OCTOBER 8-9, 2015




Chair, Canada's Ecofiscal Commission
McGill University, Department of Economics

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Christopher Ragan is the Chair of Canada's Ecofiscal Commission - a group whose mission is to identify and promote practical fiscal solutions for Canada that spark the innovation required for increased economic and environmental prosperity.

Ragan has been teaching economics at McGill University since 1989. He is also a Research Fellow at the C.D. Howe Institute where from 2010 through 2013 he held the Institute’s David Dodge Chair in Monetary Policy, and for many years was a member of the Institute’s Monetary Policy Council. From January 2009 through June 2010, he was the Clifford Clark Visiting Economist at the Department of Finance in Ottawa, where he served as a senior advisor to the Minister and other senior Finance officials. During 2004-05, he served as the Special Advisor to the Governor of the Bank of Canada.

Ragan is the author of Economics (formerly co-authored with Richard Lipsey), which after fourteen editions is still the most widely used introductory economics textbook in Canada. Ragan also has a regular column in The Globe and Mail. During the mid-1990s he was the founding Editor-in-Chief of World Economic Affairs.

Chris Ragan received his B. A. (Honours) in economics in 1984 from the University of Victoria and his Master’s degree in economics from Queen’s University in 1985. He then moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts where he completed his Ph.D. in economics at M.I.T. in 1989.

Hon. Paul Davis
Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador

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Paul Davis is the 12th premier of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Paul’s wealth of community experience and reputation for honesty, integrity and hard work are the hallmarks of his lifetime of service to the people of the province.

Paul is a listener and a doer. He lives by the principle that positive action must be preceded by consultation and prudent planning. This has helped shape Paul’s vision for the future of Newfoundland and Labrador.

As premier, Paul is implementing a plan for positive change, informed by the input, wisdom and guidance of the people of this great province.

A graduate of Holland College, Paul joined the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary (RNC) in 1985. Over the years he served in a variety of roles including with patrol services, criminal investigation, community policing and media relations. He served on the executive of the RNC Association until his retirement from the force in 2010.

Paul has always been an active community leader and has served on a variety of local, regional and national boards and executives.

Paul started political life at the municipal level, serving as councillor and later deputy mayor in his home town of Conception Bay South.

In 2010, Paul was elected as the Member of the House of Assembly for the District of Topsail. He was elevated to cabinet in 2011 and has served as minister in a number of portfolios including Service NL, Transportation and Works, Housing, Health and Community Services, and Child, Youth and Family Services.

Paul has been widely recognized for his public service, being named the Crime Stoppers Police Officer of the Year and the Conception Bay South Citizen of the Year. He is a recipient of the Canada 125 Medal, Queen's Jubilee Medal and Police Exemplary Service Medal.

A devoted family man, Paul resides in the Topsail District with his wife Cheryl and son Andrew.

Dwight Ball
MHA - Humber Valley, Leader of the Official Opposition

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Dwight Ball was first elected as the Liberal MHA for the District of Humber Valley in March 2007 and re-elected to the House of Assembly in October 2011. In addition to serving as Leader of the Official Opposition since January 2012, he has served as the Official Opposition Critic for Finance, Natural Resources, Treasury Board, Health and Community Services, Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Office of the Premier. He also sits on the House of Assembly Management Commission.

Born and raised in Deer Lake, Dwight began a successful career in business with the opening of Deer Lake Pharmacy and later the acquisition of a community pharmacy in Springdale. He has significant business interests throughout the province, including real estate developments and venture capital investments. He is a leader in the provision of health care services to seniors and persons with disabilities.

