The RenewABILITY Energy Executive Team

RenewABILITY Energy is lead by a highly experienced management team with deep, expert industry knowledge.

Gerald Van Decker (P.Eng., M.A.Sc.), President and CEO: Gerald Van Decker is the inventor of the Power-Pipe and the key visionary for the Drain Water Heat Recovery (DWHR) market, both within Canada and internationally. He has worked for Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), where he was involved in project management and research and development activities in the field of Solar Heating Technologies. In July 2000, he left NRCan to start RenewABILITY Energy Inc. Gerald Van Decker holds a Master's Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor's Degree in Systems Design Engineering, both from the University of Waterloo. His Master's Thesis on modeling Transpired Solar Air Heaters (e.g. Solarwall) was published in the International Journal of Solar Energy. He has participated in International Energy Agency (IEA) tasks for market development in the water heating sector and he has worked for the research and development arm of Sweden's largest power utility, conducting research and development in the field of Solar Water Heating Technologies.

Rod Buchalter, Vice President of Sales and Market Development: Rod Buchalter is the 1st Vice President and former President of the Brantford Home Builders' Association in Canada. Rod spent 20 years with Union Gas, a large natural gas utility in Southwestern Ontario, in various Account Management roles working with builders, retailers and HVACS promoting Drain Water Heat Recovery ( DWHR). Currently he develops residential and commercial DWHR programs in partnership with utilities and large production builders. Rod graduated from the Business program at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario in 1989 with a major in Marketing.

Jonathan Cook, Vice President of Operations: Jonathan Cook has over 20 years of manufacturing and engineering experience, having held various positions with companies such as Tigercat Industries, Shred-Tech, AXO Shredders, and most recently, Alpine Shredders where he was the Service Engineering Manager for North America.  Jonathan graduated in 1995 with an Honours diploma from Advanced Architectural Technology, Honours Certificate in Fluid Power in 1998, and Industrial Lubrication in 2000, all from Mohawk College of Applied Arts & Technology in Hamilton, Ontario. Currently, he is working on his CIM designation through Conestoga College in Kitchener, Ontario.


Drain Water Heat Recovery is a virtually untapped global market that is about to become even larger, given impending changes in energy availability. With its patented and patent-pending Power-Pipe technology, aggressive marketing plans and experienced management team, RenewABILITY Energy is uniquely poised for global growth and success.