Colleen has spent her career in Atlantic Canada in sectors associated with energy, transportation and infrastructure. Most recently, Colleen joined the Atlantica Centre for Energy as President, in a role that helps to foster the exchange of information and dialogue to further the region’s energy opportunities.
Energy literacy and education has become a priority of the organization. The Atlantica Centre for Energy works with partners to engage the public and community leaders on energy topics to help them make informed decisions that are appropriate for this region.
In a collaborative effort between The University of New Brunswick and The Atlantica Centre for Energy, Colleen directs the Energy Fundamentals for Leaders certificate program. This program does a deep-dive into all aspects of the energy sector, including treaty rights, renewable electrification, environmental permitting, energy diversity and energy security as well as overviews of the challenges being faced to adopt new business models to compete in the coming decades.
Colleen has a bachelor’s degree from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, and studied at the graduate level at Dalhousie and the University of New Brunswick.
Her early career began with this region’s largest petroleum company. For over a decade she was immersed in the energy industry in positions across the company including: oil futures, refining, marine, rail and over-the-road transportation, bulk storage, information systems, human resources, public relations, and strategic planning, among others.
Following that, as Vice President, Marketing and Communications at one of the region’s largest engineering firms, Colleen was responsible for domestic and international marketing programs for engineering projects in over 30 countries around the globe. Projects included energy recovery from waste, co-generation plants, power plant conversions, and environmental technologies.
Colleen was named, “Atlantic Canada’s 25 most powerful women in business” by Atlantic Business Magazine. She also serves on the Advisory Board to the Faculty of Engineering at the University of New Brunswick.