Our strong team of proven compute infrastructure experts, an energy executive and successful business entrepreneurs include Brian Fehr and Brian Fry. Brian Fehr is a proven entrepreneur who has successfully built and operated the BID Group, a billion dollar company. Brian Fry was co-founder of RackForce which was acquired in 2015 and was the largest cloud computing company in Canada at that time.
Early Success – Brian Fry, his partner and team 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 Province’s 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.
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.
Mike Kruk is the Site Manager for PodTech. He has built his successful career on hard work and dedication while ensuring job excellence and on-time 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 licensed 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 Superintendent 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 Fabrication 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.
Kevin is the Systems Architect for PodTech. In 1995 Kevin graduated with a Bsc Electronics Engineering Technology from DeVry. Kevin has a wide arrange of technical skills. He’s accomplished in Analog, digital and mixed signal electronic circuit design, designing FPGA and CPLD solutions, Atmel AVR, Microchip PIC, Altera NIOS II, and Xilinx Microblaze, programs solutions in C and Assembler, creates PC applications in Visual C++, C, VB and Perl, and has extensive experience in designing printed circuit boards with schematic capture with the following features Mixed signal, High speed digital, Low noise analog
BGA, multi layer, signal integrity, design for test, design for manufacturability, Pads Power PCB, Power Logic, Altium DXP, PCad, Proficient in MS Windows OS, Mac OS X, MS Office, Matlab. His extensive abilities make Kevin a valuable asset to the PodTech team.
A graduate from UBC Mechanical Engineering, Max has a wide range of projects under his belt that allow him to tackle a variety of problems in different fields. His previous projects involved the use of microcontroller programming, MatLab simulations, 3D modelling & printing, data acquisition, signal processing, PCB design, implementation of control algorithms, project management, product design, and much more. Combining these skills with a strong work ethic ensure that projects are done right, and delivered on time.