Stephen MacDonald is the President and Chief Executive Officer of EfficiencyOne, the not-for-profit operator of Canada’s first electricity efficiency utility, Efficiency Nova Scotia, and parent company of the Halifax Climate Investment, Innovation and Impact (HCi3) Fund and EfficiencyOne Services where he also serves as CEO. Under Steve’s leadership, EfficiencyOne has successfully helped hundreds of thousands of families, businesses, non-profits, and institutions transform the way they use energy.
Nova Scotia’s results and innovative model have received national and international recognition for its energy savings and inclusive programs, including services for low-income homeowners and renters, and innovative partnerships with Mi’kmaq communities. Steve is a recipient of Canada’s Clean50 award, and has twice been recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs; both acknowledging his industry-leading efforts promoting energy efficiency and reducing C02 emissions.
A Chartered Professional Accountant (Chartered Accountant), Steve previously served as EfficiencyOne’s Chief Operating Officer and held senior leadership positions with a Nova Scotia Crown Corporation and Grant Thornton. Steve is a member of the Board of Directors of HCi3 and EfficiencyOne Services and Chairs the Board of Directors of the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee for The ReCover Initiative, and a member of the Canada Electricity Advisory Council, an independent, electricity-sector focused, expert advisory body to provide advice to the Minister of Natural Resources to accelerate investment, and promote sustainable, affordable and reliable electricity systems. He has been a member of the Advisory Committee of the Canadian Business for Climate Policy and the Maritimes Energy Association Nominations and Elections Committee.
Sarah Chiasson oversees the delivery of EfficiencyOne’s energy efficiency programs. Prior to her current role, Sarah has held various roles at EfficiencyOne. Before joining EfficiencyOne, Sarah worked in the areas of Equity Research and Strategic Planning.
Hugh is responsible for oversight of information management, analytics, business intelligence and research. His focus is on identifying energy savings opportunities through predictive analytics and energy modeling – for use in targeted marketing, service delivery and pilot development. Hugh has managed the organization’s research and analytical needs since 2012.
Prior to joining EfficiencyOne, Hugh held leadership positions in information and analytics across a variety of industries, specializing in developing and managing insights-driven infrastructure and teams to guide business strategy and tactics.
Hugh holds a Master of Science in Resource and Environmental Economics from the University of Georgia.
David Thomson is the Director, Human Resources and Infrastructure at EfficiencyOne, and started with the organization in 2012. David is responsible for oversight of, Human Resources Management, Information Technology, , Customer Information System, Continuous Improvement, Health, Safety and Environment, Privacy, and Security and Facilities.
David holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (honours) in Psychology and Administration from the University of Winnipeg and a Master of Industrial Relations degree from Queens’ University.
Prior to joining EfficiencyOne, David worked as Director of Human Resources with Irving Shipbuilding where he had responsibilities for human resources and labour relations for businesses around the maritime region. David previously served as a board member with the Apprenticeship Board of Nova Scotia and the Workers’ Compensation Board of Nova Scotia.
Gina is currently the Director, Finance & Regulatory Affairs where she oversees the organizations financial operations and reporting; supply chain including procurement and contract management; and all regulatory matters with the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board. She joined EfficiencyOne in 2013 as the Director, Finance and expanded her role to include Regulatory Affairs in 2018. Prior to joining EfficiencyOne, Gina held senior management positions in the manufacturing, publishing, insurance and professional services sectors.
Gina is a Chartered Professional Accountant.