President – Colin Greenhalgh, Western Canada Fire Protection
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 2014 he began working at Western Canada Fire Protection. He has focused on business development and growth, expanding their client portfolio and services package and now serves as the General Manager. 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.
He can be reached at president(at)vifpa.ca
Vice President – Murray Enders, Troy Life and Fire Safety Ltd.
Murray Enders is the current Vice President of the Vancouver Island Fire Protection Association.
He can be reached at vice-president(at)vifpa.ca
Treasurer – Tim Lindsay, Cantec Fire Alarms
Tim Lindsay was born in Victoria and has worked in the electrical and fire alarm industries for most of his career. Tim’s interest in the electrical field began while attending Cloverdale Elementary School, where after school he would collect blasting wire from a construction site located across the street.
Equipped with an abundance of wiring materials, he taught himself (with the aid of a library book) as much as possible about connection of batteries, speakers, telephones, radios and basically everything that could be made to operate using a pair of conductors.
Tim served his electrical apprenticeship with Ricketts Sewell Electric, a former Victoria branch of a large Vancouver based contractor. Tim later worked for Mawson Gage and Houle Electric, where he experienced every aspect of the electrical industry from shoveling in a duct bank to chief estimator and project manager of million dollar electrical projects. Tim satisfied the requirements of the Canadian Construction Association Gold Seal Project Management accreditation at it’s inception. Along the way he was asked to serve on the board of directors, as an advisor, of a small upstart fire alarm service company back in 1974. Tim was asked to serve as general manager of the company 20 years ago, and is now the current owner.
He can be reached at treasurer(at)vifpa.ca
Secretary – Kathleen Nicholas, Sterling Fire & Associates Inc.
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 at Large – Gord Miller, Northfort Fire & Life Safety
Gord Miller is current Director at Large of the Vancouver Island Fire Protection Association.
He can be reached at director(at)vifpa.ca