in Computing Science back in 1986.  A programmer at heart, Timo joined Delta Controls as a Junior Programmer in 1987 and now, with 100s of product launches under his belt, he is responsible for the continued development of Delta’s beloved GCL programming (known for its clarity and being simple to use in the field).  Timo’s team continues to make what goes inside the box (the software and programming), the best in the industry, according to our distributors.

Delta Controls has boardroom stability that other companies would be envious of – the four founding partners are still active board members.  In addition, as appropriate to a company of Delta Control’s stature, there is now an experienced team of senior managers in place, who bring decades of industry experience, and a fresh outside perspective. 

But Delta Controls' wealth of experience doesn't just come from management. Our employee turnover is exceptionally low, which reflects our culture as a genuine team.  With a ‘Do it right’ philosophy, our employees have a very clear guide in how they should act. And when you know what the company stands for and how you contribute, you have happy, stable, performing teams.  Our employee satisfaction rating indicates that’s what we have, year in, year out. 

To find out more about working at Delta Controls, and the wide range of stimulating roles we have please see our people profiles on the Careers pages.