october 12-13, 2016
Holiday Inn
St. John's, NL




Below is a preliminary list of Newleef 2016 speakers. Check back regularly for updates!


Hon. Judy Foote

Minister of Public Services and Procurement
Member of Parliament for Bonavista–Burin–Trinity

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For the past 18 years, Judy M. Foote has been dedicated to community service, working in several volunteer capacities with a variety of organizations, including the St. John’s Association for the Mentally Delayed and the Heritage Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition to this volunteer work, Ms. Foote served in several capacities for 15 years with the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF).

Ms. Foote was elected as the Member of the House Assembly of Newfoundland and Labrador for the District of Grand Bank in 1996 and was re-elected in 2003. Premier Brian Tobin invited her to join his Cabinet as Minister of Development and Rural Renewal on March 14, 1996. Ms. Foote subsequently held the positions of Minister of Industry, Trade and Technology, Minister of Education, and Minister of Industry, Trade and Rural Development.

Prior to her involvement in politics, Ms. Foote worked in television journalism with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s public affairs program “Here & Now.” She has also been the Director of University Relations with Memorial University, and has worked in the Newfoundland and Labrador Premier’s Office as the Director of Public Relations, a position she held for seven years.

Ms. Foote holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University. In 1977, she moved to Sarnia, Ontario, to attend Lambton College, graduating with an Honours Diploma in Radio and Television Broadcast Arts.

Ms. Foote and her husband Howard have three children: Carla, Jason and Heidi.

Hon. Perry Trimper

Minister of Environment and Climate Change
Minister Responsible for the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board

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Perry Trimper is an environmental scientist with 30 years of experience in resource development in northern regions. He has worked on projects in Labrador, elsewhere in Canada, and internationally in such locales as Russia, Ukraine, and Turkmenistan.

Prior to his candidacy for the Liberal Party, Mr. Trimper worked as the principal scientist with Stantec Consulting Limited. Other highlights from his distinguished career include managing Innu and Inuit partnership companies on behalf of Stantec and taking a lead scientist role in several environmental assessments, including the Voisey’s Bay mine, all three phases of the Trans-Labrador Highway and the Lower Churchill hydroelectric development. He also managed socio-economic development projects in the former Soviet Union on behalf of the UN, CIDA, and the World Bank.

Mr. Trimper has been involved in many community organizations in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, including the Ground Search and Rescue Team, the Labrador Winter Games, the Labrador Heritage Society and the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce.

Hon. Christopher Mitchelmore

Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development
Minister Responsible for Responsible for the Forestry and Agrifoods Agency

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Christopher Mitchelmore was first elected to the House of Assembly in 2011 and was re-elected in November 2015. He is from Green Island Cove, a small fishing village on the Great Northern Peninsula.

Mr. Mitchelmore has a Bachelor of Commerce Honours (Co-op) degree from Memorial University, with international study experience in the United Kingdom and at the University of Economics in the Czech Republic. He worked with the Department of Innovation, Business, and Rural Development; the Newfoundland and Labrador Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities (PUB); and London Offshore Consultants.

Prior to entering politics, Mr. Mitchelmore worked as a client services officer and a youth ventures coordinator with the Community Business Development Corporation (CBDC) Nortip. He has an extensive track record of community involvement, including time as vice president of the Straits – St. Barbe Chronic Care Corporation and director and member of the Canadian Community Economic Development Network. He was appointed Minister of Business, Tourism, Culture and Rural Development on December 14, 2015.

Paul Antle

President and CEO, Pluto Investments Inc.
Chairman of the Board, West Mountain Environmental

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Paul Antle was born and raised in St. John’s. His father, Joe, owned and operated Antle’s Irving on Torbay Road. That’s where Mr. Antle got his first taste of business – pumping gas and helping out.

Mr. Antle graduated from Memorial, then did a master’s degree in engineering. After graduating, he saw an opportunity to create his own small business – selling dangerous goods labels and placards. He started in his mother’s basement. It took a few years of grinding away, but eventually he was able to move out and hire a few people.

From there Mr. Antle went on to help pioneer environmental industries in Newfoundland and Labrador – developing and exporting environmental technology to 4 continents and working in some 15 countries. Over time he established larger businesses, diversified into other industries, and invested in a number of start-up ventures to help them grow.

Mr. Antle went on to graduate as co-valedictorian from the Harvard School of Business. In 2015 he was inducted into the Atlantic Business Hall of Fame, and in 2014 Ernst & Young recognized him as an Atlantic Entrepreneur of the Year for growing St. John’s-based Pluto Investments Inc., a small holding company, to a large, diversified portfolio, which includes the 130-year-old St. John’s Dockyard with its unionized workforce of hundreds.

