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THE HON. PRESTON MANNING

Founder of the Reform Party of Canada

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Preston Manning tirelessly championed the cause of democratic and political reform throughout his impressive career as one of Canada’s great visionaries. His presentations provide a dynamic and substantive discussion of both current issues and an outlook for the future, all imbued with a surprising dose of humour that you might not expect from a politician. A reformer at heart, Manning is right at home challenging the status quo and conventional thinking.

Serving as a Member of the Canadian Parliament from 1993 to 2001, Mr. Manning founded two political parties—the Reform Party of Canada, and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance—both of which became the official Opposition in the Canadian Parliament. He served as Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2000; in 2007, he was made a Companion of the Order of Canada. Currently, he is a member of the Privy Council and President and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy. Founded by Mr. Manning in 2005, the Centre is a national not-for-profit organization (guided by conservative principles) that supports research, training, and communications initiatives to achieve a more democratic society in Canada. He is also a member of the Alberta Order of Excellence.

Prior to entering politics, Mr. Manning owned and operated a management-consulting firm, which specialized in long-range planning and communications within the energy sector.

Mr. Manning has published two books: The New Canada, and Think Big. He has also served as a Senior Fellow of the Canada West Foundation, a Senior Fellow of the Fraser Institute, and a Distinguished Visitor at both the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto, and received honorary degrees from the University of Calgary, the University of Alberta, the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Tyndale University College, York University, and the University of Toronto.

Mr. Manning writes, speaks, and teaches on a variety of subjects, including the revitalization of democracy and Canadian conservatism; strengthening relations between the scientific and political communities; the application of market mechanisms to environmental conservation; and the management of the interface between faith and politics.




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.

Hon. Dan Crummell
Minister of Environment and Conservation

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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.

Brent Janke
Vice President, East Coast, Suncor Energy

"Collaboration for a Shared Energy Future"

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Brent Janke is Vice President, East Coast, based in St. John’s, NL. In this role he is responsible for all of Suncor’s production, development and exploration on Canada’s East Coast. He has over 20 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, both in Canada and internationally, in a number of leadership positions.

Prior to Mr. Janke’s current role, he worked at Imperial Oil in Calgary as the Technical and Development Manager for Mining at the Kearl Oilsands Operation. He also worked for over 3 years in Nigeria with ExxonMobil as the country’s Maintenance Manager where he was responsible for maintenance operations for over 110 offshore and onshore assets and approximately 1,000 team members. Prior to relocating to Nigeria, Mr. Janke had assignments in Houston, Texas, and was also located in Halifax, NS, where he was the Asset Manager for the Sable Operations, and throughout Mobil Oil’s operations in Western Canada (including Olds, Whitecourt, Drayton Valley, Swift Current and Calgary). Mr. Janke has extensive experience in Facilities Engineering, Project Management, and Operations and Maintenance management both in onshore and offshore operations.

Mr. Janke has a passion for leadership development, high performance teams, and developing excellence in himself and others. He continues to bring this passion to his work and writings on this topic; including in his online website LeadershipLabTM where he shares his leadership insights and experiences. Mr. Janke’s personal credo can be characterized by the following: Improvise, Adapt, Overcome.

He holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Industrial Systems Engineering from the University of Regina. In addition, Mr. Janke holds industry certifications from the Project Management Institute and American Society for Quality as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Certified Manager of Quality / Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) respectively.

Max Ruelokke
Senior Manager, Aker Solutions

PANELIST: "Delivering Benefits - The Way Forward"

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Max is a native Newfoundlander, educated at Memorial University and Nova Scotia Tech. He has been a professional engineer for more than 45 years, and still enjoys being an active member of the offshore engineering and project management world. His career spans both the private and public sectors. In the private sector he spent 15 years as a partner in and General Manager of Hydrospace Marine Services. He has also served as President of Marystown Shipyard and General Manager of Agra Brown & Root and AOC Brown &Root (now Wood Group PSN). In the public sector, Max has been a Deputy Minister of the Newfoundland Department of Industry, Trade and Technology and recently completed a six-year term at the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board. Max is currently a Senior Manager with Aker Solutions St. John’s office.

