Sean Stofer’s diverse experience in engineering, architecture and business quickly moved him up the ranks in the residential construction industry and led to him founding several companies in complementary industries.
After eight years in structural engineering and commercial real estate development, Stofer started Westpeak Developments in 2010. He focused on custom luxury single-family residential construction and helped take the company to the top of the market. Stofer has designed most of the homes Westpeak has built, and he was awarded a Georgie Award for one of his first design-builds.
Stofer also launched several developments and solar energy projects, and has acted as a business and financial adviser to multiple companies.
“I have always enjoyed refining business plans and writing incredibly elaborate operation and financial models, so when the right opportunities present themselves, I jump in head first,” he said.
In 2018, Stofer co-founded Arctic Pharm Cannabis, where he is COO and a director. He also serves as COO of NuYen, a tech company focused on the development of data-centre facilities powered by renewable energy.
Stofer also has a few side projects including a renewable energy company, and he has a goal of making green energy more accessible and profitable.
“I’m also proud to have a near-net-zero home with a large solar array, and I believe in leading by example,” said the father of two.
Stofer said building a development and construction company from the ground up, gaining an invaluable skill set along the way and founding several new companies are the career achievements he’s proudest of so far.
“What I love about my diverse career is the pure creation element,” he explained. “In development and construction, you have the physical architecture, whereas in startups you have a blank canvas on the mental, cultural and financial elements of the business as well.”
Stofer previously worked for Shape Properties Corp., Klohn Crippen Berger Ltd. and Bogdonov Pao Associates Ltd., and ran his own consulting business.
Birthplace: Port Alberni
Where you live now: North Vancouver
Highest level of education: Bachelor of applied science in civil engineering, University of British Columbia
Currently reading: The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Currently listening to: Milky Chance to French Montana (I’m all over the place)
When you were a kid, what you wanted to be when you grew up: A pro athlete or an engineer. At least one came true
Profession you would most like to try: Stuntman. Never a dull moment
Toughest business or professional decision: Leaving a salary to found a new company
Advice you would give the younger you: Pull off the blinders and enjoy the day-to-day more often. Extreme focus can be a mixed blessing and it’s all for nothing if you can’t find the right balance
What’s left to do: Take the startups to the top, refine the businesses, create strong culture and lead with purpose. Spend time with the people I love and raise two kids to have strong morals and values
“I have always enjoyed refining business plans and writing incredibly elaborate operation and financial models, so when the right opportunities present themselves, I jump in head first”
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