Mr. Antle was the recipient of a Canada-China Business Council Excellence Award for his efforts in introducing Canadian environmental technology and know-how to China. He has also been named a World Young Business Achiever, one of Canada’s Top 40 under 40™, and inducted into the Academy of Entrepreneurs.

Mr. Antle has served as a mentor with Memorial’s Faculty of Business Mentorship Program. He has also chaired a Special Advisory Group on International Trade and was a member of the Prime Minister’s National Round Table on the Environment and Economy. He currently sits on the board of the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. In 2012 he received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Currently, Mr. Antle chairs the Rainbow Riders’ Raise It Up Campaign, leading its efforts to raise $6.0 million to expand the therapeutic horse riding services it offers to children and young adults with disabilities. He is a very active supporter of the Salvation Army, Stella’s Circle, the Children’s Wish Foundation, and the Bannerman Park Foundation.

Mr. Antle has three children with his wife, Renee.

Michael Hanrahan

President and CEO, petroforma laboratories
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Michael Hanrahan is the President and CEO of petroforma laboratories in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. After an acquisition in early 2014, petroforma laboratories became the largest commercial lab in the province serving the energy, food, fisheries, mining, municipal government, health and environmental sectors. petroforma has a gender balanced and ethnically diverse workplace.

In 2015 and 2016, Michael was named by Atlantic Business Magazine as one of the Top 50 CEOs in Atlantic Canada and in 2016 he was named the Employer of Distinction by the Newfoundland & Labrador Employers’ Council.

He has held leadership roles in both the public and private sector and been part of the management team on two of the largest energy projects in Atlantic Canada. Michael sits as a Director of the Norwegian-head quartered Glamox and Singapore-owned Swire Pacific Offshore Canada Limited. He has advised the Senate Committee on Energy, Bank of Canada, National Energy Board, and Petroleum Oil Company of South Africa.

Michael has completed studies and executive development courses at Memorial University of Newfoundland, McGill University, York University, Rutgers University and Babson College.

David Mitchell

Chief Executive Officer, Pennecon Ltd.
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David brings over 20 years of progressive management and construction experience to his role as CEO. He holds a Masters Degree in Engineering from Memorial University and an Executive Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University, along with a variety courses in management and leadership training. David is committed to the sustainable growth of Pennecon Limited through integrated risk management and corporate governance procedures. Outside of his work with us, David is an avid sailor, a member of the Masonic Order and a Shriner.

Sasha Jacob

"Financing clean technology in Canada"
Chairman & CEO, Jacob Capital Management Inc.

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Mr. Jacob is the Chairman & CEO of Jacob Capital Management Inc. and previously Jacob Securities Inc. an independent investment bank focused on the renewable power, technology and energy sectors with operations in Toronto, New York, London, and Beijing. Mr. Jacob brings 20 years of experience in the power sector, including founding and leading the power and infrastructure practice at a leading Canadian investment bank, as well as several years in senior political positions as Special Assistant to the Ontario Minister of Energy. He has managed over 100 transactions in the renewable sector, and has participated in renewable financings valued at more than $7 billion. Mr. Jacob was recognized by Institutional Investor as one of the “5 Most Influential Emerging Players in Renewable Energy” globally.

Mr. Jacob received a BA from Bishop’s University and his MBA from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. He was the recipient of the Laurier MBA Alumni 2009 Outstanding Executive Leadership Award and the Bishop’s University Top 10 After 10. Mr. Jacob serves on the Boards of several charitable organizations including as Vice Chairman of World Wildlife Fund (WWF Canada), Director of Plan International Canada and is a member of the Board of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO Maple Leaf).

Panel: Developing an Innovation Strategy for Newfoundland and Labrador

Stephen Hale

Director of Sales, Marketing and R&D Business Development, Rutter

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Over the past 18 years, Stephen Hale has been involved in a wide range of activities in the telecommunications, mobile and marine industries.

An Electrical Engineering graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Mr. Hale started his career working in the communications industry designing various telephone, data and mobile products as a Software Engineer and Development Manager.

In 2008 he joined Rutter Inc., a developer of advanced radar signal processing technologies for the marine safety, security, and environmental monitoring and protection industries. Mr. Hale has held various roles within Rutter in the R&D and sales organizations. Upon joining Rutter as their Software Architect and Research and Development Manager, he was responsible for the hardware and software development of various Rutter projects for the sigma S6 Oil Spill Detection, Small Target Surveillance, Ice Navigator™ and WaMoS® II products. Later, Mr. Hale transitioned to head the sales and marketing division of Rutter as Director of Sales, Marketing and R&D Business Development. In this role he is responsible for Rutter’s sales activities and developing Rutter’s markets for both their products and their versatile R&D team that undertakes contracted research and development projects in a variety of areas.

Judith Bobbitt

President, Oceans Ltd.

