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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Tamu Miles, Office Manager, handles the many facets of project management, as well as HR, and all things customer service related.
Tamu was excited to join Shift in January of 2020. Prior to that she worked for a number of years as office and project manager for a Vancouver Island based gutter and soffit installation company.
A graduate of Vancouver Island University with a B.A. in Creative Writing, Tamu has worked as managing editor for the Lake Cowichan Gazette, sat for two years on the board of the Cowichan Lake and River Stewardship Society, and participates in the yearly Cowichan River clean-up effort.
In her spare time, Tamu enjoys yoga, gardening, disc golf and spending time with family and friends.
Tamu believes in the renewable industry and the potentially positive impacts that such technologies can have on the environment. She loves to see customers happy and satisfied with their decision to go solar, and as such is always seeking to create more efficient procedures for project management.
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.
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, 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.
Dan Strong—Project Superintendent—oversees the quality of each solar system installed by both our Mid and South Vancouver Island crews. He can also be found training new field employees and lending his installation time and expertise when needed.
Dan brings years of construction industry knowledge to his position, having spent most of his working life in residential construction. In addition, he spent three years as part of the construction department crew for the popular show American Gods where he used a CNC machine to create statues and other movie set magic.
In his spare time, Dan can be found spending quality time with his daughter, fishing the waters of Barclay Sound, or, in the winter months, snowboarding the slopes of Mt. Washington.
Dan is inspired by the growth of the solar industry and excited to be working for a company that is leading the way when it comes to solar installations in Western Canada.
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. In early 2020 Jacob relocated to British Columbia from Alberta where he had spent a number of years working as a maintenance operations electrician and then in corrosion services for a cathodic protection company.
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.
Ryan Kojima—Solar Installer—works with our Mid Vancouver Island crew to install solar systems to customers from Campbell River to Ladysmith.
Before coming on board with Shift, Ryan spent 11-years as a Journeyman Steel Fabricator working on a wide variety of projects, one of which included being part of the team that constructed the cauldron for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver BC.
In his spare time, Ryan can be found spending time with his family enjoying activities such as kayaking, going to garage sales, or generally enjoying the outdoors.
Ryan is likes to see the enthusiasm on each customer’s face upon the completion of solar installation projects. He is inspired to work for a company that is environmentally conscious and in an industry that is cutting edge.
Junior Solar Technician
Brendan Mulgrew is a Junior Solar Technician working with our South Vancouver installation crew to install solar systems for customers from Ladysmith to the Saanich Peninsula.
Brendan is currently working toward his certification as a Red Seal Electrician and has completed a Solar PV Design and Installation Masterclass through Stardust Solar in Burnaby BC.
Before joining Shift, Brendan worked as a residential electrician, but being the type of person who aspires to acquire knowledge and know-how through a wide variety of projects in his chosen field, he was enthusiastic to begin working with Shift in the early part of 2020.
In his spare time, Brendan can be found enjoying outdoor activities including basketball, hiking and skiing.
Working for Shift has afforded Brendan the opportunity to experience a constantly changing work environment and to become increasingly inspired by the possibilities of the renewable sector here in Canada.
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—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.
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.