For over 20 years, Dwight has played a leadership role in the socio-economic development of his region. He was elected President of the Canadian Pharmacists Association in 2009. He is a former President of the Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce and former director of the Deer Lake Airport Authority. Dwight’s charitable work over the years includes his role as a former board member with the Western Regional Hospital Foundation and Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the successful 2006 NL Humber Valley Winter Games. He is currently the West Coast Director for Senior Hockey in Newfoundland and Labrador and a board member with the Deer Lake and Area Food Bank. In recognition of his community leadership, Dwight has received a number of awards, including the highest honour for a community pharmacist, the Bowl of Hygeia. He has also been recognized by the Town of Deer Lake with the Pride of the Town Award and received an award for Employer of the Year in both Deer Lake and Springdale for his contributions to supportive employment programs.

Dwight has fought strongly for the rights of seniors and persons with disabilities. He also advocates on behalf of communities across our province to ensure access to basic dependable technology, especially high speed internet and cell phone service.

Earle McCurdy
Leader of the Newfoundland & Labrador NDP

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Earle McCurdy was elected as Leader of the New Democratic Party at the leadership convention in March 2015.

Earle served as President of FFAW from 1993 until 2014, including the difficult years that followed the imposition of the northern cod moratorium by the Government of Canada. He previously served for 13 years as the Union's Secretary-Treasurer.

He is a graduate of Memorial University and he has been active in a variety of industry, labour and community organizations, including terms of various duration on the governing bodies of the Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour, St. Clare's Mercy Hospital Board of Governors, Memorial University Board of Regents, Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, Canadian Council of Professional Fish Harvesters, the National Executive Board of Canadian Auto Workers and later Unifor, as well as many others.

Earle is a lifelong New Democrat. He has spent his entire life working for fairness for working people. His principled leadership during times of great difficulty in our province and his ability to build consensus among diverse interests has earned him great respect throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

Dan Crummell
Minister of Environment and Conservation

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Minister of Environment and Conservation
Minister of Service Newfoundland and Labrador
Minister Responsible for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board
Minister Responsible for the Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency

Mr. Crummell was raised in Gander and moved to St. John's to pursue his post-secondary education. He attended Memorial University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with minors in History and English. While at Memorial, he served as Executive Vice-President and later President of Memorial University’s Council of the Student’s Union. Following his university studies, he joined Molson Canada where he worked in sales and marketing for 25 years, including 10 years as Regional Sales Manager for Newfoundland and Labrador.

As a business leader, Mr. Crummell served on numerous boards and committees in the community including Destination St. John's Event Secretariat, Stand On Guard Igor Hurricane Relief Concert Committee, South East Asia Tsunami Relief Concert Committee and Molson Canada's Community Donations Fund Committee. He is also a past coach in the St. John's Caps Minor Hockey Association, as well a member of the St. John’s Elks. Mr. Crummell was elected to the House of Assembly in the October 11, 2011 general election and appointed Parliamentary Secretary for the Department of Advanced Education and Skills. On October 9, 2013, he was appointed Minister of Service NL, Minister Responsible for the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission, Minister Responsible for the Office of the Chief Information Officer, and Minister Responsible for the Government Purchasing Agency. In May 2014, Mr. Crummell was appointed Minister Responsible for the Labour Relations Agency.

In July 2014, Minister Crummell was appointed Minister of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs, Minister Responsible for Fire and Emergency Services Newfoundland and Labrador, and Registrar General. He was appointed Minister of Environment and Conservation, Minister Responsible for Multi-Materials Stewardship Board and the Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency in September 2014.

Vaughn Granter
Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency

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Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Minister Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency

Vaughn Granter was born in Pool's Island, Bonavista Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador, in 1965. He worked in the education field as an educational leader beginning in 1987, and he is a graduate of Memorial University (Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education) and Saint Francis Xavier University (Master of Education).

Mr. Granter prides himself on being an effective listener and team player. His passion is working with people. As Principal of Corner Brook Regional High, he has been recognized as one of the top 30 Principals in Canada, a distinction that reflects his ability to bring people together and make effective decisions. He credits his success to the collaborative approach that he adopts in working not only with students but also with their families and the broader community. In his role as MHA, he works with the community in advancing key issues in priority areas that include housing, health care, and education.