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Judith is the President of Oceans Ltd., a research and technology company with offices in St. John's and Halifax offering a wide range of ocean research and analysis services in the areas of services in physical oceanography, marine weather forecasting, iceberg profiling, bio-monitoring of fish health, plus climate and oceanography studies. Judith has degrees in oceanography, meteorology, and physics, completing her graduate work at McGill University's Marine Science Centre. In 2013 Bobbitt was recognized at the national level with an RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Impact Award for her significant impact on the local economy. She has been nominated this year as one of EY's Entrepreneurs of the Year.

Adam Rowe

Vice-President, SubC Imaging
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Coming from a programming background with a strong understanding of computers and electronics, Adam has the unique perspective for problem solving of taking a systematic approach to determining the cause of issues. Constantly up to date on the latest technology, Adam applies significant knowledge of industry trends and developments to enhance the service experience of the company’s clientele.

Innovation and Industry

Scott Tessier

"Enabling local innovation"
Chair & Chief Executive Officer, C-NLOPB

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Scott Tessier is a respected leader with extensive experience in the public and private sectors. Over the course of his career, he has developed strong relationships with federal, provincial and territorial governments, non-government organizations and industry.

Scott has held senior positions in Ottawa with several federal departments that provide regulatory oversight, and for six years Scott served as Chief of Staff to three federal ministers in the Fisheries and Oceans and Health portfolios. Early in his career, he worked with the St. John's Harbour Atlantic Coastal Action Program and the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment. Prior to his appointment to the C-NLOPB, Scott was the Senior Advisor for Legislative and Regulatory Affairs with Chevron Canada in Calgary, Alberta.

Scott was born and raised in St. John’s and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Memorial University. He was appointed Chairman and CEO to the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board in January, 2013, and assumed responsibilities effective February 25, 2013.

John Gordon

"Delivering the world’s first global distribution of innovative, sustainable, electric transportation"
Co-Founder, EVEN Electric

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John Gordon is a certified electrician and has 15 years experience in the electrical contracting and heavy equipment industry. He began his career by becoming a partner at W.L. Gordon Electric, a family company focused on industrial electrical projects in Newfoundland and Labrador. John provided electric services and heavy equipment leasing for W.L. Gordon Electric and continues to provide oversight to the business as it continues to successfully operate today. In 2009, John established Newfound Electric, focused on electrical, civil contracting and heavy equipment. This company also continues successful operations today.

John began his love of electric vehicles a few years ago and began to realize its inherent business potential. He established Green Rock E.V.S. to prepare and build a business model to capitalize on the potential growth opportunities presented by electric vehicles and associated products and services. He has devoted his energies to becoming an expert in electric vehicles and has used his electrical knowledge to be able to service EV’s hands on.

Recently, John has begun a new business venture in the Electric Vehicle world by co-founding EVEN Electric - the first global sales and distribution network for electric transportation, offering multi-brand solutions through a refreshingly innovative customer experience.

Dawne Skinner

"Waste valorisation through the Circular Economy"
Environmental Engineer, Dillon Consulting

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Dawne is an environmental engineer with over 13 years’ experience. She is currently enrolled in the Innovation, Enterprise and Circular Economy MBA program that was developed in partnership with Bradford University, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and leading global businesses. Dawne posts about the Circular Economy on her blog Circular Economy North America.

Ethics of Environment in Business

Dr. Steve Bonnell

"Going beyond environmental regulatory requirements: key drivers, enablers, and impediments for voluntary environmental planning and mitigation initiatives by corporations"
Environmental Assessment & Regulatory Affairs Practice Leader - Amec Foster Wheeler

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Steve Bonnell, PhD is with Amec Foster Wheeler Environment and Infrastructure, and leads the company’s Environmental Assessment (EA) and Regulatory Affairs practice in Newfoundland and Labrador. Dr. Bonnell has nearly 20 years experience in planning, managing and completing EAs and associated environmental studies, consultation programs and permitting for proposed developments throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and elsewhere, including projects in the oil and gas, mining, electrical generation and transmission and transportation sectors. He also has significant experience in Aboriginal consultation and negotiation initiatives related to resource developments in this region. His 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 Foster Wheeler in September 2011, he worked with Nalcor Energy in senior positions related to the EAs and associated Aboriginal involvement processes for the Lower Churchill Project (generation and transmission), and previously in other industry and governmental positions related to EA and Aboriginal affairs. He holds a Masters Degree in Geography from Memorial University, and a PhD from the University of Dundee, Scotland for which his doctoral research focused on the use of EA approaches in strategic development planning by corporations. Dr. Bonnell has published and presented on EA issues and methods at national and international forums, and is an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Geography, Memorial University.

