Founders

Devin Hartnell
P.Eng, MBA
Co-Founder
devin.hartnell@summitacademy.ca

Devin has a lifelong passion for learning and education. That is why he is thrilled to bring experience from his formal and informal educational experiences to Summit Academy. Both of Devin’s parents were career educators, so he has known from a very young age the importance of a strong academic foundation combined with a deep love and appreciation for education.

Devin received his B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University where he played Division I collegiate hockey. He was an active participant in numerous academic societies all while maintaining an impressive GPA. Upon graduation, he spent two years playing semi-professional hockey in the US and Canada. Devin married his college sweetheart and they settled in Halifax, where he immediately began employment with Lindsay Construction. After five years with the company and having completed his MBA at Saint Mary’s University, Devin moved into an ownership position at Lindsay. For the past 15 years, Devin has played an integral role in growing Lindsay Construction into the highly respected construction company that it is today.

Devin’s true passion in life is spending time with his kids. Having five of his own, he is extremely committed to helping children rise to their potential and become the best that they can possibly be. Whether it be coaching minor hockey, developing young athletes, or simply spending time with his own children, Devin is committed to making a difference in the world of children. His passion for education and commitment to future generations is what motivated him to co-found Summit Academy

Robert O’Brien
MBA
Co-Founder
rob.obrien@summitacademy.ca

A life-long learner, passionate athlete, coach, and entrepreneur, Rob earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2008. He completed executive leadership courses at Harvard University, West Point Military Academy and the Institute of Corporate Directors Education Program, developed by the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Rob worked with PriceWaterhouseCoopers and with McInnes Cooper in various senior roles from 2001-2012. Since then, he has been involved in several entrepreneurial ventures.

Rob coached in the Ontario Hockey League and was selected to be the Guest Assistant Coach of the Canadian National Team on two separate occasions. He was the Associate Head Coach of the Ontario-U17 Team, representing Ontario at the Canada Winter Games and was awarded Coach of the Year in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League. Now actively involved in the Nova Scotia hockey scene, Rob has assisted in the development of may NHL players. He coached the Nova Scotia Provincial U16 team twice to Atlantic Championships and led the Dartmouth Major Midgets to a provincial title and a silver medal in the Atlantic Championships.