We are a building energy technology and financing company that resolves the persistent barriers to meaningful energy and environmental performance in buildings
We believe that buildings are the game-changers in the fight against climate change – they offer the greatest opportunity to reduce carbon emissions for least cost.
We each have decades of experience in our respective fields. Collectively, we:
- Have analyzed and managed energy flows in hundreds of buildings
- Are familiar the latest energy saving technologies and solutions
- Have a deep understanding of the construction industry
- Understand real estate and construction finance; and
- Are experts in sustainability and local government requirements
In short, we have the knowledge and desire to create profitable and long lasting partnerships that will transform that way we generate, sell, and use energy.
Learn more about what each member of our team brings to the table, below.
David Van Seters
David is the founder and President of Sustainability Ventures. He is an experienced business professional who uses business tools such as full cost accounting, market based instruments, ecological economics, natural capital valuation, and social finance to help clients improve the sustainability of their projects and initiatives. David’s business skills are founded in experience; he has launched three businesses, including an organic grocery home delivery service that is now the largest in North America. David has also taken on leadership roles as the National Environmental Practice Leader for KPMG Canada, Global Sustainable Development Technical Community Leader for Golder Associates, and CEO of a number of green enterprises.
For 25 years, David has pursued his passion for sustainability by seeking out ways to integrate social, environmental, and economic objectives to enhance social well-being and environmental integrity in communities and organizations. He has extensive experience in sustainability planning, sustainable food systems, building energy efficiency, sustainable transportation, waste minimization, community sustainability, and sustainable business.
David holds an Environmental Biology Degree from McGill University and a MBA from the University of Alberta.
Director, Building Performance Solutions
Helen is a British architect and business consultant working at the forefront of innovative building policy, design and technology in BC and around the world. She is a co-founder of Building Technology Innovations, a sustainable building technology incubator. She advises BC construction businesses on innovation and currently serves on the Canadian Construction Association’s CSR Taskforce and as chair of the UN Sustainable Buildings and Climate Initiative’s Technical Committee on Materials.
Previously, she was co-founder and executive director of Light House Sustainable Building Centre — a Vancouver-based market catalyst for green building. She has also worked for Metro Vancouver leading their award-winning green building program (BuildSmart). As an architect she as worked for Busby Bridger and Bunting Coady in Vancouver and for Foster and Partners in London, England.
Helen gained her architecture degree with honours at Sheffield University in 1985, a post-graduate diploma in architecture from Kingston Polytechnic in 1988. She was admitted as a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1990. In 2001, she received her MBA from the University of BC where she was also awarded the Schulich Fellowship in Entrepreneurship.
Director, Business Development
Nick Farina thrives at the leading edge of the rapidly evolving building energy technology space. With over 40 years in the field, he brings to eStresm his deep industry knowledge combined with a fascination for innovation and a strong entrepreneurial instinct. Prior to eStream, Nick was the President and Chief Operating Officer of Enerpro, which he founded in 1996 as a full service provider of intelligent, energy management programs for new construction and infrastructure upgrades in retrofitted buildings.
During his tenure with Enerpro, Nick pushed the envelope with existing buildings and new construction, directing the design of control and measurement systems in over 100 buildings. This work resulted in saving businesses and strata councils millions of dollars by delivering substantial energy savings (many by more than 50%). A highlight was Nick’s leadership in introducing measurement and optimization technology to the award-winning Vancouver Olympic Village, helping the project become the first LEED Platinum neighbourhood in Canada.
Despite so many technical accomplishments, Nick understands that the barriers to energy management and the reduction of consumption are not simply technical — in fact, they are mostly human and economic. His role at eStream encompasses both business leadership and working hand-in-hand with building owners and developers to eliminate the financial hurdles to energy efficiency within the constraints of a competitive construction market.