Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors

EfficiencyOne is led by a Board of Directors with extensive professional experience serving private, public and non-profit organizations.

William Lahey

B.A., B. A. (Juris), LL.M., Chair of the Board of Directors

William Lahey is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of King’s College. He is also an Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University.

William Lahey is President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of King’s College and Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. A Rhodes Scholar, Bill’s diverse legal career started with clerking for the Supreme Court of Canada. Since then he has worked in private and government legal practice and served as Nova Scotia’s Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Deputy Minister of Environment and Labour. He has chaired the boards of the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation and the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Public Affairs.  He is also a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society.  He was a major influence behind Nova Scotia’s Environmental Goals and Sustainable Prosperity Act and has authored or co-authored major reports on the regulation of aquaculture and the improvement of forestry practices in Nova Scotia.    

Raymond Côté

B.Sc., M.Sc.

Raymond Côté is Professor Emeritus in Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University. He has served the Province of Nova Scotia on numerous boards, committees and round tables. He has been a columnist on business and environment for the Burnside News for 21 years.

Raymond Côté is Professor Emeritus in Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University. He has served the Province of Nova Scotia on numerous boards, committees and round tables. He was a columnist on business and environment for the Burnside News for 21 years. From 1998-2008, Raymond was Director of Dalhousie’s award-winning Eco-Efficiency Centre. He has 40 years of experience in environmental management as a regulator, administrator, advisor, researcher, teacher and consultant.

Hector Jacques

O.C., M. Eng. D. Comm. (Hon.), P. Eng. FEIC, D. Law (Hon.)

Hector Jacques, a well-known name in Canadian engineering, is a founding partner of Jacques Whitford and Associates Ltd. Set up in 1972 to offer earth sciences expertise to the Atlantic region, the company grew under his direction as CEO into an international operation with 45 offices employing 1,700 professionals worldwide.

Hector Jacques is a well-known name in Canadian engineering and a founding partner of Jacques Whitford and Associates Ltd. Set up in 1972 to offer earth sciences expertise to the Atlantic region, the company grew under his direction as CEO into an international operation with 45 offices employing 1,700 professionals worldwide. It was sold to Stantec in 2009 when he retired. Hector has received high-profile awards and recognition for his contribution to the engineering and business communities, including being inducted into the Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame and being made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2007. He sits as a director on several boards.

Jack Kyte

B.Sc, DIJ

Jack Kyte is a communications and public relations professional with over 35 years as an executive in Nova Scotia’s pulp and paper industry and is currently on the Board of the Aberdeen Health Foundation. He resides in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia.

Jack Kyte is a communications and public relations professional with over 35 years as an executive in Nova Scotia’s pulp and paper industry. He is currently the Executive Director of the Pictou County Chamber of Commerce and is past Executive Director of the Pictou Regional Development Agency. Jack resides in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, and his personal interests are related to health care, environmental stewardship and community economic development.

Carol MacCulloch

B. Comm., M.A.

Carol MacCulloch has vast experience as a not-for-profit executive and director. She is currently serving as Board Chair of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. Her expertise has helped several start-up organizations, and her leadership has energized a series of quasi-governmental organizations, advisory committees, and not-for-profit boards.

Carol MacCulloch has vast experience as a non-profit executive and director. She is currently serving as Board Chair of the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency. Her expertise has helped several start-up organizations, and her leadership has energized a series of quasi-governmental organizations, advisory committees, and non-profit boards. In 2009, Carol received an honourary diploma from the Nova Scotia Community College.

Joan McArthur-Blair

B.A., M.Ed., Ed.D.

Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair, Co-President of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting is an inspirational writer, poet, speaker and facilitator.

Dr. Joan McArthur-Blair, Co-President of Cockell McArthur-Blair Consulting is an inspirational writer, poet, speaker and facilitator.  She moved into full-time consulting after a full and rich career in higher education where she fulfilled roles from faculty to college president.  She works all over the world with individuals and organizations to make a positive difference.  Joan specializes in the use of appreciative inquiry to foster leadership development, board development, strategic planning, leadership resilience and innovation.  She has published many articles on appreciative inquiry and co-authored two books: Appreciative Inquiry in Higher Education: A Transformative Force (2012) and Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry: A Leadership Journey through Hope, Despair, and Forgiveness (2018).  

