Creative Energy


Leadership Team

Stacey Bernier – President & CEO
Stacey Bernier is a well-known and highly respected figure in the sustainable and district energy sector in North America and Europe. He has 30 years of experience in executive and senior management positions, with extensive experience designing, building and managing sustainable district energy systems, utilizing a mixture of sustainable energy sources, such as sewer heat recovery, biomass and geo-exchange. This industry experience means he is regularly invited to speak at industry events or chair conferences. Stacey has held senior management roles with various energy companies, including his own award-winning sustainable energy design and build firm.

His experience includes working directly with city and municipal governments throughout North America, as well as many private and public institutions. Notable projects include UniverCity at Simon Fraser University; the Kamloops Sun Rivers Talsa town core; projects for City of Richmond, City of Seattle and the University of British Columbia; and sustainable energy systems for various large social housing developments across Canada.

Under Stacey’s leadership, the Creative Energy vision is to expand on the success of Central Heat’s original city builders. Their innovative approach in the 1960s has enabled Creative Energy to build on Central Heat’s legacy system by working toward achieving carbon reductions of close to 80,000 tonnes in the downtown core alone. The original system can be expanded into other downtown neighborhoods, and new systems can be developed for the Cambie corridor. Creative Energy’s overall vision can also be replicated in cities and neighbourhoods across North America.

Michelle McLarty B.Eng, MEB – Vice President, Business Development and Regulatory
Michelle has had 20 years of experience in process engineering, operations and business development in the HVAC, water and energy industries.

She has been responsible for the development of a number of district energy projects including the UBC Neighbourhood District Energy System, the Oval District Energy System in Richmond,  projects with the City of Seattle and a local HVAC company.  In addition to working in district energy, Michelle also brings a wealth of experience from the water and waste water utility industry.  Prior to her work in utilities, Michelle was Operations Manager at a Vancouver HVAC, where she was responsible for contract building services and retrofits.

Michelle has a Bachelor of Engineering from McMaster University and a Master of Environment and Business from the University of Waterloo

Paul Tai, CPA, CGA, MBA – Controller
Paul brings with him over 20 years of experience in finance and accounting and an aptitude for understanding the business.

Paul has extensive experience in the district energy sector, including working closely with internal and external customers and partners; implementing best practices and processes; working with business units to ensure information flows efficiently and effectively; and working on regulatory filings and rate applications.

Paul’s project experience includes the SFU UniverCity district energy system, the Sun Rivers Multi Utilities in Kamloops, the Dockside Green Biomass Plant, the Honua Kai resort project in Maui, and the Panorama resort in Kootenay, BC.

Jim Manson, M.Sc. P. Eng. – Director Engineering Planning and Energy Services

Jim is a seasoned energy engineer with over 25 years in various industries from oil and gas, independent power production, and most recently community based district energy systems. Jim has experience with numerous renewable and sustainable energy resources, including wind, hydroelectric, and biomass resources.

He oversees all of Creative Energy’s operations and design efforts and provides guidance in the planning of new projects and opportunities.

Jim holds a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering, Power Generation, from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden and a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Alberta. He is a registered professional engineer in British Columbia and a member of ASHRAE and the International District Energy Association.

Lori Parker, PE – Operations Manager

Lori joined Creative Energy Distribution team as their Utility Distribution Manager in 2010 before moving into her current role of Operations Manager; where she oversees both Plant operations and the Distribution network.

Lori’s 30 years of varied experience, including as Chief Engineer of a steam plant, has given her the ability to look at the overall operations picture of the team, the customer and Creative Energy.

Ed Li – Chief Engineer (1st Class PE)
Ed has over 30 years of engineering experience, including 19 years with Creative Energy, and is a frequent presenter on a variety of engineering topics.

Prior to joining Creative Energy, Ed was Maintenance/Chief Engineer for a food processing plant in Richmond, BC and Shift Engineer for a tire manufacturer in Nova Scotia.

Amin Hassanshahi, AScT – Construction Manager
A graduate of BCIT Engineering, Amin joined Creative Energy as Utility Planning Supervisor in 2008.  In 2012 he became Manager, Utility Design and Construction, where he oversees project management, coordination, along with cost estimating.  He is also responsible for cost control, construction inspection, managing the safety and efficiency of all construction crews.


Energy Centre Team

Creative Energy’s Energy Centre has been running continuously since 1968, providing reliable, efficient and low cost heat energy to our 210+ downtown Vancouver customers. The team consists of the Chief Engineer, who holds a first Class power engineer certificate, plus 10 operating engineers. Two power engineers consisting of a second class Shift Engineer and a 3rd/4th class Assistant operate the plant 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Two second-class power engineers provide relief and plant maintenance.

Distribution System Team

Creative Energy’s Distribution System team consists of the Distribution manager, who holds a second-class certificate, plus four operating engineers who hold third- and fourth- class certificates. The team operates and maintains around 14 km of distribution system that reaches out to over 210 customer buildings throughout downtown Vancouver. The team liaises closely with customers to ensure the heat energy is used efficiently within the buildings.

All of the operating engineers for the Energy Centre and the Distribution System belong to the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 882. In total, the operating engineers bring over 200 years of collective experience in operating and maintaining our facilities.

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