About Us

Headquartered in Vancouver, BC, VoltSafe is a Canadian tech startup that has reinvented the pronged electrical plug, with the first ever prong-less magnetic plug for high power. In 2015, using ground-breaking, patented Canadian technology, they created the world’s safest, simplest, and smartest plug design since electricity came into homes more than 140 years ago. In 2018, VoltSafe pitched on Dragons’ Den, receiving three offers above ask and won the BC Cleantech Newcomer award at GLOBE Cleantech 2020. Its first product to market is VoltSafe Winter (magnetic plug for block heaters). The company’s product pipeline includes magnetic plug replacement solutions for household, commercial, marine, electric vehicles and more. What distinguishes VoltSafe from the pack is its dedicated family of staff who both work hard, and play hard.

These Are Our People

Trevor Burgess

Trevor Burgess

As VoltSafe’s Ship Skipper, Trevor states that entrepreneurship is like a box of chocolates, you never know quite what you’re gonna get from one day to the next. It’s so dynamic that the only thing he does know is that it will consume you and you will consume it. He loves the team culture and diversity VoltSafe has collectively been built upon.

Sanad Aridah

Sanad Aridah

Circuit whisperer and new age entrepreneur, holding a BASc in Electrical & Computer Engineering from UBC, with a specialization in nanotechnology and microsystems. Sanad has a strong passion for ideation, prototyping, and advancement in electrical designs, and is driven by making the impossible possible.

Scott Carlson

Scott Carlson

After almost two decades at Canada’s largest investment banks, Scott brings extensive experience in financial & corporate strategy. He is a proven leader with a passion for financial analysis, corporate finance and business development

Terri Breker

Terri Breker

Terri’s responsible for VoltSafe’s overall brand direction, digital and social content, customer service and communications. She’s motivated to put VoltSafe on a global map as a blue chip brand and cites the hard work and passion of the tight-knit VoltSafe family working hard towards a common goal as the main reason she wanted to join the team.

Alexandra Ruiz

Alexandra Ruiz

With almost two decades of experience in media communications, television production and digital marketing, Alex brings a wealth of marketing knowledge to the VoltSafe team as Chief Executive Floater. She is a proven leader looking forward to sharing her passion and excitement for innovative, clean technologies.

Tashfiq Alam

Tashfiq Alam

Tashfiq received his bachelor degree from the University of British Columbia in Electrical Engineering. With his expertise in hardware and coding he is pushing and expanding the current boundaries of VoltSafe technology.

Mani Jafari

Mani Jafari

Mani is one of VoltSafe’s mobile application development and maintenance gurus with a keen focus on UX/UI front-end elements of application.  Mani is the proud papa of a 9 year old dog who, like Mani, exhibits a puppy-like behaviour – full of enthusiasm and energy every day.

Ashaya Sharma

Ashaya Sharma

Computer Engineering graduate with experience predominantly in software. He has been exposed to the technical aspects of building a project from the ground up. Solving problems using technology is his passion.

James Hathway

James Hathway

James’ main responsibility is the creation and development of new product form factors for future products. His passion for creating the look and feel of new disruptive products is what inspires him to work hard everyday. He is an avid athlete and spends his spare time lifting weights along with being a huge Oregon Ducks football fan.

Shahbaj Dhillon

Shahbaj Dhillon

Shahbaj’s areas of focus include power electronics and hardware design. Being able to utilize his Masters’ experience in a fast growing, dynamic company such as VoltSafe is what motivates him each day. He loves taking his dog Shadow for walks to chase every squirrel that catches his eye. 

Hélmiton Cunha Jr.

Hélmiton Cunha Jr.

Hélmiton joins the VoltSafe team as a Senior Embedded Engineer and is responsible for ensuring the maturity of software development processes, translating requirements and features of products/services into measurable data. Hélmiton loves the collaboration between teammates and the overall friendly vibe, that upon his arrival, exceeded expectations. Hélmiton hails from Olinda, a colonial town on Brazil’s northeast coast, born and raised, and loved always being near beautiful Brazilian tropical beaches. Who wouldn’t?  His other love is for dark chocolate (must be 70%). Hélmiton would love to travel Europe, likely through the Southern Europe Peninsulas, or take a road trip through California’s Pacific Coast Highway. He would most like to meet and chat with Stephen King, thinking his prowess as an incredible author would rub off and he could maybe learn a thing or two about storytelling and writing.

Bruno Rodriguez

Bruno Rodriguez

Bruno works on firmware development and loves the fact he gets to work with some really great and approachable people at VoltSafe. Working in a startup environment lets him dig deep into development, meaningfully contributing to the full line of VoltSafe product solutions. When he’s not working, Bruno loves to ride his bike around the seawall, do some challenging hikes in the north shore, and tinker with electronics.
George Al-Haddad

George Al-Haddad

George’s core job is to build new features and software products across the VoltSafe tech stack. He loves the teamwork and exciting tech VoltSafe is developing daily. Citing his favourite snack as being Reese’s peanut butter cups, George also has a random superstition – he has to step evenly with each foot on concrete slabs along a sidewalk. George wants to travel Europe in the near future. In his spare time, when not perusing Youtube, he loves gaming, motorcycles and catching up on zzz’s.