Jonas Roberts

"PEGNL PANEL: Ethical Obligation of Engineers to Consider Climate Change in their Work"
Climate Change Consultant, Amec Foster Wheeler

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Jonas Roberts is a Climate Change Consultant with Amec Foster Wheeler’s Met-Ocean Services group. In this role, he investigates the impacts of climate change and extreme weather on communities, infrastructure, and energy projects. Jonas obtained his PhD from Memorial University’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science where he focused on the impacts of climate change on hydropower in Labrador. He has a master’s and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and previous work experience in the construction, manufacturing and energy industries.

Jonas sits on PEGNL’s Environment Committee where he leads their Climate Change Subcommittee. He also sits on NEIA's Board of Directors and Policy Committee as well as Municipality Newfoundland and Labrador’s Environment and Sustainability Committee.

Janna Rosales

"PEGNL PANEL: Ethical Obligation of Engineers to Consider Climate Change in their Work"
Assistant Professor, Memorial University

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Janna Rosales works at the crossroads of the sciences and humanities, where she explores the values, needs, and motivations that go into the decisions we make about technology. She currently teaches courses in professionalism, communication and ethics for the Faculty of Engineering, and conducts research on the links between leadership development, civic engagement, mindfulness, and diversity in engineering education. She serves on a number of university committees committed to excellence in teaching and learning, public engagement, and diversity, and currently holds the inaugural Chair for Teaching and Learning in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science.

Andrew Peach

"Responsible Erosion Prevention & Sedimentation Control: Requirements & Best Practices During Development & Construction"
Location Manager - Golder Associates

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Andrew is the Location Manager for Golder Associates Limited in Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a Professional Geoscientist and holds national certification as an Environmental Professional (Fish & Wildlife) through the Canadian Environmental Certifications Approvals Board and ECO Canada. Andrew has a total of fourteen (14) years of applied consulting experience and has worked on numerous environmental projects both locally and internationally. Environmental projects have generally involved; CSA environmental site assessments (phase I and II); environmental site remediation; federal and provincial environmental assessments; environmental effects monitoring; environmental audits; toxicology studies; as well as baseline environmental studies (e.g. aquatic habitat assessments) related to hydroelectric, waste management, transportation, and mining developments.

Through ECO Canada and BEAHR (Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources), Andrew has been a volunteer on several committees that were tasked with developing National Occupational Standards related to environmental training programs for aboriginal communities. In 2014, Andrew presented at a professional development workshop sponsored by NEIA on the topic of sedimentation control and erosion prevention. In 2015, Andrew was a member of the ECO Canada committee responsible for providing expert review of the National Occupational Standards for Fish & Wildlife Professionals. Andrew has also been a volunteer on several PEGNL committees and is currently finishing up a three-year term on the Board of Directors.

Andrew is an outdoor enthusiast and particularly enjoys spending time salmon fishing. Andrew is originally from Newfoundland and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Biology and Earth Sciences) from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Industry Stewardship

Dr. Jared Saunders

"Vale Long Harbour Operations Stewardship: Helping Nature Get Back to Nature – Salmon Cove River"
Environmental Supervisor, Vale Newfoundland and Labrador

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Dr. Jared Saunders is an environmental scientist originally from central Newfoundland and is an outdoor enthusiast with over 12 years of environmental experience. Dr. Saunders received his education from the Royal Military College of Canada Honours B.Sc. in Chemistry while serving in the Canadian Military. After his Military service, Jared completed his Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences at the Royal Military College of Canada. Jared’s expertise was initially in metal transport and transformation up through ecological food chains and his research has been published in various peer reviewed journals. However, Jared went on to be a Senior Environmental Scientist for a consulting company specializing in Environmental Risk Assessment (Human Health and Ecological) and dealing with all aspects of environment management of contaminated sites (specializing in remote locations).

Currently, Jared is the Environmental Supervisor for Vale Newfoundland and Labrador (VNL) in Long Harbour which is in the middle of a multi-year ramp-up of Vale’s Long Harbour Processing Plant. The facility is unique in that it is the first nickel processing plant in the world to use hydrometallurgy (or ‘hydromet’) technology to produce finished nickel product from hard rock (sulphide) ore. At Vale, Jared is the Environmental Subject Matter Expert for the environmental or regulatory matters for the Vale’s Long Harbour Processing Plant.

Marion Organ

"Environmental considerations for a new transmission line: from rare plants to artifacts"
Environmental Services Manager, Nalcor Energy

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Marion is currently the Environmental Services Manager with Nalcor Energy. Prior to taking this role in June of 2014 she was the Environmental and Regulatory Compliance Manager with Nalcor Energy’s Lower Churchill Project, and was responsible for the Environmental Management System, Environmental Engineering and Environmental Effects Monitoring Programs for the LCP. She first joined the project in March 2007, and a seven year period was an integral part of the team throughout environmental assessments for the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link. As part of her role she was directly responsible for managing the environment and regulatory compliance aspects of the project. Marion continues to support and work with LCP in her new role in overseeing Nalcor Energy's broader Corporate Environmental Management Programs. Marion is a graduate of Memorial University ’s civil engineering and Masters in program and has her Masters in Environmental Engineering from Memorial University.