Paul Barnes
Manager – Atlantic Canada and Arctic, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

"Mitigating Environment Impacts in the Offshore Oil and Gas Industry"

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The Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP’s member companies produce about 90 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and crude oil.

PAUL BARNES is Manager - Atlantic Canada and Arctic, for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) based in their St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador office. Paul has over 24 years experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CAPP, he was employed with the Canada-Newfoundland & Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) as Analyst and Deputy Registrar. He currently serves on a number of Industry Advisory Boards and Committees, including chairman of the Canadian Oil and Gas Environmental Studies Research Fund and member of the Management Committee of Canada’s High Arctic Research Station.

Ivar Singsaas
Research Director, Oil Spill Research Department, SINTEF

"Oil spills in ice covered waters - challenges and solutions"

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Ivar Singsaas is a chemist educated from the University of Trondheim, Norway. He has been employed within SINTEF since 1991 working with oil spill related topics as a senior research scientist. Main topics have been weathering of oils, oil spill response technologies, oil spill response analysis and oil spills in ice-covered waters. He has also held management positions within Environmental Technology and is today Research Director for the Oil Spill Research Department.

Dr. F. Mary Williams
PANELIST: "Delivering Benefits - The Way Forward"

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Dr. Mary Williams’ professional experience in technology, management, and leadership development is an example of diversity in action. Her engineering research on the effects of ice on ships and offshore structures has entailed field measurements in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and Asia, working with ship crews and local residents to accomplish demanding technical objectives in harsh environments. As professor of Engineering at Memorial University, she developed new course material in Arctic Engineering and served as the NSERC-PetroCanada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for Atlantic Canada. Subsequently, she was Director General of the NRC Institute for Ocean Technology, responsible for the strategic direction of research programs, the management of a large experimental facility, and the transfer of technology to industrial and government partners. At NRC, she undertook to establish new measures for diversity development and impacts. Her work in coaching young professionals in career development lead to the publication of a book, Becoming Leaders, and a series of “Becoming Leaders” workshops that are now offered across Canada. Dr. Williams has served on numerous national boards and task forces, and has represented Canada internationally in ocean and Arctic affairs.

Sean Power
Chair of NOIA / Corporate VP of Business Development, Labour Relations and Special Projects with DF Barnes

PANELIST: "Delivering Benefits - The Way Forward"

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Sean Power is Corporate VP of Business Development, Labour Relations and Special Projects with DF Barnes and Chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil & Gas Industries Association (Noia) Board. Sean is a seasoned strategic business leader with almost 40 years experience dealing with multinational corporations and leading award winning strategies for businesses in Newfoundland and Labrador. In addition to his current position, he has held several executive positions within DFB Group, including Founding President of Orphan Industries (Export Manufacturing) and Founding President of GEC Installations (Industrial Construction). He also spent a decade as President of Steelcor Industries - Newfoundland and Labrador’s Aerospace and Defence manufacturer for Boeing, General Electric, General Motors, Bombadier, General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and others.

He began his career in his hometown of Buchans where he also served two terms as Mayor and was President of the Economic Development Corporation. His work helped transform the Town of Buchans from a single industry mining town to a diversified economy. Sean has also been profiled as a business leader by several business media including: CBC Venture for his negotiations with Shorts Missile Systems of Northern Ireland, Canadian Business Magazine as one of ten Canadians most likely to succeed, Atlantic Lifestyle Business Magazine and Newfoundland Lifestyle.

Sean has been involved in many Boards of Directors and other committees, including Noia, College of the North Atlantic and numerous school boards and councils.

Dr. Elisabeth Deblois
Technical Lead on the Terra Nova EEM Program

“Effects of Drilling on Indices of Environment Quality at the Terra Nova Offshore Oil Development over 10-years of Environmental Effect Monitoring.”