Keenan Bell

Keenan Bell

Keenan’s primary focus is on analog circuit design, designing and testing our new tech making it as reliable, robust, and safe as possible. Keenan loves the freedom of being able to invent creative solutions to issues instead of following status quo. In spare time, Keenan loves to read, ride bikes, and wander alleyways in search of discarded microwaves and other electronics, pilfering their precious metallic internals for use in some weird project.  As a child his birth mother left him abandoned on the front step of VoltSafe. Although apprehensive at first, the hardware engineers took him in as their own and raised Keenan, teaching him the ways of our kind.

Fariha Shaikh

Fariha Shaikh

Fariha develops, tests and maintains firmware for prototypes and current products and more. She loves the supportive workplace culture and finds the job fulfilling, noting that getting to work with some of the most talented, hilarious individuals helps her learn on a daily basis. And, the doggos – Fariha loves the VoltSafe office doggos the most. Fariha is also a talented singer, loves to paint, read, and write in her spare time. She also enjoys solving sudoku puzzles (or just any puzzle, really).

Thomas Bichel

Thomas Bichel

Thomas’ core responsibilities revolve around product testing and instrumentation, including building a machine to ensure that VoltSafe products are up to industry specs. Thomas loves the freedom and trust Voltsafe shows to pursue projects in his own way, allowing for the ability to problem-solve creatively and build out ideas to completion. In spare time, Thomas tinkers with projects, from building a daft punk helmet to learning the electric bass. An avid reader and walker by nature, Thomas also loves new ideas – he writes them down or shares them out loud (a strategy that keeps him thinking and also scored him a free pickle at a bar once). The weirdest thing he ever brought on a bus was a 70-inch by 50-yard roll of fabric (and he does NOT recommend). Twix, the colour green, and his family’s dogs back home in Okotoks, are just a few of Thomas’ fave things.

Adam Beckie

Adam Beckie

Adam has an integral role within the hardware engineering team designing the electrical systems for future product prototypes. He loves the company culture, citing it as one that is super welcoming and friendly. Everyone is an approachable and genuine person. His fave Instagram page is of course, VoltSafe’s! But a close second place is the Youtuber “Binging with Babish’s” channel. His favourite snack is the infamous Mr. Big candy bar. A long time ago, Adam once got a super sized Mr..Big while Trick or Treating in elementary school around Halloween. Being a good kid, he knew he wasn’t allowed to eat that much candy in a single sitting, rather, over multiple sittings. But, being a mischievous 2nd grader, Adam snuck the whole thing into his room and ate it all at once. So to this day, Adam’s favourite chocolate bar is probably that specific Mr. Big. His favourite vacation spot is at his friend’s farm in the Gulf Islands. Sadly, since he can only go when his buddy invites him over, he’s asked us to put forth this public request: If you have a farm in the Gulf Islands for Adam to vacation on, please contact him directly.

Phil Garber

Phil Garber

Phil leads business development for VoltSafe, driving B2B sales of commercial products and pursuing partnerships for future verticals. He supports the engineering team by researching user pain points and represents the end user during product development. Phil enjoys working to overcome VoltSafe’s monumental challenge as part of an eager, fun and resilient team.

Gaurav Parmar

Gaurav Parmar

Gaurav is an early riser who hits the ground running before many are even out of bed. His motivation and drive results in him contacting countless retailers and potential partners to procure sales for VoltSafe. He grew up in Vancouver but recently moved to Surrey, and now makes the Fraser Valley home.  

Lorraine Colond

Lorraine Colond

As a Customer Success Associate at VoltSafe, Lorraine’s shares her enthusiasm with customers providing a first-class level of service. She loves how much VoltSafe products are making a difference in the lives of everyone from those with accessibility concerns to those who are just looking for a safer, simpler and smarter solution to connect to electricity. Lorraine loves Instagram storytelling, spending time getting to know other people and hearing about their background, as well as volunteering with programs to help those in need.

Rich Koh

Rich Koh

Rich has a direct hand in bringing life to the VoltSafe brand, its tech and products. Rich is a veteran creative designer who produces incredible visual content to help tell the VoltSafe brand story. Rich gets excited about revolutionizing antiquated tech and claims he loves being surrounded by people way smarter than himself

Kristina Kim

Kristina Kim

Kris designs engaging and responsive websites for VoltSafe products and ensures website function and stability across multiple devices. She also comes up with great ideas and content for social media. For Kris, VoltSafe has created a fantastic office atmosphere through 3 simple things: an amazing team to bounce creative ideas around and turning them into solutions; unlimited doggo hugs and pets, plus ice cream chats in the kitchen.

Nazar Shpak

Nazar Shpak

VoltSafe Headquarters would not be nearly as efficient nor organized if not for Nazar who works tirelessly to get endless tasks done. When he does have a weekend to enjoy some down time, he tries to figure out the Top 3 Bosnian songs of all time or watches medieval battle re-enactments. His weekends will commonly be described it as “good enough” and as the busiest guy at VoltSafe and a man of few words, it’s also why his bio is this brief too.

Heitor Frossard

Heitor Frossard

Hector is a fan fave at VoltSafe and is of the company’s most versatile employees working on system administration, operations and offering engineering support. On any given day, Hector can be counted upon to pinch hit on any number of VoltSafe tasks. Originally from Brazil, Hector now makes North Vancouver his home.

Advisory Board Members

President & CEO

President & CEO

Generation Marketing

Naval Architect

Naval Architect

Co-Founder, VMCC