About Cormorant Utility Services


Cormorant Utility Services provides comprehensive solutions to the utility power sector through five operating companies: PowerTel, EPTCON, OneLine Engineering,  PowerTraxx and Cormorant Atlantic. At the core of the success of our companies is our ongoing commitment to safety and quality in every aspect of our work. The expertise and experience of the Cormorant group of companies creates a broad suite of turn-key service offerings including:


·         Transmission and Distribution Engineering, Procurement and Construction

·         Transmission and Distribution Emergency Response and Maintenance

·         Substation Engineering, Procurement and Construction

·         Underground Cable Engineering, Procurement and Construction

·         Electrical Design, Testing, Commissioning, Refurbishment, and Maintenance

·         Design and Manufacturing of Prefabricated Substation P&C Buildings, Switch Gear, SCADA Systems and Inverters

·         Tracked Vehicle Manufacturing




He is the the founder and former chairman and chief executive officer of Columbus International Inc., a diversified telecommunications company based in Barbados. Columbus provided digital cable television, broadband Internet and digital landline telephony throughout the Caribbean under the brand name FLOW and next generation connectivity and IT solutions, managed networking, cloud-based services, wholesale capacity, IP services and data center hosting throughout 42 countries in the greater Caribbean, Central American and Andean region under the brand, Columbus Networks. In March 2015, Columbus merged with Cable & Wireless Communications PLC in a transaction that valued Cormorant at over CDN $4.4 billion (US$3.3 billion). Mr. Paddick holds a Bachelor of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland and graduated from the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University. Mr. Paddick has extensive capital market experience and was selected as one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40 in 2000. He was named Ernst & Young’s Atlantic Canadian Business-to-Business Entrepreneur of the Year in 2011, is a member of the Atlantic Business Hall of Fame and was honoured as Memorial University’s Alumnus of the Year in 2013.



John Risley is the Chairman and President of CFFI Ventures Inc., an active investment/holding company with major investments in Seafood Harvesting and Processing (Clearwater Seafoods Limited), telecommunications, biotechnology, software development, life sciences, financial services, waste management and energy development, construction, generation and distribution. John serves on the Board of Directors of several private, not-for-profit and public companies including Clearwater Seafoods and Futurpreneur Canada. Mr. Risley was named an Officer of the Order of Canada and was inducted into the Nova Scotia Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame in 1997. A renowned entrepreneur and public policy advocate, he has received numerous awards including Atlantic Canadian Entrepreneur of the Year and a Canada Award for Business Excellence in Entrepreneurship. He is also a graduate of Harvard University’s President’s Program and Leadership.


Mr. Paddick and Mr. Risley founded Cormorant and in 2014, purchased PowerTel and PowerTraxx. 2 years later, the acquisition of EPTCON Limited and its fully owned subsidiary, One Line Engineering was finalized in 2016. With the addition of the two companies, our group is becoming one of the largest Ontario-based contractors in the power transmission and distribution industry, and the future synergies will allow us to become a significant player across entire Canada and North America.

Today, the group of companies offers EPC services and a full service group, integrating all companies, to provide every aspect of the projects we complete!