He was first elected in the by-election in Humber West on February 15, 2011. He was re-elected in the October 11, 2011 general election. On October 28, 2011, he was appointed Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier. On October 24, 2012, he was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources (Forestry and Agrifoods). In May 2014, Mr. Granter was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health and Community Services.

In July 2014, Minister Granter was appointed Minister of Environment and Conservation, Minister Responsible for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board, Minister Responsible for the Office of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and Minister Responsible for the Labour Relations Agency. Minister Granter was appointed Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture in September 2014.

Marianne Berube
Executive Director, Ontario Wood WORKS!

"Building with Wood - A National Perspective"

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Marianne Berube lives and works in North Bay, Ontario. She originally graduated from Nipissing and York Universities with degrees in Environmental Science and Business. She later obtained Professioal Management and Certified Investment Management Degrees. She has extensive experience within the Finance, Construction and Wood industries and now works for the Canadian Wood Council. Marianne sits on several boards and is currently Chair on Nipissing University’s Board of Governors.

Marianne has been the Executive Director of Ontario Wood WORKS! for the past 15 years, building the program from its pilot launch to the Provincial initiative it is today. Ontario Wood WORKS! is recognized by architects, engineers, building officials, educators and all levels of government as a wood use advocate and a technical resource for information on the wood products industry and sustainable building. She is also the founder of the prestigious annual Wood WORKS! awards program, which has been adopted across Canada and the US.

Throughout the years Marianne has been recognized for her efforts by receiving the CIBC Chairman’s Award, an Influential Women’s Award from Northern Ontario Business, the Ontario’s Forest Sector Champion Award from the OFIA and a Nipissing University Influential Alumni Award.

William Strauss
President & Founder, FutureMetrics, LLC

"Heating with Wood Pellets – the NL Opportunity"

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William Strauss is the President and founder of FutureMetrics, LLC. Bill is globally recognized as a leading expert in valuing both proposed and existing pellet projects. Bill continues to be a thought leader in the sector and has published numerous papers on a variety of subjects relevant to the wood pellet sector. He is also a founder and a Director of Maine Energy Systems, the largest manufacturer of European style automatic pellet fueled central heating systems in North America. Bill is the chief economist for the Biomass Thermal Energy Council (Washington, DC) and the chief economist for the Maine Pellet Fuels Association. He served as the chief economist on the Maine Governor’s Wood-to-Energy Task force in 2008. Bill is the 2012 recipient of the International Excellence in Bioenergy award.

Bill has almost forty years of strategic and policy planning, project management, data analysis, and modeling experience in the renewable energy sector. He has an MBA (specializing in Finance) and a PhD (Economics, Earth Systems Science) both from the University of New Hampshire’s Whittemore School of Business and Economics.

Paul Stuart
Chairholder, NSERC Chair in Design Engineering
          Process Integration in the Pulp & Paper Industry
Co-Founder & Principal Consultant, EnVertis Inc.

"What Might the Forest Biorefinery Look Like in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador?"

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After holding leadership positions in engineering design and consulting, Paul joined the Chemical Engineering Department at École Polytechnique in 2000 to become Chairholder of the NSERC Chair in Design Engineering entitled Process Integration in the Pulp & Paper Industry. In his research program, Paul addresses industry-driven problems using product and process design methodologies and systems analysis tools, targeting the forest products industry and its transformation to new business models such as the biorefinery.

In 2010, Paul Co-Founded and is Principal Consultant of EnVertis Inc, a consulting company established to assist the forest products sector to transform. Recent clients include forestry companies such as Cascades-Norampac and Kruger Forest Products, and also international clients such as the World Bank and National Geographic. Paul is currently the Scientific Director of a Canada-wide network of researchers in the field of Value Chain Optimization (VCO).

He is also Editor-in-Chief of the flagship publication of the Pulp and Paper Technical Association of Canada (PAPTAC), the Journal of Science and Technology for Forest Products and Processes (J-FOR), and co-editor with Professor Mahmoud El-Halwagi of Texas A&M University of the book entitled Integrated Biorefineries: Design, Analysis, and Optimization published by CRC-Press/Taylor and Francis. Paul is a founding Fellow of PAPTAC, a past President of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE), and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE).