She currently sits on the Canadian Hydro Power's Regulatory Policy Working Group.

Emerging Business, Research, and Technologies

Renewable Energy

Dr. Kevin Pope

"Meeting rural energy needs with wind"
Assistant Professor, Memorial University

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Dr. Kevin Pope has authored or co-authored 17 journal and 26 conference articles, as well as 3 book chapters. Dr. Pope was awarded CSME’s I.W.

Smith award for outstanding achievement in creative mechanical engineering and is a member of ASME, CSME and AIAA. He serves on the AIAA Thermophysics Technical Committee and the Publicity Subcommittee.

He is an associate editor for Transactions of CSME. He has developed new analytical formulations to predict heat transfer rates, viscous effects and phase change in multiphase flows. Dr. Pope has contributed significantly to flow field, phase change and performance efficiency research by conducting wind tunnel experiments, developing new numerical models and analytical formulations to enhance wind turbine performance.

New design models and control techniques have also been formulated. To optimize power generation from wind turbine installations, numerous climatic and topographic differences have been analyzed by Dr. Pope. His research on rotor aerodynamics and ice accretion will improve wind turbine power production and enhance coastal and offshore wind farms.

This research can broaden the energy output of current wind turbine designs by improving their performance in suboptimal conditions. He is supervising / co-supervising 16 graduate students.

Jimena Martinez-Ramos

"Renewable energy decision support systems"
GIS Consultant, Integrated Informatics Inc.

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After graduating at the Polytechnic University of Madrid (Spain), where she obtained a Bachelor in Geomatics Engineering, Jimena studied a Masters in Geodesy Engineering at Alcala University (Spain), while starting her professional career at corporations. In 2012, she was awarded with an international grant to pursue her PhD at TU Delft (The Netherlands), where she started her research on Volunteered Geographic Information (VGI) and geodata integration. In 2013, she moved to Newfoundland, where she continued her PhD for a year.

She has over 8 years’ experience as a GIS analyst, GIS consultant and project manager in different fields as GIS implementation, cartography, geodesy and data management. She has worked for different companies, administrations, NGOs and universities providing geomatics technological solutions and support for multiple projects and environments. She is the co-founder of an Engineering firm and a tech NGO, to help spread the use of Free Open Source Software in cultural and humanitarian projects.

She is interested in climate and social justice activities, and she has volunteered for different organizations, usually in technical roles.

Currently she is working as a GIS Consultant at Integrated Informatics Inc.

Adam Cormier

"Grassroots efforts to build NL's first year-round clean energy greenhouse"
Director - Iron and Earth East

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Adam Cormier is a journeyman electrician and writer based in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Before switching to the trades Adam graduated from Memorial University with degrees in business and English. He has worked in both the oil sands in Alberta and the mining sector in Newfoundland and Labrador.

As the East Coast Director for the oil-sands worker led group Iron and Earth (www.ironandearth.org), Adam has been able to combine his passion for the environment with his skills as an electrician. Iron & Earth is an organizations led by oilsands workers committed to incorporating more renewable energy projects into our work scope.

Emerging Business, Research, and Technologies

Ocean Technology

Dr. Heather Peng

"Increasing efficiencies and minimizing environmental impacts in the shipping industry"
Associate Professor, Memorial University - B.Sc., M.A.Sc., PhD, P.Eng.

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Dr. Peng received her B.Sc. (1990) and M.A.Sc. (1993) in naval architecture from Dalian University of Technology, China and Ph.D. (2001) in naval architecture/marine hydrodynamics from Dalhousie University. She worked as a senior hydrodynamicist with Martec Limited in Halifax from 2000 to 2004 and with Oceanic Consultin Corporation in St. John’s from 2005 to 2008. Dr. Peng joined Memorial University as an assistant professor in 2008 and was promoted to associate professor in 2014.

Dr. Peng's main research expertise is in the area of marine/ship hydrodynamics and its application to ship and offshore structure design and evaluation. Her research interests include numerical prediction of ship motions and wave loads, hydrodynamic interactions of multiple floating bodies, dynamic positioning of ships and offshore structures in waves and in ice, hull form optimization, propeller hydrodynamics, and renewable wave energy conversion. Research projects are funded by government agencies and industry, including Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Research & Development Corporation (RDC) of Newfoundland and Labrador, Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada (PRAC), Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS), Shell International Exploration and Production Inc., and Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF). Dr. Peng has been published over 100 papers in refereed journals, conference proceedings and technical reports.

