October 18, 2022

Transitioning from Oil and Gas to Green Energy: Assessing the Skills Transferability and Feasibility through an Atlantic Canadian Lens

The Maritimes Energy Association (MEA),with support from the Atlantic Canadian Opportunities Agency (ACOA) commissioned a report from Electricity Human Resources Canada (EHRC) to look at the opportunities that exist for those working in the oil and gas sector to transition their skills to jobs in renewable energy.  

Key findings from EHRC’s report “Transitioning from Oil and Gas to Green Energy: Assessing Skills Transferability and Feasibility through an Atlantic Canadian Lens” shows that there are opportunities for both organizational and occupational transferability from the oil and gas sector to the green energy generation sector (i.e., electricity and renewable energy) in Atlantic Canada. 

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October 18, 2022

International Opportunities for Oil & Gas Sector Companies with a Diversified Workforce

The MEA also commissioned a follow up to the report from EHRC.  This report, from Aberdeen International Associates is entitled “International Opportunities for Oil & Gas Sector Companies with a Diversified Workforce” takes EHRC's work one step further by evaluating the international opportunities that exist for Atlantic Canadian companies with a diverse workforce.  The report provides market overviews for several key markets in Asia, Europe, North America and South America.   The report also makes several good recommendations for the Atlantic provinces to diversify its oil and gas sector. 

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October 4, 2022

Notice of Special General Meeting

The MEA is holding a Special General Meeting on October 26th, 2022 at 7:30 am at Pier 21 for members only.  The meeting with be followed by a breakfast to celebrate the MEA's legacy, which is open to everyone.  More information about this event is available on Eventbrite.


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August 30, 2022

2022 C.O.R.E. Conference Program

The Maritimes Energy Association (MEA), in partnership with Net Zero Atlantic, is hosting the 2022 C.O.R.E. Conference at Pier 21 in Halifax on September 27 - 28th, 2022.

C.O.R.E. Conference is the largest and most significant event of the year for Atlantic Canada’s energy and climate leaders. This year’s conference – taking place as MEA marks its 40th anniversary – is a one-day event with the theme of Transitioning to Net Zero. The conference is designed to ignite important conversations, initiate thought-provoking debates and deliver a forum to discuss what the future holds for Canada’s energy sector.

You will experience best-in-class conference programming, including sessions on how we can achieve net zero in the Atlantic region, with a focus on hydrogen, onshore and offshore wind, energy system modelling, energy and grid security, and regional perspectives on GHG emissions reductions.

This year's conference will continue to deliver influential speakers and serve as host to a gathering of key energy sector influencers in Canada and beyond. You’ll also enjoy stellar opportunities for networking at our annual Saltwater Social Welcome Reception and Closing Dinner. You won't want to miss out!

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July 6, 2022

C.O.R.E. Conference 2022 Sponsorship Package

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March 23, 2022

Energy Sector Mission to Colombia- May 16th to 20th, 2022

Please see the attached brochure for more information and registration details!

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March 16, 2022

The North Sea Transition Deal

March 16, 2022

Colombia Market Update - Renewable Energy

March 10, 2022

Market Update on Colombia Energy Sector Webinar

March 10, 2022

We're Hiring a Communications and Marketing Assistant Co-op Student

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January 31, 2022

The Maritimes Energy Association's 2022 Annual General Meeting

January 31, 2022

Member Spotlight: Glooscap Energy

Tags: Nova Scotia Renewable Electric Vehicles

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January 24, 2022

Webinar: Creating a Profitable Path to Net-Zero

January 21, 2022

MEA Member Spotlight: RVM Developers Inc.

RVM Developers Inc. provides expert development, commercial, and transactional services to the power sector.  As its principal consultant, Raymond has 36 years experience in the power industry including development, construction, and operations of thermal and renewable generation. 

