Until September 2012, Mr. MacDonald served as Chair of Compass Group Canada & ESS North America. Prior to this role, he was Chief Executive Officer of the company for the period 1996 to 2010. Compass Group Canada is a $1.6 billion subsidiary of Compass Group PLC, a public company traded on the FTSE 100. Compass Group provides food and facilities management services in a number of sectors including healthcare, business & industry, education, leisure & recreation, and remote sites. Mr. MacDonald had been an officer of Compass Group North America from June 1997 until his retirement in 2012. Prior to Compass, Mr. MacDonald was President, Communicare Division of MDS Health Group from 1991 to 1996; President, Canadian Management Services Division of Marriott Corporation from 1984 to 1991; and Vice‑President, Sales & Retail Operations of Clearwater Seafoods Limited. from 1980 to 1984.
Mr. MacDonald’s previous board roles include Honourary Chair of the Board of Directors of Toronto Zoo Campaign — “Wild for Life”, Chair of the Board of Directors of Canadian Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame, member of the Province of Ontario Investment and Trade Advisory Council, Chair of the Board of Directors of Canadian Foundation for Dietetic Research, Chair of the Board of Directors of President’s Advisory Council for Humber College, Director of the Colorectal Cancer Screening Initiative Foundation, and Director of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.
Mr. MacDonald was educated in Nova Scotia, completing three years at Acadia University towards a B.Sc. in mathematics and engineering. In 2007, Mr. MacDonald received a Honourary Bachelor of Applied Science degree from Humber College. He is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors program at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.