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Dr. DeBlois has been the technical lead on the Terra Nova EEM program for over 10 years. She has extensive experience with EEM program design and execution at Terra Nova and elsewhere. Her many contacts in Norway, the United States and Australia give her an international perspective on EEM and environmental effects related to oil and gas activities. Along with Drs Jerry Neff and Ken Lee, she is co-editor of the series of publications to be summarized at NOTES 2015.

David Pinsent
Senior Environmental Advisor, Husky Energy

“The White Rose Environmental Effects Monitoring Program.”

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David is a Senior Environmental Advisor with Husky Energy. He holds Bachelor and Master degrees in Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland. David has nearly 20 years of experience in the assessment and monitoring of environmental effects of industry in marine environments throughout Canada. In his current position at Husky, he is responsible for ensuring that operations in Husky’s Atlantic Region are conducted in an environmentally responsible manner and in compliance with all applicable legislation. He is responsible for appropriate regulatory approvals and authorizations related to environmental assessments as well as to recommend the appropriate environmental mitigations, through the provision of technical environmental advice. Consultation and liaison with regulatory agencies and stakeholders are fundamental to his position. David is also responsible for the management, execution and reporting of the White Rose Environmental Effects Monitoring Program.

Dave Finn
Chief Operating Officer, Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador

“Industry research and future needs”

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Dave is an engineer with over 25 years’ experience in applied research, project management, consulting and business development. Dave is a graduate of Memorial University where he completed a Bachelor of Engineering specializing in Naval Architecture in 1988. He completed his Masters in 1991 and was the recipient of Memorial’s David Dunsiger Award for Excellence in Engineering Graduate Studies for his research on dynamic response of fixed structures under ice loads.

Dave has worked in Houston, Ottawa and Newfoundland and Labrador with the National Research Council, ZeddComm, xwave, and Aliant Energy Services. In 2006, he was appointed President of Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada. In 2010, he was named Chief Operating Officer of the restructured Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador. PRNL facilitates and manages R&D on behalf of the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore oil and gas industry.

Dave is a member of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers.

Brian Johnston
Strategic Business Development, Rutter Inc.

“Enhancements to Integrated Marine Radar for Improving Detection and Containment of Oil Slicks in Arctic Sea Ice.”

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Brian presently has responsibility for Strategic Business Development and Regional Sales for the Americas & Africa at Rutter Inc., a Newfoundland & Labrador Technology company that develops enhanced marine radar systems for maritime safety, security and environmental monitoring.

His career over the past 25 years’ has had Brian previously working as a software and e-commerce developer, Aerospace Software Engineering Manager, as well as the Business Development & Operations Manager for an Australian based aerospace company before joining Rutter in 2008. Brian is currently on the Executive Board of the ADIANL (Aerospace and Defence Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (ADIANL) as Treasurer.

Brian is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland with a conjoint Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Education degrees.

Robert Starkes
Manager Atlantic Region, Eastern Canada Response Corporation (ECRC)

“Oil spill response preparedness - inland to offshore”

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Robert Starkes has been part of the oil spill response community for the past 20 years. He has a background in geography (B.Sc) with specific interest in coastal issues. Before joining ECRC, he worked with a marine environmental operations company specializing in GIS mapping applications, environmental data collection, and oil pollution emergency plan development. He has been part of the ECRC team since 1994, first as field responder and then as spill management advisor. In 2000, he joined ECRC as the Operations Supervisor for the Newfoundland Response Centre. In 2007 he moved to Nova Scotia to take the position of Response Centre Manager for ECRC in Dartmouth. In 2010 he became the Manager for the Atlantic Region. Robert has worked on a wide range of spill responses in many different environments, including: Coastal Atlantic Canada, Offshore Newfoundland, lakes and beaver ponds in Alberta, beaches of the Gulf of Mexico, the Chaudière River for the Lac Megantic Train Derailment, and even St. John’s Harbour.

Dr. Haibo Niu
Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering, Dalhousie University

“Predicting the behaviors of deep-water spills with and without the use of chemical dispersant application - and an overview of MEOPAR funded projects.”

