Propel is a progressive renewable energy developer that believes sustainable energy resource development is critical to meeting future energy needs. Propel has brought together a highly skilled team of experienced professionals, each with unique backgrounds that create a highly motivated and functioning team. Combining experience with a proven and game changing technology, propel was formed to meet growing energy demands with clean, sustainable energy that makes good business sense. Propel is well situated to capitalize on the opportunity to move the energy sector forward to a cleaner, greener, more economical place.
Andrew Zwicker – Andrew is a values based entrepreneur working on projects and launching new ventures built on a triple bottom line. Prior to 2007, Andrew worked primarily in the ski industry, most recently as the Youth Business Director for Whistler Blackcomb. Building on a Ski Resort Management / Business diploma Andrew enjoyed an 8 year career in the industry before breaking out to pursue entrepreneurial ventures. From 2007 through 2011 he launched and managed what would become a successful chain of 6 online news publications, creating the largest and most read independent, online, news network in Western Canada. He also launched and ran a successful creative agency and developed innovative business plans for several companies. Andrew has also worked with community economic development organizations Tech Village and the Kootenay Association for Science and Technology.
Barry Zwicker – CEO Barry has substantial experience in renewable energy and urban planning and development. He has acted as President and CEO of Scotian WindFields Inc. since its inception in January 2007. In 2012, Barry was appointed the President of Propel Bioenergy, a new company established for the purpose of developing waste to energy systems throughout Canada. Barry spent many years as Senior Planner and Director of Planning with the Town of Bedford and the City of Dartmouth respectively. He then served as Principal for Terrain Group, a planning and consulting firm based in Dartmouth. Barry’s combination of renewable energy knowledge, public service experience and consulting and developing expertise makes him perfectly suited for the many facets of renewable energy development. Barry has been involved with the renewable energy sector since 1999.,
Kevin P. Koellner - COO Heston Wind & Renewable Energy, LLC, and President of Build to Suit, Inc. In his role as COO Kevin oversees due diligence, entitlements, & project financing, as well as construction project management and scheduling. Prior to working for Heston Wind, Kevin founded Build to Suit, Inc. in 2002. Build to Suit is a $45 million per year design-build construction management firm completing retail, office, healthcare, multi-family and industrial projects in the Midwest region. Mr. Koellner holds a degree in construction engineering and has 10 years experience in real estate development. This includes oversight of site acquisition, due diligence and entitlement process, financing, construction management and property management disciplines. In the last 10 years, Kevin has completed over $250 million in construction projects, and approximately $100 million in real estate development.
Michael Zwicker – Michael has been a Chartered Accountant since 2003 and brings a level of financial accountability and reporting with him. After 7 years in public practice he left the firm of GrantThornton Chartered Accountants to pursue the challenge of being the CFO for Kettle Valley Developments in Kelowna, British Columbia. In his time as CFO at Kettle Valley he consulted for other companies in the land development and construction industry. Mike is a hands on CFO interested in taking things beyond the numbers and very much enjoys getting involved in the business right from building permit to tax return.
A. Carey Edwards – As President Shoalwater Seafoods Ltd. Carey brings a wealth of business experience to the STETeam. He has owned and operated a successful seafood processing and brokerage enterprise since 1989. Carey has been engaged in all aspects of the business including finances, marketing, and acquisition of raw materials, throughout North America and internationally. Mr Edwards has been involved in the renewable energy industry since 2000. He has been a director since 2002, and is currently vice-president of Bay Windfields Inc., a Nova Scotia based renewable energy investment fund. Carey has also been both a board and management committee member of Scotian Windfields Inc. since its inception in 2007. We have abused our environment for far too long. Propel Bioenergy offers the opportunity to provide waste solutions while at the same time creating clean,green energy. I welcome the challenge.
Bernie Dickson – With thirty-three years in the technical sector of IBM, Bernie has developed a considerable knowledge of relationships and solutions. He has managed many accounts of various sizes to ensure customer satisfaction and loyalty. His combined enjoyment in the technical sector and interest in environmental improvement has led him to join forces with the renewable energy company Scotian WindFields Inc., where he managed the accumulation of land parcels to develop Scotian WindFields first foray into the wind farm business. He is still meeting landowners, securing land parcels and maintaining that data that will eventually be used to develop clean wind energy in many Nova Scotian communities. With Smart Tower Energy, Bernie feels that there can be more done to improve our ecological footprint and how we determine what is waste and unusable in today’s environment.
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