Fin MacDonald

Information on me and my current projects


Work Experience

Morrison Hershfield – Sustainability Analyst (May 2012 – Present)
  • Project co-ordination tasks associated with LEED and green building projects
  • Communicating LEED requirements and obligations to other team members
  • Tracking LEED submittals
  • Greenhouse Gas Inventory Quantification / Verification
Fin MacDonald Solar Monitoring – Principal (July 2011 – May 2012)
  • Researched ways to monitor solar hot water systems.
  • Developed a combination of hardware and math algorithms.
  • Installed and configured monitoring systems for clients.
NSCC Student Association – Vice President of Finance (May 2011 – April 2012)
  • Responsible for a budget of $15,000.
  • Prepared financial statements and monthly reports to council.
  • Developed and implemented sustainability initiatives.

ThermalWise – Green Building Researcher (June 2011 – Aug 2011)

  • Developed case studies of green buildings.
  • Researched green building products and services.
  • Assisted with LEED for Homes projects.
NSCC Applied Research – Research Intern (Apr 2011 – June 2011)
  • Configured, installed, and monitored data logging systems for solar thermal equipment.
  • Performed a site assessments, energy models, and AutoCAD drawings for a solar panels.

Marsh Canada – Account Administrator (Aug 2007 – Aug 2010)

  • Managed a portfolio of insurance accounts for large corporate clients.
  • Worked to meet tight deadlines.
  • Provided computer training to staff.

Sobeys – Accounts Payable Analyst (Sep 2006 – Aug 2007)

  • Designed and implemented various reports.
  • Developed improved processes for a number of tasks.
  • Wrote new computer programs to improve workload efficiency.


Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) – Middleton, N.S.

Honors Diploma – Energy Sustainability Engineering Technology, May 2012

  • Course work includes Energy Assessments, Renewable Energy Technologies, Energy Systems, Building Science, Energy Management, Thermodynamics and Geographical Information Systems.
  • Chosen to take part in an 3 week international exchange to Ireland with students from Canada, Ireland, and the Netherlands.
  • Graduated with Honors.

Saint Francis Xavier University – Antigonish, N.S.

Bachelor of Business Administration, May 2006

  • Broad education in business with coursework in Finance, Information Technology, Project Management, Accounting, and Marketing.
  • Completed the requirements for the first three years of a Bachelor of Information Systems degree as well.


  • September 2014 – Certified Engineering Technologist, OACETT
  • July 2012 – LEED AP O+M, Green Building Certification Institute
  • May, 2011 – LEED Green Associate, Green Building Certification Institute

Special Training

  • September 2015 – Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System, Ontairo Ministry of Labour
  • August 2015 – Working at Heights, Ontario Ministry of Labour
  • January 2013 – Greenhouse Gas Accounting, Carbon Solutions
  • August, 2011 – Standard First Aid and CPR C, St. John Ambulance
  • June, 2011 – Emergency First Aid and CPR A, The Lifesaving Society
  • October, 2010 – Occupational Health and Safety, NSCC
  • The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists
  • Ottawa Region Chapter of the Canadian Green Building Council
  • 2014 Emerging Green Builder Leadership Award – Canada Green Building Council
  • 2012 Volunteer of the Year: Ottawa Region Chapter of the Canada Green Building Council
  • 2011 Greenbuild Scholarship Winner: United States Green Building Council

Volunteer Activities

  • Canada Green Building Council – Board of Directors – Finance Director (2014)
  • Canada Green Building Council – Member of the National Emerging Green Builders Committee (2012-2015)
  • Canada Green Building Council Ottawa Region Chapter – Member of the Emerging Green Builders Committee (2012-2014)
  • Junior Achievement – Volunteered with the company program in Halifax, NS and Middleton, NS, which runs weekly from Oct – March in 2007-2008, 2009-2010, and 2010-2011. The company program teaches high school students to be entrepreneurs through real hands on experience running a company.
  • Clean Nova Scotia – Volunteered with the 1st ever Drivewiser in 2010, a daylong event focused on increasing fuel efficiency and reducing automobile emissions.

2 responses to “Resume

  1. Rankin December 2, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Have you found your business degree very beneficial working in the field of clean energy? Would you recommend it to someone looking into the ESET program? Also would it be smart to get the degree first or ESET? Thanks

    • Fin MacDonald April 25, 2014 at 3:35 PM

      Depends how much time you have and how old you are. I definately benefit from my degree in my industry, however I don’t think I get as much value out of it as I do from my ESET diploma. At least not at this stage in my career. I suspect my degree will become more valuable if I move up within my company.

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