Waqas Ali

Assistant Manager of Operations and Maintenance

Give us a brief overview of your role.

As Assistant Manager of Operations and Maintenance (O&M), I oversee the continuous monitoring of our solar plant performance. My responsibilities extend to analyzing performance data for trends and inefficiencies, implementing preventive maintenance schedules, and managing repairs for equipment failures. I diagnose technical problems, collaborate with O&M contractor technicians and engineers for timely resolutions, and implement strategies to enhance plant efficiency. Additionally, I meticulously monitor the O&M budget, ensuring cost-effective operations while maintaining optimal performance levels.

What is the most memorable moment you have had working for GSI?

One of the most memorable moments I’ve had working at GSI was when I received a delightful fruit basket to celebrate my Canadian citizenship. It was a heartwarming gesture that truly showcased GSI’s commitment to recognizing and celebrating significant milestones in their employees’ lives. Such thoughtful gestures not only highlight GSI’s appreciation for their staff but also foster a strong sense of belonging and camaraderie within the workplace.

What led you to pursue a career in project Operations and Maintenance, and more specifically in the renewables sector?

My interest in O&M in the renewables sector began with a strong passion for environmental sustainability. While studying Industrial Engineering & Management in Pakistan, I became fascinated by the potential of renewable energy technologies to combat climate change and offer sustainable power solutions. My first role in Canada was at Grasshopper Energy, working as a field service specialist, specializing in solar fields. The practical experience I gained in troubleshooting and maintaining solar installations was extremely fulfilling, confirming my passion for this field. Joining GSI and working in O&M enables me to merge my technical skills with a desire to effect positive change and create a lasting impact in the world.

Tell us one interesting fact about yourself that your colleagues might not know.

One interesting fact about myself that my colleagues might not know is that I’m a self-taught mechanic. From changing the oil and swapping out filters to diagnosing and fixing small issues, I find real joy in keeping my vehicle running smoothly. Not only does this approach save me money, but it also helps me learn new skills and gain a deeper understanding of how cars work.

How do you spend your time outside of work?

Balancing life with my 1-and-a-half-year-old daughter keeps me occupied, so my current hobby revolves around spending time outdoors with her, hiking and biking. It is precious time spent bonding and making memories. Gardening has also become a passion of mine; there’s something incredibly satisfying about growing your own plants and vegetables. I also enjoy spending quality time with family and friends, whether we’re having a barbecue in the backyard or exploring new places.

What is one thing you’d like to cross off your bucket list?

Visiting the pyramids in Egypt, particularly the Pyramids of Giza, is a bucket-list experience with their historical, cultural, and architectural significance. The precision and scale of the pyramids’ construction are astounding to me, given the tools and technology available at the time.

Rapid Fire Favorites

  • Movie: Divergent
  • Musician: Atif Aslam
  • Restaurant (City): Royal Ice & Spice (Karachi)
  • Food: Biryani
  • Sports Team: Pakistan Cricket Team
  • City: Makkah (Saudia)