John Esaiw

KBRS is pleased to have assisted the selection committee in the appointment of John Esaiw as EfficiencyOne’s Chief Strategy and Technical Officer. Mr. Esaiw assumed the role in April 2019.

Mr. Esaiw, an industry expert in the energy sector, has over 20 years of experience in the areas of commercial transactions and negotiations, business development support, regulatory affairs, forecasting, analytics, and strategic planning. In his previous senior leadership roles with TransAlta Corp., Alberta Utilities Commission, Alberta Electric Systems Operator, and most recently as the Director, Fuels, Energy & Risk Management with Nova Scotia Power, Mr. Esaiw gained extensive technical expertise and experience in strategy development, analytics oversight, and stakeholder relations to achieve outstanding results in the development and delivery of energy related products and services.

As the Chief Strategy and Technical Officer, Mr. Esaiw is responsible for developing and leveraging EfficiencyOne’s technical expertise to continuously identify, develop, evaluate and plan for the delivery of cost-effective products and services to its customers. With responsibility for research and innovation, planning, product and service development, and data-analytics to inform key business decisions, Mr. Esaiw provides organization-wide direction and technical expertise to keep EfficiencyOne on the leading edge of technology and service development and delivery.

“I am humbled by the exceptional dedication of the employees at EfficiencyOne, who live their values and are determined to make the world better.  The leadership team has built an organization that is class leading in Canada with respect to the delivery of energy efficient programs and services. Efficiency is a significant part of the answer to reduction in energy use and it is a rapidly growing industry in North America. EfficiencyOne is a highly respected organization in Nova Scotia and I am excited to take on this challenge and lead the development of innovative new products and services, as well as support the analytics development, that Nova Scotians have come to rely on.”

Mr. Esaiw holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in Finance from the University of Calgary as well as both a Master of Business Administration and a certificate in responsible leadership from the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. Committed to leadership development and growth, Mr. Esaiw completed the Leadership Development Program at the Banff Centre and the Executive Education, Strategy Program at Queens University.

EfficiencyOne is an independent, non-profit organization based in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. It has evolved from a start-up operation to a North American industry leader and Canada’s only energy efficiency utility, working with over 200 contractors and partners and providing service to more than 400,000 program participants across Nova Scotia. Over the past decade, EfficiencyOne has reduced the province’s electricity use by 11 per cent, saving Nova Scotians over $180 million in annual energy costs, and reducing one million tonnes of CO2 emissions. The organization’s focus on continuous improvement and innovation ensures that its programs and services are on the industry’s leading edge, while remaining highly responsive to the needs of customers. This focus is complemented by strong expertise in research, regulatory processes, and the design and delivery of efficiency and conservation services.