Donovan’s work focuses on translating great sustainable business ideas into great sustainable businesses. He seeks barely possible solutions to challenges that are big enough to matter; the easy stuff has been done.
In Fall 2018, Donovan became the CEO of OPEN, a social venture that creates innovative software solutions to enhance the energy performance of buildings. In addition, he:
- spent five years as Co-Director of RADIUS, a social innovation hub and venture incubator at SFU’s Beedie School of Business, where he is now an Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Advisor;
- is a founding investor and board member of Persephone Brewing Company; and
- sits on a range of corporate and non-profit boards
Since 2010, Donovan has also run Transom Enterprises to launch, grow, and sell sustainability-oriented businesses.
Donovan cut his entrepreneurial teeth over four years as COO of Offsetters (Nature Bank), Canada’s leading carbon offset and carbon management firm. He has also worked for Vancity, BC Hydro, and Ecotrust and worked the graveyard shift at a half-way house.
Donovan has a Master of Business Administration from UBC’s Sauder School of Business, a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Community Economic Development, and an undergraduate degree (Hon.) in philosophy.