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About Acacia

Our Philosophy

The conventional awning market is slow to deliver and there is a lot of overhead. In today’s world, there are much more efficient ways to get products to you more directly. We have worked with our production and logistics teams to streamline and optimize our processes. Acacia delivers outstanding quality quickly for very competitive prices and we pass these cost savings along to our customers.

We don’t compromise on quality to reduce costs. We use quality German engineered products and components and save through elimination of unnecessary inefficiencies in our processes.

If you order one of our Mimosa’s today, we will ship it tomorrow and you will receive it in 1 to 2 weeks depending on your location. We believe you should have your awning when you need it and not when the summer is over.

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Mark Tizya

Awning Expert

Mark began his career in 1989 as an apprentice in the glass trade and earned his journeyman status in 1992. As a result of his natural aptitude for leadership and management, he was headhunted by a European rollshutter and awning company in 1997 and became the Regional Manager in their Vancouver branch. Six years later he started Heritage Shade & Shutter and his company grew exponentially, adding a manufacturing arm in the second year and supplying commercial outdoor patio installations to restaurant chains including Cactus Club in the following year. In 2012 he spun off into a solar energy division, Novo Solar Solutions. His broad knowledge in the renewable energy field coupled with an array of successful projects landed him various speaking opportunities in the company of David Suzuki and others advocating for a clean energy future.

In 2019, Mark fell in love with Vancouver Island and decided to leave city living in favour of the slower pace and natural beauty. He sold his businesses in Vancouver and, ever the serial entrepreneur, acquired Lifetime Exterior Shades in 2020 and quadrupled its sales in the first year. His expertise has been instrumental in the rapid growth of lifetime Exterior Shades on numerous fronts. In 2022 Mark chose to build Lifetimes products locally to provide shorter lead times and more affordable prices for the company’s clients.

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Richard Kugler

Red Seal Certified Electrician

Richard was raised and educated in Germany and believes in the saying “Do it right the first time, so you don’t have to do it again”.
In Canada he obtained his Red Seal Electrician Certificate and worked for one of the biggest Electrical Companies in British Columbia for 15 years, specializing in Residential High-rise and Commercial Construction. In 2021 Richard chose to change directions and after a brief training period, he has been building, installing and maintaining custom made retractable awnings and shade systems. Richard is known for his high level of integrity; sense of humour and he is hardworking and precise.

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Torben Moeller

German Engineer

Torben is a German Industrial Engineer. He has 25+ years’ experience in automotive, alternative drive trains and clean energy engineering like hydrogen fuel cells and mobile battery electric fast chargers.

He led several teams in large automotive companies to ensure innovative and cost-effective product design through cost analysis, cost engineering and market analysis. Torben always has the market and customer needs in mind. He launched several automotive products and systems on different continents, drove make vs buy decisions and localized the sourcing of components to ensure low costs, low currency risks, shorter lead times and low logistic risks and costs. Over the years he led multiple supply chain, strategic sourcing, product management and development teams.
Torben is all about quality & value for money. “You don’t want to buy cheap, because you end up buying twice.”