Born and raised in rural Ottawa (closer to Black Rapids), Darren comes to our Kingston store with a lot of industry experience. He went to school in Lindsay, Ontario to become a Game Warden but, after graduation, the number of Game Wardens in the province were dramatically reduced. Darren decided to turn to the gas industry and took a stab at selling gas appliances, furnaces and fireplaces. He caught on quickly and a passion was born. In Ottawa, he work at a few different fireplace and HVAC stores, and gained a lot of experience – he has done it all; service, sales and installations.
In 2007, Darren settled in Ottawa’s largest distributor in our industry, servicing a number of contractors and fireplace stores. But when true love came calling, Darren moved to the Kingston area to spend his time with his fianace, Leeann.
In his spare time, Darren loves to go hunting and fishing. You will often find Darren and Leann, on their days off, out fishing on one, of the back lakes in the Kingston area. For Darren, there is nothing better then sitting on watch, listening to the wildlife and waiting for the sun to come up. We are very happy to have Darren as part of our Sales and Customer Service Team in Kingston.
Born and raised in London, Ontario, Tricia was very excited to graduate from her hometown school, Western University. She was scooped up by a company that sold military survival equipment to the Canadian Military and moved to lovely British Columbia. After a number of successful years out west, Tricia felt it would be nicer to come back home to Ontario to raise her family.
Working closely with the Canadian government, moving close to Ottawa was the natural choice. After the birth of her son Noah and daughter Camryn, she changed her career to Real Estate in the Almonte area. A great place to raise a family and they are close to many of their favourite things, camping, cottaging and the great outdoors. We are very excited that Tricia has joined our Carleton Place Team.
Amy called Belleville home her entire life until recently moving to the huge metropolis of Norwood where she lives with her boyfriend Sandy and their dog Scooter. Amy joined the Peterborough team in 2016 with experience in the construction industry, customer service and office administration background. Amy LOVES to cook, all her friends and family agree, she’s pretty darn good at it (no lack of humbleness – that’s for certain). Amy loves to travel, play golf, read and host family and friend gatherings. Her infectious smile and outgoing personality have been a welcome addition to our team. Amy is always willing to help in anyway she can, if you have any questions please go see her today.
Scott joined the Friendly Fires fireplace team in Carleton Place in 2015. Scott was born and raised in Renfrew (ie – The Frew) and moved to Almonte when he met his wife Leisha in 2007. Scott attended Algonquin Collage as well as Hi Mark where he completed his gas technician course. When Scott is not at work, he enjoys relaxing with his wife and son (Vance) as well as reading up on the latest fireplace trends. Scott is WETT certified and G2 gas licensed technician.
Steve grew up in our Nation’s Capital and attended Algonquin College. When Steve’s parents decided to retire, they moved back to Kingston. After the passing of his Mom, Steve came to Kingston to be closer to his father. Six months later, he met his wife, Emily, through a mutual friend. Steve spent a few years selling cars and a stint in the plumbing industry, he came to join our Kingston Team. Now, Steve spends most of his spare time chasing after his son Liam.
Fresh out of Film school at Queen’s University in 1995, Brad helped start the Green Earth Co-op which merged with Renewable Energy of Plum Hollow in 1996. Brad’s early focus was on the pellet appliances and solar/wind energy equipment; responsible for selling, servicing and installing. Over the years, he has spoken at many Local and National symposiums about pellet, wood and alternative energy appliances. From 2002 until 2010, Brad was a member of the national board for Wood Energy Technology Transfer Inc. (WETT). Brad is a past community member of Frontenac County’s Green Energy Task Force, he was a member on Board of Director’s of SWITCH and he continues to contribute to the Feed In Tariff (FIT) program as a member of the Canadian Solar Industries (CANSIA) microFIT advisory board. Growing up in Eastern Ontario, he is the sixth generation to burn biomass fuel as a main heat source for his home. With the addition of a solar hot water heater in 2002 and a hybrid vehicle in 2005, and a Solar Grid Tied MicroFIT project in 2011, Brad is passionate about doing his part for the environment. Brad also travels across Ontario helping other fireplace and solar retailers’ owners achieve their personal goals.
When Curtis joined the team at Friendly Fires by Renewable Energy in Kingston he brought with him a great deal of sales experience and a passion for sustainability. He has worked extensively in food service and hospitality including running his own bakery and pizzeria for 6 years as well as in the industrial and health care sectors. Curtis is looking forward to doing his part for the environment by learning as much as he possibly can about the promotion of renewable energy. He will also be challenging Shaun for the title of “King of the Kamado”. Curtis and his lovely wife Sarah have two beautiful girls, Maryn and Evelyn who all enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities.
Born and raised in Harrowsmith, Duncan is our Kingston Store Manager and has been a valued member of the Friendly Fires team for years. Originally a WETT certified solid fuels technician, Duncan has gone on to acquire his G3 and G2 gas tickets. With a consistent thoughtful approach to installations & servicing, Duncan is popular with our customers. He is always willing to take time to give a thorough explanation of a newly installed stove. Duncan graduated from the Robotics Automation & Instrumentation program at St. Lawrence College. His formal education combined with practical experience gained working in the construction industry make Duncan a competent and well rounded installation & service technician. In his spare time Duncan loves to spend time at the cottage with his wife Amy and his young children Alyssa & Alex.