Before founding RVM Developers Inc, Raymond led the growth of ENMAX Corporation’s generation and distributed energy resources as Vice President, Business Development. Prior to that, Raymond developed and acquired several projects in BC and the Pacific Northwest for EPCOR Utilities. He began his career operating thermal facilities for Nova Scotia Power. To date, he has led over $3 billion of successful acquisitions and greenfield development projects.

Raymond holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering from Dalhousie University and an MBA from Queen’s University. 

Tags: Electricity Technology Renewable

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January 21, 2022

MEA Member Spotlight: SpryPoint

SpryPoint Overview
SpryPoint was founded in 2011 by a proven team of utility software executives to provide cutting edge enterprise cloud-based solutions for electric, water, gas and telecom utilities.   SpryPoint's mission is to provide utilities with the tools they need to provide top-tier customer service while improving operational efficiency. Our goal is to make the world a better place for utility operators, municipalities, and customers throughout North America.

SpryPoint Platform
Sprypoint platform includes the following enterprise Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions:

●     SpryCIS - Customer Information System

●     SpryEngage - Customer Engagement Platform

●     SpryMobile - Mobile Field Service

●     SpryMobile - Work Orders and Asset Management

●     SpryGIDR - Grid Interactive demand Response

●     SpryBackflow - Cross Connection Control


Over the past few years SpryPoint has been growing very quickly and doubled its staff in 2021 from 25 to over 50 employees.  SpryPoint is a trusted solution provider to major US Cities and utility service providers including the Pittsburgh Water & Sewer Authority, City of Akron, OH, City of Aurora, CO and Veolia. 

Employment Opportunities Available at SpryPoint
SpryPoint is always interested in adding highly motivated and innovative people to our team. Our hiring is focused on aptitude (problem solving & analytical skills) and attitude (customer focused & team players).  We prefer versatile and multi-skilled employees who can work with customers from multiple different angles.

SpryPoint currently has 9 job openings available ranging from Development to Sales.
Learn more here.

Tags: Electricity Technology Prince Edward Island

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January 13, 2022

Letter from the MEA: Proposed amendment to the Land Use By-Law- Temporary Pause on Accepting Wind Turbine Development Permits

December 10, 2021

MEA's Submission to the Procurement Administrator - Second Draft of the RFP for the Rate Based Procurement

Please see the attachment for the MEA's submission to the Procurement Administrator on the second draft of the Rate Based Procurement RFP.

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November 29, 2021

Miscellaneous Resources and Helpful Links

Guide to Small Business Grants in Nova Scotia
click here to view guide.



Accelerating Cleantech Innovation in Oil & Gas

On January 18, 2022, the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), in collaboration with Canada Cleantech Alliance, is launching the “Accelerating Cleantech Innovation in Oil & Gas” program.

The program is designed to help companies in Canada’s oil and gas sector as well as Canada’s cleantech innovators (TRL 2-5) develop the knowledge, tools and skills required to design, purchase and implement cleantech innovations that will help reduce the oil & gas sector’s environmental impact. “Accelerating Cleantech Innovation in Oil & Gas” will include a competitive cleantech venture selection process, a mentorship program and tailored training for the selected ventures (“Innovation in oil & gas” and a pitch training).


Key Dates & Program MIlestones (virtual program)

1.     The program kick-off will take place on January 18, 11 AM - 12:30 PM MT (1 PM - 2:30 PM EST) with the “Cleantech Opportunities in Oil & Gas” webinar co-hosted by CRIN and CanadaCleantech Alliance. Register here.

2.     The webinar is followed by “The Cleantech Start-up Cycle” webinar on January 20 11 AM - 12 PM MT (1 PM - 2 PM EST). Register here

3.     January/February 2022: Application period for cleantech companies (TRL 2-5) with solutions in one or more of CRIN’s seven Technology Theme Areas

4.     March 2022: Innovation in oil & gas training for selected ventures

5.     April 2022: Pitch Training

6.     April 2022: Pitch Session

7.     April 2022: Mentorship Program launch


Target Audience

●      Cleantech Companies that have solutions for or are interested in learning about opportunities in the oil & gas sector

●      Cleantech ecosystem multipliers, e.g. representatives from accelerators, government agencies, etc.

