Fin MacDonald

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Category Archives: Awards

Robinson Place wins 2016 Canadian Consulting Engineering Award

Robinson Place in Peterborough Ontario became the first government building in Canada to earn the prestigious LEED Platinum certification in August of 2014.  The building was awarded certification using the LEED for Existing Building: Operations and Maintenance (EBOM) rating system.  Morrison Hershfield were the consulting engineers responsible for sustainability, retro-commissioning, and mechanical/electrical design.  My role on this project was to develop and implement a strategy to achieve LEED Platinum certification.  The building had a number of impressive features including:

  • Green roof
  • Rainwater harvesting
  • Storm water retention cistern and pond
  • Energy star score of 89
  • Community garden
  • Recreated natural habitat

The building was awarded a Canadian Consulting Engineering Award on October 25, 2016.  This was not the first award Robinson Place has won either.  The list of awards includes:

  • 2016 Canadian Consulting Engineering Award of Excellence
  • 2016 Consulting Engineers Ontario Award of Excellence
  • 2015 CaGBC Greater Toronto Chapter Existing Building Innovation Award

More information on Robinson Place is available here.


Robinson Place Project Team


Robinson Place


Carson Award – Customer Service

Each year Morrison Hershfield gives out employee awards.  These awards are called the Carson awards, in honor of our founder Carson Morrison.  What makes these awards so special is that they are peer nominated.  Anyone can nominate a colleague for an award.  These nominations are then reviewed by a panel of judges made up exclusively of Morrison Hershfield clients.  Winners are chosen and are honored during a company event.  This year I was selected as the winner of the customer service award for my work in the field of greenhouse gas verification.  It is an incredible honor and I am humbled to have been chosen.



Our Ottawa office took home 3 Carson Awards in 2016 (left to right): Judy Jeske, winner of the Teamwork Award, Fin MacDonald, winner of the Customer Service Award, and Jamie McKay, winner of the Environmental Leadership Award.

2014 Emerging Green Builder Leadership Award

I was recently presented with the 2014 Emerging Green Builder Leadership Award from the Canada Green Building Council.  This is a tremendous honour for me, and is in recognition of the volunteer work I have done both locally with the Ottawa Chapter of the CaGBC, and nationally with the EGB National Committee.  There are so many people across the country who work hard and also deserve this award, so it was an huge honour to have been chosen by the selection committee.  Thank you to everyone involved, and to those who nominated me.

The Emerging Green Builder Leadership Award recognizes a deserving student or young professional who has made a significant contribution to advocating, educating or practicing green building and/or community development. This individual is recognized as a leader among their peers and has a strong commitment to change. (Source:

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2012 Volunteer of the Year – Ottawa Region Chapter of the CaGBC

I was recently honored with the award for 2012 Volunteer of the Year by the Ottawa Region Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council.  The Ottawa chapter is successful because of the hard work of a great group of volunteers.  I was very surprised to receive the award at the annual general meeting.  Thank you to everyone.