Andy MacDonald has made many contributions to Humber, the community and society in his 37-year career. He was named 2014 Fire Chief of the Year by the Ontario Municipal Fire Prevention Officers Association. He created and was responsible for fundraising and building the Fire/Life Safety Education Centre in Brampton, the first of its kind. The hands-on learning facility teaches children about fire hazards in and around the home, aiming to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities from fires and accidents. MacDonald currently works as a special consultant to the First Responder Community, focused on Operational Stress Injuries and PTSD.
MacDonald is involved with many charities and spends much of his free time working to improve the lives of those affected by life-altering incidents. He is a founding member of Camp F.A.C.E.S. (Family and Children of Emergency Services) Board of Advisors. In 1985, he earned a spot in the Guinness Book of Records for rappelling off the CN Tower to raise money for a Toronto burn unit.
MacDonald serves as the Director of Fire Management Studies for the Fire Services Executive Management certificate program at Humber and previously served as a member of the Pre-Service Firefighter Education and Training Program Advisory Committee. His guidance has been integral in maintaining the high standards of the pre-service program, while also making significant contributions in the development and direction of both executive and diploma education.