●      Oil & Gas Producers / Companies from other sectors that are interested in cleantech


Stay tuned for further details.

Questions? Please contact :

Maike Althaus, Executive Director, Canada Cleantech Alliance,, +1 (647) 984 0618

Janice Harvey, Membership Engagement, Outreach & Communications Coordinator, Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN) I Réseau d’innovation pour les ressources propres (RIRP),, +1.403.640.9431


About the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN)

CRIN is a pan-Canadian network focused on ensuring Canada’s energy resources can be sustainably developed and integrated into the global energy supply. By identifying industry challenges, we create a market pull to accelerate commercialization and wide spread clean technology adoption by bringing together industries, entrepreneurs, investors, academia, governments and many others.


About CanadaCleantech Alliance

As a Canadian non-profit organization, Canada Cleantech leverages provincial and territorial strengths and expertise to be the reference for the cleantech sector nationwide. Its network extends to 20+ cleantech industry associations and accelerators representing over 2,000 cleantech manufacturers, innovators, investors, industry adopters and researchers across the country.




Canadian Technology Accelerator - Scale your digital energy solutions company in the United Kingdom
Are you looking for opportunities to scale up your leading-edge digital energy company? The United Kingdom (UK) has ambitious goals to cut emissions and increase renewable energy, including the decarbonisation of its electricity system by 2035. This will provide opportunities for Canadian tech companies offering digital solutions in clean energy management and distribution. Through the Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA), a global business-development program, you can gain the knowledge and connections you need to enter this growing market.

Upon acceptance, your business will benefit from:

› exclusive business-to-business pitch sessions in the UK utility sector with key suppliers and other industry players
› pitches to investors and utility and tech corporations in the UK’s energy sector
› targeted investor and business development meetings
› mentorship from industry experts before and during the CTA program
› in-depth market briefings and workshops on business culture, regulations and innovation management
› the possibility of showcasing your technology during the Cleantech Forum Europe in Edinburgh on March 30-31, 2022 (subject to COVID-19 restrictions)


We are looking for Canadian innovators who have:
› revenue-generating businesses with existing market traction in North America or elsewhere
› innovative, fully built and validated technology
› a passionate, strong and committed management team with at least one senior manager who can commit to participating in the full CTA program
› a UK market-entry strategy with an appropriate company culture for the local market
› sufficient resources to target and achieve growth in the market

We use a broad definition of “digital energy solutions” and are interested in working with a wide range of technology companies providing solutions in:
› renewable energy grid integration
› demand side management including electric vehicle charging infrastructure and energy storage management
› grid operation and surveillance
› transmission and distribution level of power grids
› optimization of energy consumption/digital efficiency tools

The Trade Commissioner Service (TCS) supports diversity, equity and inclusion in trade. We strongly encourage companies led by Canadians of all backgrounds and orientations to apply.

This three-month program will run virtually for 3 to 4 hours a week, from the beginning of March to the end of May 2022. If travel restrictions ease, there is the possibility of an optional, 1 to 2 week in-person market visit to supplement the virtual program. Selected companies will participate in both one-on-one and group sessions, including:
› market insight webinars and workshops
› mentorship sessions, both one-on-one and with other participants
› targeted business-to-business (B2B) meetings with decision makers and experts in the private sector and government
› tailored business development support sessions, as well as workshops on refining your market entry strategy
› at least one networking session with other companies, investors, executives and decision makers
› programming in and/or on the margins of the Cleantech Forum Europe in March 2022

Application deadline

January 21, 2022, at 11:59 pm PT

Program dates
March 1 to May 21, 2022

Time commitment
3 to 4 hours per week

Apply Now!

Cael Husband
Trade Commissioner
Canadian Technology Accelerator, London
Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service

The Canadian Technology Accelerator (CTA) is a global business development program implemented by the Government of Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service. Since 2013, the CTA has supported the international scaling-up of high-growth, high-potential Canadian firms in the sectors of cleantech, life sciences and information and communications technology (ICT)/digital industries.

