Why Us


Simply put

We love engineering energy recovery and industrial refrigeration systems

We take this passion for engineering and designing energy recovery systems to every project that we work on

Our Vision

At Polar Engineering we believe that every project needs to meet the expressed needs of the client, but every truly successful project delivers this by balancing first cost, new technology, and total cost of system ownership. To deliver a truly successful project we pride ourselves in taking the time to understand our client’s values. 

Armed with this belief, we engineer safety-focused solutions which meet the project objectives, but also allow our clients to build their future by taking into account items such as fast payback periods, huge greenhouse gas reductions, or minimal ongoing operation costs.

Who we work with

About Us

Polar Engineering is a comprehensive engineering, design, project management, and commissioning engineering consulting firm. At Polar we focus on engineering refrigeration systems based on our client’s needs to save energy and deliver a great product for a reasonable capital cost. 

Our clients are made up of industrial food processing facilities, hockey arenas, curling clubs, large buildings such as hospitals, and developments which employ district energy systems. Where possible Polar enjoys helping our clients to lead the way by guiding our clients to choose refrigerants which are future proof (ask us about this) and reduce their carbon footprint through fossil fuel reduction programs by  implementing heat pumps.


Energy Recovery Dashboard for Polar Engineering
track and show the public what we are doing
Looking to show off your facility?

Polar Engineering has  developed an energy recovery analysis dashboard specifically designed for recreation facilities. This dashboard will take information from the energy recovery refrigeration system controls system, and calculate both the instantaneous and to-date energy savings using Polar’s algorithms. 

Looking to show off your facility?


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Received the RFABC associates award for outstanding service to RFABC

Received Scott Plastics and Ike Barker awards for outstanding achievements in Mechanical Engineering

Received the Don W. Bell award for the Western North America YEA from ASHRAE


Principal Engineer

Ian Welle

P. Eng
  • Designed, project managed, and commissioned industrial refrigeration systems on four different continents
  • Is actively involved with TSBC and WSBC to help build a sustainable and safe refrigeration industry in Canada
  • Graduated from the University of Victoria with an A average in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in thermodynamics
  • Graduated from Camosun College with an A+ average in Mechanical Engineering Technology
  • Started and ran programs for Victoria’s homeless population for over 10 years. 
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