President – Gord Miller, Northfort Fire & Life Safety (Cowichan Valley)
Gord Miller is current President of the Vancouver Island Fire Protection Association.
He can be reached at president(at)vifpa.ca
Secretary/Treasurer – Kathleen Nicholas, Sterling Fire & Associates Inc. (Victoria)
Kathleen Nicholas (she/her) has lived on Vancouver Island for 50 years, but still feels the occasional draw to visit Saskatchewan, where she was born. A graduate of Mount Douglas Sr. Sec., she has taken the “road less travelled” and become an unabashed bonvivant.
She joined her husband, Don, in creating Sterling Fire back in 1997 and has helped it evolve along the way – from a ULC-listed service and verification provider; to a fire alarm upgrade contractor, with over 100 buildings completed in Greater Victoria; to its current iteration, where they serve as the Owners’ representative, system designer, and project administrator for fire alarm upgrades.
She was presented with the Grant Holtom Academic Achievement Award for her hard work on completing the Business Administration Fast Track program at the University of Victoria in 2011, where she aced 12 full university courses in 13 weeks.
Kathleen is passionate about Codes, laws, & caselaw; often disappearing like Alice-down-the-hole while researching diverse and divergent topics from the fire industry to physics. She has served on the Boards of several non-profit organizations, is an ally of the underdog & LGBTQI2/BIPOC communities, is a bonafide Reverend able to perform marriages in B.C., and crochets like a mad thing.
She can be reached at secretary(at)vifpa.ca
Director & Founding President – Colin Greenhalgh,Troy Life & Fire Safety (Victoria)
Colin Greenhalgh was born and raised on Vancouver Island. During high school he developed an interest in both drafting and electronics. Settling on a career in electrical he moved to Calgary in 1997, and began working in construction as an electrical apprentice. Graduating from SAIT (Southern Alberta Institute of Technology) he continued working as a journeyman electrician in commercial construction and service work, seeing all aspects of the electrical industry. Notable projects included the Alberta Children’s Hospital and as the project foreman of Distribution at the WestJet Headquarters at the Calgary airport. Later, he continued his career with Siemens in their building automation department.
Moving back to Vancouver Island in 2009, he settled in Victoria and branched out into network data systems, telecommunications, fibre optics, and fire alarm systems.
In 2021, he began working at Troy Life & Fire Safety. He has focused on business development and growth, expanding their client portfolio and services package. He has a keen interest in fire protection and now serves on several boards across Canada hoping to further the growth of the fire protection industry in British Columbia.
We thank Colin for his contributions to and leadership of the Association over the last few years and wish him all the best!
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org