Our people make
a difference.

Energy Atlantica is a dynamic group of hard working and fun-loving people. We are a team, dedicated to one another and to our customers.  We value excellence, integrity and giving back to our community.

Todd McDonald
Founder & President

After a 10-year career in the international footwear industry, Todd began his energy career in 2001, helping a large publicly-traded company set up a successful energy trading entity. In 2005, he followed his dream of becoming an entrepreneur and started Energy Atlantica. Now, with 15 years of experience managing and trading natural gas in Canada and the US Northeast, he possesses an in-depth knowledge of a very complex market. Todd specializes in asset optimization, commodity contracts, risk management strategies, capital project evaluation, and supply and transportation management. He has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University. Professionally, he is most proud of the exceptional work and dedication shown by his employees.

Todd is also co-founder of GIVETOLIVE, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring people to live happy and healthy lives through generosity, fitness, and achievement of the extraordinary. He is humbled by, and proud of, the volunteers and event participants that have raised over $2.5 million for various charities. He has completed numerous GIVETOLIVE events: cycling to Texas three times, swimming from New Brunswick to PEI three times (no shark sightings yet) and finishing two Ironman triathlons.

Todd lives life to the fullest with his wife and GIVETOLIVE co-founder, Ashley. He is often seen at the office with his favourite VP of Gas Production, his Goldendoodle, Pickles.

Paul MacQueen
VP of Trading

After a successful career in information technology, Paul joined a then young Energy Atlantica in 2007. For the last 9 years, he has been instrumental in growing the company, while becoming well known for being one of the friendliest and most knowledgeable traders in the industry. Paul focuses on client management, financial analysis, gas trading, and supply and pipeline optimization. He has extensive knowledge of major pipelines, supply sources, and end-users in the Canadian and Northeast US markets. He has degrees in Business Administration and Information Technology from Cape Breton University.

In his free time, Paul volunteers extensively as the Board Chair of GIVETOLIVE. He has participated in every BIG RIDE, amassing over 7,000kms while cycling from Canada to Texas three times, Banff to Boulder, Ottawa to Halifax, and finishing an Ironman Triathlon.

Paul plays a mean electric guitar, has the best sense of humour in the group, and is deadly to catch on a bike. He and his wife have two adorable children.

Heather McGrath
Senior Trader & Key Account Manager

Heather spent the first 10 years of her career in the pharmaceutical industry, using her exceptional work ethic and people skills to advance to the position of senior sales executive. In 2012, Heather joined Energy Atlantica and quickly progressed to her current position of Senior Trader and Key Account Manager. She focuses primarily on gas trading, fuel dispatch, logistics, and transportation management. Her knowledge and dedication to her clients is first class. She has an undergraduate degree in Sciences from the University of New Brunswick as well as a graduate certificate in Human Resource Management.

Heather also spends a great deal of free time volunteering for her community. She is a wonderful chef that often provides meals for local shelters. She also served as GIVETOLIVE’s BIG SWIM Director from 2012 to 2015, leading a team that raised over $650,000 for Brigadoon Village Children’s Camp. In 2014, she performed double duty; organizing the event while training for (and completing) her own 17km swim across the Northumberland Strait.

In addition to raising three beautiful girls with her husband, Heather enjoys pounding a volleyball, swimming like a fish, and cooking some phenomenal meals.

Nadja Zinck
Executive Assistant

Nadja joined Energy Atlantica in 2015 after spending 10 years in the banking industry performing roles from sales to Executive Assistant. She has a passion for organization, is exceptional with clients, and excels at analysis, presentations, and details. She has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Acadia University.

Nadja enjoys volunteering at her children’s schools as well as for GIVETOLIVE. In addition to volunteering, she recently completed the inaugural BIG CHILL, GIVETOLIVE’s newest winter event, a snowshoe through the wilderness of Nova Scotia.

When not in the office, Nadja enjoys spending time with her husband and their two young children. She bakes a mean cupcake, loves to sew, and stays fit by running.

Pickles
VP of “Gas Production”

Pickles is excellent with clients, even preferring to hug them upon request. She will also clean up their garbage by eating it. However, she has been known to fall asleep during meetings, has a terrible attention span, and cannot use email or the telephone (no opposable thumbs). Occasionally, she interrupts others. When not at the office, Pickles spends her time volunteering with Therapeutic Dogs of Canada as a therapy dog for children and seniors.