Darrell Green

"The Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association Ensiling Demonstration Project"
Research and Development Coordinator, NAIA

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Darrell is the Research and Development Coordinator (RDC) for the Newfoundland Aquaculture Industry Association (NAIA), and one of four members of the Atlantic Canada Aquaculture Industry Research and Development Network (ACAIRDN).
B Darrell has a B.Sc. in Biology from Memorial University and a Graduate Diploma in Aquaculture from the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University.

Since 1997 he has worked in the aquaculture industry, starting off with short contracts at NAIA and the Canadian Centre for Fisheries Innovation (CCFI) and then as a fish farm manager in Ontario, Canada. He has spent seven years at the Ocean Sciences Centre of Memorial University working on aquaculture research projects involving cod, halibut and blue mussels, before joining the team at NAIA in 2007.

In his current capacity as Research and Development Coordinator Darrell plans, initiates and manages NAIA research and development projects on behalf of, and in partnership with, NAIA member aquaculture companies. He acts to maintain communication of aquaculture R&D issues between industry, government and academic researchers in Newfoundland and throughout Atlantic Canada.

Emerging Business, Research, and Technologies

Electricity & Efficiency

Joshua Green

"Mysa: a new thermostat technology to help homeowners lower their energy use"
President & CEO, Empowered Homes

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Joshua graduated from Dalhousie University in 2013 with a degree in Mechanical engineering. His passion for engineering and technology combined with his drive to help combat climate change led him to create Empowered Homes.

In 2014 Empowered Homes began providing energy auditing services to homeowners to help the identify how they could save energy in their homes. Through these services, Joshua discovered a huge pain in the market regarding thermostats. It was this pain and passion for developing new technology that led Empowered Homes to create Mysa.

In his free time, Joshua loves to play music, advocate for electric vehicles and look after is vegetable garden.

Andrew Cook

"Energy Harvesting Solutions for Long-Term Subsea Observation"
Co-founder & CEO of Seaformatics Systems Inc.

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Andrew Cook is Co-founder and CEO of Seaformatics Systems Inc. He was the project manager for the Seaformatics project that began at MUN in 2007 and finished in 2016. He obtained his B.Eng. from Memorial University in 2001 and his M. Eng. from Memorial in 2003. Since 2003 he has been working in the Ocean technology and science industry and has been responsible for projects that include iceberg profiling, life raft drift studies and the development of new technology for observing the ocean.

Sizwe Dhlamini

"Designing the next generation high voltage transformer and switchgear bushings"
CEO, Power HV Inc.

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Sizwe Dhlamini is the CEO of Power HV Inc. He is an electrical engineer, who previously worked as a specialist at Eskom, a power utility in South Africa. While there he completed a PhD applying artificial intelligence techniques to autonomously diagnose transformer bushings by using the Dissolved Gas Analysis (DGA) method. Most recently Sizwe was General Manager of Infrastructure, at a national government department within the security cluster in South Africa, where he was responsible for $350million worth of assets.

Sizwe recently completed an MBA at MUN and passed the Canadian professional engineer exam at PEGNL. He is a member of CIGRE and NEIA. Sizwe trained for a bachelor in electro-mechanical engineering at the University of Cape Town, followed by an MSc in high voltage engineering, and then registered as a professional Engineer in South Africa in 2004.

Power HV Inc. is a Newfoundland company with a core focus in designing the next generation high voltage transformer and switchgear bushings - with integrated sensing and diagnostics. Power HV Inc. has a US patent pending design of transformer bushings.

Emerging Business, Research, and Technologies

Radar & Optical Technologies

Meisam Amani

"New technologies for wetland classification"
PhD Student (Memorial University), M.Eng., B.Eng.

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Meisam Amani is a PhD student at Memorial University of Newfoundland. He received his B. Eng. degree in geomatics engineering from the University of Tabriz in 2012 and his M. Eng. degree in remote sensing from Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology in 2014. He has worked on different aspects of optical remote sensing including vegetation monitoring, soil moisture estimation, and drought monitoring. His doctoral research is about developing a prototype system for classification and monitoring wetlands in Newfoundland and Labrador using innovative satellite image processing techniques and ground-based measurements.

Sahel Mahdavi

"New technologies for wetland classification"
PhD Student (Memorial University), M.Sc., B.Sc.

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Sahel Mahdavi received her B.S. in Geomatics Engineering and her M.S. in Remote Sensing from K. N. Toosi University, Tehran, Iran in 2012 and 2014, respectively. She is currently completing her PhD degree in Electrical Engineering at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

She has worked on different aspects of processing Synthetic Aperture RADAR (SAR) imagery, including speckle reduction, soil moisture retrieval and the investigation of the relationship between environmental conditions and polarimetric parameters. She is currently working on object-based classification using fusion of SAR and optical images.

