PRESIDENT A ND C EO, CLEVEST SOLUTIONS
EOY finalists in 2011, Thomas Ligocki and Clevest reapplied in 2017 because sales had grown 44 percent year-over-year and the firm attracted a major new investor, Energy Impact Partners (EIP). Based in New York, EIP is a coalition of global energy companies. “We focus on utilities, so having [Energy Impact Partners] take interest in us was a great boost of confidence, given their criteria for innovation,” Ligocki says. Clevest's mobile workforce management software for utilities is used by more than 220 energy companies worldwide.
When Ligocki's family immigrated to B.C. from Czechoslovakia as political refugees in 1985, he was 13 and spoke no English. Nine years later, he graduated from UBC with a BSC in computer science and began working on Skytrain software for train manufacturer Alcatel Alsthom (now Alstom). He also studied part-time for a master's degree through a university consortium that comprised UBC, SFU and the University of Alberta, graduating with an MSC in software technology from Uofa. In 2006, after founding and then selling online food delivery service Yummy web, Ligocki launched Clevest.