Sean O'Connor

B. Comm., C.P.A, C.A

Sean O’Connor is a businessman with interests in several small and medium-sized businesses in Atlantic Canada. An accountant by training, he has held senior positions in the private and public sectors.

Sean O’Connor is a businessman with interests in several small and medium-sized businesses in Atlantic Canada. An accountant by training, he has held senior positions in both the private and public sectors. Sean sits on the boards of a number of private and non-profit organizations and is currently the Chair of the Atlantic Lottery Corporation and Vice Chair of Credit Union Atlantic.

Dan O’Halloran

M.Sc., P. Eng.

Dan O'Halloran, with close to 50 years of professional engineering, management and business experience, has been involved in a wide range of projects in Atlantic Canada and further afield.

Dan O’Halloran, with close to 50 years of professional engineering, management and business experience, has been involved in a wide range of projects in Atlantic Canada and further afield. He is a founder of O’Halloran Campbell Consultants, and a former Fellow of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Institution of Civil Engineers. He has experience with several boards and advisory groups. Dan is an enthusiastic advocate of energy and GHG saving and has strong environmental interests.

Vicky Sharpe

Vicky Sharpe has served on boards for over 18 years mainly in the energy, innovation and financial arenas. She has 35 years of diverse experience in the power, energy and natural resource sectors, extensive investment networks, international exposure and is a seasoned director (ICD.D 2005).

Vicky Sharpe has served on boards for over 18 years mainly in the energy, innovation and financial arenas. She has 35 years of diverse experience in the power, energy and natural resource sectors, extensive investment networks, international exposure and is a seasoned director (ICD.D 2005). As the founding President and CEO of Sustainable Development Technology Canada she mobilized public funds and private capital of over $5 billion for project work and commercialization of Canadian cleantech companies. She is committed to clean capitalism, integrating ESG practices into businesses while improving competitiveness and profitability.

Michele Wood-Tweel

FCPA, FCA

Michele Wood-Tweel has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting profession and she is the Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs at CPA Canada.

Michele Wood-Tweel has more than 30 years of experience in the accounting profession and she is the Vice-President, Regulatory Affairs at CPA Canada.  Always active in the community, she has served on many boards and most recently was the Chair of the Board of Governors of Sacred Heart School of Halifax. Michele is a past Chair of the Board of Governors of Saint Mary’s University and was recognized with an Honourary Doctorate of Civil Law in 2015.

EfficiencyOne Chief Executive Officer

Stephen MacDonald

CPA, Chief Executive Officer

Stephen MacDonald is the Chief Executive Officer of EfficiencyOne. He previously served as the Chief Operating Officer of EfficiencyOne and Efficiency Nova Scotia Corporation, and held senior management roles with the Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation and Grant Thornton.

Stephen MacDonald is the Chief Executive Officer of EfficiencyOne, the not-for-profit operator of Canada’s first electricity efficiency utility, Efficiency Nova Scotia. Under Steve’s leadership, EfficiencyOne continues its track record of meeting its energy savings targets under budget, with a focus on continuous improvement, innovation, and customer satisfaction. Nova Scotia’s results and innovative model has been cited by the influential International Energy Agency, and by the Pan Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. Steve has been named a recipient of Canada’s 2018 Clean50 award for his industry-leading efforts promoting energy efficiency and reducing C02 emissions in Nova Scotia. Steve is a relentless champion for the development and growth of the energy efficiency industry in Nova Scotia, and the more than 1,400 people working in this field across the province. A Chartered Professional Accountant, prior to his appointment as CEO, Steve previously served as EfficiencyOne’s Chief Operating Officer and held senior leadership positions with a Nova Scotia Crown Corporation and Grant Thornton. Steve serves on the Maritimes Energy Association Nominations and Elections Committee and chairs the Finance Committee as a member of the Board of Directors for the YMCA of Greater Halifax/Dartmouth.  

Compensation Reports

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