Founded by Areef Abraham and the late Tom Smith, the pair combined Areef’s utility program design and delivery expertise with Tom’s practical understanding and expertise as a residential weatherization contractor.
Devised by Yasmin and Areef Abraham, Empower Me launched as a pilot program in response to a lack of diverse participation in energy efficiency programming. It all started with one Punjabi education event at a Gurdwara in Surrey, BC! Since then, Empower Me has become embedded in a wide range of BC communities.
Karim Abraham joined the family business in 2014 and launched Kambo Green Solutions, a division established to help commercial building owners and operators unlock cash flow from buildings by implementing ROI focused energy management solutions.
As a result of growing partnerships with Indigenous Nations, Kambo’s Community Power division was launched to focus exclusively on improving housing conditions and reducing energy poverty in Indigenous communities.
As Areef neared retirement, he passed the reigns to the second generation (Yasmin and Karim). Pulling residential, commercial, Indigenous, and multicultural expertise together under one organization, Kambo Energy Group was formed.
In 2018, with the support of the Government of Alberta, Empower Me launched across the province to support immigrants and newcomers in understanding and accessing energy programming and information. To this day, Empower Me continues to support households across Alberta.
In 2018, the Government of Alberta selected Kambo to design and deliver the province’s first low-income retrofit program. The program delivered energy retrofits to Calgary households who were struggling to pay their energy bills (known as experiencing energy poverty).
To concentrate on building equitable, healthy, and resilient communities, Kambo closed its commercial division and became a market leader in Canada by exclusively supporting underserved communities.
With the support and partnership of Alberta Ecotrust Foundation, the Home Upgrades Program was re-launched and expanded, supporting households across Calgary, Edmonton, and Canmore. The program continues to provide energy retrofits to households struggling with energy poverty.
Empower Me expands to Washington to help underserved communities access and take advantage of decarbonization programs.