At The Maritimes Energy Association, we promote the energy industry through our membership base by partnering with governments, policy makers, and other key stakeholders.
We advocate responsible, safe energy development that works for the region and for our members as the world adapts to a lower carbon economy to address climate change.
Getting this adaptation right is crucial in a complex energy world in which hydrocarbon supplies are still essential; renewables play an increasingly important role; and ‘clean technologies’ are driving efficiencies and lowering emissions.
We work with our members to understand their industry and its needs - and help enable sustainable growth and development within the energy sector.
We collaborate with governments at all levels to help them develop responsible policies that support growth in the region.
We maintain relationships with key media outlets and utilize social media platforms, providing informed and knowledge-based information to journalists and public about the energy industry and its impact on the region.
At the MEA, we strive to be an influential and authoritative voice at the place where politics, media, and public policy intersect.
Daily Energy Bulletin
Members tell us that this e-bulletin keeps them connected to business opportunities, industry trends, and the latest energy news. This is place industry insiders go to find the latest procurement opportunities, information about their competitors and partners and updates on upcoming industry events. Members are encouraged to use the Energy Bulletin to publish their own procurement needs.
The MEA advocates for the interests of the energy industry. In its advocacy, the MEA promotes policies that are in the best interests of the energy industry. The MEA’s ongoing relationship with key government leaders, policy makers and like-minded organizations ensures the industry’s voice is heard and enables the association to share insights on government with its membership.
In collaboration with provincial and federal governments, we organize and facilitate trade missions to explore export opportunities. Matchmaking services are usually included in such missions outside Eastern Canada, providing local companies access to global markets.
Breakfasts & Luncheons
The MEA organizes breakfast and luncheon sessions throughout the year at which leading thinkers and respected industry leaders speak on topics relevant to your business. Members tell us these events have also become excellent networking opportunities and give members another opportunity to deepen their understanding of issues facing the industry.
energy3 – Canada’s Energy Conference
The MEA, through partnership and collaboration with Marine Renewables Canada (MRC) and the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA), proudly presents energy3; a comprehensive all energy event covering the future of Canada’s energy sector in the regional, national, and global context. The conference takes place October 16 -18 at the Halifax Convention Centre.
We offer a number of opportunities for members and prospective members to meet and become more familiar with each other on a less formal basis. Events include our member only Annual General Meeting, Annual Dinner, a holiday mixer, a golf tournament and other post-work networking events.
Members see our organization as a source of information, a gathering place and a forum for debate and conversation. Our events put leaders of the world’s largest energy companies in the same room as entrepreneurs from clean-tech start-ups, and engineers from local utilities. We are a greenhouse for new ideas and win-win business partnerships.
This is no accident. After all, our members represents the diversity of the energy sector. Our companies are involved in everything from oil and gas production to smart grid operations to clean technology app development.
Our strength can be found in that diversity. Collectively, we employ thousands of people and contribute tens of millions of dollars of Gross Domestic Product (“GDP”) to the regional economy annually. On behalf of all our members, we partner with policy makers, governments and other stakeholders responsible to put the right energy mix in place which in turn provides local jobs and economic opportunities in the region. We also identify the procurement opportunities available in this market, and assist in identifying the government policies and programs which enable business growth.
Please consider joining the MEA, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the success of its members and of Atlantic Canada .
Whereas individual member companies may not be able or willing to be heard when raising industry issues, we speak with a strong, unified voice collective of the industry.
Policy cannot be properly adopted in isolation. We invite and encourage members to share their views and opinions with the association. We are a repository of industrial history and information for our members and the public, and we make this material available to all.
MEA helps members navigate the public policy and funding mazes to identify opportunities for growth. We know this is particularly important for companies in the cleantech and renewables sector, many of which are start-ups. We will continue to convene events at which experts provide details on potential opportunities for business growth and success.
We work with like-minded organizations in other provinces to better promote the interests of all members. Through joint conferences, trade shows and networking events, we work with our counterparts within Canada and around the world to promote the interests of the Atlantic Canadian energy industry.
In August 1982, during a trade mission to Aberdeen, Scotland, about 30 Nova Scotia businessmen hatched the idea to put together an association aimed at pooling information and talent, and advancing the interests of Nova Scotia companies.
As the industry increasingly began to serve the growing renewable energy sector in the region, the Association adopted a broader mandate to assist companies as they grow. In late 2011 it announced it was dropping the OTANS name to become The Maritimes Energy Association.
The new name represents the Association's broader mandate of serving the complete energy industry - renewable & nonrenewable, offshore & onshore. It looks beyond just Nova Scotia to eastern Canada, and the three Maritime provinces of New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.
