Steve Whelan

Steve Whelan

Owner/ Shop Dog caretaker

When did you join LWE?

How long have you lived in Fernie?
28 years

Where did you grow up?
Buchans, NFLD

What do you enjoy most about working with LWE
I have the coolest job. I get to work with people who build things, people who create things, people who design things, and people who are talented, creative, skilled, passionate and most of all love what they do. It’s infectious…that’s what I love most about working in LWE.

What’s the Fernie difference
The small-town vibe. Of course the skiing, mountain biking (summer or winter), the mountains, the river, all the outdoor activities are amazing, but the energy of the people of Fernie is the best thing about living in Fernie. The ski clubs, the 2nd Ave vibe, the Wednesday social, the outdoor culture, the arts, diverse business, the Sunday farmers market, all the cool restaurants, coffee shops and of course breweries. Fernie punches well above its weight in so many ways. That’s what’s best about living in Fernie.

What would you say is your greatest strength at work?
My vision, determination, creativity, my passion for building cool things and my passion for our people.

What would you say is LWE‘s greatest strength?
We embrace the creative process of building and strive to continuously improve, it’s ingrained in LWE’s DNA. If there is a better way, a better process, a better product, or a better way of thinking we are on it. Whether it’s solar panels on the roof of our office and shop, a higher performing heating system, a better design, a better tool for the job or better way of building we are all in. It’s just how we’re wired.