Our Team

Graeme Sargent

Graeme Sargent headshotOwner/Operator

Graeme Sargent has been in the HVAC industry for over 25 years as a gas fitter and mechanical contractor, with a spell away from the industry when he took voluntary redundancy from British Gas and spent two years travelling the world. On his return, he became the manager of a local plumbing and heating company before joining Surrey Fire and Rescue service as a full-time Firefighter.  

Graeme emigrated to Canada in 2008 with his Wife and 3 Daughters and quickly became involved in the community.  Since 2008, Graeme has been a volunteer for Ground Search and Rescue, coaches soccer for the local team, is a Director for the Hospice Society and a Rotarian.

After being the owner of 2 successful plumbing /electrical and HVAC companies in town, Graeme decided that he needed to make a change to get off his tools as, well, the Doctor told him he had to – 4 knee surgeries in 6 years is not conducive to working in crawl spaces and carrying heat pumps!

He sold his company, and while at a business mixer a few days later, Graeme was offered a position at the local Best Western hotel. “I really wasn’t sure what to do next, and it seemed like a new challenge, I started as Director of Business Development and then promoted to Director of Operations 3 months later”. “The owner also had a plan to turn 80 rooms of the hotel in a senior living facility. I was tasked with putting together all the market research for the financers, I then designed the floorplans for the conversions and sourced and priced everything in them, I was to become the project manager once the project started.”

“It was a great, steady job and I learned a lot, but I still felt I had more to offer – I had to be my own boss, I know heating and I know firefighting…. how can I make this work? “

Red 5 Innovations was born.

Ryan Thorburn

Ryan ThorburnVancouver Island Distributor

Ryan Thorburn is a Comox Valley paramedic and local G.P. Vanier grad who has participated in countless activities to put the Comox Valley on the world stage. Ryan has received the top honour of being given the Comox Valley’s Local Hero Award for Emergency Services. He spent 5 years as a volunteer firefighter and joined the BC Ambulance part time in 2004.

Shawn Hamilton

Shawn HamiltonVancouver Island Distributor

Shawn Hamilton was a professional firefighter (Captain) with the Calgary Fire Department for 29 years and has now been living in Victoria for the last 5 years. He has also worked in the building industry part time for over 30 years. He has supported and run countless charitable activities and most currently President of the  Gyro Club of Victoria, Outrigger Director of the Victoria Canoe and Kayak Club, and plays in the Commodores Big Band in Victoria BC.