After completing his studies in chemical engineering at Laval University, Andre Rochette began selling programmable thermostats. At the time, energy efficiency was still a relatively new idea and Andre saw the potential to think big. In 1993, Richard Tremblay, an experienced engineer with a remarkable capacity for innovation, arrived on the scene. Together, Andre and Richard helped clients reduce energy bills through new solutions: efficient lighting and dual-energy heating. Andre demonstrated his level of commitment, one of Ecosystem’s core values, by guaranteeing the savings. “It was the future, but we didn’t know it yet,” Andre later said about Ecosystem’s burgeoning mission and approach.
By the late 90s, energy efficiency was a concept that was steadily gaining traction and being backed by new legislation from the Quebec government: a project’s net present value (NPV) became the main criterion when selecting engineering firms for energy performance projects in school boards and hospitals. NPV indicates the financial benefit that a project will generate for a client over time. Ecosystem, whose team was continually growing, received numerous contracts for energy performance projects due to its experience implementing measures to increase the overall value of infrastructure. The approach that Ecosystem had championed for years was now becoming a recognized industry standard.
With energy prices rising in the new millennium, energy performance projects were becoming increasingly attractive. School boards and hospitals in the province of Quebec turned to Ecosystem for deep energy retrofits. The company continued to grow and opened an office in Montreal in 2000. Ecosystem’s success in Quebec sparked the interest of hospitals and the commercial sector in Ontario. Ecosystem saw this as an opportunity to establish a Toronto office in 2002.
Ecosystem continued to strengthen its position as a leading energy services company, performing deep energy retrofits in nearly 20 Ontario hospitals and over half the school boards in the province of Quebec. In 2009, Ecosystem entered the American market and established an office in New York City. In 2010, the New York office implemented its first project at Beth Israel Brooklyn Hospital (today Mount Sinai-Brooklyn), which earned the company the Energy Project of the Year award from the Association of Energy Engineers in 2013/2014 and an EBie Award from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2015.
Today, still driven by creative thinking and bold leadership, Ecosystem implements customized energy projects that are both time-tested and innovative. Continually adapting to emerging needs, Ecosystem remains at the forefront of new solutions for decarbonization, energy independence, and resiliency. In light of rising energy costs, the demand for energy projects continues to grow, particularly in the industrial and real estate sectors. Environmental responsibility, as well as profitability, are joint imperatives, and companies are increasingly turning to energy retrofits to contribute to both of these goals.