John Gordon
President, Green Rock EVS

"Low hanging fruit: electric vehicles and climate change in Newfoundland and Labrador"

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John Gordon has been the President and Founder of Newfoundland’s first 100% Electric Vehicle Dealer and Service Centre, Green Rock E.V.S since 2013 John is a serial entrepreneur who has owned and managed various companies over the past years with a focus on electrical contracting. With his extensive electrical background and passion for a cleaner, more sustainable Newfoundland and Labrador, John is committed to make real change in the province. Green Rock E.V.S.’ goal is simple, to provide the opportunity for any one in Newfoundland and Labrador to drive electric, while saving time,money, and the environment. John also has extensive volunteer work and involvement in the community with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and 100 man who give a damn.

Rob Menchenton
Partner, Fougere Menchenton Architecture Inc.
Acting President, NL Association of Architects

"Challenges, Opportunities, and Benefits of Building with Wood"

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Educated at the Technical University of Nova Scotia (now Dalhousie School of Architecture), Rob has experience locally and internationally. He gained international experience as a student intern while working with Burkhard Entrup Architektür Büro in Berlin, Germany in 1996. In 1997, he returned to Canada, working in Halifax, Nova Scotia as an architectural acoustics specialist. Rob began his professional career in Newfoundland with the firm of Jerrett & Associates/EDM Consultants Limited in Deer Lake in 1998, where he worked until 2007.

In early 2008 Rob joined Ron Fougere Associates Ltd where he has more recently become a partner with the firm known now as Fougere Menchenton Architecture Inc. His extensive experience includes large scale projects such as the new Academic Building Extension at MUN Grenfell Campus. This building was the first use of structural curtain wall and a research telescope in Newfoundland and Labrador. While at his previous firm, Rob was also involved with complex projects such as the Deer Lake Stadium Upgrade and Expansion, a new City Hall for the City of Corner Brook, and an Extension to the Arts and Sciences Building at the MUN Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook. Rob brings a long history of technical construction and design experience. He brings a “beginning-to-end” management to projects for our clients.

Currently, is Acting President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Architects.

Lydia Lewycky
MCIP, CSLA, Independent Contractor

"Land Use Planning - Impacts on the Environment, Economy and Sustainability"

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Lydia offers 35 years of experience in the planning and design fields, encompassing a variety of projects in both urban and rural settings across Canada. She has worked as a planner in Atlantic Canada in both the public and private sectors. As a Manager of Planning and Landscape Architectural departments for various international private sector companies, she is a certified project manager for both single discipline and multi-disciplinary projects. Lydia has managed large and small scale projects for national and international clients, with project teams comprised of professionals located in offices through-out Canada and the United States. An effective communicator, she has ample experience working with divergent view points and is experienced at negotiating consensus.

As a planner and urban designer working in both the public and private realms, she has prepared municipal and rural plans, processed amendments and worked with councils, residents and stakeholder groups. In her career she has been responsible for policy development regarding land use planning, and reviewing plans and amendments for Ministerial approval. She is skilled in conducting user needs analysis, and successful public consultation programs through visioning exercises, charettes, focus groups, interviews, public meetings, open house sessions, workshops and surveys.

Her project experience includes: municipal and rural plan reviews and preparation of planning documents; urban design and downtown improvement strategies; residential subdivision design and layout including preparation of design guidelines, parks, trails and recreation master plans; industrial and business park master plans and site development guidelines; and institutional and commercial site design.

Lydia returned to St. John’s in 2013 to consult and complete several large scale planning projects. She is currently enjoying life as an independent contractor.

