Environmental firm owner named 2004 Young Entrepreneur for SaskThe 35-year-old owner of an environmental cleanup firm based in Regina, Saskatchewan has been named the winner of Business Development Bank of Canada's (BDC) 2004 Young Entrepreneur Award for the province of Saskatchewan. Having built a successful cleanup system for the oil refinery where he was working, Sean Frisky combined his environmental engineering expertise with business acumen to launch Ground Effects Environmental Services (GEE) in 1998.
The company manufactures premium systems for sale or rent to clients in the oil and gas, fertilizer, environmental consulting and manufacturing sectors. GEE currently has more than 70 different products on the market, serving several hundred clients in Canada and the U.S.
With fewer moving parts, the Ground Effects systems are not always breaking down in the field. "That's a big thing," says Frisky, "because many of these systems run 24 hours a day, seven days a week, unsupervised."
The systems clean up soil and groundwater without excavation, with special focus on removal of volatile organic compounds (VOCs). The company offers complete turnkey service, providing equipment, installation, training, operations and maintenance services.
"We're able to charge a premium dollar because our systems are more reliable, get the job done faster and save our clients money in the long run. We focus on customer service and a better product," says Frisky.