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Paul Jamer, 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.
Jill Wilson, Vice Chair and Oil & Gas Director
Director, Offshore Personnel, I. H. Mathers (Reliance Offshore)

Jill Wilson is the Director of Offshore Personnel at I. H. Mathers and oversees it’s personnel division, Reliance Offshore. For over 145 years I. H. Mathers, has been a trusted business leader in local marine, offshore and logistics support. Jill has been growing our offices in both Halifax and St. John’s for the past 15 years. She has been an active member of the Maritimes Energy Association for 15 years and served the past two years as one of the Oil and Gas Directors. She is also a member of the MEA’s Energy Industry Committee. Jill has been an active senior manager working closely with clients on the Sable, Deep Panuke, Shelburne, Scotia Basin, Hibernia, White Rose, Terra Nova, Orphan Basin projects in Atlantic Canada as well as many international projects. As an outspoken problem solver she has intimate knowledge of the offshore industry and the talent we have locally supporting it.

A Commerce graduate of St. Mary’s University with a double major in Industrial Relations and Marketing, Jill has been involved with recruiting top talent since graduating from university. Prior to working with I. H. Mathers she worked for a large international recruitment firm responsible for hiring thousands of local personnel for newly created positions in Nova Scotia.

Ensuring the best opportunities are available to our local people and business community is something that Jill has been passionately dedicated to her entire career. Our industry is going through some massive changes and her experience and enthusiasm is needed to ensure the voices of the local community are being heard on a local and national level to ensure continued prosperity for all of us.
Rick Edwards, Secretary and Member at Large
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.
Paul Sanford, Treasurer and Member at Large
Regional Business Development Leader, Stantec Consulting

Paul Sanford has been an active member of The Maritimes Energy Association for several years, serving on the Board of Directors for the past four years and he is currently the Association Treasurer.

Paul is the local Regional Business Development Leader for Stantec Consulting’s Nova Scotia operations that include over 350 Professional Engineers, Architects, Technicians and Scientists. He has more than 20 years of management, engineering, and business development experience in the utility, energy and environmental industries in Atlantic Canada.

Prior to joining Stantec, Paul was employed by Envirosystems Inc. for 12 years and Nova Scotia Power for 10 years. His direct industry experience includes managing the supply of environmental services for offshore exploration & production projects, and working directly with onshore oil & gas companies in Atlantic Canada to assist in planning and executing their programs.

Paul lives in Halifax with his wife and two daughters. His community involvement includes several years on the Board of Directors at the Taiso Gymnastics Club.
Darren Zwicker, Past Chair
VP Facilities - Environmental Solutions Division, Terrapure Environmental

Darren Zwicker is Vice President, Facilities - Environmental Solutions Division at 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 transportation.

Darren oversees a national facility network and is responsible for ensuring high standards of operating performance, environment, health and safety excellence and business results. Part of his oversight includes Terrapure’s Atlantic business, which includes building awareness and education around the opportunities for improving the environmental performance of Atlantic industry.

Darren has over 20 years of progressive leadership experience including extensive experience in business development, government relations and developing corporate strategic direction. Prior to joining Terrapure (which was previously the Industrial Division of Newalta Corporation), Darren was Executive Vice President, Operations of Halifax-based LED Roadway Lighting. He also spent over a decade in leadership roles at J.D. Irving Limited.

He is a past board member of Ronald MacDonald House Charities and was previously a Board Member and Committee Chair of the North East Lumber Manufacturers’ Association.
Darren is also passionate about supporting safe, environmentally responsible and profitable growth in the east coast energy industry and is eager to work with members of
The Maritimes Energy Association to advance this cause. He currently sits on the Board of Directors as the New Brunswick Director.

He holds his Bachelors of Science in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick as well as his Executive Masters in Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.
Andrew Blackmer, 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.
Austen Hughes, Renewable Energy Director
VP Operations, Natural Forces

Austen Hughes is the Operations Vice President for Natural Forces; one of the most successful renewable energy companies in the Maritimes, and the President and Director of each company within the Wind4All “family” of CEDIFs.

Austen was born and raised in England, where he obtained a diploma in Mechanical Engineering, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management. Shortly after immigrating to Canada in 2003, he started working within the wind industry, initially developing a number of large scale wind energy projects in Ontario. He relocated to Canada’s east coast in 2008 to concentrate his endeavors on Nova Scotia’s wind energy market.

Being one of the few speakers chosen to represent the provinces renewable energy sector at CORE (2013/14), he is a huge advocate of Nova Scotia’s CEDIF and COMFIT programs: two provincial programs working harmoniously to deliver community-owned renewable energy projects across the province.

His roles with both Natural Forces and Wind4All have allowed Austen to facilitate the deployment of new wind energy projects in Nova Scotia, representing approximately $100 million of expenditure, whilst at the same time offsetting up to 1 million tonnes of CO2, over the lifetime of the projects.

Now a proud Canadian, Austen lives in Colby Village with his wife and two young children. When not promoting the benefits of wind energy, and the good things the Wind4All CEDIF’s have to offer, you may find him cycling across the Rockies, or across the province, fundraising for the Canadian Cancer Society, alongside his fellow www.givetolive.ca cyclists.

Austen has been an active supporter of the The Maritimes Energy Association over the past several years. He now serves on the Board as the Renewable Energy Director.
Shamus Noseworthy, 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.

Martin Rovers, Member at Large
Director of Utility Growth Strategy, Emera

Martin Rovers is the Director of Utility Growth Strategy at Emera. At Emera, Martin is responsible for developing and implementing Emera’s strategy 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.
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.
Mark Warren, Member at Large
Senior Project Manager, EastPoint Engineering Limited

Mark is a Sr. Project Manager with EastPoint Engineering. EastPoint is a locally owned Engineering firm who’s focus in the Energy sector is on providing exceptional expertise on an as-required basis with the objective of being a high-quality and cost effective alternative for engineering, construction and procurement companies in our marketplace.

Mark is a professional engineer with more than 20 years’ experience in the energy sector in both Halifax and Alberta. He has a strong technical background, and has worked intimately in Nova Scotia’s offshore industry for the past 7 years where he has been actively involved in the operation of the Sable Field. His previous engagements include major project management experience on both domestic and international assignments in the utilities and infrastructure development fields. Mark has a unique set of skills, including technical hands-on experience and the ability to manage multi-disciplined technical projects and staff.

Mark lives in Fall River with his wife and 2 children and is a volunteer with Bedford Minor Hockey.
Karen White, Member at Large
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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