Management Team


Mischa Steiner-Jovic, CEO

Mischa Steiner-Jovic is the founder and CEO of Awesense. Mischa brings product development and management experience in the embedded electronics, wireless, and industrial sectors. Prior to starting Awesense, Mischa held various engineering, consulting and project management roles in companies such as ECO Fuel Systems, Newpoint Thermal and the Okanagan Research & Innovation Centre.

Mischa is a frequent speaker and panelist at industry conferences, university programs and government events on the smart grid and the innovation potential of technology to transform business and society. He also represents Awesense as a voting and participating member within the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) led by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Mischa holds a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Victoria, and a diploma in telecommunications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. When he’s not leading Awesense forward Mischa is enjoying being a new dad and still finds (some) time for his other passions; cycling and mountain biking.

Karel Dietrich-Nespesny, COO

Karel joined Awesense in 2012 and is responsible for overseeing company finances, operations and is a key contributor to Awesense’s strategic planning and European market development. Prior to Awesense Karel held increasingly senior roles in one of Europe’s largest utility holding companies, E.ON AG. Karel joined E.ON in 1998 as a management trainee and within a few years had risen to the head of electricity strategy for E.ON Bohemia in the Czech Republic. Karel was a central player in E.ON’s acquisition of three major regional utilities and led their merger into a single entity, becoming the Czech Republic’s second largest utility. To recognize operational and customer efficiencies, Karel then managed the company’s separation into distinct entities: Generation & Transmission and Distribution. During this transition period Karel held the position of Managing Director of E.ON Czech Holdings while his post-separation role was Managing Director of E.ON Servisni.

Karel has held numerous Board of Director roles including Chairman of the Board at Jihomaravska energtika, a.s., Chairman of the Board at Teplarna Kyjov, a.s. and a member of the board at E.ON Ceska republika, s.r.o.

His Supervisory and non-corporate board memberships have included: Supervisory Board Member at Czech Association of Energy Sector Employers, Czech Association of Regulated Electrical Energy Companies, Scientific Board Member at Faculty of Business and Economics at Mendel University in Brno and Supervisory Board member at Prague Gas.

Karel holds a Business degree from FH Würzburg. Karel and his family have moved to Vancouver for this leading role with Awesense.

David Boone, CTO

David Boone is Chief Technology Officer at Awesense Wireless.  Prior to co-founding Awesense David spent the previous 12 years leading Information and Technology teams developing and integrating systems performing complex workflow, scheduling and logistics planning.  He is a recognized expert in embedded application development, relational database software as well as user-facing software.  David brings extensive knowledge of software practices and project management combined with a passion to design and build great products.  David and his family live in Vancouver, BC.

Rudi Carolsfeld, VP Sales and Chief Customer Advocate

Rudi joined Awesense in 2013 as Vice President of Sales and Chief Customer Advocate, defining and guiding the global sales and marketing efforts for the expansion of the company’s portfolio of revenue assurance product and services globally.

Rudi has more than 20 years of technical sales and marketing experience through his engagements with two other outstanding companies solving Smart Grid problems that were both market leaders in their respective fields. At Power Measurement Ltd. From 1993 to 2007, Rudi held numerous roles in engineering, marketing and domestic & international sales, holding the title of Sales Director for Europe when the company was acquired by Schneider Electric in 2005. While at RuggedCom Inc. from 2007 to 2013 he had responsibility for sales, holding the position of Vice President Asia Pacific when the company was acquired by Siemens in 2012.

Following Siemens’ acquisition of Ruggedcom and before joining Awesense, Rudi held the position of Vice President Global Product Business Development for Siemens RuggedCom, responsible for the global sales team and for strategic product business development.

Rudi has a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria. Rudi has also attended strategic marketing and technical Japanese courses at Stanford University and MIT, respectively. He has been a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) since 1983, has authored numerous technical journal papers and white papers, and is co-inventor of a multi-featured power meter. Rudi lives with his family in Victoria, Canada. 

Rick Slamka P.Eng, Chief Scientist

Rick is a P.Eng with APEGBC, and has 23 years of experience in research, development, and engineering services. Rick will aid in guidance of all areas of product development. Rick brings his extensive engineering knowledge and project management experience to Awesense. Rick routinely has the lowest energy bills within the Awesense team and lives in British Columbia with his wife and three children.