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Dr. Haibo Niu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Engineering at Dalhousie University (Truro Campus). He is cross-listed in the Department of Oceanography and Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science at Dalhousie University (Halifax Campus). His research interests focuses on offshore environmental monitoring, experimental study and mathematical modelling of the fate and transport of produced waters, drilling wastes and oil spills in the marine environment.

Dr. Niu holds an M.Eng and a Ph.D in Civil Engineering from Memorial University. Before joining Dalhousie University, Dr. Niu worked as a Senior Environmental Engineer at SNC Lavalin (2007) and a Research Scientist at the Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research (COOGER), Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Bedford Institute of Oceanography (2008-2012). He is the recipient of Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Assistant Deputy Minister (ADM) Distinction Award, and the BIO 50th Anniversary Team Awards for Outstanding BIO Projects.

His research has been funded in the past by Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR), and Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO). ram.

Dr. Casey Hubert
CAIP Research Chair in Geomicrobiology, University of Calgary

“Predicting the Microbial Bioremediation Response to Marine Oil Spills in Canada.”

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Dr. Hubert established the Geomicrobiology Group at the University of Calgary in 2014. The group is interested in the biogeography and ecophysiology of microorganisms in deep biosphere habitats including marine sediments and petroleum reservoirs. Particular research questions focus on natural seabed hydrocarbon seeps and their role in determining marine microbial diversity, both with respect to the potential for hydrocarbon biodegradation by marine microorganisms (which is extremely important in the event of a marine oil spill) and also related to microbial biogeography and dispersal (do seeps facilitate the passive transport of cells out of the hot deep biosphere?). Understanding the microbial ecology of subsurface sediment and petroleum reservoir habitats will lead to a better knowledge of the distributions of relevant organisms and underpin geo-biotechnologies for the energy industry in areas such as reservoir souring control via nitrate injection, biodegradation of crude oil hydrocarbons, and using microbes as bioindicators in offshore oil and gas exploration.

Tony King
Director - Ice Engineering, C-CORE

"Ice fate prediction for operational awareness"

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Tony King has been with C-CORE since 1995. He holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from Memorial University and has extensive experience in risk analysis, probabilistic methodologies and numerical modeling. He has expertise in pack ice and iceberg scour risk analysis and has worked on projects focused on the Grand Banks, Strait of Belle Isle and Labrador Shelf, as well as in the Beaufort and Caspian Seas and off Sakhalin Island. His Master's thesis "Iceberg Scour Risk Analysis for Pipelines on the Labrador Shelf" helped revive interest in exploring the Labrador offshore and he has since managed a number of iceberg scour survey programs and development studies for that region. He provides overall management and direction for C-CORE's Ice Engineering Team. Having previously led C-CORE's Geotechnical Team, Tony brings a broad cross-disciplenary perspective to solving ice-related problems.

Dr. Norm Catto
Head of the Department of Geography and Chair of Environmental Science (graduate) at Memorial University

"Assessing vulnerability of coastal habitats to petroleum contamination on the island of Newfoundland"

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Norm Catto is the Head of the Department of Geography and Chair of Environmental Science (graduate) at Memorial University.

Dr. Catto's research interests include coastal landforms, natural hazards, sea level change; emergency measures policies and effectiveness; response of river systems to climate and weather events, and flood risk assessment; mass movements and slope failures; and the impacts of climate and weather events on transportation, fisheries, and communities; and the long-term history of Quaternary climate change. Catto's research has included projects and investigations in environments in Scandinavia, Iceland, Estonia, Russia, the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Perú, Serbia, Germany, Czech Republic, the USA, and throughout Canada. Dr. Catto edit Quaternary International, a professional international journal dedicated to the study of landscape evolution and climate variation throughout the past 2.6 million years.