Mary Hatherly

Environmental Assessment Panel:
"“Trends in aboriginal engagement in EA: multiple groups & non-settled land claims”"

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Mary Hatherly is a skilled lawyer and policy advisor with a combined experience of over thirty years in Aboriginal and governmental relations, contract negotiations and the development of corporate policy and procedures. She has worked on the Labrador Inuit Land Claims agreement and has a proven track record of accomplishments in Aboriginal engagement and the successful conclusion of impacts and benefits agreements and other formal arrangements with Aboriginal groups in the major project context, including the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation project and the Kami Iron Ore project. She is also a regular instructor at the International Centre for Hydropower in Trondheim, Norway, lecturing in the area of indigenous participation in the environmental assessment process in developing countries.

Rod Mercer
Aggregate & Mineral Resources Manager - Geology, Pennecon

Environmental Assessment Panel:
"Best Practices for Quarry EA's, and how to efficiently navigate regulatory process"

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Mr. Mercer is a professional geologist with over 25 years experience in the exploration and development of aggregate and industrial mineral deposits. Since 1988 he has used his expertise to provide service to provincial and municipal governments, aggregate producers, industrial minerals producers, engineering firms, and construction firms locally, nationally and internationally. He has extensive experience in the design, implementation and reporting of geoscientific evaluations, quarry and mine developments, highway construction projects, industrial developments, representative sampling and testing of aggregate and mineral resources. He also has extensive experience in quarry planning and implementation; reclamation planning and all aspects of permitting and regulatory approvals and in the development and marketing of surficial and hard rock aggregates, dimension stone and slate, as well as industrial minerals such as garnet, kyanite, barite, high-calcium limestone and silica.

Patrick Crabbe
Technical Advisor, Wood WORKS! Atlantic

"Environmental, Economic and Performance Benefits of Wood Construction: A NL Perspective"

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Patrick was recruited to join the Atlantic WoodWORKS! team as senior technical advisor in 2013. Through executing the expansive program deliverables, Patrick educates various levels of government, architects, engineers, developers and code officials on the performance, economics and environmental benefits of wood construction. Patrick graduated with honours from the University of British Columbia with a BSc. in Wood Products Processing, major in commerce and Co-op designation. He has over 10 years experience in the Atlantic Forestry industry, including 2 years as an executive Vice President at an engineered wood products manufacturing company. Throughout his sales and marketing career he landed numerous multi-million dollar “big box” accounts and engineered the first professional grade fencing product to ship to homeowners North American wide.

Kim Saunders
Property Manager, East Port Properties Limited

"Introducing BOMA BEST® for Workplaces: Sustainability Requirements for Tenants and Organizational Workspaces "

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Kim Saunders is the Property Manager responsible for the management and leasing of East Port Properties’ managed portfolio in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Kim has established a track record of excellence during her 30-year career in the real estate industry.

Her early real estate experience was gained in real estate administrative management. In 1986, Kim obtained her broker’s license and entered the commercial real estate field of leasing and management. She has been the Property Manager at Scotia Centre, St. John’s, since 1996 and has maintained her role through four owner/manager firms, most recently East Port Properties Limited.

Kim holds a Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation through the Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI) and a Certified Leasing Officer (CLO) designation under the Real Estate Institute of Canada. She is an active member of BOMA, currently serving Secretary-Treasurer with BOMA Canada and is past-president of BOMA Newfoundland & Labrador, as well as a member of BOMA International’s Award Committee. Kim is also a Director with BOMI Canada’s Board of Trustees and President of the Downtown St. John’s.

She received BOMA Canada President’s Award in 2011 and BOMA NL President’s Award in 2013.

