SHIFT Energy Inc., a member of the Mariner Group of Companies was incorporated in 2009 with funding from private investors and support from the Government of Canada (National Research Council) and Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency. Led by visionary and veteran entrepreneur Gerry Pond, SHIFT leverages the software development experience and infrastructure resources of the Mariner family to develop and deploy innovative solutions for our large commercial and industrial energy customers. SHIFT’s multi-disciplinary approach to problem-solving and value creation has resulted in the innovative creation of a new approach to building energy management – Intelligent Live Recommissioning (ILR).
Mission & Vision
We are an organization that is focused on innovative energy efficiency software technology and servicing business needs. Our goal is to drive improved energy performance for our customers thru monitoring and managing their energy spend by automating the operational day to day activities necessary to save them money, reduce their carbon footprints and make a contribution to a healthier planet.
This passion for innovation and the desire to serve is embedded in our vision:
Our company aspires to be the innovative top tier supplier of operationally-focused energy management solutions to the world. We will excel as a learning organization, exemplified by how quickly we turn client feedback and R&D efforts into improved solution offerings. We will be praised by our employees for our focus on developing them to their maximum potential within a high performance team environment. We will receive accolades from the public for our commitment to having a positive impact in our local communities where we operate and producing solutions that make the world a better place to live. We will be recognized by our customer for the exceptional value our solutions deliver and the high standard of integrity we bring to our business dealings.
Our research and development heritage goes back even before SHIFT was incorporated as a company. Almost three years of R&D were invested, with active support and talents from Mariner Group of Companies, the University of New Brunswick, and funding and research assistance from National Research Council and the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency before SHIFT Energy was launched as a company in 2009.
The Company was founded by a group of like-minded entrepreneurs with experience in the diverse fields of information technology, telecommunications, engineering and environmental science. Headquartered in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada, SHIFT expanded its regional presence with the opening of a second location in Halifax, Nova Scotia in February 2010 and another satellite office in Toronto in December 2013.
Our first product EnergyMentor™, an Energy Management Information System (EMIS) Dashboard was released in April, 2010. After operating in the market for over 4 years and learning from our customers, we realized that although real-time dashboard and deep analytics create the opportunity to save energy, that the required action necessary to ‘realize’ those opportunities can be operationally difficult or near impossible to execute. And without execution, the benefits of energy waste elimination are not realized or sustained. This happens mostly because of the sheer volume of data that needs to be considered and the complex decisions that need to be made in real time in order to continuously optimize a building’s environment. This eureka moment for SHIFT was the genesis of the concept of Intelligent Live Recommissioning (ILR), and the subsequent SHIFT creation of our software product Energy Optimization System (EOS™).
Information technology and Building Control System environments have now evolved to a state where Machine to Machine communication and the automation of the management of energy in buildings is possible. By taking advantage of the immense processing power of Cloud Computing and the breadth and inclusiveness of smart algorithms, a building with EOS™ can now be managed (and optimized) as a vibrant, complex energy ecosystem.
Launched in 2014, EOS™ takes advantage of our earlier EnergyMentor™ monitoring and visualization platform and brings deeper “big” data analytics and intelligent automation capabilities to the mix. This combination continuous monitoring, deep analytics and the real time use of software driven algorithms that translate information and insight into automated energy reduction action, allows SHIFT’s EOS™ to deliver 15-35% energy savings for our customers. Backed by our expert energy engineering practice and infrastructure partnerships, and world-class software support experience, we provide enterprise grade solutions that are focused on returning maximum benefits in a short payback period.
VP of Product Management
Andrea has fifteen years of industry experience implementing solutions to clients' business problems in many different sectors, including high tech, telecommunications, retail, transportation, manufacturing, government, healthcare and pharmaceutical. Before joining SHIFT Energy, Andrea worked in reputed companies like Mariner, Symantec, Accenture and Workbrain, in product, program and account management roles. An environmentalist and a proponent for healthy living, Andrea and her husband have a blog named Tales of Goodness where they share stories about their family's journey towards sustainability.
Director of Marketing Communications
Arick has over 10 years of international experience in retail, marketing, brand management and advertising in Asian, European and North American marketplaces. He has a BBA in Marketing and IT and an MBA in Innovation and Technology Management. Arick is also a UI and UX specialist.
President & CEO
Before joining SHIFT, Brock was with Mariner Partners for several years as Vice President of Business Development, Sales, and Marketing for its IPTV Business unit, and was responsible for driving its successful global export strategy. Prior to that, Brock held a series of challenging and exciting roles with NBTel and its affiliated companies; spanning a thirty-year era in what was one of the most dynamic, exciting and innovative periods in the telecom and new media industry. Innovating for customers is one of the hallmark’s of Brock’s career, and with SHIFT he intends to continue with this, rapidly developing customer solutions that fulfill and inspire, and working with customers to deliver new and lasting business value. And yes, can occasionally be found on the golf course with business friends!
Charles Holleran P.Eng., CEM, CMVP, CDM
VP of Engineering
Charlie Holleran is a Registered Engineer and a Certified Energy Engineer with over 15 years of experience in hardware and software for embedded systems, power supplies, RF, and digital systems. Charlie has worked in Nuclear Power Generation, Space Programs, RF communications and Initiation of Explosives. Charlie is a Certified Energy Manager, a Certified Measurement & Verification Professional and a Certified Demand-side Manager. Charlie enjoys swimming and biking with his two boys and coaching minor hockey.
Director of Operations
With more than 20 years of Engineering and IT experience, Dan has a solid history of delivering value for clients. This includes solution architecture and design, system integration, project management and technical account management. Dan is recognized for “can-do” attitude and common sense approach, and for becoming a trusted adviser to clients. Prior to SHIFT Energy, Dan worked in senior customer facing positions in Mariner, Exigen and Aliant.
Daryl Letto P.Eng.
Senior Engineer, Customer Solutions
Daryl is responsible for identifying and developing customer focused solutions that connect SHIFT’s energy management software and engineering capabilities with real customer energy intensive challenges. Daryl has more than 10-years of industrial engineering experience working with the commercial and industrial sectors. His experience includes providing custom engineered energy management and capital equipment solutions through project engineering, project management, and technical sales support. His prior specific work in the energy sector has been focused on integrating facilities for demand-side management. Daryl is a licensed professional engineer in the province of Ontario with two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in biochemistry from Memorial University and another in biological engineering from the University of Guelph. Daryl lives in the GTA with his wife and Family.
Josh Murray BESc
Customer Experience Lead, Program Delivery
Josh comes to SHIFT with 15 years of experience in IT and Finance. The first half of which was spent in Business Management Consulting with Accenture where he worked across a variety of industries including: Utilities, Retail, Government, Transportation, Financial Services and High-Tech and where he concentrated mainly on large scale system implementations. The last half of that time was spent in a series of senior level positions with the Hudson's Bay Company including Director of the IT Project Management Office, Director of Profit Improvement and Director of Finance, as well as roles in IT Program Management and IT Strategy. Josh lives in the GTA with his wife and family.
VP of Business Development
Richard is a dynamic and effective leader with over 30 years of successful experience developing technology organizations, procuring capital funding and managing internationally. He has been dedicated to the growth, development and promotion of enterprise software and technology companies in Canada, Germany, England, and the United States.