Jessica Coleman, Founder and President
Jessica Coleman is the Founder and President of Octane Safety Services.
She started the company in 2008. Her goal was to build a company that raised the industry standard in safety services through continuous employee training, high quality equipment, above average expectations and long lasting business relationships with employees and clients.
Aside from operating the company with business partner Tara Behrens, Jessica also works as a health and safety consultant and External Enform COR Auditor.
“I love coming up with ideas, and truthfully, ideas are the easy part,” said Jessica. “It is the implementation that is hard, and that is my true passion; taking risks, creative thinking, being inspired, being focused, being innovative!”
She has worked in the health and safety industry for more than 15 years. She earned her Occupational Health and Safety Certificate with Honours from the BC Institute of Techonology and is an External Enform COR Auditor.
Tara Behrens, COO
Tara Behrens is Octane Safety Services Chief Operations Officer and a business partner with founder Jessica Coleman.
As the COO, Tara is responsible for Octane’s marketing, corporate development and operational planning. She guides and creates the business growth strategy, cultivating opportunities in new and existing markets.
Tara started at Octane as medic but her strong work ethic and drive was soon noticed and she was promoted into a Field Operations Supervisor position and then again to Operations Manager. In 2014 she was offered the opportunity to become a partner in Octane, a role she whole-heartedly embraced.
“I enjoy the constant pace at which we work,” said Tara. “There is never a slow time as we are always striving to learn, grow and teach. Raising the Industry Standard is a daily goal, not simply a slogan.”
Estelle Bremner, Accounting Manager
Estelle Bremner is the Accounting Manager and the most senior employee at Octane Safety Services.
As the Accounting Manager, Estelle is responsible for establishing and maintaining practical and sound tax and financial processes for Octane.
She started with Octane one year after the incorporation of the company and has been a constant source of support, insight and enthusiasm ever since. In the beginning she did everything alongside founder and president Jessica Coleman, from human resources to strategist, cheerleader to babysitter.
Prior to her time with Octane, Estelle owned and operated a retail store, a trucking company with her husband and son and has extensive experience in management and senior bookkeeping roles for various Canadian companies.
Aja Wright, General Manager
Aja Wright is the General Manager at Octane Safety Services.
As the General Manager, she oversees purchasing, property management, and the Health, Safety and Environment standards within the company.
Prior to working for Octane, Aja was a lifeguard for four years. Her experiences lifeguarding, including helping save a small child, inspired her to pursue a career in first aid. She was a medic for two years in the oil and gas industry before becoming the Field Operations Manager for Octane and then the Operations Manager in October 2015.
She has risen to the new challenges within the management team and is admired for her drive and dedication to the job and the people she works with.
“The part I love about my job is that it is different every single day. There has not been two days that have been exactly the same since I started working here,” said Aja. “ And I admire the people I work with. They truly are some of the most amazing people I have ever met!”
When not working, Aja enjoys playing baseball and soccer. She would also love to live near an ocean or lake someday because she loves to swim outdoors.
Brittany Olsen, Logistics Coordinator
Brittany Olsen is the Logistics Coordinator at Octane Safety Services.
As the Logistics Coordinator, Brittany is the responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of our fleet. She makes sure the trucks and the MTC units are ready for the field whenever they're needed.
Unlike many of our other staff, Brittany does not have a medic background. Since graduating high school, she has spent several years working in gyms in Vernon BC and Grande Prairie.
She came to Grande Prairie in May 2015 and started at Octane in October 2015.
While she may eventually become a personal trainer, right now she is enjoying the journey of learning new things. She came to Octane for the challenging new job and to expand her work experience before possibly returning to school.
“I came to Octane because it sounded like an awesome company to work for and the job is busy with lots to learn and a lot going on,” said Brittany. “I like to challenge myself and I get that from this job. I really enjoy being involved in everything.”
Shayna Lee, Operations Manager
Shayna Lee is the Operations Manager for Octane Safety Services.
As the Operations Manager, Shayna is responsible for the overall operations management for Octane including inspections, drills and managing and supporting Inventory, Operations, Field, Logistics, Fleet and Purchasing Departments.
She grew up in Powell River and moved to Victoria when she was 18 to pursue an education in massage therapy.
“I like helping people (with massage) but I wanted something more versatile,” said Shayna of why she became a medic. “I like treating people and doing first aid.”
Shayna joined the Octane team three years ago as an EMT-A. She moved up to Field Supervisor in January 2016.
“I enjoy talking and dealing with people,” said Shayna, who also likes keeping busy – something her role as field supervisor does for her.
A lifelong learner, Shayna is currently earning her National Construction Safety Officer (NCSO) certification.