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Andrew Blackmer, Chair and Member at Large
Partner and Officer, Dillon Consulting Limited

Andy is a Professional Geoscientist, project manager and business development lead with a focus on Atlantic Canada. Based in Halifax, he is a longstanding Partner and Officer with Dillon Consulting Limited, a Canadian employee-owned professional services firm providing engineering, planning and environmental sciences across Canada.

His 30 plus years' experience includes involvement in projects related to upstream, mid-stream and downstream oil and gas, renewable energy, base-load electrical generation and district energy. He has a global perspective and a keen interest in seeing and contributing to successful and sustainable made-in-the Maritimes energy projects as Atlantic Canada and the broader Country navigate through this period of rapidly evolving energy, societal and political change.

Andy is an active member of the MEA participating on both the past Renewable Energy Committee and the current Energy Industry Committee. He brings experience as a Director including past service on the Board and as President of the Nova Scotia Environmental Industries Association (NSEIA now ESAM) and multiple terms on the Board of Dillon Consulting Limited including Chair of the Corporate Risk Management Committee. He is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and looks forward to serving as a Director and bringing his experience, interest, energy and leadership to the MEA Board.
Rick Edwards, Vice Chair and Oil & Gas Director
Port Services Area Manager, Atlantic Towing Ltd.

A native of Halifax, he was worked in the Marine Transportation Industry for over 25 years.

Rick holds the position of Area Manager with Atlantic Towing Limited based in the Halifax, N.S. Office. His current areas of responsibility include Sales, Marketing and Contracts. Rick has been with Atlantic Towing for 8 years.

He has served on a number of boards and community based organizations, including, formerly as Vice Chair of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia; he currently serves as Vice Chair of the Halifax Shipping Association and is also currently a board member of the Mission to Seafarers in Halifax.

Atlantic Towing Ltd. has been a strong supporter of The Maritimes Energy Association and Rick has carried that support along since joining the MEA Board in Jan. 2015.

Rick is a graduate of Saint Mary’s University, he lives in Halifax with his wife, son and daughter.
Martin Rovers, Treasurer and Member at Large
Director of Strategy, Nova Scotia Power

Martin Rovers is the Director of Strategy at Nova Scotia Power. At Nova Scotia Power, Martin is responsible for strategic planning in response to the transforming energy industry. Martin brings 20 years of experience in business development and management, with work experience at electric utilities, start-up companies and consulting.

Martin has a passion for the energy industry. Throughout his career he has focused on bringing new opportunities and innovation to companies and markets. He has extensive experience working with broad groups of stakeholders to design and drive new policy and programs. Examples of projects that Martin has led include electricity generation and storage, energy efficiency, and new customer product and pricing offerings.

Martin earned his B.Sc. in Physics at Dalhousie University, his M.Sc. in Physics at McMaster University and his MBA at the University of Toronto. Martin represents Emera and has experience in a range of government, academic and industry energy working groups.

A native of Nova Scotia, Martin lives with his wife, son and daughter in Halifax.
Shamus Noseworthy, Secretary and Member at Large
Vice President Operations, ABM

Shamus is the VP Operations for ABM. He is heavily involved in the offshore oil and gas industry in Nova Scotia working on both the Sable Project and the Deep Panuke Project, as well as supporting ABM’s Newfoundland & Labrador operations. In this role, Shamus is exposed to all aspects of the company’s day to day operations, and is actively involved in ensuring that the services provided meet and/or exceed client expectations as they relate to the metrics of safety, quality and commercial performance.

A native Nova Scotian, Shamus is a Mechanical Engineering Technologist by education, and since graduating in 2001 from the Institute of Technology in Halifax, his career has spanned the ocean science, ship repair, mining, and Oil and Gas sectors. Of his 15+ years of experience, over 10 has been in the Oil and Gas sector, where the bulk of his professional relationships with local energy stakeholders have been forged. Shamus is a hard working, focused individual with excellent customer service skills. His calm and friendly demeanor, as well as his ability to stay on point has allowed him to become an effective team leader.

When he is not managing the day to day operations at ABM you can find Shamus on the golf course, tinkering in his workshop at home, or socializing with friends & family. He currently resides in Hammonds Plains NS.

Paul Jamer, Past Chair and PEI Director
President, Breakwater Group

Paul Jamer has more than 30 years of experience in the Marine industry. A graduate of the Canadian Coast Guard College’s Marine Engineering program, Paul has considerable operational experience as a ship’s officer and an extensive background as a project manager and engineering superintendent. He has also been a successful consultant to marine and shore-based clients around the world.

