John S. MacDonald
John Spencer MacDonald, OC is a Canada engineer, businessman, and academic. He is co-founder of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), an aerospace, information systems, and technology company. MacDonald is currently chancellor at the University of Northern British Columbia.
Early life and education
MacDonald co-founded MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates with partner, Vern Dettwiler, in 1969. He served as President and CEO until 1982, and as Chairman of the Board from 1982 to 1998. In addition to professorships in electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and University of British Columbia (UBC), Dr. MacDonald has served in an advisory capacity to the government and on the board of directors of numerous companies.
In 2001 Dr. MacDonald co-founded Day4 Energy, a company that designs, manufactures and sells high performance solar electric modules. Day4 Energy went on to have one of the largest IPOs in Canada in 2007, at over $100 million and has since grown to almost 300 employees.
In 2008 Dr. MacDonald was awarded the British Columbia Technology Industry Association (BCTIA) Impact Award for Person of the Year in recognition of his contributions to science and the BC High Technology Industry. Day4 Energy also won the Impact Award for Emerging Company of the Year.
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- 2008 Impact Book. BCTIA. Retrieved on 07-11-08.
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- 2008 TIA Award Winners, BCTIA, 2008, retrieved 2012-08-30
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