Sarah Sullivan
Senior Consultant, NATIONAL PR

"Securing the Social License to Operate: Public engagement strategies that succeed"

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Sarah has a knack for getting to the heart of the matter, fast; whether it be a story, a problem, an opportunity, or an idea. She specializes in corporate positioning and relationship building with communities, stakeholders, media, governments, shareholders and employees. Sarah’s expertise in consultation and stakeholder engagement has involved mandates in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Nova Scotia, as well as every region of Newfoundland and Labrador. She navigates consultation requirements and best practices to build strategies to help companies attain and maintain their “social license to operate”. Her work spans environmental assessments, public & stakeholder engagement, aboriginal relations, communications planning, labour relations, issues management and marketing communications. Sarah has a Bachelor of Public Relations and marketing certificate from Mount Saint Vincent University. She is certified by the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) and has additional training in facilitation, emotional public engagement and project management.

Lars Solberg
Founder and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, Aptomar

"Using an Integrated Field Monitoring system to manage oil spill detection, oil spill combating and the common operating picture"

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Lars Solberg is the founder and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer at the Norwegian company Aptomar. He is leading the business development, sales and marketing for the organization,stretching from Norway, to Americas and Asia. Born in 1979 (Halden, Norway) and holds a Master in Engineering Cybernetics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

Lars founded the company Aptomar in 2005, which since 2007 has been one of the fastest growing companies in Norway. Aptomar is working together with governmental bodies and oil companies to establish emergency response plans in relation to remote sensing, oil spill combating and oil spill contingency.

Corey Tucker
President, ICI Innovations Incorporated

“Environmental Protection through Improved Asset Information Management”

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Corey Tucker has over 19 years of international experience in developing applications for spatial data management, analysis and visualization. He has worked on numerous large design and development projects focused on the timely production of software and applications to meet the demands of diverse customers. Corey leads ICI Innovations, which is focused on providing exciting new interactive solutions for clients across Canada. Building on the experiences gained in product development and consulting, ICI is working with innovative business partners to build affordable solutions that provide enterprise level features that are in demand by companies, large and small.

Mark Shrimpton
Principal, Socio-Economic Services - Stantec

"The Socio-Economic Impacts of Offshore Petroleum Activity: What Do We Know?"

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Mark Shrimpton (Principal, Stantec Consulting Ltd.) has over 35 years’ experience assessing, planning and managing the impacts of resource development projects. He has played a lead role in preparing socio-economic impact assessments and benefits and diversity plans for major projects in the petroleum, mining and hydro-electric industries. Mark has also undertaken policy-related studies of resource development activity, including for the UN International Labour Office, Australian Mines and Metals Association, US Minerals Management Service, and governments of Newfoundland and Labrador, British Columbia and Yukon, and he is a Member of the Pool of Experts for the UN’s Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects, with a focus on offshore petroleum activity. In addition to his position at Stantec, Mark is a Professional Associate of the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development, and an Executive in Residence with the Faculty of Business Administration, at Memorial University.

Paula Clarke
Director of Program Delivery, Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC)

PANELIST - “Innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Oil and Gas Industry: RDC Supports and Looking Forward”

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Paula Clarke is the Director of Program Delivery with the Research & Development Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (RDC). She has a B.Sc. in Biochemistry and a Master's in Business Administration from Memorial University. Paula has spent 15 years working in program delivery, project management and technology transfer. She has been with RDC since 2010.

Steve Bonnell
Senior Associate, Amec Foster Wheeler

“Environmental assessment as a planning tool for oil and gas activities”

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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.

Dr. Rob Greenwood
Executive Director, Public Engagement, Executive Director of the Harris Centre - Memorial University

“Memorial University: Lessons and challenges in engagement and innovation”

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Rob is Executive Director, Public Engagement for Memorial University and of The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development. He has operated his own consulting business and has served as a Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy in Economic Development departments in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Saskatchewan. He was Vice President, Corporate Development, Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan, and was founding Director of the Sustainable Communities Initiative, a partnership of the University of Regina, the City of Regina, and the National Research Council of Canada.

