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Colyn Strong

Founder, President

Colyn Strong, founder of Shift and company President, is the man at the helm. His vision, leadership and strategy continue to guide our corporate growth. Colyn is always looking for new and innovative ways for Shift to evolve.

Prior to launching Shift over 10 years ago, Colyn was a real estate and finance professional specializing in the management Commercial and Institutional assets. It was through this work that he saw first hand the value of energy efficiency and sustainability, and thus Shift was born.

Colyn’s inspiration and motivation comes from a drive to do all things better. He sees a planet where his three children and their generation thrive in a more sustainable world. In 2018 he cultivated a relationship with the President of IWOF (International Widows and Orphans Fund). His goal was to support their vision and provide energy to their Grace Orphanage. Shift now donates $100 per solar installation to this charitable foundation. Colyn and his wife Nicole look forward to expanding this vision and to one day provide reliable energy to entire third world communities.

Richard Lindquist

Vice President, Operations

Richard Lindquist—Vice President, Operations—oversees all aspects of business here at Shift, from field operations and internal processes and functions, to project procurement management and employee administration.

Richard is a certified Red Seal Electrician and FSR B with a B.A. in economics from the University of Victoria who has been with Shift for the past three years. Before becoming an electrician, Richard was a business owner running a commercial distribution company where he started as a business analyst and eventually worked his way into an ownership role.

In his spare time, Richard can be found outside entertaining his two children while enjoying activities such as hiking, exploring local beaches, and mountain biking.

Richard believes strongly in renewable energy and its long-term benefit to the environment. He is always seeking to be and do better, both for Shift and for the planet. He feels that right now it’s more important than ever to make changes in business that contribute to a better future for both people and the environment.

Tim Grandjean

Director, Project Development

Tim Grandjean plays a dual role here at Shift, as he is both Project Designer and Solar Consultant.

An Energy Management and Systems Technology Technician graduate from Holland University, Tim has an extensive background in renewable energy solutions, energy efficiency and conservation.

In his time with Shift, Tim has designed some impressive solar systems, including a 50kW array, with battery backup, for a school in the remote village of Masset on Haida Gwaii. Haida Gwaii is a non-integrated area for BC Hydro and much of the electricity on the island is provided via large diesel generators. Going solar not only meant offsetting high BC Hydro costs, but also reducing the school’s reliance on high GHG emitting diesel power production.

In his spare time, Tim loves cooking (especially curries and stir fries), going to the gym, and generally keeping active.

Tim believes in expanding the deployment of renewables and is excited to continue the work of previous generations when it comes to making an impact on the health and well-being of the environment.

Steve Unger

Sr. Project Engineer, P.Eng

Meet Steve—our incredible Senior Project Engineer. Since joining the team in 2021, Steve has played a pivotal role in numerous projects, consistently delivering exceptional results! With an engineering degree and certifications in PV Design, Energy Storage Systems, and Permaculture, Steve’s knowledge is unmatched! His typical day at the office is a whirlwind of activity, embracing and conquering challenges with a smile (which he likes to call, “managed chaos”). For Steve, it’s all about turning visions into reality and making a sustainable impact for our clients. When asked what motivates him to work in the solar industry, his answer was simple: “It is frackin’ cool!”
We’re proud to have Steve driving positive change in the solar industry and creating a greener future for all!

Matt Campbell

Solar Consultant - British Columbia

Matt Campbell, Solar Consultant, works closely with potential customers to help them realize the ideal solar system they envision for their home.

Matt is a Certified Energy Advisor who brought that talent and know-how to the Shift team in the spring of 2020. Prior to that he spent ten years managing the sales team of a Victoria BC residential energy retrofit company.

Matt has always had a passion for residential energy efficiency. Over the last 15 years Matt is proud to have helped over 3,500 homeowners across Vancouver Island achieve more energy efficient homes through his recommendations and education.

In his spare time, Matt enjoys camping several times a year with his wife and two kids, running, playing tennis and gardening.

Matt is truly motivated by the growth of the solar industry. He is very focussed on listening to the wants and needs of customers and providing them with all the information they require to make an informed solar purchase.

Paul Blasingame

Senior Project Designer

Our Project Designer, Paul Blasingame, works behind the scenes to design the solar systems Shift installs for its customers.

Paul brought his talents as a Mechanical Engineer to Shift in early 2020, having spent the previous four years gaining knowledge and know-how through a wide variety of engineering projects.

Paul received his Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Victoria, where, among other projects, he participated in the design and creation of prosthetic braces for children with clubfoot. The main purpose of this project was to decrease the cost of the prostheses and thus remove barriers of access for families living in developing countries.

