Dave Smith President & FOUNDER
Dave Smith’s experience, demeanor, vision, personal skills and leadership are the foundation that Stratus is built on. He’s worked within the industrial electrical construction market for over 20 years. Starting his career as a Master Electrician, Dave led various teams as Service Department Manager, Southern Alberta E&I Manager and General Manager. He’s experienced many leadership styles, business philosophies, and he’s learned first-hand what works. Now, he’s built the company he’s always wanted to work for – according to client, community and employee feedback, his vision has proven a raving success.
A key accomplishment: Getting accepted into YPO.
Where you’d find him on the weekend: Working on the acreage with his wife Dawn, or acting as an Uber driver for his two favourite little people – Angie and Zoe.
One thing to ask him about: He mostly dislikes everyone else’s choice of music but really, really enjoys his own. Can you guess what it is?
Greg Epp Director of operations & FOUNDER
For over 15 years, Greg Epp has led many E&I teams within industrial manufacturing, high voltage and oil and gas construction. As a Master Electrician, he progressed through roles including Foreman, Service Manager and Operation Manager, yet one thing remained equal – his people were the cornerstone to running a successful business. Greg believes building a genuine team culture is the key to making clients happy, because employees are truly happy. His management experience, values and integrity have been instrumental in building Stratus’ unmatched atmosphere.
A key accomplishment: Without a doubt, helping to build Stratus to what it is today – a fast-growing company that others strive to replicate.
Where you’d find him on the weekend: On the ice in the winter; camping with his family in the summer.
One thing to ask him about: Greg’s a master at dad jokes. Set him up; we dare you.
Colin Hudson Business Manager & FOUNDER
A seasoned veteran of the construction industry, Colin Hudson has spent the last 25+ years tackling big challenges in the E&I realm (such as managing Dave Smith and Greg Epp). A Master Electrician, he’s held various senior leadership roles throughout his career and has successfully managed many multi-million-dollar industrial contracts. Colin’s well known for developing trust and confidence with his clients and is a pillar of experience for Stratus – his expertise lies in keeping his team running smoothly, no matter what.
A key accomplishment: Stratus aggressively bid a large job – the electrical integration for the VFD buildings spanning a massive series of pipelines. We won the job, but the client made it clear all eyes were on us. Coming off a bad electrical experience, they were leery of our trade. Our team not only delivered to their (high) expectation, but we earned their trust. Proud to say that relationship is still strong and was built on the hard work and passion of my team.
Where you’d find him on the weekend: Hockey season – acting as his kids’ bus driver/equipment manager at the rink… Off-season – gone fishin’.
One thing to ask him about: He grew up in the center of the universe. Where might that be?
Brian Corbiell VP, Finance & Controller
A seasoned business leader, Brian has spent more than 30 years in the Finance, Information Technology, and Electrical Construction industries. Utilizing the learnings from his MBA and CPA (CMA), driving change and improving operational performance is a passion. Employing a collaborative leadership style is the foundation upon which he builds to enable corporate success. Brian has held many senior leadership roles over the years and appreciates the challenge and opportunity for growth that each has delivered.
A key accomplishment: Mentoring and influencing the careers of the many direct reports I have had during my career
Where you’d find him on the weekend: Somewhere outdoors. Golfing, biking, or hiking in the summer and playing hockey or skiing in the winter.
One thing to ask him about: How many goals were scored on him in the hockey game just before he received an invite to a junior training camp?
JAMIE MCDOWELLDIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
With over 20 years of industrial E&I experience, Jamie McDowell has the network, market knowledge and technical expertise to make our clients’ lives easier. Formerly an Area Manager, Accounts Manager and Project Manager for top energy service providers across Alberta – he’s well known for building solid relationships because he always delivers on his promises. An Electrician by trade, Jamie’s played a key role in developing Stratus’ brand, growing a stellar reputation and producing opportunities in a tough marketplace.
A key accomplishment: With his team, seamlessly orchestrating an Alberta-wide, $35M/year project for 6 years.
Where you’d find him on the weekend: At the rink, in the bunker, or surfing Moyie Lake.
One thing to ask him about: Jamie was struck by lightning when he was 20.
OPERATIONS Manager, Edmonton
Steve Lee has 20+ years’ experience in the electrical maintenance and construction industry. His particular expertise lies in automation, controls, project management and estimating. From his days as an electrical apprentice, through various leadership roles, and now as Operations Manager, he’s been fueled by mentoring a team, watching them grow and inspiring each other to succeed.
A key accomplishment: Helped to build a successful and progressive team by creating a culture of transparency. Frontline employees were granted company-wide access to data, documents, financials—in real-time. This gives people the right information at the right moment. The result is better decisions, faster, and problems solved sooner.
Where you’d find him on the weekend: At the rink, music studio or rubbing his dog’s head.
One thing to ask him about: Get him to show off his world-class lip-syncing, air-drumming routine.
operations Manager, calgary
Joey Koester’s farming background has engrained a certain work ethic throughout his 15+ years in electrical construction. Starting his industrial career as a labourer, then onto complete his electrical apprenticeship, Joey continuously progressed taking on even greater responsibility. Now, as Operations Manager for Calgary, his attention to detail, pride of work and devotion to supporting teammates and clients does not go unnoticed.
A key accomplishment: Helping Stratus successfully win and execute electrical projects in the agricultural field – a key contributor to our growing reputation for hard work and incomparable quality.
Where you’d find him on the weekend: At the ball diamonds, cheering on his kids… or playing a little hockey or golf.
One thing to ask him about: He coaches two sports – can you guess what they are?
Mike Ewanchuk is a graduate from SAIT’s Industrial Instrumentation Engineering Technology program, and has been specializing in the oil and gas industry for 10+ years. He has a wide range of expertise, including: maintenance, operation, automation & control, and the management of heavy oil upgrading test facilities. With his wide range of experience, he is not afraid to take on any unique or complex project to provide a successful product for the client.
A key accomplishment: Building a team of one (Mike) to 15 full-time instrument techs who are all passionate about quality and focused on the customer’s needs – during one of the worst economic periods for the Canadian oil and gas market.
Where you’d find him on the weekend: When not playing with his two kids, Cain (4 yrs) & Harlow (1 yrs), he’s hitting the beautiful foothills and mountains on his road bike.
One thing to ask him about: While attending SAIT for Industrial Instrumentation Engineering Technology, he played on the Trojan’s hockey team winning the CAC championships. Not once… Not twice… But (how many times?)
Electrical Supervisor, Lethbridge
Patrick Martindale has nearly 15 years’ experience in oil and gas electrical construction. He has a diverse understanding of the industry, having previously worked as a Driller for a leading development company. Patrick has successfully managed large industrial and commercial construction teams in excess of 25 tradespeople. He’s well known for his work ethic and believes the end result should exceed the customers’ expectations.
A key accomplishment: After a decade in the Oil Drilling & Exploration sector, he realized the need to reinvent his career and is now a Red Seal Electrician with experience in a wide variety of industries.
Where you’d find him on the weekend: Volunteering at the Lethbridge Orca swim club or the Manta Rays Junior Life Guard events with my wife Kira, and daughters Reese and Sydney.
One thing to ask him about: The time he let Ryan Smith (Edmonton Oiler) score 2 goals in 38 sec at a Moose Jaw Warriors Camp.