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Our Team

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Solution 105’ers live, eat and breathe our company values–our staff are our brand ambassadors.

Here’s what each has to say about why they love their job, their most memorable moment at work, and what they do for fun.

Chris Vilcsak, President & CEO

chrisThe best thing about S105 is the people I work with and the people I work for. It’s a joy when we all come together and creatively solve whatever problem our client is facing.

My most memorable moment at S105 was our 10th Birthday Celebration, our big client (and their families) appreciation party, held at the Telus Science Centre. It really hit home that the greatest gift we give our clients is saving them time, so they can enjoy themselves and spend more time with their families. The other highlight of the night was laying the foundation for an environmental focus for the future of S105.

For fun I love being outside – kayaking, mountain climbing, downhill skiing. And, traveling to remote areas, in foreign lands. I am also a Certified Hypnotherapist, passionate about helping people move forward into the life they want… mostly getting out of their own way and learning from their past rather than taking their past with them.

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Tara Timinski, VP Corporate Services

taraI’m proud to wear many hats at S105. Okay, people say I’m bossy. But I sure do get things done–accounting, HR, marketing, special event planning, employee satisfaction…and lots more. I love the flexibility of my job, the people I work with and a perfect work–life balance. My girls grew up in the office from six weeks of age. Their ultimate playdate is coming to work and playing with our President, Chris. He makes the best forts.

My favourite memories at S105? Client open houses, Christmas parties, BBQ’s, volunteering at the Food Bank, office moves, our 10th birthday party at the Telus Centre, winning the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award…

My family is my passion. Two girls under five keeps me busy. I let off steam at bootcamp, yoga and zumba, and relax with photography and gardening. At the end of the day, the one thing I love most is a great glass of red.

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Les Cebula, Submetering Project Manager

lesI’m the S105 IT developer extraordinaire. My colleagues are always throwing me new challenges and it’s great to tackle them and keep on learning.

I love the chilled-out atmosphere at S105 and sharing interests with co-workers who are like friends. I’m really proud of S105’s many accolades, like the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Small Business Award and Alberta Venture’s Best Workplace.

My best times at S105 is when the team lets loose at BBQ’s and Christmas parties. It’s fantastic to be encouraged to bring my young boys Nataniel and Dominik to the office too. And Gucci, my loveable boxer dog. My favourite thing to do is spend time with the boys and my adorable wife, Marta. To relax you’ll find me playing soccer, watching movies and–go figure–building and repairing computers.

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Randy Graf, IT Developer Consultant

If it seems impossible at first glance, that’s my kind of problem. The tougher the challenge, the more motivated I am to mentor and teach our IT team to find a way of solving the difficulty.

Call it denial of our Alberta winters, but I like to wear Hawaiian shirts and shorts all year round. Indeed I showed up that way for our ‘formal’ Christmas party one year–worth every second of seeing Tara and Michelle lose their minds until I changed into something more appropriate.

I’m very handy with a billiard cue, woodwork and making Christmas gifts for the S105 team. My hand carved trivets and cookie batter in a jar seem to go down particularly well with my colleagues.

Relaxation also comes from time outdoors hiking and camping with my two sons, Evan & Dion and wife Felicity.

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Ana Talstaya, Submetering Project Assistant

AnaI assist our submetering and data analysis groups so that they help our customers in an effective and timely manner. I enjoy having a wide range of tasks – it is never boring – while being involved in projects from inception to completion.

Three main things I love about Solution 105: first of all, it is a great team and it is a pleasure to work here. Second, we implement new tools including modern submetering equipment and our own software that we are proud of – this means constant learning and development. Third, and very important – the environmental focus of Solution 105. When we help our clients to save money by reducing their carbon footprint, we help our planet!

In my free time, I love going to the theatre and concerts, reading books in three languages, taking drawing courses, swimming, biking, and growing flowers in my garden. My dream is to travel more through Canada and to far places to admire gorgeous landscapes and learn about different countries and cultures.

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Daniel Palombo, IT Developer

DanielFacing new programming challenges is what I love most about my job at Solution 105. I enjoy logic puzzles and thinking outside the box, and being an IT Developer means I get to feel engaged at work every day. I feel proud whenever I walk past someone’s desk and see that they are using code that I wrote.