Under Kim’s guidance, Scotia Centre has received the following:

  • BOMA Newfoundland and Labrador’s Award of Excellence (2003, 2009, 2012)
  • BOMA NL - Pinnacle Award of Innovation (2010)
  • Go-Green BESt Practices (2007)
  • BOMA BESt Level 2 (2008)
  • BOMA BESt Level 3 (2012)
  • BOMA NL – Earth Award (2012)
  • Newfoundland & Labrador Construction Safety Association - Award of Excellence (2011)
  • Province of Newfoundland and Labrador - Environmental Award – Business or Industry Leader Category (2012)
Jonas Roberts
Climate Change Consultant, Amec Foster Wheeler

"Needs and challenges of climate change adaptation in NL"

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Jonas is a multi-disciplinary engineer with experience in the construction, manufacturing and energy industries. His Masters work focused on improving the viability of small wind turbines in isolated, harsh environments. His PhD focused on investigating the projected impacts of climate change on the the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Project. He is currently a Climate Change Consultant at Amec Foster Wheeler where he focuses on the impacts of climate change on infrastructure. He sits on the City of St. John’s Environmental Advisory Committee as well as the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of NL (PEGNL) Environment Committee. He is also a board member of Just Change St. John’s and CarShare NL. Jonas has a wonderful and growing young family and a hyper active dog named Freddie.

Dennis Bruce
Senior Vice President, HDR Corporation

"Understanding the 'Triple Bottom Line' of Public Infrastructure Investments"

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Dennis Bruce is an economist and a financial analyst with a diverse range of experience in the public, private and consulting sectors. Specializing in finance and economics, he has developed innovative solutions in the areas of tax and fiscal policy analysis, cost-benefit analysis, business case, economic impact analysis and forecasting. He has developed and implemented specific methods for incorporating risk, uncertainty and environmental and social considerations into decision making. He has conducted major studies to assess the economic, social and environmental impacts of transportation, energy developments and power generation across North America, including unconventional oil development. He has provided testimony on economic matters to Parliamentary finance committees, the Canadian Radio and Telecommunications Commission, and the Ontario Energy Board. Mr. Bruce is Senior Vice President of HDR.

Dennis’ client base includes economic development agencies, utilities, transportation agencies, infrastructure funding organizations, private sector companies and federal, state/provincial and local governments.

Kristie Jameson
Executive Director, Food Security Network of Newfoundland & Labrador (FSN)

"Food business = good business. Food business opportunities for Newfoundland and Labrador"

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Kristie Jameson is the Executive Director of the Food Security Network of Newfoundland and Labrador (FSN), a non-profit organization which aims to increase physical and economic access to healthy food for all. Kristie also sits on the Advisory Board for the Leslie Harris Centre for Regional Policy and Development, the Advisory Board for Farm to Cafeteria Canada, and the Environmental Advisory Committee for the City of St. John’s. Kristie holds a Baccalaureate of Commerce with Honours from the University of Guelph.

Adrian Unc
Associate Professor, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University

"Expanding plant agriculture in Newfoundland and Labrador; a story of uncertainties"

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Dr. Adrian Unc is an Agronomist (BsC), Soil Scientist (MSc) and Microbiologist (PhD and Post Doctorate) with extensive experience in agricultural and environmental sciences. Before joining the Memorial University he was affiliated with the University of Ottawa and the New Mexico State University as a research scientist and Associated Professor and currently he is also a Visiting Scientist with the University of Leeds, UK. He is also an Associate Editor for Soil Use and Management a journal of the British Soil Science Society and Associate Editor for Algal Research, an Elsevier journal established in collaboration with the Los Alamos National Laboratory (USA).

Daryl Johannesen
Principal, Golder Associates Ltd.

"Caribou and environmental effects monitoring related to the Muskrat Falls transmission line"

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Daryl Johannesen, M.Sc. is a Principal with 29 years of project experience spanning regions from Newfoundland to British Columbia, and into the Northwest Territories, focusing on energy (hydroelectric and wind power generation, transmission lines) and oil/gas (seismic, drilling and pipelines) developments.

Daryl’s expertise is related to project and regulatory strategy and direction, environmental impact assessment (EIA), cumulative effects assessment, and formulation of environmental mitigation and protection plans. Several of the projects Mr. Johannesen has directed and managed, have been screened under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA); including Joint Review Panels. These include an 1,100 km long power transmission line, a large gold mine in Ontario, windfarm projects in Alberta and Saskatchewan, and numerous seismic programs, exploratory wells and pipeline projects in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario and the Northwest Territories.