In his spare time, Paul plays basketball and soccer and is an avid hiker who takes advantage of the many trails in the Victoria BC area.

Paul’s attention to detail translates into designing the best and most efficient solar system for each individual customer, allowing them to reap the benefits of maximum energy production at an affordable investment price.

William Zouzouras

Marketing Manager

Will Zouzouras, Marketing Manager, manages all aspects of digital marketing for Shift, including the generation of inbound and outbound leads, managing all pay-per-click marketing campaigns, and overseeing search engine optimization and outbound demand generation.

A graduate of Vancouver Island University with a B.A. in Finance Will has always had a passion for digital marketing and as such has been involved with internet business and online marketing since the early days of 2010. In 2017 he brought his extensive knowledge and know-how to Shift.

In his spare time he can be found lifting weights at the gym or playing pool at James Street Billiards in Nanaimo.

Will is inspired by the power and borderless reach of the internet and how it can be leveraged to create meaningful change in people’s economic futures and the overall well-being of the planet.

Melissa Marcinek

Contract Controller

As the Contract Controller for Shift, Melissa Marcinek oversees all of the high-level accounting and offers a strong set of financially related managerial skills to the company’s evolving environment.

Melissa came on board with Shift in 2018. She is a CPA, CA chartered accountant with a B.A. in Economics from the University of Victoria. For the past 10 years Melissa has worked in senior management for a Vancouver based natural resource company. Through this position she has garnered a wealth of knowledge and honed her expertise.

In her spare time, Melissa can be found enjoying a myriad of water activities with her family at Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island.

Melissa believes in helping companies achieve a high level of efficiency that promotes steady growth through appropriate analysis, good judgement and effective communication.

Niki Chapman

Accounts Payable

Niki Chapman, Accounts Payable, provides financial, administrative, and clerical support through the timely processing of all payments to creditors and performing other day-to-day financial transactions.

Niki has been with the company for the past three years. Prior to that she spent 10 years in an Accounts Payable role with a Victoria based distributor of green cleaning supplies and equipment.

In between the years she has spent in a bookkeeping role, Niki attended the University of Victoria in order to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She has explored many artistic mediums over the years, but being an avid hiker, photography has been the one that draws her attention time and time again.

Niki is inspired by those who have a deep respect for nature and who challenge themselves through the exploration of the great outdoors. She believes in the importance of renewable energy and is proud be part of a company that cares about the environment and who actively works to motivate others to do the same.

Jacob Wozny

Lead Electrician

Jacob Wozny—Lead Electrician—works with our Mid Vancouver Island crew to install solar systems to customers from Campbell River to Ladysmith.

Jacob is a certified Red Seal Electrician and FSR B. He brings a host of experience to Shift Energy Group having worked for a number of years in corrosion services in Alberta, then as a maintenance electrician for the Nanaimo school district, and before coming on board with Shift in 2020, he launched his own business.

In his spare time, Jacob can be found spending time with his family hiking and cycling the many trails located around Nanaimo.

Jacob is settling into the West Coast lifestyle and enjoys the opportunity that Shift provides to travel the province and see its many diverse locations. He is excited to work for a company that offers its customers alternative and sustainable energy options, including a growing number of off-grid projects.

Mica Strong

Solar Consultant - British Columbia

Mica engages with homeowners to determine an ideal renewable energy solution, specific to their home and environment.

Mica studied computer science and executive leadership and spent over twenty years working in a senior role, in the Information Technology sector. When he felt it was time to make a change, Mica’s love for renewable energy and the natural environment, along with his technical skills and customer service experience, led seamlessly into the role of Solar Consultant.

Mica is proud to be working on an energetic, dynamic and cohesive team, with a unified purpose to drive the adoption of renewable energy solutions across BC and ultimately, across Canada and beyond.
Away from work, Mica enjoys playing guitar, hiking, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Quinton Holmes

Project Designer, EIT

Get to know Quinton, our amazing Project Designer. Quinton joined the Shift team in July 2021 and has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, and a renewable energy diploma in electronics and computer engineering technology. Since joining our team, Quinton has worked on an array of solar projects across Vancouver Island. His passion for sustainable energy and dedication to innovation shines through in every project he tackles. When Quinton’s not busy designing, you can often find him outdoors with his friends, exploring the trails, playing spikeball, or hitting the basketball court.

Barney Walker

Solar Installer

Barney Walker—Solar Installer—works with our South Vancouver Island crew to install solar systems for customers from Ladysmith to the tip of the Saanich Peninsula.

