John S. MacDonald, O.C., FCAE (1936 – 2019)

John S. MacDonald, O.C., FCAE (1936 – 2019) (1936 – 2019)

Dr. John MacDonald, an outstanding professional engineer, educator and entrepreneur, has enhanced Canada’s reputation in the realm of high technology. A leader in imaging technology, he has worked towards improving the policy environment within which industry and science work together.

Dr. MacDonald was a co-founder of MacDonald Dettwiler and Assoc., serving as President and CEO for 13 years and Chairman for a subsequent 16 years. He is now Chairman and CEO of Day4 Energy Inc., a solar energy company of which he is also a co-founder. Day4 Energy is dedicated to exploiting a new photovoltaic technology to make solar energy cost competitive with fossil fuel as a means of generating of electrical energy. He has served on numerous technology company Boards and continues to do so.

He is an advisor to Canadian, US and other governments internationally on science, technology, trade policy and industrial policy, currently serving on the Canadian Department of National Defense Science Advisory Board and the Canadian Space Agency Advisory Council. He served as one of three Canadian members of the APEC Business Advisory Council from 1998 to 2003 and was the Canadian member of the APEC Eminent Persons Group from 1993 to 1995. Dr. MacDonald was a professor at UBC and MIT for 12 years prior to founding MacDonald Dettwiler. He has been awarded eight Honorary Degrees, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. He was named one of “50 most influential British Columbia business leaders of the 20th Century” and one of “100 Top British Columbians of the 20th Century” both in 1999 and “Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1995. Dr. MacDonald has a Ph.D. from MIT, a Masters of Science from MIT and a B.A.Sc. with honours from UBC, all in Electrical Engineering.


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