About Levven

Focus

Levven means life.

At Levven, our vision is to change the world for the better where we can.

Our focus is on improving people’s lives with simple, affordable controls. For us, simple goes beyond use; it includes production, resources and integration.

To accomplish something of significant scope, it’s going to take vision, innovation, and drive. Everyone who is a part of Levven understands and lives this truth.

Core Values

Do what we say we are going to do.

Innovate all-ways, featuring simplicity.

Take action.

We go together.

History

With two decades of experience as a development and contract manufacturer, we are leveraging our skills, talents and facilities to improve the lives of everyday people with simple affordable controls.

Levven has a 30-year history in the high-tech electronics industry. From our beginning in 1983 as a “Centre for Engineering Excellence” within the University of Alberta, we have evolved and expanded into a vibrant, market-focused manufacturer.

Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, our team specializes in the design, manufacturing, and sales of simple, affordable controls. We work with professional contractors, distributors, and OEMs to help create responsive spaces for everyday people.

Levven Controls and Levven Audio are the result of our passion and drive to improve the lives of people around the world.

We make intelligent buildings available to everyone.

Leadership Team

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James Keirstead

President and CEO

James is responsible for managing the vision and growth of Levven Electronics, developing and executing long-term corporate strategies, and building relationships with partners, stakeholders and investors.

He is a life-long entrepreneur with a commitment to innovation, excellence and enhancing people’s lives. Prior to founding Levven, James transformed a struggling local manufacturer into a successful international company.

James is an active member and contributor to several entrepreneur organizations including Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO Edmonton), Alberta Women Entrepreneurs, and Rainforest Alberta.

James’ drive for success also extends into other facets of his life. He’s completed Iron Man competitions and mountain bike races. In one extreme challenge, he swam 15 km across the Northumberland Strait from New Brunswick to Prince Edward Island.

When he isn’t focused on the business, you can find him with his family in Edmonton.

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Marv Verlage

Vice President (Sales & Marketing) and Partner

Marv is responsible for product vision, systems strategies, and customer service.

He was the founder of Martech Marketing, a respected and successful outsourced sales company serving manufacturers in the electrical industry. He grew Martech into a nation-wide company and was its President for 25 years.

Marv was a member of TEC Canada, a peer-advisory organization dedicated to accelerating the growth of emerging companies. He contributed to group sessions led by local business leaders and visiting TEC speakers.

When Marv isn’t coming up with business answers, you can find him touring on his motorcycle in summer, carving mountain backcountry on his snowmobile in winter, or spending time with his family.

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Jim Qualie, P.Eng

Director of Research and Development, and Co-founder

Jim is responsible for product development and leading the Research and Development Team at Levven.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, specializing in robotics and embedded systems.

Since 2001, Jim has brought several products to mass production in controls, sensors, asset tracking, lighting, audio, wireless, and networking.

Jim is passionate about the creative process, failing fast, incrementalism, and system architecture.

He is a proud father of two children and is a committed learner to building musical instruments, astrophysics, and composing orchestral-electronic hybrid music.

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Nimal Rodrigo

Chief Financial Officer

Nimal is a performance-driven Chartered Accountant with 28 years’ experience, 20 years as a financial and operations executive with organizations ranging from large public (SYD: TSX.V, MTK: TSX, INTU: NASDAQ) to start up private companies.

A committed team player with a strong professional network built on results, accountability, compassion and trust.

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Nabil Fallah

Director of Manufacturing, and Co-Founder

Nabil is responsible for product manufacturing, quality control and supply chain, and has over 20 years of experience in the electronics manufacturing industry.

Nabil is always looking for ways to optimize manufacturing processes to ensure customer satisfaction and success.

Nabil enjoys spending his time between his work, his family and cooking.