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.
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?
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?
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?)
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 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.