Our strong team of proven compute infrastructure experts, an energy executive and successful business entrepreneurs include Tim Dufour, Brian Fry, Greg Reimer and Brian Fehr. Tim and Brian Fry are both founders of RackForce which was acquired in 2015 and was the largest cloud computing company in Canada at that time. Greg Reimer is a former utility power executive and senior energy executive in the public sector and Brian Fehr is a proven entrepreneur who has successfully built and operated the BID Group, a billion dollar company.
Early Success – Tim Dufour and Brian Fry successfully launched a proof of concept modular data center at a Trail, BC facility. Operating at 900 KVA capacity with over 700 servers deployed, these were the first fully CSA certified (January 2018 Requirements) Data Centers in Canada.
Brian is an industry professional with over 35 years experience. A hardworking individual with high ethics and aggressive approach has provided him with an excellent reputation. He is presently the Shareholder, Chairman & Managing Director for Bid Group with duties including promotion, contract negotiations, strategic planning, corporate acquisitions & managerial hiring for long-term growth, etc. He is also Director of the Northern Health Authority and has served as the Director for the B.C Safety Authority, B.C Crane Safety and A.S.T.C Science World Society. In September 2018, Brian was awarded The Order of British Columbia, the Provinces highest form of recognition.
Brian is a proven leader with a deep grasp on construction, fabrication, installation and energy solutions through the Bid Group of Companies that oversees 1500 employees in North America and covering extensive Capex corporate expansion projects for companies such as Canfor, Tolko, Plateau, Slocan Forest Products and Yakama Forest products.
Greg Reimer is an accomplished leader who has served as an Executive of one of the largest Canadian Utilities and has held several senior roles in British Columbia government and is currently a Director of a Canadian based exploration company. Greg served as Executive Vice President of Transmission and Distribution for BC Hydro, British Columbia’s electric utility serving 4 million customers with $5.5 Billion in annual revenue. Prior experience includes Deputy Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, Chair of the BC Oil and Gas Commission and Deputy Minister of Provincial Revenue as well as many other posts during a successful career with the BC Government. He has a proven track record in transforming major organizations, building successful management teams, and achieving superior business, operational and financial results. He also has significant experience in leading large operational, policy and regulatory organizations. Greg has a strong background in energy policy for electricity, energy efficiency and energy conservation as well as mining and petroleum resources.
Tim began his technology career in 1978 as an employee of SaskTel in Regina, Sask., but his passion was to become an entrepreneur. He moved to Kelowna, BC in 1992 where he founded several successful technology companies. As co-founder, President and CEO of RackForce Networks Inc., which was acquired in March 2015 by TeraGo Networks Inc., he joined the Senior Leadership Team at Terago. Today, a serial entrepreneur, he has established a BC-based Venture Capital Corporation, Granite Mountain Ventures, which will target and formally invest into Companies focused on the Industrial Internet of Things.
Brian Fry has been a Technology Entrepreneur and Leader in BC for many years. In 1985 while attending BCIT he started his first Tech company to bring PCs to fellow students (they were still using typewriters). From this early love of technology he went on to build a large number of Tech startups in Vancouver, Silicon Valley and the Kootenays. While in Vancouver Brian was instrumental in the City’s early Tech scene. He sat as the Chair for Software BC, ITAC BC and was a founding board member for the BC Technology Industry Association (BCTIA). In 1997 Brian moved from Silicon Valley back to Rossland BC with the goal of building big rural technology companies that leverage the Internet. Over 20 years he has been instrumental in building the largest ISP in the province in 1998. In 1999 he joined Tim Dufour to co-found IPWorld (Fiber Optic Network Company joint venture with Utilicorp) and then in 2001 the two of them started RackForce which became Canada’s largest cloud provider and leading builder of advanced data centers. RackForce sold in 2015 to TeraGo.
Mark Halwa is a seasoned leader, professional and business builder specializing in telecommunications and IT services. He comes to PodTech from Sandbox Systems Inc. where he served as their Founder and President for over 19 years. Mark brings with him a depth of experience in market analysis, financial modelling, strategy development, corporate structure and negotiation/closing of key initial contracts.
In 1995, Mark launched Aardvark Consulting (Alberta Division), an IBM “Executive Level” Business Partner, which was successfully sold to GE Capital in 1997. As President, the company became the Largest Reseller of IBM software in Western Canada during 2003 and 2004. His professional career has also included the development of rural fiber networks on Haida Gwaii, and in the Columbia Valley of BC. Mark was the Chief Operations Officer for the Columbia Basin Broadband Corp where he drove broadband deeper into the rural Columbia Basin and added an additional 640 kilometers of fibre to the existing network.
A long time supporter of rural development, Mark was the Executive Director of the Columbia Valley Greenways Trail Alliance, and was responsible for the creation, fundraising, and construction of a $5M recreational trail connecting the communities of Invermere and Fairmont Hot Springs, BC.
Mike Kruk is the Site General Manager for PodTech. He has built his successful career on hard work and dedication while ensuring job excellence and ontime results. He has refined his techniques over 27 years in industrial and commercial construction, and 20 years as site supervisor or foreman.
Mike comes to PodTech from his work as a site supervisor for BID Group. He is a natural leader, and seasoned construction and fabrication professional. His qualifications as a licenced carpenter and heavy equipment operator, also a licensed tube and clamp and systems scaffold installer, help him to ensure projects are on time. Mike makes the complicated look easy.
Jarrett Chase is the Electrical Production Manager for PodTech. His diverse career as a qualified electrician with over 12 years experience in Industrial, residential and commercial wiring has included positions in gas plant facilities to major projects at Suncor, Syncrude, Shell and CNRL. A capable foreman or lead, he spent many years North of Fort Mcmurray and in Northern BC. His success is derived from his attention to detail and pride in his work.
As a local family man and team player, Jarrett also draws from his experience wiring large executive homes around lake Windermere and commercial wiring at Home Hardware and Kicking Horse Coffee. Jarrett is a firm believer that with hard work, a good attitude and strong work ethic you can accomplish anything.
Peter Fry is the Operations Manager at PodTech. He is an accomplished business owner and certified Red Seal Welder. He continually demonstrates success drawing on experience from the Industrial fabrication industry. His diverse work history has taken him from work in Fort McMurray, civil developments in the Okanagan, Specialized fabrication and CNC operation, to owning his own successful welding and fabrication business.
Peter has refined and perfected his skills in real world, practical application and validation. His passion for CAD, rendering and digital based design and leadership in the workplace are areas where he excels. Peter brings these skills and a personal drive to ensure excellence within PodTech.
Greg Duerksen is a strong operations professional that brings with him a depth of experience in many diverse areas of business, sales and leadership with a demonstrated history of working in Industry 4.0, Information technology, research, development and services industry.
After many successful years working in the adventure sports industry on Vancouver Island, he moved to Taiwan and in 2005, as President and co-owner of SkyMedia, a Taiwanese registered company focused on international business development. Returning to Canada in 2010, he found a passion in technology based businesses and served for over 5 years in the volunteer fire service, becoming Training Officer for the MVFD.
In 2012, Greg ventured into IoT and environmental monitoring where he was responsible for sales, manufacturing, international and ongoing business development. His professional career has also involved, UAV and Drones including sensor package development for remote monitoring applications. Greg connected with Tim Dufour and Brian Fry in 2017 and has been directly involved in several Industrial IoT based startups with them focusing on product and business development.