Through her studies, Jennifer developed an understanding of the impact that climate change was having on our planet. This understanding spurred her to work in the renewable energy sector. After living and working in the UK for 10 years, Jennifer is now back in BC hoping to make a serious impact in the renewable energy industry in Canada. She is a fighter one could say, as she does also hold the title of British national boxing champion. It is from a few years back, but that instinct never goes away!
“I recently completed my Master’s degree in clean energy engineering at UBC. So I am really excited to use that knowledge, as well as my UK solar energy experience, to help our clients with their aspirations for saving money and our planet.”
Mark Tizya – CEO & Business Owner
Mark began his construction career in the glass trade in 1986. Once provincial certification was obtained, Mark moved into purchasing and eventually management. As Mark’s career progressed he was offered a position as general manager of Talius and moved to Vancouver in 1997. After growing that business, Mark chose to start Heritage Shade & Shutter Inc in 2003. The company grew quickly, and he sought out Cal and eventually Keith to oversee operations and installations, so he could focus on developing the business. By 2013 Heritage Shade & Shutter grew to be a self-sufficient business with a competent management team resulting in a loyal client base.
With climate change becoming a more urgent issue, Mark began studying solar energy and looking at opportunities within renewable energy. In late 2014, Mark opened Novo Solar Systems as a separate business resulting in shared labour and resources between Heritage Shade & Shutter Inc. and Novo Solar Systems Inc. After 2 years both companies were flourishing, and a new business plan evolved. The two companies were amalgamated under the name Novo Solar Solutions Inc. and it worked out to be an effective way to make both companies more efficient and stable. Mark divides his time between the mainland and Vancouver Island and he encourages you to say “Hello” if you see him on the ferry.
Mike Shaw – Sales Associate: Shade & Shutter Department
Born and educated in England, Mike later moved as an adult to South Africa. A new start in the new millennium brought Mike and his family to B.C. in 1999. He has always been a people person and involved in sales most of his professional life. He’s worked within the travel industry, as well as promoting export for developing nations in Eastern Europe, South America and the East; safe to say Mike has traveled extensively. Mark and Mike joined professional forces in 2001 while both working for another business. When Mark decided to open his own business, Mike came along for the journey. Mike enjoys taking his bicycle for a spin along the Sea to Sky highway; if you can keep up, you might catch him out on a sunny weekend. An avid Manchester supporter with over 100 standard marathons clocked, Mike really goes the distance for our clients.
Jessica Stevenson – Office Administrator
Jessica is passionate about the sustainability of our natural resources and the costs associated to our communities and environment. This passion, motivated her to enroll and complete a Bachelor of Environmental Science at the University of Guelph, majoring in Earth and Atmospheric Science. Jessica is also an avid gardener and bee keeper, which must be why she has such a sweet disposition. “I am excited to be part of the team here at Novo Solar that focuses on tangible, long-term solutions putting an energy resource and purchasing power back into the hands of our local communities with minimal environmental cost. My ambition is to reflect these guiding principles in our daily business operations and best practices”.
Dean Townsend – Certified Electrician
Since 1980 Dean has been involved in construction and contracting, while obtaining certification and experience in electrical contracting, millwright work, welding fabricating and concrete placement. Dean also has considerable experience operating construction earth moving machinery and concrete cutting coring for the safe and expedient installation of gates doors, solar arrays, bridges and security. His expansive experience in multi-faceted aspects of custom installations involving electrical power and control systems is invaluable to our business operations. When he is not connecting live wires to a circuit breaker, Dean is breaking out his swing on the golf circuit. Motorcycles are also something that lights a fuse for Dean in this off-peak hours.