Rob holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Business Studies from the University of Warwick, England, which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar and an Institute of Social and Economic Research Doctoral Fellow. He was Newfoundland’s representative on the International Advisory Board of the North Atlantic Islands Program and co-edited Competing Strategies of Socio-Economic Development for Small Islands, published in 1998. He was also co-editor ofRemote Control: Lessons in Governance for and from Small, Insular and Remote Regions, published in 2009.

Vegard Evjen Hovstein
Founder & Managing Director, Maritime Robotics

“Unmanned Vehice Systems for oil-spill remote sensing”

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Vegard Evjen Hovstein is the founder and Managing Director of Maritime Robotics. He is a MSc in Engineering Cybernetics with specialty in vehicle control systems. Maritime Robotics is developing, operating and delivering a range of unmanned vehicle systems from Moored Balloon Systems, Unmanned Marine Surface Vehicles as well as Unmanned Aircraft Vehicle System for oil-spill remote sensing.

Hesam Hassan Nejad
PhD Candidate, Oil and Gas (Process) Engineering , Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science

“Hazardous waste drilling mud management – A case study on remediation technologies”

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Hesam Hassan Nejad is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Oil and Gas Engineering program at Memorial University of Newfoundland under the supervision of Dr. Lesley James and Dr. Kelly Hawboldt. Hesam’s research interests include environmental remediation, solid waste management, and hazardous materials management with the main focus on oil and gas industries. Hesam has more than 6 years of research experience in solid waste management in oil, gas, and petrochemical industries, and has been involved in industrially-supported projects in Sharif University of Technology, Research Institute of Petroleum industry (RIPI) and Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Hesam has been awarded the MMSB Waste Management Applied Research Fund from Harris Centre for two years in a row (2013-14 and 2014-15) for treatment of spent petrochemical catalysts and waste drilling mud. He has also published and presented more than 10 papers in peer-reviewed journals and international conferences and is also an active member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE), and Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA).

Dr. Tom Cooper
Assistant Professor, Memorial University

“Best Practices and Benefit Agreements – A Case Study of the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Oil and Gas Industry”

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Dr. Tom Cooper is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Business Administration at Memorial University. His research interests include Aboriginal business, risk management and strategic planning. He has published his research in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Relations industrielles/Industrial Relations, Community Work and Family, the Journal of Enterprising Communities as well as Greener Management International: The Journal of Corporate Environmental Strategy and Practice. Tom has spoken at international, national and local conferences. Aside from a number of research awards, he was the recipient of Memorial University’s President’s Award for Outstanding Teaching in 2013. His research has also been funded in the past by SSHRC, the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs, the Harris Centre at Memorial University as well as Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador.

Metzi Prince
Project Delivery Manager, Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador

“Industry research and future needs”

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Metzi Prince is currently employed by Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador as Project Delivery Manager. In this role, she is responsible for the portfolio management of all major joint industry projects to ensure consistent and successful delivery on behalf of their stakeholders. These projects vary from early-phase applied research, to full-scale technology adaptation or development. Prior to joining Petroleum Research she worked for ten years in project management with xwave delivering the implementation of Information Technology and Telecommunication projects for clients across various industries. In addition, she worked at Bell Aliant for two years in account management with local oil and gas companies and suppliers. Her work prior to this has been in the Information Technology sector both nationally and internationally. Metzi’s education includes a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Math and a Masters Certificate in Project Management. As a volunteer, she has been involved at various levels in numerous community organizations as well as international child advocacy efforts.

Michel Masson
Founder and CTO, Franatech Gmbh

“Underwater leak detection: Milestone Achievements for Sniffer Technology.”

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Dr. Masson has more than 20 years experience from research and development of underwater monitoring and detection systems. He is the founder and CEO of Franatech Gmbh, has published numerous scientific articles, patents, and scientific campaigns, and has been a leading expert in underwater monitoring since 1990.

