Paul Cannin


B.E. (Electrical), PGDip (Business), PMP, CPENZ 


c: +6421 895 392

Paul’s passion and drive to utilise technology for the reduction of energy prices has seen him help numerous private and public sector clients embrace new solutions to limit their consumption and environmental impact. He lives and breathes the future of disruptive technologies, like battery storage and electric vehicles, and believes they will create a positive impact for end consumers with lower energy costs plus greater flexibility for asset owners.


Paul also has a background in traditional energy assets and has managed projects within the Generation, Transmission and Distribution sectors. Working at Vector for four years prior to founding TOBA, as a senior project manager and the strategic and capital projects manager, Paul has been at the forefront of ground-breaking projects - including Asia Pacific’s first grid-scale battery storage system and the innovative Auckland Harbour Bridge ‘Vector Lights’ project.


Paul has continued delivering innovative projects for clients as part of TOBA, managing the construction and commissioning phases of Mercury’s large scale battery in Southdown and renewable energy projects for Auckland Council.


Renowned for combining his technical engineering skills and experience with strategic business insight, Paul works collaboratively with his clients using clear communication and objectives, ensuring you achieve your goals.

Paul's project experience

Strategic & Advisory

  • Project Gigawatt, New Technology Partnership, Auckland Council

  • Project Off-Grid, Auckland Council

  • Program management support and review, Counties Power, Auckland 

  • Capital Project team management, Vector, Auckland

  • Vector Lights (Auckland Harbour Bridge Lights), Vector, Auckland




  • Toba Montrose 220kV transmission line realignment (1.5km).

  • HVDC main circuit design (various sites), ABB, Sweden.


  • Westgate Zone Substation (new build), Vector, Auckland

  • TMS (transformer monitoring systems) upgrades, Greenmount Substation, Vector, Auckland

  • Milford Zone Substation upgrade, Vector, Auckland

  • Greenmount 11kW switchgear upgrades, Vector, Auckland

  • Glen Innes Battery, 1MW, 2MWh, Vector, Auckland

  • Tapora Battery, Vector, Auckland

  • Dominion Salt battery, Vector, Auckland



  • Excitation upgrades Arapuni, Maraetai 1 & Waipapa, Hamilton

  • Jimmy Creek Hydro Development, Vancouver, Canada

  • Wind farm maintenance contract reviews, British Columbia, Canada.

  • Mangaio Mini Hydro (Genesis) electrical design, SKM, Auckland

  • Southdown 1MW/2MW battery, Mercury, Auckland



Industrial & Mining

  • Electrical design for wood pallet handling facility, Fibreco, Vancouver Canada

  • Emergency repair (luffing system), Westshore loading cranes, Vancouver, Canada

  • Electrical site upgrades, Westshore Coal Terminal, Vancouver Canada

  • Transfer Gantry Crane replacement (Aluminium Smelter), Rio Tino, Gladstone, Australia.

  • UPS replacement – Gas treatment systems (Aluminium Smelter), Rio Tino, Gladstone, Australia.