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What do Race Cars and Boiler Technologies have in Common? Nic Sun Explains.

Nic Sun behind the wheel.

Remember Nic Sun? He’s our make-it-happen VP of Engineering with a love of all things high-octane and high pulse rate too (more on that here). 

Well, it turns out Nic is off on another adventure – learning the ins and outs of high speed driving at the Mission Raceway. His specific vehicle of choice to train on is his very own Subaru WRX. 

Nic purchased this 2015 model completely brand new in 2014 following his graduation from the University of British Columbia. Since then he’s been working on upgrades to bring out the best in his vehicle. And like everything else, Nic didn’t just take this task on half way. 

First he changed the air and exhaust ducting, upgraded the turbo controls, and perfected the ECU tuning to improve the engine’s power delivery. Next came upgrades to the brakes, drivetrain mounts, suspension, and differentials.

“These changes came together to bring out the car’s full potential, making it capable of contending with a lot of other higher end sports cars,” explains Nic. “I find it amusing to see the similarities between tuning a forced draft burner and a turbocharged car.”

Looking under the hood of Nic’s 2015 Subaru WRX.

It turns out that these are just a few of the many similarities between streamlining a car’s speed and building a more efficient boiler systems. 

“Efficiency, power output and reliability are all affected by variables like air and exhaust duct diameters, combustion air temperature and pressure, air/fuel ratio, and presence of emissions control devices. The car’s ECU even uses the same data communication protocol that is found in the LMV linkage-less burner control platform!” Nic says, adding “maybe this is why so many burner technicians are also car enthusiasts…?”

All Nic’s hard work came together as he saw just what his newly upgraded and turbocharged vehicle could do on the racetrack. 

Nic and Christina take on the track.

“The track day was loads of fun and taught me a lot about how the car performs at the limit under extreme conditions. It was a very hot day which put a lot of strain on everything so it was a great test of what this Subaru could do ” he says, smiling.

As he pushed that pedal to the metal, Nic’s fiancé Christina also came along for the ride. Used to life at the speed of Nic, she spent the day hanging on for dear life and laughing the whole time. 

The Raven Supply GTM Race Car in action.

Nic shared the track with Tony Pregal of T’N’T Energy Systems. We’re proud to annouce Tony as the driver of a GTM race car sponsored by Raven Supply that proudly sports our logo alongside the logo of Room to Read, a global literacy charity we support with help of our customers and vendors.  We look forward to seeing Tony compete this year, and hopefully take the championship title in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

Nic Sun Shares His Love of the Outdoors Through the Raven Giving Fund

Nic Sun gives his cheque to the VASS
Nic Sun visits the VASS to drop off his Giving Fund donation in person.

As VP of Engineering, Nic Sun gives his all to every project he takes on. That means that Monday to Friday, Nic is ready, energized and enthusiastic about every proposal or client plan that he dives into. On the weekend, Nic finds another way to get his energy out- by making the most of the outdoor activities offered by the incredible mountains, lakes and oceans surrounding Greater Vancouver.

So when it came to deciding where to send his Raven Giving Fund donation, it seemed only natural that Nic would pick an organization that helps make the great outdoors accessible to everyone. That’s why, this year, Nic selected Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports (VASS) to as recipient of his Raven Giving Fund donation. Introduced in 2018, the Fund gives each of our employees $250.00 a year to donate to the charity or community group of their choice.

“Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports enables persons with disabilities to access the mountain experience, allowing them to discover their unique capabilities with the assistance of coaches and mentors,” he explains.

“Skiing and mountains have been a huge part of my life since birth. To me, nothing else in the world delivers a greater sense of freedom, joy and self-expression,” he adds. “These are all fundamental parts of the human experience that I believe all people are entitled to.”

Nic’s donation will help support VASS’s ski and snowboard programs for people living with physical and intellectual disability. This non-profit, membership based organization is run entirely by volunteer instructors who offer snowboarding, skiing, and sit-skiing classes for students of every level and any age group. 

Every instructor is Canadian Adaptive Snowsport (CADS) certified, and is dedicated to working side by side with VASS members to help them achieve their athletic goals. For some more serious members, that means preparing for races as a member of the VASS Blue Streaks Adaptive Alpine Racing Program. The Blue Streaks practice twice a week and enter general races hosted by the Grouse Mountain Tyee Ski club.

VASS also hosts the annual VASS Cup event. The VASS Cup features snowboard, ski and sit-ski races, along with sledge hockey, an adaptive snow sports experience zone, a silent auction, and even a costume contest! This year, more than 300 people came out for this event, which raised $83,000 for VASS’s programs. You can check the VASS Cup in the media here.

Thanks Nic, for letting us know about this cool organization. To find out more, visit www.vass.ca.

Meet The Team: Our Exceptional Engineers

Nic, Bennett, Linna, and Merinda of the Raven Supply Engineering Team

Taking a look at our team of engineers, you could easily mistake this bright crew for a group of students. But proving the adage that age has no bearing on one’s success, Raven Supply’s tight team of talented engineers may be young, but offer the right combination of experience and knowledge to stand out as industry leaders.

Shortly after graduating from UBC Integrated Engineering program in 2014, Nic Sun joined our team in the role of an Outsides Sales Engineer. Nic first got to know Raven Supply as a company during his 2012 rotation as our coop students, but these days he’s known around here as the VP of Engineering.

That means that Nic is always in motion- visiting engineering and contractor offices and also working with our clients one-on-one to determine their unique needs. But if you can catch him mid-action, the skills he’s gained through extended service training as well as hands on experience on the job site are a treat worth watching, and his success proves that he’s guiding the engineering team in the right direction.

Nic’s fast upward trajectory speaks to the importance of Raven Supply’s policy on employee growth. Here at Raven Supply, we do the best we can to give our employees the opportunity to flex and grow into the right position for their skills and talents.

Bennett Lee is another example of rising talent that has become an invaluable part of our team.  Bennett Lee came to our company as a coop student in 2007, and then joined our team full time in 2008 after graduating from UBC’s Bachelor of Commerce program.  Initially working with our clients as a Venting Estimator, Bennett quickly graduated to VP of Venting Sales. Now days, Bennett is the one training our incoming co-op students as well as our entire team on the latest and greatest in venting products.

Linna Luu stepped into her role as an Inside Sales Engineer in 2016 after completing her Chemical Engineering degree at the University of Alberta. Linna joined the team at the perfect time, just as we needed a capable new individual to round out our Venting Department. Since then she’s excelled in a series of roles at Raven Supply, demonstrating exceptional technical abilities and close attention to the important small details. Currently in the essential position of Project Engineer, Linna is extremely valuable to our team and to our customers, offering adaptations for each project’s unique needs flawlessly and with ease.

Merinda Widmer also comes to us from the University of Alberta’s Chemical Engineering program. The most recent addition to our Engineering Team, Merinda joined us in 2018 as an Inside Sales Engineer. First hired to support the needs of our many venting customers, Merinda had proven herself to be a valuable all around team member. Now her responsibilities extend to design projects, tanks, and other parts. This quick learner with a keen eye for detail also brings a lovely outgoing personality. We know Merinda is destined for great things, and we can’t wait to see what her future here at Raven Supply holds.

Truly, Raven Supply wouldn’t be the company it is today without these bright and ambitious individuals. A big THANKS to our Engineering Team- we couldn’t do it without you!