Robert Otal is the Executive Director at METSCO. In this role, Robert has worked with utilities to better optimize their asset management systems, such that the underlying plans and components can be better justified in a regulatory environment. Prior to joining METSCO, Robert also worked with two utilities. While at Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited, Robert worked hands-on in improving and optimizing Toronto Hydro’s Distribution System Plan. While at Horizon Utilities, Robert assisted with the implementation of their Asset Management Plan and condition assessment system to evaluate the distribution system assets. Mr. Otal obtained his B.Eng. in Electrical Engineering from Ryerson University, and is also a registered Professional Engineer in Ontario. His areas of interest include risk based analysis and optimization of distribution systems. Robert takes an active role in the Engineering profession and is a member of IEEE, and is also a Certified Asset Management Assessor.