Meeting all of my coworkers for the first time was very memorable for me.  Everyone has been friendly and approachable, and I felt I was able to fit in easily. My colleagues have always been there to lend a hand and help me develop my skills, and it is sometimes jarring to look back and see how much I have improved because of them.

When I’m not at work, I’m usually painting miniatures, sketching, reading, or programming. I will also leap in to help my friends make short films for school when they need me. I wouldn’t call myself an artist, but I find it enjoyable to exercise my creative side.

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Cameron Mitchell, VP Data Analysis and Forecasting

cameronI’m proud to call myself employee #1 at Solution 105. Considering I was the first company employee back in 1999, I think that’s fair.

I’m the resident energy industry expert, number cruncher and cracker of whips in the Data Analysis and Forecasting department. You should see how excited I get when I find billing errors that save our clients lots of money. Yes, sounds corny, but what I love most about my job is helping our clients. Flexible hours and control over my own work also make my job great.

In my spare time I dream of and practice to win a major tennis or PGA golf tournament. I spend half my year obsessing over fantasy football and the other half fixated with the hockey drafts. The very best thing of all time at S105 is that I found my wife Tara here. Together we are proud to have collaborated on our two beautiful girls, Riley & Ruby.

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Keith Kowalsky, Senior Data Analyst

keithI like problem solving and hacking away at issues, as each time I’m part of solving something it means I’ve properly used my skills and knowledge. And it just makes the time at work pass quicker, it’s good to be able to put my head down and focus and be compensated – while still enjoying myself.

There have been too many memorable moments to count! I get to experience all of the new training/teaching that comes with managing co-op students, and have long form discussions about interesting ideas and my field of expertise. There have been plenty of fun times with gingerbread house competitions, patio lunches, parties and events that were excellent.

I stay fit through recreational soccer and hitting the gym. I’ll head out to events and hear about others who work in data and analytic fields and get to talk about all the interesting technology and advancement that exists. I am passionate about managing my rental properties and investments, although sometimes it is more akin to gambling, all towards becoming more self-sufficient and independent (a.k.a richer). I read mostly fiction, and I love videogames as well as playing boardgames, watching plenty of shows and content, and enjoying good food.

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Dzianna Hopson, Submetering Technical Assistant

DziannaI love being busy! And at Solution 105 there is always something to do and a variety of tasks. I never find myself bored and the team is always there to lend a hand if I find myself ever caught up on the work assigned to me.

I love the lunchtime conversations (and playing Monopoly Go.) But I’d have to say one of my favorite memories was when one of the co-op students asked some fun philosophy questions. The debate that followed was very entertaining, even if we didn’t all agree.

In my spare time – if I can find any with my brand-new husband Gavin and our 9-year son Jude and 10-year-old daughter Claudia – I love to play games! Board games, video games, roleplaying games. I am passionate about gaming! On the weekends I love to play board games with my family; right now, the household favorite is the Catacombs of Karak. And I also work with a team on a visual novel type game in my spare time, that is coming along beautifully.

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Matt Cassady, IT Developer

MattI graduated from NAIT from the Computer Engineering program. In 2014, I started at Solution 105 as the Tenant Submetering guy. I have since moved into an IT Developer role, in which I spend most of my time managing databases as well as creating websites and tools for both in-house and client use.

I love being able to take an idea out of my colleague’s heads and using it in combination with extra info and other neat features, to create a fully functional website for our clients, like our SmartPortal for example!

When not at work, I can be found playing men’s soccer with Les or pretending I’m a professional hockey goalie for my beer league team. When I’m not feeling in the sporty mood, I often cuddle up with my cat Dixie, and spend my night gaming.

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Natasha Dion, IT Developer

chrisI’ve been a part of the IT team at Solution 105 for over five years already. I was hired right after graduating from the University of Calgary and I couldn’t be more grateful for Solution 105 to give me such a great start to my career. The dynamic learning environment has helped me quickly develop my skills from the backend databases and software to the front-end websites.

I work remotely from Calgary so my best memories are the Christmas parties. It’s nice to see everyone’s faces both those I know and the new ones I don’t.

I love how Solution 105 encourages a healthy work–life balance. There is lots of vacation time and staff events to encourage and refresh moral allowing me to tackle any task with more efficiency. I can’t wait to see what difficulty we will solve next!

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