Ethan Johnston is an entrepreneur and young engineer living in Halifax, NS. He has recently started 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. His future will consist of starting a successful business by creating a revolutionary way of self-transportation or solving some of the worlds many problems. With this in mind, Ethan began pursuing his dream by designing an electric skateboard. Travelling at a top speed of 40km/hr and climbing up very steep hills, it still amazes him of its power. This has been a fun project for him over the past few years. Ethan is very involved with robotics and competed in the Skills Canada National Robotics competition for the past two years. When speaking of the business side of his life, he will often respond with the businesses that have brought him success. He participated in a program called Junior Achievement, 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.
Italian Market – eCommerce Developer (Summer 2020) italianmarket.ca
Managed and redesigned their website, online store, and social media along with various other tasks.
Create it 3D! – Rapid prototyping and 3D design services (Current) c3d.ca
Creator and owner of a 3D printing and design firm which provides prototyping solutions to local businesses and consumers.
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.
BundleBee – A Junior Achievement Company (2018 – 2019)
Ethan came up with this years product which was an eco-friendly alternative to single-use plastic packaging to help reduce plastic waste globally. His role was the VP of Production and the VP of Marketing. His company won the Company of the Year award and he won the Achiever of the Year Award, VP of Production of the Year, VP of Marketing of the Year, and received a Dalhousie University Scholarship. He was also flown to Calgary, Alberta to attend and compete at the 2019 JA Youth Success Summit.
Dr. Paw – A Junior Achievement Company (2017 – 2018) drpaw.ca
His companies product was an all-natural paw protector that protects dogs paws from cracking and bleeding due to the harsh salts and chemical ice melters put on the city sidewalks. His role was VP of Production, and he did all the graphic design and online marketing/sales. He won the company merit award. Dr. Paw on Amazon.ca
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
- 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
- 3D CAD and 3D Printing
- Motorized Transportation
- Problem Solving
Dalhousie University – Electrical Engineering
Citadel High School
Halifax Grammar School