Jóhan Joensen
Petroleum Industry Liaison, FFAW-Unifor

“Newfoundland & Labrador Fishing and Petroleum Industries – Co-habitants in a Changing Environment”

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Jóhan Joensen is originally from the Faroe Islands, but has spent the last 12 years working and studying in Newfoundland and Labrador. Jóhan has a broad understanding and knowledge of fisheries with experience working in the supply, servicing, harvesting, processing and research sectors of the industry. Holding a Masters of Arts - Political Science he also has training and experience in developing policy and analysis.

Jóhan works as the Petroleum Industry Liaison with FFAW-Unifor where he is tasked to ensure that the views and concerns of fish harvesters are considered by offshore petroleum operators and regulators during the development, review and execution of exploration, development and production activities. This involves developing and maintaining effective lines of communication with fish harvesters and offshore petroleum industry regarding various offshore activities in Newfoundland and Labrador, providing written or verbal commentary to the petroleum industry and regulators regarding the views and concerns of the fishing industry. Through this facilitating education and awareness, cooperation and information exchange between these two sectors.

Sharon Janes
Senior Consultant, Integrated Informatics Inc.

“Big Companies, Big Data, Big Solutions: Measuring and Monitoring the Environment for Sustainability and Preparedness”

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Sharon Janes is a Senior Consultant and Manager of Eastern Operations with Integrated Informatics based in St. John’s, NL. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Earth Science from Memorial University and a Master’s degree in Earth Science with a focus on GIS from the National Institute of Scientific Research (INRS-Université du Quebec). Sharon has over 10 years of experience in many aspects of 2D and 3D Geographic Information Systems, Geomatics data management, geostatistical data analysis, and conceptual design of database systems throughout the Energy and Natural Resources Sectors.

Mawuli Kawku Afenyo
PhD Candidate, Memorial University

“Dispersion and Fate Modelling of Oil Spills in Ice Covered Waters”

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Mawuli is currently a Ph.D. student at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. Mawuli is part of a multinational team working on a project titled “Scenario Based Risk Management for Arctic Shipping and Operations”. It involves four universities including NTNU based in Norway, University of Helsinki in Finland, Alto University also in Finland and the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

Before joining Memorial University, Mawuli obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana. Following that, Mawuli did further graduate studies at Technical University of Turin (Politecnico di Torino) and the Bologna Business School in Italy where he received a Master of Science degree in Petroleum Engineering and an MBA in Green Energy and Sustainable Businesses respectively. Mawuli is an attendee of over 10 conferences including the Offshore Technology Conference, 2012 and Offshore Mediterranean Conference, 2011.I have three years working experience in civil and environmental engineering consulting as well as e-waste recycling. Mawuli's research interest is release, dispersion and fate modelling of hydrocarbons in ice covered waters.

Maureen Murphy Rustad
Director, ONE OCEAN, Fisheries & Marine Institute

“The One Ocean model: Liaison organization for the NL fishing and petroleum industries”

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Maureen Murphy Rustad, director, of One Ocean Corporation was born and raised in St. John’s. After graduating from the Toronto School of Business she worked in London, England for several years before moving to France to continue her studies at the Université de Pau. Murphy Rustad worked in France for six years where she became active in marine affairs. Maureen returned to Canada to complete her master’s degree at Dalhousie University. Murphy Rustad is an employee of the Fisheries and Marine Institute; she was seconded to One Ocean in 2003.

John McKim
General Manager - Sales and Marketing for DSS Group of Companies

“High speed oil collection and discharge system technologies."

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Nathan Hansen
President and CEO, Robix Alternative Fuels

“Mechanical recovery vs. chemical dispersant"

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Mr. Hansen has been active in the capital markets since 1986, working with various teams of technical advisors, on projects that range from oil and gas exploration and production to revolutionary technologies and the patents that are usually part of them. Mr Hansen has extensive entrepreneurial experience in the formation and development of growth companies in the public reporting environment, and in the attracting of capital to execute effective Business Plans.

Dan Brake
President, EMSAT Corporation

PANELIST: "Innovation in Newfoundland and Labrador’s Oil and Gas Industry: RDC Supports and Looking Forward"

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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.

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