Humans of Fraser Health: Jeson Mak
Written by Elaine O'Connor, Communications and Public Affairs

"We work to maintain environments that are good for wellness, so employees can work their best and patients are comfortable as they heal.”

"I was born and raised in Hong Kong, moved to Toronto for high school and graduated with Engineering and Computer Science degrees from the University of Regina. My first job was working on building automation in Calgary. I joined Fraser Health as an Energy Conservation Coordinator in 2009.

Our Energy, Environment and Sustainability team oversees utilities for about 25 core sites. They consume 315 million equivalent kilowatt hours of electrical and gas energy, plus 1,299 million litres of water at a cost of $18M in 2017 – enough to power about 29,000 homes. My major projects include energy conservation and greenhouse gas emissions reduction. I work closely with my team on sustainability and climate change adaptation projects. We want to ensure our buildings are sustainable: that we’re building for climate change.

Energy’s so important in health care: medical technology depends on reliable power and it can’t fail. We work closely with the Facility Maintenance and Operation department to maintain environments – heating, cooling, clean air, light, water – that are good for wellness, so employees can work their best and patients are comfortable as they heal.

I live in Surrey with my wife and two daughters. Painting, drawing, photography and watching movies are my favourite pastimes. I go hiking with my family and like travelling too – I’ve been to Japan, Mexico, Korea. I’m the cook of the house, but don’t ask me to bake!"

- Jeson Mak, Energy Manager (Acting), Energy & Environmental Sustainability, Royal Columbian Hospital

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