Barney has spent 20-plus years in the construction industry and has been involved in hundreds of residential projects across Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Prior to coming on board with Shift in early 2020, Barney owned and operated a gutter and soffit installation company that served South Vancouver Island residents.

In his spare time, Barney can be found in his woodworking shop carving and creating functional art. He also enjoys the occasional round of disc golf at one of the many courses here on the island.

Barney is excited to find himself on the ground floor of an industry that will likely become the norm in terms of alternative energy here in Canada.

Dustin Storozuk

Electrician

Dustin Storozuk—Lead Electrician with our South Vancouver Island crew—ensures that all electrical aspects of a customer’s solar panel installation are done to code and in a safe, professional manner.

Dustin is a certified Red Seal Electrician. Before coming to work for Shift, he worked on a wide variety of residential and commercial projects in Regina, including the electrical aspect of the construction of nine Brown’s Social Houses in Central Western Canada.

In his spare time, Dustin enjoys keeping active by participating in a variety of sports, hiking, and spending time near the water.

Working at Shift has provided Dustin the opportunity to work in a constantly changing environment as each project has its own challenges and locations change on a daily basis. Being born and raised in Regina, the opportunity to explore Vancouver Island has been an unexpected and pleasant side effect of his employment.

Andrew Leduc

Solar Consultant

Brenden Ross

Electrical Apprentice

Manny Mansaray

Electrical Apprentice

Miller Fernandez

Electrical Apprentice

Shae Verral

Junior Solar Technician

Shae Verral is a Junior Solar Technician working with our Mid Vancouver Island crew to install solar systems for customers from Campbell River to Ladysmith.

Shae is currently working toward his certification as a Red Seal Electrician through Vancouver Island University. Shae has worked primarily on residential electrical projects, so he was excited to come on board with Shift in 2020 and gain experience with the installation of renewable energy products.

In his spare time, Shae can be found participating in a wide variety of sports activities such as basketball, swimming, and baseball. Throughout his high school career he played for the Parksville Royals.

Shae is inspired to work for a company that is focused on quality, attention to detail, and exceptional customer service. He loves to see customers happy once their solar system has been installed.

Miel Gutierrez

Project Coordinator

Meet Miel, our superhero Project Coordinator 🦸
On a typical workday, Miel oversees the day-to-day operations of our project department, ensuring that each project is progressing smoothly and efficiently. Her attention to detail and passion for sustainable energy makes her an invaluable asset to our team!
But it’s not all business at the office—if Miel could have any superpower, she would choose teleportation!
Which makes sense, it would be much easier to keep track of our technicians and check on site progress. 😆All jokes aside, Miel would choose teleportation because she loves to travel and see new places around the world.
Thanks Miel for everything you do here. We’re so lucky to have you on our team!

Matthew Statton

Solar Consultant - Nova Scotia

Say hello to Matthew, one of our incredible solar consultants in Nova Scotia! 👋
With a background in tech sales and experience in residential and commercial construction, Matthew brings a unique blend of skills to our team. His expertise has helped us streamline our processes and deliver top-notch solar solutions to our clients. When Matthew’s not busy helping Nova Scotia residents make the shift to solar, you can find him hitting the range 🏌️ or shooting hoops on the court. 🏀

Mario Cespede Vega

Project Designer

Say hello to Mario, our talented Project Designer.
Fuelled by a big cup of coffee and a passion for solar, Mario heads to the office each day to design solar and energy storage projects for our clients’ homes and businesses. Using a customized approach, Mario assesses each project to ensure the highest industry standards are met. When he’s not working, Mario enjoys spending quality time with his family and unwinding after a busy day. We’re thrilled to have Mario on our team and confident that his expertise and dedication will help us continue to lead the way in sustainable energy.

Sean Morris

Crew Electrician

Chris Palliser

Community Manager

The man with the plan—our Community Manager, Chris. 😎☀️
With 20 years of experience as a radio/TV on-air host, Chris has mastered the art of engaging with audiences and igniting excitement. From the fascinating world of music to the empowering realm of solar energy, he knows exactly how to captivate and inspire. When Chris isn’t passionately spreading the solar message, you’ll find him outdoors, soaking up quality time with his wonderful wife and two beautiful daughters.
His life motto, “YOLO” (You Only Live Once), speaks volumes to Chris’s approach to life. He firmly believes in embracing every opportunity with unwavering enthusiasm, both in his personal and professional endeavours.
If you’ve been following us for a while, you’re already familiar with Chris’s infectious energy for all things solar. Don’t hesitate to reach out with any of your questions and he’ll be delighted to assist you!

