Dr. John S. MacDonald
Co-founder of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates
and CEO of Day4 Energy Inc.
Dr. MacDonald has had a distinguished career in the technology community in Canada. He is currently Chairman and CEO of Day4 Energy Inc., a solar energy company of which he is a co-founder. Day4 Energy is dedicated to exploiting a new photovoltaic technology targeted at making solar energy generation cost competitive with fossil fuel. He was also a co-founder of MacDonald Dettwiler and Associates (MDA), Canada's principal space company. Dr. MacDonald was a faculty member in engineering at UBC and MIT for a total of 12 years prior to the founding of MacDonald Dettwiler. Dr. MacDonald has been awarded eight Honorary Degrees, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1999 he was named one of “50 most influential British Columbia business leaders of the 20th Century” and “Technology Entrepreneur of the Year” in 1995.