About Us
WE ARE ENERGY DEVELOPERS
OWNER AND OPERATOR OF ONE OF NORTH AMERICA'S LARGEST DISTRICT ENERGY SYSTEMS
215 CONNECTED BUILDINGS EXCEEDING 45M SQ. FT. OF REAL ESTATE
UNINTERRUPTED SERVICES FOR OVER 50 YEARS
15 NEW SYSTEMS IN DEVELOPMENT ACROSS NORTH AMERICA
CREATIVE ENERGY DESIGNS, BUILDS, OWNS, OPERATES, AND MAINTAINS DISTRICT ENERGY SYSTEMS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. WE TURN IDEAS INTO REALITY BY DELIVERING LOW-CARBON DISTRICT ENERGY SYSTEMS THAT CREATE TANGIBLE VALUE FOR PARTNERS, BUILDINGS AND THE COMMUNITY AT LARGE.

Through collaboration and partnerships, Creative Energy designs, builds, owns, operates, and maintains sustainable neighbourhood scale energy systems that support responsible development, business value, and community growth, shaping great cities. Through premier end-to-end service value, we extend the benefits of district energy with rate certainty, quality of service and carbon reduction by utilizing an array of technologies to develop district systems.

We know what it takes to build and operate the next generation of infrastructure that will help our cities meet their energy, climate and resiliency objectives. Creative Energy's projects emphasize urban "place-making", with energy solutions that redefine public spaces to promote better urban design, to enhance quality of life, and to generate new social, cultural and economic opportunities.

TURNKEY DISTRICT ENERGY SOLUTIONS

We turn concepts into reality. Our delivery begins at project conception and continues indefinitely, providing efficient, reliable thermal energy to our customers. Starting with a high-level screening to narrow the field of technology options, we move into a fulsome feasibility study of the shortlisted concepts to optimize our strategy and strike the right balance of resiliency, affordability, and sustainability. Once the path is paved through the front-end analysis, we work alongside our stakeholders through the commercial arrangements, design, and delivery of our district energy systems. Near the end of construction, project commissioning will bridge the development and operational aspects of our projects by proving-out functionality before "going live". While many conventional projects end here, our district energy projects begin their operating phase, where we optimize the plant and distribution system to meet or exceed design parameters and ensure reliability of service, and compliance to regulatory requirements.

Aiming to bring low-carbon district energy to cities across North America, Creative Energy is currently developing 15 new district energy projects with a range of innovative technologies including ocean-exchange, geo-exchange, cogeneration/CHP, and microgrids.