Scott Sarty

Solar Installer - Nova Scotia

Meet Scott, one of our talented Solar Installers based in beautiful Nova Scotia.
With close to a decade of experience in roofing and carpentry, Scott has become an invaluable member of the Shift team since joining us in July 2022. We met Scott through a partnership with Kevin Hart, his lead electrician at the time. Scott’s talent and dedication to his trade were evident from the start, making him a perfect fit for our team. When the opportunity to work with us presented itself, he jumped right in without hesitation! In addition to his exceptional work ethic, Scott’s upbeat attitude doesn’t go unnoticed. When asked whether he’d prefer a pet dinosaur or dragon, he quickly responded “Definitely a dragon. I mean, c’mon…it’s a dragon!”

Kevin Hart

Crew Electrician - Nova Scotia

Introducing Kevin Hart, one of our rockstar crew electricians!⚡
Kevin joined our team in February of 2022 and brings with him an extensive expertise as a certified red seal electrician. One of Kevin’s most memorable solar projects was the incredible 100 kW installation we completed in Miramichi, New Brunswick last year. It was a massive undertaking that showcased our commitment to harnessing clean energy and making a positive impact on the environment—a project Kevin was proud to be a part of!
When we asked Kevin what his superpower would be, he said he’d love to have the ability to teleport anywhere in a flash 🚀 Sounds convenient, doesn’t it? When he’s not busy wiring up solar panels at work, you can find him at the gym working on his lifts.
Kevin embodies our team’s dedication, passion, and enthusiasm for sustainable energy solutions. We’re grateful to have him on board!

Brett Lumley

Crew Electrician

Meet Brett, one of our talented Crew Electricians.
Brett has been working in the electrical industry since 2014 and joined our solar team in May of 2022.
His diverse experience working on various projects throughout his career has helped Brett hone his skills and knowledge, making him an invaluable asset to our team! But Brett isn’t just a skilled electrician, he’s a jack of all trades. Before pursuing his passion for electrical work, Brett tried his hand at a variety of career paths from arborist to personal trainer, and everything in between!

Dylan Barrett

Crew Electrician

Dylan is one of our incredible Crew Electricians!
With his Red Seal certification, extensive training in first aid, fall protection, and EWP, Dylan is truly an expert in his field.But what really sets him apart is his passion for creating impactful solutions that make a difference in our clients’ lives.
“What I find most rewarding about my job is when we walk the client through after turning on the system and they get to see the power their system is generating. Customer satisfaction really makes all the hard work worth it.” Fun Fact about Dylan: If he had to choose a superpower, it would be teleportation–because who wouldn’t want to be able to zap themselves anywhere in the blink of an eye?

Owen Derkach

Electrical Apprentice

Corey Douglas

Warehouse Coordinator

Get to know our amazing warehouse coordinator, Corey! Since joining the Shift team in May 2022, Corey has kept our warehouse running like a well-oiled machine.With 10 years of experience as Journeyman Electrician and a background in the Canadian Armed Forces, he knows how to power through any challenge. But it’s not just his work that shines, Corey’s upbeat attitude and passion for solar energizes everyone around him. If Corey had to pick one superpower, he’d choose being the fastest man alive! We’re sure that would come in handy around the warehouse. Thanks for being a ray of sunshine around the shop, Corey! We’re lucky to have you on our team.

Cherie Lee

Solar Consultant - British Columbia

Meet Solar Consultant, Cherie!
Cherie’s typical work day involves chatting with clients, doing solar presentations, and working on custom projects with our designers.Some of her favourite parts about working at Shift are hitting the road for on-site visits or having the opportunity to work from home with her greatest sidekick, Sunny, her fluffy labradoodle. When asked what food Cherie could eat for the rest of her life, she said Korean school lunches.
“When I was an English teacher in rural Boesong, South Korea, I got to have Korean school lunches that were home-cooked with dishes like Banchan, using fresh, locally sourced ingredients based on the season.” Thank you, Cherie, for all that you do! We’re so grateful to have you as part of the Shift team!

Faisey

Resident Shift Dog and Mascot

Hey Furiends! It’s about time we introduce you to the real MVP of our team—Faisy!
Faisy is our office dog and spends most of her days helping out in the warehouse. She’s the friendliest doggo on the block and can’t help but say hello to delivery people, clients, and anyone lucky enough to cross her path.
You might be wondering how we keep this tail-wagger motivated throughout the day. Well, it’s no secret—lots of treats and belly rubs, of course!
But Faisy isn’t all work and no play! In her spare time, she loves booping her hoomans, splashing around in the water, and running like a rocket on the beach.
Be sure to drop a 🐶 in the comments if you want to see more of Faisy!