Then and Now
Prism was founded in 1990 by Brian O’Donnell who saw an opportunity to bring Energy Management and existing building upgrades at the start of the first BC Hydro Power Smart program.
Robert Greenwald joined the firm in 1991 and became President in 2006. Under Brian and Robert’s leadership, Prism has grown from a small handful of engineers to a company of over forty-five engineers, designers, and sustainability professionals, passionate about making a difference. We are proud to still be working with many of our clients who have been with us since our early years. We continue to work with passionate people across all sectors who share our vision for reducing environmental impact through technology, people and organizational change.
Photo: Prism Founder Brian O’Donnell talking with a client in Prism’s original Hastings office in Burnaby and with Robert at our 25th anniversary celebration in 2015.
Looking toward the future
Now nearing three decades in business, we have transitioned our leadership to give additional transparency and clarity to the roles, and to further build resilience into our company. Going forward, Brian will continue to play a key role in our Account Management and Client Relationships efforts.
We are pleased to introduce to you our Leadership Team, many of whom have been a part of Prism for many years and have been instrumental in stewarding our work and deepening our impact. Prism’s Principals provide strategic vision and leadership for the company. Associates have specialized knowledge and provide mentorship for key aspects of the company to ensure that we continue to deliver quality services to our clients.
Robert Greenwald, PEng, MBA continues as President with responsibility for operations, stewarding the leadership team, and providing the strategic direction of the firm. He brings passion and drive to the company’s long term success.
Casey Gaetz leads our electrical team and brings over forty years experience in the design of lighting, electrical distribution, metering systems, fire protection, and voice and data systems.
Iram Green, P.Eng., recently became the energy team lead with over ten years of experience in managing energy efficiency retrofit projects as well as training new energy professionals.
Sarah Smith leads our sustainability team and also has responsibility for the overall employee experience at Prism. Sarah is a sustainability strategist, facilitator, and engagement specialist.
Stephen Kooiman, P.Eng., leads our mechanical team and is experienced in designing HVAC, plumbing and fire suppression systems, chillers, and boiler plants, and low carbon designs.
Sam Thomas is branch manager for the Kootenays Office and is also leading our work in Alberta. Sam works alongside clients through all aspects of energy management and engineering projects.
Ken Holdren, P.Eng., has extensive knowledge of building systems and energy engineering. As Prism is OQM (Organizational Quality Management) certified with EGBC, Ken oversees compliance and quality assurance for our projects.
Duncan Wilcock leads our PUMA team including operations, development and marketing. PUMA is web-based software and services that help organizations get a grip on their energy costs by better monitoring and analyzing their utility use.
As we move into the next decade, energy management and sustainability and reducing our environmental footprint are more important than ever. We are inspired by recent developments in addressing climate change. In addition to reducing waste and improving efficiencies, we are expanding our design services to include the low carbon systems and applying renewables to offset energy use. We are also increasing our efforts to help organizations adapt to climate change and build resilient systems.
Part of a growing community
We are incredibly grateful to our staff who make Prism’s mission come to life. We value being a workplace that is fast-paced and highly collaborative with hundreds of projects on the go at any one time. Our staff is hard-working and motivated to continually strive for better, whether researching the latest technologies or helping mentor co-op students as future innovators.
We are also thankful to all of the people who we have had the pleasure of working with along the way–from the elementary school students who participate in ‘Lights off Lunches’ to the building operators learning how to optimize digital controls systems. And from the Property Managers upgrading their building systems to the Energy Managers developing strategic programs for energy management at a mine site.
We are excited about the future. Stay tuned.
If you have any questions, please contact Robert at Robert@prismengineering.com.