Employee Spotlight: Nick Osbourne

Can you please introduce yourself?

My name is Nick Osbourne and I am the Program Manager for Custom New Construction at EfficiencyOne.

What is your educational background?

I completed my Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering at Dalhousie University in 2012. I stayed at Dal after that to complete a Master of Applied Science with a thesis focused on tidal energy research. During this time, I was fortunate to spend a semester studying at the Australian Maritime College at the University of Tasmania.

Why did you pursue a career in the clean energy sector?

It was after a day of job shadowing wind energy engineers that I decided to pursue a career in the clean energy sector. My appreciation for the potential impacts of climate change grew throughout university, as did my aspiration to be a part of the solution. Since then, I have had opportunities to work in the wind, solar, and tidal energy sectors, and now energy efficiency.

Tell us about your growth at EfficiencyOne.

Since joining EfficiencyOne in 2018, I have had the chance to work in three programs, both on the residential side, as well as the commercial and institutional sectors. I started as Program Manager for New Home Construction, working with homeowners and builders to incorporate energy efficient design into their homes.

In 2019, the opportunity arose to join the Custom team as a Project Engineer. This position exposed me to a variety of projects and industries, allowing me to take on increasing levels of responsibility and grow alongside the organization. Most recently, I have taken on the role of Program Manager for the Custom New Construction program.

What is most meaningful about your current role?

I am excited for the chance to grow and develop new skills in this role. The Custom New Construction program is focused on promoting the adoption of energy efficient building practices, which not only reduces greenhouse gas emissions but also results in more comfortable and healthier buildings for occupants. Knowing that I am contributing to making a difference for Nova Scotians in this way is very rewarding.

How do you enjoy spending your time outside of work?

In my free time, I enjoy getting out in nature to hike and camp, and my dog Ripple is always happy to join me. I particularly like being out under the stars for some astrophotography, and recently I have also been exploring my creative side with digital art.