The Maritimes Energy Association (“MEA”) got its start in 1982 – with a different name and a different focus, in a different energy era.
The risks and rewards of offshore oil and gas exploration spurred the creation of OTANS, the Offshore/Onshore Technologies Association of Nova Scotia. OTANS became the voice for Nova Scotian businesses in the oil and gas sector, both here at home and around the world.
Like the energy industry itself, the association evolved. In 2011, The Maritimes Energy Association was born to reflect the region’s broader, more diverse energy sector.
The MEA is now the voice, advocate, and virtual gathering space for over 200 businesses based in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, marketing their goods and services around the world.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau set the tone for a shift in the country’s energy policy early in his mandate, telling an audience in Davos, Switzerland: “My predecessor wanted you to know Canada for its resources. I want you to know Canadians for our resourcefulness.”
The Federal government initially pushed the country to the front of the line when it comes to reducing carbon emissions, with its support for the international Paris Accord. While at home, the federal government shepherded the deal with provincial and territorial leaders with the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change.
Now, the conflict between rhetoric and reality (or “resources” and “resourcefulness”) is playing out in the Trans Mountain pipeline showdown between Alberta and British Columbia.
Ottawa has now announced it is buying the pipeline itself, to get Alberta oil moving to world markets. The federal government is balancing its policy to reduce carbon emissions, with its efforts to support production from the Western oil sands and other areas. In January 2019, the Federal Government introduced a carbon policy which caused a price on carbon to be introduced across Canada . New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island have implemented a carbon tax program while Nova Scotia has implemented a Cap-and-Trade Program. Nova Scotia has already met current national reduction targets for greenhouse gas emissions through demand side management measures.
The province of New Brunswick does not have any commercial crude oil production and limited natural gas production. They are home to the largest oil refinery in Canada and have an electricity generating capacity in excess of 4500 MWs. In 2017, 28% of New Brunswick’s electricity was from renewables including Nuclear.
The province of Nova Scotia does not have any commercial crude oil or natural gas production. They have an electricity generating capacity in excess of 2100 MWs. In 2017, approximately 29% of Nova Scotia’s electricity was from renewables.
The province of Prince Edward Island does not have any commercial crude oil or natural gas production and has an electrical generating capacity of 366 MWs. In 2016, PEI’s standing committee on Infrastructure and Energy presented its ambitious goal to the provincial legislature: 100 per cent renewable power in all sectors of the province by 2050.
The province’s recent energy strategy spells out renewable goals and the province has agreed to the federal emissions reduction targets of 30 percent below 2005 levels, by 2030.
The Maritimes Energy Association is often called a strong voice for energy projects in eastern Canada – but we can’t do it alone!
The Association welcomes the support and commitment of volunteers from member companies to help keep the Association focused on important issues. We hope that all our members understand the value in supporting the Association’s efforts to represent you. We are only as strong as the support of our members and there has never been a time more critical than the present to show our collective strength. Please consider volunteering for one of our committees requiring additional committee members:
The Executive Committee assists the Board of Directors to respond to matters when it is impractical to call a full Board meeting. In addition, the Executive Committee will identify key government policies of interest or concern and identify appropriate contacts within government for follow-up. The Executive Committee oversees the Nominations and Elections process, can act on behalf of the Board and ensures implementation of policy as determined by the Board of Directors.
Nominations & Elections
The purpose of the Nominations and Elections Committee is to set appropriate guidelines and policies for nominations for the positions of Directors as per Section 5.3 of the Association By-Laws. It seeks recommendations for nominees, and cause to be nominated suitable candidates. This committee meets at least twice annually.
The purpose of the Audit Committee includes the review of the annual statements and controls over financial reporting and monitoring compliance with laws and regulations. Its primary role is to assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities for the financial reporting process, the system of internal controls, the organization’s process for monitoring compliance with laws and regulations and the code of conduct.
The purpose of the Membership Committee is to oversee and participate in the retention and addition of new members to the Association and to provide direction to the Board of Directors for continuous improvement of member services. It works with staff to identify new members, assist with recruitment, review membership categories and fee structure and offer recommendations for improvement and may be called on to oversee exit interviews for members who have not renewed their membership.
The purpose of the energy3 Conference Committee is to assist in the overall planning and implementation of the annual energy3 Conference. It works with the Board of Directors and staff to ensure that the energy3 Conference is successful both in financial and quality terms. The committee is tasked with assisting in the three categories of; sponsorship and ticket sales, program content and planning and finally, logistics and communications.