Chris Hardy

"Using Satellites to Monitor Urban Sprawl, and many other things"
Product Leader, C-CORE

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Chris Hardy has worked in the hi-tech sector for over 20 years with leading global innovators such as Nortel, Avaya and Ciena, as well as starting up his own company Cortex Networks. He has held senior leadership roles primarily in the emerging products and technology for markets associated with telecommunications, information technology, cloud-based services, and business transformation.

Chris’s current work deals with the emerging market of nano-satellite imagery and big data, where he is developing a system to apply value-added algorithmic intelligence to the new onslaught of data entering the market. This satellite-derived intelligence is providing brand new business and environmental insights, as well creating new entrepreneurial services.

Chris is a graduate of Memorial University’s engineering program and has recently returned home after spending 20 years in Ottawa, the Silicon Valley of the North.

Masoud Mahdianpari

"Sea ice segmentation of PolSAR data"
PhD Student (Memorial University), M.Sc., B.Sc.

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Masoud Mahdianpari received the B.Sc. degree in Geomatics Engineering and M.Sc. in Remote Sensing from the University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran, in 2010 and 2013.

He was recognized wth the outstanding graduate student award given by University of Tehran from 2010 to 2013.

He is continuing his research in Radar Remote Sensing as a Ph.D. student with C-Core and department of Electrical Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

His main research interests are statistical analysis of polarimetric synthetic aperture radar images for classification, target detection and oil spill detection on aquatic, terrestrial and sea ice region.

Wind Energy in Newfoundland & Labrador

Kirby Mercer

"Bringing offshore wind energy to Atlantic Canada"
CEO, Beothuk Energy

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Kirby Mercer B.A., is the founder and CEO of Beothuk Energy, its been Kirby’s vision to bring offshore wind to Atlantic Canada. Kirby has been involved in Canada’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 Atlantic Canada a Centre of Excellence for offshore wind power. Beothuk Energy has six (6) sites in the Atlantic Canadian region, with a potential of 4 GW of offshore wind power for both the Canadian and U.S. markets.

Potential within our Forests

Patrick Lavoie

"Greenhouse gas (GHG) displacement and forest products"
Senior Scientist, FPInnovations

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Working as senior scientist for FPInnovations’ sustainability group, Patrick Lavoie has recently been involved in research projects addressing the environmental footprint of wood building systems and the recycling of construction wood waste. M. Lavoie has contributed to the publication of several environmental product declarations (EPDs) and is participating in standards development on environmental topics like EPDs and carbon accounting.

He has an excellent understanding of the drivers for green construction and environmental communications and has played a key role in a number of R&D projects about wood-based insulation products. Patrick Lavoie has a master’s degree in environmental studies from York University and a sociology degree from Laval University. He is currently working on completing a Master’s in business administration.

Dr. Kelly Hawboldt

"An Integrated Forest Biorefinery for Newfoundland and Labrador"
Chemical Engineer and Professor in Process Engineering, Memorial University

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Dr. Kelly Hawboldt is a chemical engineer and a professor in Process Engineering at Memorial University. Her area of research is green process of natural resources, with a focus of extraction of valuable by-products from production and processing wastes (e.g. forestry residues, fishing waste, and mining/metals processing). The development of processes to convert these by-products to fuels and industrial chemicals and adsorbents is her particular area of expertise. This work includes the characterization of the waste materials, development of on-line and in-situ monitoring equipment, and thermochemical and biochemical conversion processes.

Dr. Bob Helleur

"An Integrated Forest Biorefinery for Newfoundland and Labrador"
Professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, Memorial University

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Dr. Bob Helleur is a professor of Analytical and Environmental Chemistry at Memorial University. His area of research are two fold; 1) the development of novel techniques to chemically profile complex organics in the aquatic and terrestrial environment using chromatographic and mass spectrometric techniques including micro scale analytical pyrolysis tools and 2) the development of the thermochemical conversion (fast pyrolysis) of forest residues and municipal solid wastes for the production of fuels (bio-oil), chemicals and biochar. This includes new techniques for biochar and bio-oil characterization and the application of biochar for use as a soil amendment for greenhouse and site remediation.

Adam Anderson

"International expertise stemming from Newfoundland's west coast forests"
President & CEO, Resource Innovations

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Adam Anderson is a Registered Professional Forester recognized by the Canadian Institute of Forestry as a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Professional Foresters Association (RPF#: 088). He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick, as well as a Technical Forest Diploma from the College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland and Labrador. This educational background, combined with twelve years of work experience has given Adam the technical expertise required for a wide variety of services including ecological land classification (ELC), field work / research design and implementation, forest and environmental management planning, GIS-based (geographical information system) analysis, and GPS (geographical positioning systems) and map product development.