Twitter: @CTA_TCS
LinkedIn: company/canadiantechnologyaccelerators/




Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board Invites Written Comments on Draft Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA)
On January 29, 2021, a 30-day commenting period commenced on the Scoping Document for the Middle and Eastern Scotian Slope and Sable Island Bank Areas Strategic Environment Assessment (SEA).

We are now inviting Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the public to provide comments on the draft SEA through our online form. The commenting period is open from November 16th to December 17th, 2021. The written comments are typically shared publicly on our SEA Registry. These comments will be reviewed, and, where appropriate, incorporated in the final SEA, which will be posted on our website.

An SEA is a broad-scale study used to identify potential environmental effects that may be associated with potential future oil and gas exploration activity for a particular portion of the offshore area. SEAs are also used to identify the associated mitigation measures that may need to be considered to avoid or minimize these potential effects.

SEAs are developed to help us, operators, Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the public learn more about environmental considerations for a specific offshore area. We use SEAs to identify environmental sensitivities and mitigation measures that should be considered to protect the environment before project-specific activities are proposed.

Conducting an SEA does not mean that activity will take place in the area. Should an activity be proposed in the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area, operators must submit a suite of documents, including a project-specific Environmental Assessment, or Impact Assessment, that must demonstrate that the proposed work can be done without significant adverse environmental impacts.

We invite Indigenous communities, stakeholders and the public to submit written comments on the Draft Middle and Eastern Scotian Slope and Sable Island Bank Areas SEA. Please submit your comments through our online form by 4 p.m. on Friday December 17th, 2021.

The final SEA will be posted on our website.

About the Board

The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board is the independent joint agency of the governments of Canada and Nova Scotia and is responsible for the regulation of petroleum activities and resources in the Canada-Nova Scotia offshore area.




1-800-9LABOUR: Workplace and technical safety information services
Call 1-800-9LABOUR if you see something unsafe or have questions about safety at work or in a public place in relation to technical equipment. The line is active 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

1-800-9LABOUR is an information line you can call to get safety information or to report a safety concern you see at work. You can also report safety concerns you see in public if they relate to technical equipment (like elevators and lifts, fuel equipment and cranes).

We’ll prioritize calls based on how serious and urgent the subject is. Calls that involve imminent danger or serious incidents will be given high priority.

If you’re calling about a workplace, you should follow the workplace’s internal safety protocols. This could mean talking to your supervisor or safety committee.

When you should call

You can call to request services, ask for information or report workplace health and safety issues or public space issues in relation to technical equipment. Examples of when to call include when:

  • you or a co-worker is at risk of being hurt on the job, or has been hurt
  • you’re reporting an injury on a piece of technical equipment in a public space (like an elevator, lift or amusement ride)
  • you have questions about a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee, or need help starting one
  • you have concerns about COVID-19 in the workplace
  • you have questions about safety or training in the workplace
  • you have questions about licences, certificates or permits for technical equipment (including elevators, lifts and amusements, fuel safety, boiler and pressure vessel, power engineering and crane operators)
  • you have questions about occupational health and safety, technical safety or the relevant acts and regulations

All calls are confidential. If you’re reporting an incident or concern, it’s helpful if you provide as much information as possible, including the 4 W’s: who was involved, what happened, when did it happen and where?


Safety Branch

Toll-free: 1-800-9LABOUR (1-800-952-2687)

24 hours a day, 7 days a week





Transport Canada Air Cargo Security Program
Our highest priority is the safety and security of the traveling public.

The Air Cargo Security program helps keep cargo secure at every stage of its journey.

Businesses that participate in the program are held to the highest standards in aviation security.

If your business is involved in screening, storing or transporting secure air cargo, you can apply to the program. To be a part of the program, your business will need to:

  • complete an application
  • be approved
  • once accepted, meet ongoing inspection requirements

There is no fee to join the program.