Daryl has been involved with the environmental aspects of the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link Project.

Kirby Mercer
CEO, Beothuck Energy

"Beothuck Energy's plans for an offshore wind farm in Western Newfoundland"

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Kirby Mercer BA, who hails from Corner Brook, NL is the founder and CEO of Beothuk Energy. Kirby has been involved in this province’s energy sectors, both renewable and non-renewable, for 20 years. He has served in private and public companies at the executive and board levels.

Beothuk Energy is a Newfoundland based international company that pursues large-scale, offshore wind energy opportunities in North America. Its plans include making western Newfoundland a Centre of Excellence for offshore wind power.

Dan Brake
President, EMSAT Corporation

"Real-Time Infrastructure Monitoring: live pilot project demonstration"

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Dan is a technology and business professional with a long diverse career in various industries and various countries. Always seeking new challenges, fresh ideas and mind-boggling technology, Dan is striving to turn a concept into a successful business with a wonderful team of people.

As CEO of EMSAT™ Corporation, Dan drives the corporate direction and vision. He manages EMSAT’s multi-year projects which includes planning, design, architecture, development and project management. He is active in the oil and gas, ocean and environment industries and is regularly asked to present at conferences and provide his expertise to promote the use of technology and awareness of our environment.

As a technologist, Dan has over 15 years experience in the information technology industry including the design and build of various integrated software solutions for the environmental health and safety, aerospace and defence, and advertising and media distribution industries. Dan has lead cross industry system design and implementation projects and worked with companies in Canada, the United States and in the United Kingdom managing clients’ needs worldwide.

Dan is originally from Newfoundland and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Masters of Information Technology and Adult Education from Dalhousie University. - See more at: https://neia.org/notes2015/speakers.html#sthash.onNsIo4B.dpuf

Candice Way
Aquaculture Technologist, Fisheries and Marine Institute, Memorial University

"A Mobile Anaerobic Digester as a Waste Management Option for Newfoundland’s Food Service Sector, Agriculture Industry and Poultry Industry"

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Candice Way is an aquaculture technologist with the Center for Aquaculture and Seafood Development (CASD), Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University. She is a graduate of the Marine Institute advanced diploma in sustainable aquaculture and also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Acadia University and a Master of Science in Biological Oceanography from the University of South Florida.

Candice has worked for almost 20 years in the commercial aquaculture and scientific research fields, primarily in the shellfish industry at the hatchery level. Her recent project endeavors at CASD has exposed her to new waste management technology and options available for Newfoundland which she would like to pursue.

Donald Baird
Research Scientist, Environment Canada & Research Professor, Canadian Rivers Institute

"Biomonitoring 2.0: ecogenomics is the new frontier in ecosystem assessment"

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Donald Baird is a Senior Research Scientist with Environment Canada’s Water Science & Technology Directorate. He is also a Visiting Professor at the Canadian Rivers Institute at the University of New Brunswick, where he leads a research group focusing on ecosystem analysis and risk assessment. His research career has included work in North America, Europe and the tropics, with most recent collaborations in Australia, as a Distinguished Visiting Scientist with the Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organisation (CSIRO). Dr Baird and his team, together with national and international collaborators, are pioneering the use of new and emerging technologies including genomics, 'Big Data’ and earth observation systems in developing new tools for ecosystem assessment in support of responsible resource development.

Peter Upshall
Energy Conservation Engineer, Newfoundland Power

"Energy efficiency incentives for businesses"

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Peter Upshall is a Professional Engineer and a graduate of Memorial University. He has worked with Newfoundland Power in a number of roles; including power system design and operations, power plant controls, and in his current role he serves the energy efficiency needs of Newfoundland Power customers.

Peter works with commercial customers to provide technical and program guidance through project assessment to project completion.