Adam has supervised various forest management operations in locations across Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia) and is very experienced in managing large groups of people and working with the public, forest contractors, company officials, government officials and tourism operators. In recent years, Adam has been project manager / technical lead on four large scale ELC projects across Canada, spanning two Provinces and a landscape of nearly 6 million hectares. Adam has a strong background in technical data collection and forest research, and has extensive experience in preparing technical reports and presenting them to the public and other interested parties.

Connecting Local Foods and Local People

Blaine Edwards

"A new model to access fresh fish directly from harvesters"
Founder, From the Wharf

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Blaine is the founder of fromthewharf.com an innovative online marketplace that connects local fish harvesters with consumers and restaurants.

Until last year buying fish directly from harvesters was prohibited in Newfoundland and Labrador. Nevertheless, people have been buying fish directly from fishers for centuries, in fact over 3.5 million pounds of cod were sold throughout NL in 2010.

Changes to provincial regulations now allow harvesters to sell their seafood directly to the general public and restaurants. Direct sales are no longer a black market activity. That means harvesters are allowed to do all the things that other businesses do: advertise, promote products, and use marketing to increase sales and profit.

Today many people want to buy fish directly from fishermen. But many people don't know any. From The Wharf allows people to access fresh fish directly from harvesters. It’s also an opportunity for commercial harvesters to get the highest value from their catch. The site launched in Newfoundland in early 2016 and has made considerable progress in a short amount of time.

From the Wharf is beginning to expand outside the local marketplace. Blaine will speak about issues concerning the market for local food, international food trends and the economic and environmental benefits of the local food movement.

Dave Lane

"Enhancing the cultural, financial, social, and environmental sustainability of the food system"
Co-Chair, St. John's Food Policy Council

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Dave Lane wears several hats: he is Development Partner at the marketing firm Dc Design House, managing a team of web developers, designers, and social media experts; he is a Councillor-at-Large for the City of St. John's, chairing and sitting on several committees; he is leading the charge to create a multi-purpose creative industries complex for Common Ground in downtown St. John’s; and he is a husband, washing dishes and driving his better half to and from work.

Dave has worked in web development, marketing, and communications since 1998, and earned a joint degree in Computer Science and Business Commerce from Memorial University in 2005. Prior to being elected to Council, Dave chaired Happy City St. John's, a group of dedicated volunteers focused on public engagement at the municipal level. He continues this work as chair of Council’s Economic Development, Tourism, and Public Engagement standing committee, driving forward the City’s new Public Engagement Framework and Strategic Economic Roadmap initiative.

Chris Peters

"Eating (Should Be) a Sustainable Agricultural Act"
Program Lead, Farm to Cafeteria (F2CC) program at St. Bonaventure's College

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Chris Peters is a teacher at St. Bonaventure’s College. He is the Program Lead for the Farm to Cafeteria (F2CC) program at SBC, and has headed up the garden and compost program at the school for the past seven years. He sees possibilities for a stronger, more sustainable community by connecting local agriculture and food to schools, health care centres and wherever people come together.

Joshua Smee

"The St. John's Farmers' Market: Growing businesses, feeding community"
Chair, St. John’s Farmers’ Market Cooperative

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Joshua Smee is beginning his second term as Chair of the Board of Directors at the St. John’s Farmers’ Market Cooperative. A community development professional recently recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s top 40 emerging leaders, Joshua is employed as a Program Associate at the Community Sector Council NL, a charity that serves the thousands of community groups around the province. As a volunteer, Joshua also chairs the board of the advocacy group Happy City St. John’s and is helping set up the province’s first carsharing cooperative. He makes his home in downtown St. John’s with his wife Lauren, a violinist.

Green Buildings & Climate Change

Lara Ryan

"The Role That Green Buildings Play in Addressing Climate Change"
Regional Director – Atlantic Chapter, of the Canada Green Building Council

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Lara Ryan is the Regional Director – Atlantic Chapter, of the Canada Green Building Council. In this role she works with the organization’s senior management team and the local leadership board to advance the adoption of green building practices in Atlantic Canada though networking, education and advocacy.

Prior to assuming this role full time, Lara was a consultant specializing in corporate social responsibility. Creating and executing strategies on employee engagement, community investment and environmental sustainability is her particular area of expertise. She has been part time faculty at Mount St. Vincent University and for four years wrote a column on corporate social responsibility for Progress Magazine.

Besides a B.A from the University of King’s College and a BPR from Mount Saint Vincent University, she also holds a Certificate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the Conference Board of Canada and the University of St. Michael’s College.

Detlev Elsner

"Conversion to biomass heating – a real life case example from PEI"
Director, Wood4Heating Group

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Detlev is a Director with the Wood4Heating Group. Wood4Heating has installed eleven biomass boiler operations on Prince Edward Island since 2011. The company operates the systems, including the procurement of biomass fuel and the technical maintenance.

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