Contact us

Transport Canada
Air Cargo Security
Mailstop: ABAB
330 Sparks St.
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0N5

Telephone: 1-866-375-7342


Related services and information

Transport Canada is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation. In response, we have issued some transportation-related measures and guidance. Please check if any of these measures apply to you.

You may experience longer than usual wait times or partial service interruptions. If you cannot get through, please contact us by email.

For information on COVID-19 updates, please visit




MEA Preferred Hotel: Hampton Inn & Suites Truro, Super 8 Amherst, and the new Tru by Hilton in Yarmouth
Stay at Hampton Inn & Suites Truro, Super 8 Amherst, or the new Tru by Hilton in Yarmouth and enjoy complimentary breakfast, free parking, and free Wi-Fi. Guest have access to the pool at each hotel!

Hampton Inn & Suites Truro rates:
Standard Guest Rooms
$119 +tax Low season (Jan-June/Sept-Dec) Single/Double Occupancy.
$129 +tax High season (July-Aug) Single/Double Occupancy.

These rates are offered on a net, non-commissionable basis and do not include taxes. Additional people and upgrades will have a charge.

This preferred rate is non-LRA (Last Room Availability) meaning that due to availability, at times, the rate may not be offered to your travelers.

Hotel contact: 902-843-4343

Super 8 Amherst corporate rates: 
Standard Room - January 1st to May 31st - 8% off BAR
Standard Room - June 1st to September 30th - 10% off BAR
Standard Room - October 1st to Dec 31st - 8% off BAR

Junior Suites are an additional $15 added to the standard rate quoted above. A Jacuzzi Suite is $40 added to the standard rate quoted above.

Meeting Space Available: $80.00 Half Day / $125.00 Full Day
(Please contact hotel in advance for availability, AV, and catering options.)

Rates are net non-commissionable and exclusive of tax.

Rates are based on single or Double occupancy and ‘Last room availability” (LRA) except otherwise noted above (NLRA).

A $10.00 surcharge will be added per additional person.

Rate can only be booked directly with the hotel by calling 902-660-8888 or emailing

Tru by Hilton, Yarmouth Nova Scotia corporate rates: 
Standard – Single/double - Jan 1st – June 14th - $119.00
Standard – Single/double - June 15th – Sept 14th - $139.00
Standard – Single/double - Sept 15th – Dec 31st - $119.00

These rates are offered on a net, non-commissionable basis and do not include taxes. This preferred rate is non-LRA (Last Room Availability) meaning that due to availability, at times, the rate may not be offered to your travelers.

Hotel contact: 902-881-8787




Northern REACHE Program
During the coronavirus outbreak, some communities may not be in a position to submit a proposal to access funding.

  • We continue to accept project proposals for the 2020 to 2021 fiscal year
  • If you are a current recipient whose project has been affected by the outbreak, we can help

Contact us at for more information.

About the program

The Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity program, also called the Northern REACHE program, funds renewable energy and energy efficiency projects, and related capacity building and planning in:

  • Yukon
  • Northwest Territories
  • Nunavut
  • Nunavik
  • Nunatsiavut

The program objective is to reduce Northern communities' reliance on diesel for heating and electricity by increasing the use of local renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. This will result in environmental, social and economic benefits to support developing healthier, more sustainable Northern communities.

Eligible projects will focus on proven technologies such as:

  • solar
  • wind
  • energy storage
  • hydro
  • biomass heating
  • residual heat recovery
  • LED lighting

Priority is given to projects that:

  • have a higher likelihood of being built and becoming operational
  • include strong Indigenous or community leadership, engagement, or partnerships

The program works closely with regional stakeholders to identify, prioritize and fund projects.

Budget 2016 announced, starting in 2016-2017:

  • $10.7 million over two years to implement renewable energy projects in off-grid Indigenous and northern communities that rely on diesel and other fossil fuels to generate heat and power

Budget 2017 announced, starting in 2018-2019:

  • $53.5 million over ten years to implement renewable energy projects in off-grid Indigenous and northern communities that rely on diesel and other fossil fuels to generate heat and power

Who can apply?

