Experience tells us that the creation of thermal energy utilities requires a unique team with a broad skill set. Across the Design, Build, Own, Operate spectrum, Fēnix has developed a great in-house team spanning consulting, engineering (conventional and renewables), construction, and contractor management. We’ve also built an incredible panel specializing in finance, regulatory and permitting readiness, and ownership strategy development.
Edward Smith, P.Eng., LEED® AP Managing Director
Ed believes the formula for success is “win-win partnerships” and he’s built his career and the growth of profitable companies on this. A formal education specializing in Building Services marked the beginning of an accelerated career that went from Project Engineer at Howe Design & Management, London, to Senior Designer at VEL Engineering, Vancouver, culminating in a very successful tenure as CEO of Cobalt Engineering LLP – a Vancouver-based company operating in multiple countries that grew to 170 staff and was named a Top 50 Best Workplace in Canada multiple times.
In 2009, Ed resigned from Cobalt after 18 years and one year later set-out to prove that a win for the environment and a win for business is not only possible but highly scalable. Clean technology company Fēnix Energy was created. Specializing in the delivery of Thermal Energy Assets, Ed and his team are driving a mission to create the greenest cities across North America, one building and district at a time. The company’s unique Design, Build, Own, Operate business model leverages Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems to create utility-grade infrastructure that harvests, stores, and trades energy.
Fēnix Energy’s success is amplified by Ed’s open approach to leadership. He believes in continuous education, transparent management, and releasing the potential of people by supporting innovation from within the team and from the ground-up. The company’s commitment to collaboration and long-term strategic partnerships has not only added to the scalability and reach of Fēnix Energy’s solutions but also helped spread the undeniable truth that investing in renewables has a triple pay off – for society, the environment and the economy.
A former recipient of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 award, Ed is the Engineer of Record for the first two LEED Silver Certified buildings in Canada, and has led the concept design for Canada’s first LEED Platinum office. Ed was previously a member of the City of Vancouver’s Urban Design Panel, speaker at UBC’s executive group (Sauder School of Business), and a member of TEC Canada. Ed continues to share his business and leadership acumen at MacKay CEO Forums. Connect on LinkedIn
Adrian Ryan, BSc Eng., LEED® AP
Director, Business Development
Adrian has been called an ‘engineering maverick’ because of his passion for building sustainable cities across North America using Thermal Energy Assets, and his entrepreneurial drive to bring together the people and partners to make this a success. Formally educated in building services engineering and professionally experienced in energy consulting, Adrian focuses on “building a business-case for everything we do.” He believes passionately in creating a win for the environment and a win for the bottom line. Adrian harnesses the best of European and North American approaches to stakeholder relations. Connect on LinkedIn
Hart Starr Crawford, P.Eng., LEED® AP
Project Manager and Project Delivery Team Leader
Experienced in hands-on management of numerous turnkey design and build projects, Hart brings the track record and broad perspective required to successfully deliver Thermal Energy Assets. With over 10 years’ experience working in the building and District Energy industries, Hart thrives as a leader of multi-disciplinary teams responsible for Design, Build, Own, Operate services. Canadian born and educated, Hart brings a wealth of North American capabilities around energy modelling, business case development, legal and regulatory solutions, ownership approaches, construction, green certification and operations and maintenance. Connect on LinkedIn
Steve Grindle, BSc Eng., LEED® AP
Construction Project Manager
With over 20 years’ experience, Steve brings a breadth of design, construction, contractor management and leadership skills to the mix. Steve leads the design and build team at sister company Enersolv, and has a proven track record in renewables and contemporary mechanical system tie-ins. Steve has a reputation for being a solid partner and single point of accountability for turnkey design and construction delivery: he guarantees “all projects are delivered on-time, to-budget and quality assured”. Coming from England, Steve merges the best of European and North American energy efficiency standards and construction methodologies. Connect on LinkedIn
Sharlene is a qualified accountant and an integral part of Fēnix team responsible for all accounting functions, including budgeting, reporting, filings, contract management, forecasting and administration. Sharlene has held several senior finance roles in professional services environments, and leverages a strong working knowledge of the Canadian and US financial reporting systems required for complex business operations.
Linda Ryan, BSc
Responsible for the operational leadership of the Fēnix team, Linda deploys her unique mix of skills to accelerate business success. As an experienced communicator, practical implementer and certified coach, Linda helps Fēnix harness people, processes and products from an operations, stakeholder relations and communications perspective. Linda has international consulting experience across many industries including engineering, utilities and financial services. Connect on LinkedIn
Brent Proctor, P.Eng., CEM
Passionate about energy efficiency, Brent brings a unique background of mechanical building design, construction, operations and maintenance and energy management to the Fēnix team. With over eight years’ experience, he has successfully developed and managed the design process of numerous high performance mechanical building systems solutions. Most recently Brent has delivered strategic consulting expertise for projects like Solo District Phase II, Gilmore Station and Pacific Center.