Safety for Seniors, Children, Aging Parents and even Ourselves!!
At iGuardFire, we are the innovators of iGuardStove. It is the best quality Kitchen and Stove Fire Prevention Solutions on the market – our solutions even come recommended by Fire Prevention Officers! Protecting kitchens across North America, the iGuardStove offer safety for regular ranges, electric cooktop models and even natural gas stoves!
The creation of the iGuardStove itself came from two places. The original much older version called Stove Guard, marketed by a different family business, needed to be brought into todays market of demanding consumers and secondly from a devastating and challenging family crisis.
Our mother had got cancer and while undergoing treatments the medications she was given were affecting her memory and her low energy levels seriously effected her ability to use the stove. As she was aging in place, she was slowly using the stove less and less and as she slowly lost her relationship with her beloved stove the cooking duties fell into Dad’s lap.
On top of Dad not being very experienced in managing cooking he was also distracted by mom’s sometimes sudden and immediate need for his assistance. The situation and pressure dad was under with mom aging in place and the cooking started to concern us.
My other 2 siblings and I, being in different provinces, would have loved to be able to take an active role in watching what was happening with Dads cooking and his interactions with the stove but it was physically impossible.
To us kids having the ability to get emergency messages from the kitchen, being able to prevent dad from using the stove at certain times and knowing that there was a watchful eye looking after the stove were very important to us. We also wanted to know if Dad was even cooking for mom. We were stressed and we wanted it all.
And gradually over time more features grew from necessity.
Moms battle was unsuccessful and she never did get to see the fruit of our labours. But we continued on and finally finished the iGuardStove. We knew that our situation was not unique and that other families with similar and troubling situations could now benefit from what we had created
We are happy knowing that they do not have to worry the way we had.
Go with quality you can trust – go with iGuardStove.
Keeping Families Safe is Our Mission
Bill Ferguson – CEO and Founder
Bill’s 30 year entrepreneurial background coupled with a Journeyman Electrical License and IT savvy has been the foundation of success in various projects, ranging from real estate developments to commercial businesses. After moving from the electrical trade, Bill began operating an agency that sold lighting products for approximately 30 companies across the US, Canada and Europe, marketing to architects and engineers. From there, he branched into buying and developing commercial real estate for his personal holdings. Following the sale of these holdings, he moved to Kelowna in Sept. 2000. It was at this point that his keen innovative disposition and natural marketing skill set inspired him to create the iGuardStove. Bill is currently unmarried and spends most of his time focused on the business. He currently oversees all daily activity, including financial management, sales orders, website maintenance, as well as sales and marketing.
Kimberley Evans – VP of Business Development
Kim’s wealth of successful business development projects brings a unique approach to challenging branding, marketing, and sales initiatives. Kim is most proud of her fifteen years in the financial industry where she built an extensive portfolio; launched and operated a wholesale import/export business into Asia for five years; and created and spearheaded what is today a major provincial fundraising event, Paws for a Cause Walkathon. Charged with sales, marketing, administration, and advertising, Kim excels at building and sustaining long term customer relationships.
Gary Gunthorpe – Chief Technology Officer
Gary’s extensive 40 year business background, coupled with his engineering experience, brings our technology to the forefront of the industry. Gary managed twelve start-up companies over the past 35 years and currently sits on the board of 6 private companies. Backed by a BSc in Electrical Engineering from University of Manitoba (1972), Gary began his career in the power utility industry. In 1978, he started RigTronics Systems, which, after substantial growth, was sold to Global Thermal Electric Systems, where Gary remained as Manager of New Business and Development for three years. Gary is responsible for the design, engineering, manufacturing, and logistics of the iGuardStove.
Bernard Parkinson – Corporate Development Leader
Mr. Parkinson has 35 years of business experience in a variety of senior management roles, in private and public companies, with a focus on creating and realizing shareholder value. His experience has included corporate restructuring; building and leading senior management teams; building multi-partner business “ecosystems”; deal sourcing and structuring; negotiating multi-party contracts; and, completing a number of mergers and acquisitions. He has the ICD.D designation and has sat on a number of for-profit/non-profit boards.
Sean Rooke – GM of Product Development
Graduated from DeVry Calgary in 1997 with a BSc (Honours) Electronics Engineering Technology, Sean has worked with Deltatee since graduation, first as a junior design technologist figuring out which end of the soldering iron to hold, how 220VAC works (through the body), and learning how to “let the smoke out” of electronic components. This experience lead into creating 2D mechanical drawings, and developing the preliminary centralized purchasing system for Deltatee Enterprises. Materials and inventory management and logistics became his primary role, where he developed his electronic component product knowledge and customer and supplier relations skillset.
Logan Gunthorpe – Engineering
Graduated with a BSc in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta and has his P.Eng with Apega. Mr. Gunthorpe worked with Deltatee Enterprises, part time for ten years before joining full time in 2007. He has extensive experience writing software in a variety of programming languages for Linux, Windows and Embedded systems . He has worked on multiple FPGA designs and is well versed in circuit design, PCB layout and industrial design. Mr. Gunthorpe is also responsible for maintaining Deltatee’s IT software and infrastructure.
Randy Woo – Manufacturing Manager
Graduated from SAIT in 1997 from the Electronics Engineering Technology program. Randy spent two years with Nortel Networks in Calgary, dealing with various facets of manufacturing and testing. From software product verification to hardware functional testing and troubleshooting. After leaving Nortel Networks, Randy spent two years with the Alberta Motor Association in Edmonton as a Systems Developer for the EMSS. Where he was an integral part in the development, testing, documentation and assembly of this system, which is used nationwide in commercial drivers education. Randy has been involved with all stages of product development and manufacturing. In addition to managing the manufacturing department, Randy is involved with the final design of products to ensure manufacturability.
Ken Deering – Corporate Sales
I’m a baby boomer “Adult Child” of an Aging in Place parent who has an iGuardStove Intelligent product connected to her oven. I bought the product after doing a search for an oven shut-off product that would enable my mother to safely remain in her home regardless of any memory issues that may develop. I joined iGuardFire based on my own experience as a customer and with a passion about scaling our US Go to Market success.
I’m an experienced technology executive that is passionate about disruptive products, customers, and startups. I’ve led product launches for mobile communications ( Glenayre Communications ), software (Crystal Reports ), clean tech ( WISErg ), SaaS, and maritime GIS ( OffShore Systems). I bring over 25 years of experience in high-tech companies selling products and services in the US market to the team. I’ve also held senior management positions including VP Business Development, VP Sales, VP E-commerce, and General Manager.
I Co-founded two technology companies, HomeGrocer.com, raised VC funding from Kleiner Perkins and Amazon in 1999 which went public on Nasdaq in March 2000. I’m also a Graduate of the Executive Sales & Marketing Program – Sauder School of Business of the University of British Columbia.