About Me

Ethan Johnston is a motivated young engineer and entrepreneur living in Halifax, NS. He has been developing his knowledge of engineering and business while studying at Dalhousie University. Since he was three, he has always been fascinated by how things work. This is likely a direct result of his father being into technology and always having some little toy for him to play with. Following this, once he made it to grade eleven, he was excited to start taking physics. He has always had many hands-on engineering projects he completes in his free time. One of which is designing and building his own electric skateboard. Travelling at a top speed of 40km/hr and climbing up very steep hills, it still amazes him with its power. This has been a fun project for him over the past few years. Ethan was very involved with robotics and competed in the Skills Canada National Robotics competition two years in a row meaning he won his provincial competitions both years. He also participated in a program called Junior Achievement (JA), where he and a few friends started successful businesses named BundleBee and Dr. Paw. He was awarded many awards with JA including the Achiever of the Year award. He also has small side businesses such as selling on eBay and Amazon, freelance work, and a 3D design business he works on in his spare time.

Experience (as of April 2022)

System Engineering Co-op – Ultra Electronics (Winter 2022)
Worked with the Systems Team to analyze system concepts, define and review requirements, and author documents for the Canadian Surface Combatant Sonobuoy Processing System. Also, designed a 440VAC Power Disconnect and Distribution Box to aid in EQT for a Power and Control Cabinet.

Makerspace Supervisor – Emera ideaHUB (Fall 2021 – Current)
Helping students bring their engineering projects to life. Designed a robot kit for the summer Battle Bot competition.

Electrical / Mechanical Engineering Intern – Centre of Ocean Ventures Entrepreneurship (COVE) (Summer 2021)
Developed an electromechanical system to control and optimize a quad axial vertical hydrofoil array allowing for more efficient renewable energy generation in low to medium flow water. Was successfully able to transmit 315Mhz RF underwater for communication to the rotating array of hydrofoils.

eCommerce Developer – The Italian Market (Summer 2020)
Redesigned and managed website, online store, and social media.

Additive Engineer and CEO – Create it 3D! – c3d.ca (2018 – Present)
Created a product design and 3D printing firm that offers its services to small/medium sized businesses. Develop 3D printed products that are sold in stores and on Amazon.

Marketing & Production VP – BundleBee with Nova Scotia Power (2018 – 2019)
Developed an all-natural replacement for single-use food packaging. Named company MVP by fellow employees. Was flown to Calgary, AB to pitch at the Junior Achievement National Youth Success Summit. This was a Junior Achievement company.

Production VP – Dr. Paw with Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) (2017 – 2018)
Developed an all-natural paw protector that protects dog’s paws from harsh salts and chemical ice melters, preventing them from drying out, cracking, and bleeding. This was a Junior Achievement company.

Skills NS Robotics Team – Represented Team NS in the Skills National Competition (2019)
He and his friend won the provincial robotics competition taking them on to represent Nova Scotia in the Skills Canada National Competition hosted this year in Halifax, NS.

Skills NS Robotics Team – Represented Team NS in the National Competition (2018)
He and his friend won the provincial robotics competition taking them on to represent Nova Scotia in the Skills Canada National Competition in Edmonton, Alberta.

Big Cove YMCA Camp Leadership Program 1 & 2 (Summer 2017 & 2018)
He adventured on a 120 KM canoe excursion to Cape Breton. 150 KM canoe excursion to Prince Edward Island. Learned childcare. Counselled and took care of children. He learned and developed many leadership skills.

Halifax Grammar School Tech Crew (2014 – 2016)
He and his friend managed all of the lighting and sound design on 6+ musicals/plays. They handled all the tech for assemblies, ceremonies, and events.
Ethan’s Lawn Care (2014 – 2019)
He created a small business that took care of his neighbour’s lawns. He offered mowing, raking, edging, trimming, and snow removable services.

Awards & Accomplishments

  • Sexton Scholar – (GPA > 3.85, top 8-10% of engineering students) (2021)
  • Gold Medal – Skills Canada Provincial Mobile Robotics Competition (2019)
  • Junior Achievement Achiever of the Year (2019)
  • Junior Achievement VP of Marketing of the Year (2019)
  • Junior Achievement VP of Production of the Year (2019)
  • Junior Achievement Company of the Year (2019)
  • Citadel High School High Honors List (2017-2018)
  • Big Cove YMCA Camp Leadership Program 1 and 2 (2017, 2018)
  • Gold Medal – Skills Canada Provincial Mobile Robotics Competition (2018)
  • Junior Achievement “Pitch it” wins (2018 & 2019)
  • Junior Achievement Company Merit Award (2018)
  • Citadel High School Principal List (2016-2017)
  • Short film nominated for the Jr Atlantic film festival & the Lunenburg film festival (2016)
  • Black Belt Choi Kwan Doe (2012-2015)

Skills & Interests

  • Embedded Systems
  • Product Design
  • 3D CAD and 3D Printing
  • Motorized Transportation
  • Batteries
  • Problem Solving

Education

Dalhousie University – Electrical Engineering
(2019-2024)

Citadel High School
(2016-2019)

Halifax Grammar School
(2006-2016)