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Glen MacDougall: Honourable Mention, Energy Manager of the Year – Canada (2023)

October 16, 2023  By  Anthony Capkun

October 16, 2023 – Glen MacDougall—onsite energy manager with Efficiency Nova Scotia, in partnership with Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture—has been awarded Honourable Mention in Energy Manager Canada’s inaugural Energy Manager of the Year awards (2023). Congratulations, Glen!

Since starting with Efficiency Nova Scotia back in April 2021, MacDougall completed 447 visits to seafood processing plants across the province to complete technical audits, identify and recommend updates, and oversee improvements. Those technology and efficiency upgrades have helped companies reduce GHG emissions by 5200 metric tonnes over the last two years, and save about $750,000 in energy costs.

But he wasn’t always an energy manager, nor did he have previous fisheries experience.

“I used to work in offshore oil and oil exploration, but then I went back to school so I could move into the fields of green energy and energy conservation,” MacDougall said. “Working with fisheries is something that I didn’t do prior to this job, so it’s been a huge learning experience for me… but my work is making a difference and helping people in my region, which is great.”

EfficiencyOne—and MacDougall specifically—were recognized by the Hon. Steve Craig, Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, in the Nova Scotia Legislature for their efforts, saying:

“Therefore be it resolved that all members of this House join me in recognizing seafood processors for their leadership in addressing climate change, and EfficiencyOne for its hard work as the industry program expands to support more businesses in fisheries and aquaculture.”

“Glen’s work has been so successful, we are evaluating bringing on a second energy manager for fishers and aquaculture customers,” stated MacDougall’s nominator, adding that Efficiency Nova Scotia will be exploring ways in which it can leverage MacDougall’s success across other sectors “who could benefit from an energy manager”.

When asked about the benefits that an energy manager brings to an organization, MacDougall notes how important it is to have a dedicated person focusing on energy usage.

“It really helps an institution financially and operationally—especially with the rising cost of utilities, maintenance, etc.—but then there is also the move toward lowering GHG emissions,” MacDougall says. “There’s a connection between what’s good for the company and what’s good for its bank account—and what’s good for our communities, too—and it all comes together around energy consumption and energy management.”

“Glen truly embodies our maxim: proactive energy management is not a title, but a vocation,” says Anthony Capkun, editor-publisher of Energy Manager Canada. “In his first year alone, Glen logged 40,000 kilometres performing site visits. That speaks to both Glen’s passion for energy efficiency and proactive energy management, and keen interest from the industry he serves.”

READ ABOUT our 2023 Energy Manager of the Year: SCOTT ROUSE.

About Energy Manager Canada

For nearly two decades, Energy Manager Canada has been publishing news and information on proactive energy management. Earlier this year, we hosted the virtual RETScreen World Conference, which attracted registrants from 63 countries around the world. In Summer 2023, we launched the national Energy Manager of the Year awards program to recognize the often unsung professionals who combat rising energy costs—and, increasingly, emissions—in their organizations through proactive energy management. Visit

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