Honouring past OCE Board Chair David McFadden, the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge invited university and college students from across Ontario’s academic institutions to address challenges facing the energy sector. Each year a particular challenge was selected and students pitched their entrepreneurial ideas and solutions to be judged against David’s own philosophy of innovation: that it be economically viable while also leading to the betterment of society in creating a safer, better place. The annual winner, announced at OCE's Discovery conference, received $25,000 to assist in advancing the business concept.
The challenge has completed its three-year mandate.
View past winners of the David McFadden Energy Entrepreneur Challenge.
About David McFadden
David McFadden served as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE Inc.) 2004 -2011. Under David’s leadership, OCE Inc. was created and a new focus on energy was launched in 2005. David was appointed to the Ontario Government's Electricity Conservation and Supply Task Force and produced a report providing a comprehensive strategy to meet the future energy demands of the province and formed the basis of the current Ontario energy policy. David is currently Chair of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Energy Association and a member of the Board of the Energy Council of Canada. He also serves as a member of the Ontario Smart Grid Forum that is continuing to help shape the policy directions for Ontario’s electricity sector.
David’s passion and commitment to the Ontario Centres of Excellence during his tenure as Chair of the Board of Directors is matched by his dedication to students, innovation, entrepreneurship and the energy sector. To recognize and honour David’s contributions, Ontario Centres of Excellence has created this award in his name.