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99.99% RELIABILITY SINCE 1968
280 MW of capacity
Over 15 KM of underground piping
215 connected customers exceeding 45M sq. ft. of real estate
Uninterrupted services for over 50 years
Owner and operator of one of North America’s largest district energy systems
From designing and building, to maintaining and operating, creative energy's highly skilled and experienced team of professionals have a client-focused, community-vested approach to projects that deliver outstanding quality and service while providing tangible value for partners, customers and the community.
We are energy developers

Creative Energy owns and operates one of the largest district energy systems in North America. Since 1968, we’ve been delivering outstanding customer service with a 99.99% reliability record; today, our original plant in downtown Vancouver now serves over 215 customers across more than 45 million square feet of connected real estate.

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, biomass, cogeneration/CHP, and microgrids.

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.

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.
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.
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

Vice President, Development

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Amin Hassanshahi

Amin Hassanshahi

Director, Construction

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Rob Gorter

Rob Gorter

Director, Regulatory Affairs and Customer Relations

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Samson Tam

Samson Tam

Director, Development (Canada West)

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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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Mike Savel

Mike Savel

Director, Development (Canada East)

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Keith Bate

Keith Bate

Director, Engineering

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Michael Lloyd

Michael Lloyd

Director, Finance

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