  • First Nation and Inuit communities
  • First Nation and Inuit development corporations
  • municipalities
  • Indigenous organizations
  • territorial governments and their organizations
  • regional governments
  • not-for-profit organizations
  • modern land claim organizations
  • First Nation self-government


There is no deadline to apply. Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis.

How to apply?

Consult the guide for applicants, then contact the program by email at or by phone via the Public Enquiries Contact Centre at 1-800-567-9604.

Previously selected projects

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Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program
Action on the Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program

The Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program (SREPs) provides up to $964 million over four years for smart renewable energy and grid modernization projects. This program will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions by encouraging the replacement of fossil-fuel generated electricity with renewables that can provide essential grid services while supporting Canada’s equitable transition to an electrified economy.

What does this Program offer?

SREPs will provide direct financial support to eligible renewable energy and grid modernization projects during the construction phase. Projects must use market ready technologies and apply workplace equity, diversity, and inclusion components.

What projects are eligible?

SREPs can support projects under the following streams:

  • Established Renewables (examples: solar photovoltaic, onshore wind, small hydro)
  • Emerging Technologies (examples: geothermal, energy storage)
  • Grid Modernization (examples: micro-grids, virtual power plants, and hardware/software to enable grid services).

A portion of SREPs funding will be reserved for Indigenous-led projects, which may qualify for higher levels of project support.

Download the Applicant Guide (PDF, 1.02 MB)

Register your project (PDF, 214 kb)

Steps to apply for the Smart Renewables and Electrification Pathways Program

Proponents can download a Project Registration Form (PDF, 214 kb) and submit it via email to The Program will continuously accept project registrations and applications until SREPs funds are fully committed. Following submission of a Registration Form (PDF, 214 kb), program staff will send eligible projects a Project Application Form. Following program review of the completed Project Application Form, a funding decision will be sent to the Applicant.

Some projects applying for SREPs may be part of an established federal-provincial/territorial dialogue that covers multiple priorities and projects. SREPs reserves the right to make funding decisions on these projects as a part of those dialogues. These projects must still meet all requirements described in the Applicant Guide and Project Application Form.

At a later date, the Program may also launch a request for proposals for a Capacity Building stream to support equity, diversity and inclusivity actions, Indigenous engagement, and other similar activities related to potential projects.

Please click here to learn more.




Climate Ventures: Earth Tech and Accelerate from Anywhere
Earth Tech

Earth Tech is a six-month accelerator for those working on climate or water technology solutions that will positively impact communities and ecosystems across Canada.

Canadian cleantech has a critical role to play in tackling the climate crisis, and ventures from coast to coast are working harder than ever to ensure a flourishing future for people and the planet.

Earth Tech helps startups and nonprofit social enterprises validate their solutions and business models, advance their technologies, raise funding, and create meaningful impact. Running each year from 2020–2022, Earth Tech will support up to 55 enterprises advancing climate and water solutions.

Apply Now

We’re recruiting for Earth Tech 2022! Apply by November 7 for our 2022 Cohort.

“Being part of Earth Tech has been a remarkable experience. I have learned so much about the skills needed to make change-making ventures a reality.”
- Kat Kavanagh, Water Rangers

Earth Tech is led by the Centre for Social Innovation, with education and coaching provided by the CSI Institute. It’s made possible through the generous support of the RBC Foundation, the Peter Gilgan Foundation, Bullfrog Power, and Vancity Community Investment Bank (VCIB). Earth Tech is also an SDTC-Seed Fund approved accelerator.

Earth Tech is a part of Accelerate from Anywhere, an initiative that supports emerging entrepreneurs driven by impact, with programs at every stage, and from anywhere in Canada.


During our climate programs, participating early-stage ventures have earned and raised nearly $35.5 million while supporting 443 full-time jobs.