Curtis Mercer
President and CEO, K&P Contracting

"Net Zero/Passive Homes: Building Efficiency for the Future"

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Curtis Mercer, is the President and CEO of K & P Contracting Ltd and Project Manager of Newfoundland’s First Near Net Zero Home.

Curtis holds a Bachelor of Commerce (co-op) degree from Memorial University. Curtis’ knowledge on the building practice stems from K & P’s background in Energy Efficiency over 40 years in business and learns from Mentor and Business Partner Jack Parsons. Curtis is in the process of completing several courses on Energy Efficient buildings, Passive House and building envelops.

Neil Cater
Program Director - LOOKNorth

"Linear footprint mapping using satellite imagery"

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Neil Cater is the Program Director for LOOKNorth, C-CORE’s Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) mandated to foster commercialization of innovative remote sensing technologies that can support sustainable development of Canada’s northern resources. Neil has more than 30 years experience in project development and management, primarily in the areas of marine and ocean technology, with a focus on maritime surveillance, marine communications including AIS and LRIT as well as ocean monitoring.

Prior to joining C-CORE in 2011, Neil worked with the Centre for Applied Ocean Technology at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of NL. During this time, he served as part of the team that developed and implemented SmartBay, an operational pilot project initiated in Placentia Bay NL, with the mandate to demonstrate the value of real-time oceanographic information for the management and sustainable development of diverse coastal and ocean resources.

Neil has taken an active role in regulatory matters that relate to Marine transportation as a past member and chairperson of the Canadian sub-committee for IEC TC-80, a committee of the International Electro-technical Committee responsible for setting ship’s carriage requirements for Communications and Electronic Navigation equipment.

David Haley
Environment and Regulatory Compliance Manager, Lower Churchill Project

"Muskrat Falls: Transmission Line Environmental Considerations and Initiatives"

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David is currently SNC-Lavalin’s Senior Project Manager on the Lower Churchill Project, he also acts as the Project’s Environment and Regulatory Compliance Manger.

David has over 28 years of progressive engineering and management experience. David has developed specialist expertise in the design and implementation of Environmental Protection Plans for large scale construction, and environmental remediation projects. This experience includes most recently, the Lower Churchill Project (since 2012), the Canadian Armed Forces Pleasantville Consolidation Project (St. John’s), and the 5 Wing Goose Bay Environmental Remediation Project (Happy Valley/Goose Bay).

David is a registered Professional Engineer (Civil) in Newfoundland and Labrador, and Nova Scotia, a past Director of the Nova Scotia Consulting Engineers Association, and past Chair of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia Environment Committee. Mr. Haley was named a Fellow of Engineers Canada in 2009, and has been certified as an Environmental Professional (EP) by ECO Canada.

Steve Bonnell
Environmental Assessment Practice Leader - Amec Foster Wheeler

"Decision-making about strategic environmental assessment (SEA): potential SEA adoption and application in corporate strategic planning"

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Steve Bonnell is a Senior Associate with Amec Foster Wheeler, and leads the company’s Environmental Assessment (EA) and Regulatory Affairs practice in Newfoundland and Labrador. He has over 15 years experience in planning, managing and completing EAs and associated environmental studies, consultation programs and permitting for proposed development projects throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and elsewhere, including in the oil and gas, mining, electrical generation and transmission and transportation sectors.

Steve’s professional career has thus far included progressively senior roles in the environmental industry sector, primarily as an environmental consultant and project proponent. Prior to joining AMEC as part of its NL leadership team in September 2011 he worked for 6 years with Nalcor Energy – Lower Churchill Project, where he held senior positions related to the EAs and associated Aboriginal consultation and negotiation processes for the proposed Labrador-Island Transmission Link and Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project. Prior to this he worked with the then NL Department of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, and initially, commenced his career with a major local environmental and engineering consultancy. Steve holds a Masters Degree in Geography from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and is currently completing a PhD at the School of the Environment, University of Dundee, Scotland UK, where his doctoral research focuses on the use of EA approaches in strategic development planning by corporations.

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