Throughout his career, working with both public and private organizations, Paul has gravitated toward leadership roles involving the development, implementation and ongoing support of leading edge technologies; particularly those associated with reliability and efficiency. As president of the Breakwater Group, he has focused on providing specialized marine, business development, and consulting services, as well as short term executive placement.

Paul has been a well-known member of the marine and offshore community for many years. He is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been a guest lecturer at Colleges and Universities both in Canada and Internationally. He has been an active board member for several marine and energy related organizations, specifically as a past Vice Chair of the Maritimes Energy Association and currently as Chair of the Operations Sub Committee at FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy).

Paul looks forward to rejoining the Maritimes Energy Association board and working with members and staff to develop a stable and sustainable energy industry in the Maritimes.
Paul Currie, Member at Large
Director, Project Management, Strum Consulting

Paul is a Professional Engineer and Senior Manager with a leading Atlantic Canada construction company. Prior to joining Strum Consulting, he spent over a decade in the local Energy Sector with Lindsay Construction and Nova Scotia Power.

His 35 plus years of experience in the energy, transportation, manufacturing and construction sectors has been focused in Atlantic Canada and Ontario, and has reached across Canada and the USA. He has held senior management roles in each of these sectors including board membership in private and public companies. Paul has led projects which have achieved acclaim including LEED Platinum and the Lt. Governors ward for Engineering Excellence.

This is a pivotal time for energy in Atlantic Canada. Paul would like to a participant in that discussion and feels that the MEA has a major role in the path forward for the Region.

Paul is progressive engineer and he looks forward to bringing his experience, interest, energy and leadership to the MEA Board as a director.
Ben Ferguson, Member at Large
Vice President, Business Development, Eastpoint

A Professional Engineer with experience in technology development and entrepreneurship, Ben leads EastPoint’s growth initiatives by building and maintaining relationships with our clients and bringing EastPoint’s expertise into new markets. Ben has owned several small businesses, but spent most of his career growing a Toronto based technology company, playing an integral role in opening several satellite offices around the world.

Ben has actively participated in the MEA events over the past few years and can add a fresh perspective to the board and the association. Ben believes in the energy production and storage potential of our Maritime Region. He believes that the Maritimes Energy Association has a unique ability to support initiatives which see us prosper regionally beyond the provincial boarders and political agendas.

A native Nova Scotian, Ben and his wife live and work in Halifax and spend their summer weekends at their cottage in Prince Edward Island.
Richard MacLellan, Member at Large
Director of Project Management, Horizon Maritime

Richard has diverse experience in the energy industry. A graduate of Saint Mary’s University. He started his career in the 1990’s with Secunda Marine Services, being involved in a variety of marine related projects and operations in support of the offshore oil and gas industry around the world. Then he spent time in the public sector working for Halifax Regional Municipality in a variety of management positions, including being responsible for the municipal Energy and Environment portfolio, where he and his team developed the Halifax Solar City Project. Most recently, he has been with the Region of Queens and Town of Bridgewater, as Chief Administrative Officer. In 2018 Richard re-entered the private sector, joining Horizon Maritime Services as Director of Project Management.
Amy Pellerin, Renewable Energy Director
Development Engineer, Natural Forces

A professional engineer, Amy has been working in the renewable energy sector in the Maritimes over seven years, with the majority of her time spent with Natural Forces; a privately-owned renewable energy company with its head office in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Natural Forces have been in business since 2001 and are one of the pioneers of the wind energy industry in Canada’s Maritime Provinces.
As a Development Engineer with Natural Forces, Amy has been instrumental in the successful deployment of 10 wind energy projects throughout Nova Scotia and British Columbia and is currently managing the development of 2 large-scale energy projects in New Brunswick, both of which will start operations in 2019 in tandem with a large-scale solar project in Saskatchewan in partnership with several First Nations.
Amy’s focus and expertise are in permitting, real property, stakeholder consultation, project financing, and due diligence. The qualities that make Amy succeed in this challenging and competitive industry include strong attention to detail, tenacity, and passion.
Although Amy has travelled throughout Canada, she is always drawn back to the Maritimes where she was born and raised. Her roots in Dartmouth had an important impact on her choice to study Engineering at Dalhousie University and to remain in Nova Scotia to start her career.
Amy is also a Director with Wind4All Communities II Inc. part of the Wind4All family of CEDIF companies.
Josée Roy, NB Director
Regional Commercial Manager - Atlantic, Terrapure Environmental