We offer our ventures extensive, tailored supports, including: 

    Bi-weekly one-to-one time with top, seasoned Entrepreneurs-in-Residence for outcomes-based coaching, and office hours with dozens of expert advisors

    Quality, customized workshops on topics like financial modelling, pitching, and impact measurement; invites to lunch & learns, panels, talks, and more!

    Access to our network of networks, and connections to funding & other business opportunities; increased profile through our marketing and investor pitch events.

    Regular cohort workshops and events for peer-to-peer support and learning with like-minded entrepreneurs and innovators from across Canada.

Earth Tech is for early-stage Canadian startups and nonprofit social enterprises developing technologies that addresses a range of climate change or water outcomes. The program caters to pre-Series A, Validation or Efficiency-stage ventures with Technology Readiness level 3 or higher. Contact us if you have questions about Earth Tech ventures or your eligibility.

Please click here for more information.




Accelerate from Anywhere

Wherever you are in Canada, we have accelerators to help you at every stage of your enterprise, from ideation through to commercialization.

Accelerate from Anywhere (AfA) is for those tackling climate and water challenges through the power of entrepreneurship. Access mentors, advisors, training and networks with AfA.

We will match you to the program that’s right for you, whether you’re just beginning your journey or you’re already hard at work validating your solution, proving your business model, acquiring customers or raising capital.

With multiple cohorts running from Fall 2021 to Summer 2022, discover our programs below and apply!

Apply Now

Apply to all programs through one application form, and our team will then match you to the program that’s best for you.

“The accelerator has been a remarkable experience. I have learned so much about the skills needed to make change-making ventures a reality.”
- Kat Kavanagh, Water Rangers, Earth Tech 2020


Our broader climate solutions stream is for anyone pursuing solutions that address climate challenges but who are not primarily engaged in developing new technologies (e.g. natural or cultural solutions that may be leveraging existing technologies, such as reducing food waste, encouraging people to adopt plant-rich diets, supporting community gardens, building green roofs, or converting conventional farming to regenerative farming).

Our cleantech stream is for anyone developing new, scalable technologies that address climate and water challenges (e.g. clean energy and storage, electric transportation, bioplastics, alternative cement or refrigerants, carbon capture, circular materials, digital analytics and AI, or ocean tech).

Please click here for more information.




Offshore Cleantech Information Series
In this series of 16 presentations, you will learn about the applications of clean technologies in the blue economy, where in the world leading edge innovation is taking place, and about Atlantic Canadian firms that are taking their products and services globally.

Please click here to access the webinar series for free!

Conversations around concepts like sustainable development, energy transition, net zero, decarbonization, etc. are intensifying globally at a rapid rate. Atlantic Canada’s oceans industries – which are vitally important to the region’s economy – operate in international markets and as such need to be prepared to thrive in a world where investments and decisions are increasingly being made based on environmental performance indicators.

What does this mean for Atlantic Canada’s blue economy? What are the challenges that we face in ensuring that we remain competitive into the long term? What are the local opportunities for the development and application of clean technologies? Where in the world is the leading research, development, and innovation taking place? What businesses based in Atlantic Canada are already on the forefront and exporting their products and services worldwide?

The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) , the Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Industries Association (Noia) , Marine Renewables Canada, and the Maritimes Energy Association bring to you a series of 16 presentations that explore these questions and focus in on areas of particular interest for the region. The following topics are covered in over 10 hours of content presented by subject matter experts from Atlantic Canada:

Module 1

Cleantech in offshore industries – what it means, latest trends, and opportunities

With conversations around concepts like decarbonization, energy transition, net zero, etc. intensifying on a global scale, what does this mean for Atlantic Canada’s blue economy? NEIA’s Executive Director Kieran Hanley explores the challenges and opportunities industry will face and sets the stage for the rest of the information series presentations.

