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.
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