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Living Efficient Daily (LED) isn’t just a smart slogan dreamed up by the proprietors of Calgary’s trailblazing Virtuoso Electric – these are words they live by. Driven by their passion for sustainable energy, Gursh Bal (PELP ’12) and Kai Fahrion (AELP ’15) never tire of spreading the gospel of green technologies or pushing the envelope when it comes to their ever-expanding industry.
The duo launched Virtuoso in 2015 while they were still working regular hours at Stratus Electrical & Instrumentation. After 10- or 12-hour workdays, they moonlighted as entrepreneurial eco-friendly electricians to build and spread the word about their business.
“The word ‘sleep’ left our vocabularies during that time,” Fahrion says. “Sleep was a thing we sacrificed, but it was worth it.”
That hard work has paid off. Virtuoso has accomplished three years’ worth of business goals in six months. The company services a vast array of professional and residential clients, earned certification to install commercial and residential Tesla charging stations, and won SAIT’s Build Your Business Competition, a Dragon’s Den-style event where their business plan was selected by a panel of judges to receive $5,000 donated by Joan and Jack Donald (MMPU ’58, HOND ’12).
Despite their quick rise to success, Fahrion and Bal remain humble and dedicated to their main goal: bringing sustainable energy solutions to everyone in Alberta.
“We want to provide everyone with an efficient way of living,” Bal says.
“Our goal isn’t necessarily to knock oil out of its place. We just want to provide Albertans with a way to leave a smaller carbon footprint.”