Flexible, Scalable Projects
Integrating projects across the value chain to achieve exceptional environmental and economic outcomes.
Maximization of usable building space
Our district energy solutions removes the need for boiler rooms, chiller rooms, cooling towers, and associated shafts within the buildings, allowing building owners to gain full value of their real estate.
Alignment with customers
Providing long term energy security which is at or below market costs, reducing strata reserve funds and operating costs by removing thermal generation assets from within buildings.
Decarbonization of the Built Environment
By leveraging the economies of scales of a district system, we can implement low-carbon technical solutions that are not economical at the building scale.
Avoided Thermal Capital
Helping building developers and owners to remove the cost of boilers, chillers, and cooling towers from the building’s construction budget.
Transparent Collaboration
Creating partnerships and engaging stakeholders to ensure success
Unparalleled technical innovation
Enhancing system reliability, resiliency, and efficiency.
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High efficiency boilers and chillers
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waste-heat recovery from cooling systems
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Ocean loop heat recovery
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Ground source geo-exchange
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Combined heat and power (CHP)
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Urban wood waste / biomass
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Energy resilient micro-grids
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Sewage heat recovery
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Energy storage
Serving District energy needs for over 50 years, Creative Energy’s value proposition is based on a foundation of service reliability, exceptional customer service and continued growth.
1968
Vancouver faced huge problems from the pollution and inefficiencies involved in heating buildings using fuel-oil and coal. Their solution was Central Heat Distribution, BC’s first district energy company.
Central Heat used highly efficient gas boilers to produce steam that was distributed to individual buildings through a network of underground pipes, converting the Vancouver Press building to a centralized natural gas steam boiler plant.
Significantly improving local air quality through the removal of 600 individual boiler stacks, Central Heat established itself as an integral part of the community.
1970
CBC Vancouver connects into the Downtown Vancouver heating network.
1977
Vancouver’s landmark Gastown Steam Clock is built and powered by our system. Today, the clock is powered by electricity, but the whistle remains powered by Creative Energy's central steam plant.
1979
Creative Energy connects to St. Paul's Hospital. Everyday, staff, patients and their families depend on our system's reliability.
1982
The central Vancouver steam system begins to serve Expo Plaza, heating the site of the 1986 World Expo.
Creative Energy provides heat for BC Place, a 50,000-seat multi-purpose stadium, and an official emergency centre during a seismic event or other disaster; a testament to the resilience of our system.
1995
Creative Energy connects to two more Vancouver landmarks, the Vancouver Public Library’s Central Branch and Rogers Arena, home to the Vancouver Canucks.
2009
The Vancouver steam system expands to the Woodward’s redevelopment and to the Vancouver Convention Centre.
2014
Creative Energy’s 15- km network of pipes serves over 210 buildings in Vancouver’s downtown core, providing the lowest cost source of energy in the city.
2019
Construction begins on our first project in Ontario, Mirvish Village, and a new office is established in Toronto.
2020
Construction is completed on our innovative ocean-exchange heating and cooling system for the Sewell’s Marina Redevelopment at Horseshoe Bay.
2021
Creative Energy and BC Hydro announce our Decarbonization Project, a partial electrification of our steam generation that is expected to avoid 25,000 tonnes of GHG emissions a year – one of the largest fuel switch projects in Canada.
Creative Energy announces its first project in the United States, working with Seattle hospital, Swedish First Hill, to decarbonize their health campus and creating a thermal network that can serve the surrounding community.
Construction starts on Creative Energy’s low-carbon geo-exchange system at the Oakridge Park redevelopment project – one of the largest geo-exchange projects in Canada.
2022
Creative Energy announces its partnership with Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops to develop a low-carbon heating system for it’s existing campus, as well as for future developments for the campus.
Work begins on the first community geo-exchange system in Ontario, a system being developed by Creative Energy at the North Oak development in Oakville, in partnership with Minto.
Senakw announcement Creative Energy announces partnership with the Squamish Nation to develop a sewer heat recovery district energy system at the Sen̓áḵw development, one of the world’s first large-scale net-zero housing projects.
Our Team
With more than 200 years of collective experience in operating and maintaining district energy systems, our team works closely with customers to ensure efficiency and reliability. Creative Energy assembles exceptional teams to deliver world class systems, engaging in innovative partnerships to manage risks and benefits, provide cost certainty and enhance growth opportunities.
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Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

President and CEO

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Nathan Reeve

Nathan Reeve

CFO

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Kieran McConnell

Kieran McConnell

Senior Vice President, Engineering & Innovation

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Diego Mandelbaum

Diego Mandelbaum

Senior Vice President, Development

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Steve Molnar

Steve Molnar

Vice President, Legal & General Counsel

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Louise Cook

Louise Cook

Vice President, Human Resources

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Amin Hassanshahi

Amin Hassanshahi

Director, Construction

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Michael Lloyd

Michael Lloyd

Director, Finance

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Zoltan Nagy-Gyorgy

Zoltan Nagy-Gyorgy

Director, Operations

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Ben Ellison

Ben Ellison

Director, Projects

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Keith Bate

Keith Bate

Director, Engineering

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Colin Robb

Colin Robb

Director, Regulatory Affairs

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Samson Tam

Samson Tam

Director, Development (Canada West)

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Chris Olmsted

Chris Olmsted

Director of Development (US West)

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Gordon Barefoot

Gordon Barefoot

Board Member

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Kim Stangeby

Kim Stangeby

Board Member

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Dave Mullen

Dave Mullen

Board Member

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George So

George So

Board Member

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Wayne O'Connor

Wayne O'Connor

President and CEO

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Brad Jones

Brad Jones

BOARD MEMBER

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