Josée Roy is the Regional Commercial Manager-Atlantic for Terrapure Environmental, a leading Canadian provider of innovative, cost-effective environmental services and recycling solutions to industrial sectors, including automotive, chemical and petro-chemical, manufacturing, marine, mining, municipal, pulp and paper and transport.
Josée has over 25 years’ experience in the environmental waste management industry and has extensive expertise in operations, business development, customer relations and sales strategies. Over the past six years, Josée has focused on building a strong sales team with a track record of professionalism, customer service, environmental stewardship and safety.
Josée is extremely motivated and results oriented. Her entrepreneurial attitude has provided opportunities to implement new and unconventional approaches to traditional challenges resulting in innovative solutions for customers. She has had direct experience with both the offshore and onshore oil and gas industry, partnering with customers to solve their waste management challenges.
Josée Roy is a graduate of Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science Degree with an Advanced Major in Chemistry. She also holds an Executive Masters degree in Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University – Sobeys, School of Business. Previously, Josée was a member of the Board of Directors of the Environmental Association of Nova Scotia
Josée resides in Truro with her family.
Michael Simms, Renewable Energy Director
Partner, McInnes Cooper

Michael is a Partner in McInnes Cooper’s Halifax office, and is the leader of the firm’s Energy and Natural Resources Practice Group. He previously spent several years as senior counsel at the Canadian head offices of a major international oil and gas company. Mike has extensive commercial and regulatory experience in energy, natural resources and environmental matters, including renewable energy and oil & gas.

Michael holds an LL.B. and a certificate in Marine and Environmental law from Dalhousie University. He was called to the Bar in Nova Scotia in 2002 and in Alberta in 2006. He is a member of the Nova Scotia Barristers’ Society, the Law Society of Alberta, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association.

Mike taught oil and gas law at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University for a number of years and is a frequent presenter at energy and environmental law conferences. He is also the past chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s National Environmental, Energy and Resources Law Section and is listed in the Canadian Legal lexpert Directory.

Mike’s practice largely focuses on the development, financing, construction and operation of energy and natural resources projects, including: renewable energy projects such as wind, hydro, tidal, biomass, solar, and geothermal; conventional electricity generation and transmission; offshore and onshore oil & gas; mining; LNG export & import facilities; pipelines and processing facilities; refinery projects; and gas distribution systems. He also provides advice on health, safety & environment; and other compliance matters, including the development and implementation of corporate compliance programs.

Mike’s community involvement includes: Director - Canadian Sport Centre Atlantic; Director - Carbon Capture & Storage Consortium of Nova Scotia; Vice Chair – Marblehead to Halifax Race, 2017; Past Member – RNSYS Board of Management; and volunteer leader – Scouts Canada.

Mike is also an accomplished sailor. He was North American Laser Champion in 1997, represented Canada at the 1999 World University Games and placed 2nd at the 2000 Olympic Trials. He continues his involvement with sailing as an Appeal Panel Member for the Canadian Sailing Team.
Karen White, Oil & Gas Director
Director - NATIONAL Public Relations

As a positive, intelligent, and enthusiastic communications professional, I’m passionate about building a strong and prosperous energy sector in our region. With 15+ years of government communications and private sector experience, I take great pride in helping the energy industry achieve their business objectives through superior integrated marketing communications, public affairs, government relations, brand communications, and media relations.

Through creative narrative and smart engagement, I strive to help people tell their story in effective ways. My focus is on changing the energy conversation and encouraging the responsible development of our natural resources. I take a collaborative approach to communications, and bring a depth of experience in natural resources development among government, industry, advocates and communities.

Working with energy partners and stakeholders, I’ve led communications and provided advice for complex and high profile regulatory, policy and public affairs files in the oil and gas and renewable energy sectors. I’ve also helped develop many complex policies including hydraulic fracturing, energy efficiency, and renewable energy.

I’m a strong believer that we can affect positive change and promote further energy development in our region. We are strategically positioned to seize many and diverse energy opportunities. A strong energy future means a strong economic future, and I’m excited about the contribution the Maritimes is and will make on the energy front.

Currently, I work with a range of energy sector companies at NATIONAL Public Relations, and I’d like to further support energy sector growth in our beautiful province and region. Outside the office, I have volunteered with Junior Achievement Canada to foster an entrepreneurial spirit among young, bright minds. On the academic front, I have a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University and a Master of Business Administration from Saint Mary’s University.
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