About Us

We are Exile Automation Corp., a division of CDN Controls Ltd.

 

We were founded by experts in the Automation and Controls industry to deliver fit-for-purpose solutions that meet and exceed client needs.

 

We’ve built a reputation as an aggressive, quality-focused Control System Integration and Automation company providing top-notch service to our extensive portfolio of clients across a range of industries. We understand the unique goals and challenges facing each one of our clients, and our goal is to help them overcome these roadblocks and achieve optimal productivity and continual improvement. We do this by offering the highest level of technical expertise, innovation and support. Our focus is on getting the job done right and maintaining lasting relationships with our clients.

Our Leadership

Dean Blahut

Vice President

Dean Blahut started his career in Automation more than 25 years ago after graduating from the Industrial Instrumentation program at SAIT. Dean's early career was largely spent pioneering PLC and SCADA systems in Western Canada’s oil and gas sector. He went on to open and manage a remote field office in Fort St John before returning to Calgary and starting Exile Automation in 2008. Under Dean’s leadership, Exile has carved its space as a leading force in the automation industry.

By 2021, Dean and his team had expanded Exile's offerings to include all aspects of a turnkey automation system, including system design and drafting, integration, control panel manufacturing, installation, and life-cycle maintenance.

Throughout his career, Dean's experience, network, and reputation have provided the foundation and practical experience necessary to build an industry-leading team of professionals who consistently exceed client expectations.

Daryl Blahut

Manufacturing Manager

Daryl's career began as an assembler with a control panel manufacturing company in the 1990s, working primarily in Alberta's oil and gas industry. He quickly assumed further responsibilities, transitioning to lead-hand and foreman. For the next 4 years, he gained experience as the manager of a panel shop specializing in high-voltage control panels.

In 2010, Daryl started the control panel division for Exile Automation, becoming a critical pillar of the company’s early success. Now, as the Manufacturing Manager, he oversees projects with an emphasis on accuracy, quality, and safety.

His reputation for safety, efficiency, and well-assured quality is well-earned and generates tremendous value on each project. His contributions range from precise estimates to natural leadership of the control panel team. His sales experience offers a set of soft skills and an eye for budgets.  Today, Exile Automation enjoys his expertise in preventing hazards while ensuring quality, cooperation, and efficient coordination.

Dan Longtin

Director, Automation

Before joining the CDN/Exile team, Dan spent more than 12 years as a communications technician and automation specialist with companies like Conoco Phillips and Taqa North. Throughout his career, Dan has attained an exceptional knowledge and understanding of his field.

While knowledgeable about his field, Dan is also passionate about business growth and new opportunities. For the last 10 years, his continual focus on technological advancements has helped to keep CDN/Exile at the cutting edge of oil and gas automation. Having built new SCADA networks, programmed oil and gas facilities, and managed significant automation projects, Dan is an essential asset to operations. His focused mindset, together with building strong customer relationships, has played—and will continue to play—a significant role in the overall success of our automation business.

Dan holds a Computer Systems Technology Diploma from Grande Prairie Regional College (now Northwestern Polytechnic).

Tyler Woosley

Automation Manager

Tyler Woolsey is the Automation Manager at Exile Automation. He’s been an important part of Exile’s success since 2011, joining the business after graduating from the Automated Systems Engineering Technology program at SAIT. Tyler’s career has taken him throughout North America, working on a variety of applications and cutting-edge processes. With this experience, Tyler has successfully developed and managed multiple large-scale automation projects in the oil and gas sector—and beyond.

Tyler’s commitment to excellence leads a top-tier team of specialists. There is no project too large or too small for his team to execute.

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