Duane has been involved in the hearth industry for over 10 years with time spent in electroplating and manufacturing before he joined Friendly Fires in 2008. He has filled a variety of roles since then including hearth sales, scheduling, and service. Duane moved to the Cobourg location in the fall of 2012 to manage the daily operation of the store. Duane currently calls the town of Bowmanville home and has been a resident of the Durham region for over 20 years. Duane is W.E.T.T. certified and enjoys working through detailed projects that are technically challenging and will take any opportunity to prepare a scale drawing, leading his co-workers to give him the nickname “The Professor”. Duane is not a classically trained chef, although he thinks the food he cooks on his Weber Summit gas grill and Sapphire Kamodo is pretty smoking! He believes in supporting local farmers by buying local meats and produce, which also has a positive effect on the environment by reducing energy used for transportation. He has a passion for all things culinary and always has time to trade tips and recipe ideas.
Paul was born and has lived in Almonte for most of his life – except for his College days where he lived in Peterborough and in Ottawa. After leaving college, he was offered a position in the HVAC (Heating & Air Conditioning industry) and has been in that industry even since. Paul has been married to his wife Tracy for 22 years and has 3 children: Gregory, Emily and Olivia. When Paul is not working he enjoys spending time in the outdoors with his wife and kids skiing, snowmobiling, cooking on his Black Olive pellet grill, and spending time at their trailer on White Lake. Paul joined Friendly Fires in 2015 and manages our Carleton Place fireplace and BBQ showroom.
Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario – Eric moved to the Kawarthas to have more time in the great outdoors. His passions include hunting, fishing and grilling on his Primo Oval XL and Napoleon 665 Pro.
In his former career he worked at a golf course, playing 18 holes everyday – he is our resident golf teacher.
Eric is a licensed gas and oil technician and he heats his workshop with a Kozy Heat Nicolette. He started his career with Friendly Fires as an installer back in 2008 and has now moved into the sales division. Eric’s attention to detail and technical background are a winning combination.
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Gene is recently transplanted here from the Niagara area, with over 20 years in the hearth industry. Gene spends a lot of his spare time out doors fishing the local waterways or off paddling major rivers in Canada. Gene enjoys winter activities like downhill and cross country skiing – and is well known to BBQ on his kamado charcoal grill all year long.
Hayley traveled all the way from Edinburgh (in Scotland) to work at Friendly Fires. Well, not really… but close. She previously worked for the British Government in the Department of Employment and on arrival in Canada worked as a children’s nanny for 4 years. After that, Hayley got into the world of retail (12 years in retail management). Hayley has worked for Friendly Fires for 15 years(!!) and heats her home with a pellet stove and a wood stove. Our resident female BBQ expert, Hayley enjoys BBQing on her propane BBQ as well as her charcoal kamado for her husband of 27 years and her incredible son. Her personal interests include writing, genealogy, cooking, reading and collecting cats…real ones! As for personal interests, she is a fan of the Ottawa Senators Fan (sorry Toronto fans), St. Helens Rugby League, music (except rap or hip hop), movies, spending time with family – but is not a big fan of reality TV (what the h is honey boo boo?).
Not only is Jason our on-staff engineer but he’s also our General Manager. Originally from Nova Scotia, Jason earned his Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering and Master’s of Environmental Studies degrees from Queen’s University in Kingston. Jason started his career in the manufacturing sector but learned his real passion is to work on a one-on-one basis with homeowners and businesses to incorporate cutting-edge green power to reduce both their operating costs and their environmental impact. Jason works out of Kingston but travels on a regular basis to all Friendly Fires locations and customer homes. Jason can be reached at 613-544-7050 xt.216.
A native of Peterborough, Jason’s background is in computers, natural sciences and transportation safety. This history would be a logical transition to the hearth industry of course – where Jason now has years experience in sales & customer service in the role of our Peterborough Store Manager. He is passionate about outdoor sports (soccer and kayaking at the top of his list), community involvement such as Movember (great pictures available – contact us), coaching kids soccer, and loves spending time with his family and pets (cat & many, many fish). Jason also loves cooking on his charcoal Primo Oval BBQ smoker, and heats his basement with a Friendly Fires Enviro wood insert.
Alex was born in Ottawa and considered it home until 2002 when he moved to Peterborough. In Ottawa, Alex earned a Honours Bachelor of Commerce, a Masters in Business Administration and spent the first 15 years of his career working for large companies. Alex has spent numerous hours volunteering for various charitable organizations and enjoys actively giving back to the community. He recently earned his WETT (wood energy technology transfer) designation and is active in attending educational sessions in the hearth industry. Besides researching all products sold at Friendly Fires, Alex tries to use as many Friendly Fires products as possible in his home to ensure quality before making them available for sale in our stores. On weekends, there is nothing that he loves more than BBQing (smoking) on his Charcoal Primo XL for his wife (Lorraine) and his two incredible children (Noah & Sequoia).