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.
Operations Manager, Calgary
Joey Koester’s farming background has ingrained 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?
Operations Manager, 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 his 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.
Operations Manager, Edmonton
Inspired by his older brother to get into the electrical industry, Richard found his passion early in his career. After moving to Alberta to pursue more opportunity, he advanced quickly into a journeyman position at 21 and stepped up into management by the time he was just 28 years old. His work ethic and approachable disposition are qualities that make him such a valuable team player. With over 15 years of experience in industrial and commercial electrical construction, he loves the variety of projects that Stratus has a hand in and is always striving to learn and take on more. Making the customer’s lives easy is always his number one goal and he embraces each day as a new opportunity to show up, help others and lead by example.
A key accomplishment: Moving into management quickly, overcoming the challenges that come with advancing and nurturing his working relationships.
Where you’d find him on the weekend: Hunting, fishing, and teaching his kids how to live in the wilderness by experiencing everything the great outdoors has to offer.
One thing to ask him about: Born and bred Canadian, you might detect a small accent. Think you could pick up on his hometown lingo?
Operations Manager, Saskatchewan
Growing up on a ranch taught Jake everything he knows about an excellent work ethic. His dedication to the job, adaptability in an ever-changing work environment and commitment to his crew makes him an essential pillar within the Stratus team. With over 15 years of experience in the electrical industry, he has acquired a wealth of knowledge in oil and gas, high voltage electricity, lumber and agriculture. Learning the value of teamwork has been his biggest reward in his advancement from apprentice to a journeyman electrician, appreciating the work of every trade on the job at any site. He always strives for his best and encourages his team to do the same. His personal motto is if the job is done on time, he’s late.
A key accomplishment: The opportunity to grow Stratus in taking on more responsibility in his advancement from his position as a journeyman electrician.
Where you’d find him on the weekend: Boot stomping on ranchlands and getting his hands dirty with livestock on his farm.
One thing to ask him about: He’s got farming in the bag! Think you could tail him to discover his other passion?