Module 2

Net zero, emissions reduction challenges in offshore industries, and emerging solutions

The reduction of greenhouse gasses within Atlantic Canada’s offshore oil and gas industry presents significant challenges but interesting economic growth and innovation opportunities. Derek Sullivan, President of Atlantic HSE Energy Consulting Inc. and Caron Hawco, President of the Caron Hawco Group, outline what these challenges are and what technologies are being applied in response.

Module 3

Non-GHG environmental challenges in offshore industries and emerging solutions

While the environmental performance of the offshore oil and gas industry is increasingly linked in public discourse to greenhouse gas emissions, Derek Sullivan, President of Atlantic HSE Energy Consulting Inc. and Caron Hawco, President of the Caron Hawco Group, outline other challenges that the industry faces and what innovations are taking place to address them.

Module 4

Advances in offshore carbon capture and storage

Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is increasingly being viewed as a technology that will vital in the fight against climate change. In the Atlantic Canadian context, CCS represents a significant opportunity to assist in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions emanating from its offshore oil and gas industry. Dr. Lesley James, Associate Professor with Memorial University, introduces the concept of CCS and explores its potential local application.

Module 5

Electrification in offshore industries – trends and opportunities

A major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions from offshore operations comes from the energy required to power them. Curtis Whelan, Development Engineer with Growler Energy, takes a deeper dive into the provision of power-from-shore for offshore operations as an approach to emissions reductions – including where in the world this is taking place and some of the unique challenges for application in the Atlantic Canadian context.

Module 6

Offshore wind energy alongside oil and gas industry developments

Another approach to electrifying offshore operations is through the provision of renewable energy in-situ. One emerging solution is the development of offshore wind energy assets to provide the needed electricity for operations. Pete Whelan, VP – Project Execution with Growler Energy, explores this concept and highlights a current project where this is being implemented.

Module 7

Highlighting firms from Atlantic Canada engaged in the international offshore wind industry

While there are no active offshore wind development projects in Atlantic Canada, there are a number of firms from the region that are providing solutions to this rapidly expanding global industry. Catherine Warren from Saltwater Strategies tells the story of a handful of these firms that are applying their oceans expertise to this ‘new’ industry and have finding success worldwide.

Module 8

Marine renewable energy

Offshore wind is just one form of marine renewable energy – a much broader sector which includes tidal, wave, and other technologies. Atlantic Canada, surrounded by the ocean, has the opportunity to become a world leader in the development of hydrokinetic resources. Elisa Obermann, the CEO of Marine Renewables Canada, highlights the innovative activity taking place in the region and how firms are playing on the global stage.

Module 9

Port electrification – the role that ports can play in enabling a green (and blue) economy

So many of Atlantic Canada’s industries rely on port infrastructure for their operations. This includes many land-based industries that require the shipment of goods (inputs or outputs) overseas. Thus, marine ports play an integral role in the environmental performance of the region at-large. Bassem Eid, President and CEO of BEHI, explains how port electrification can simultaneously enable emissions reductions within multiple industries.

Module 10

Digitalization, integrated operations, and the relationship to improved environmental outcomes

Just as energy efficiency within your home yields environmental and economic benefits, the optimization of processes in the offshore can translate to better outcomes on a larger scale. Mark Cumby, the Regional Director of  Energy in Eastern North America for Hatch, introduces the concepts of digitalization and integrated operations, and makes the important connection between innovation in these areas and the opportunity for improved environmental performance.

Module 11

Emerging technologies in environmental characterization and monitoring

Atlantic Canada is home to an emerging cluster of expertise around the sensing, characterization, and monitoring of the ocean environment. Innovators are using everything from radar, sonar, and lasers to satellites to better understand how we are impacting the environment, and how it is impacting us. Freeman Ralph, Vice-President of Oil and Gas and Energy Solutions with C-CORE, gives a crash course on the technologies that are being developed and deployed.

Module 12

Clean technology within Atlantic Canada’s aquaculture and fishing industries

The fishery has been a vital component of Atlantic Canada’s economy for a long time, and aquaculture is increasingly becoming a major part of this story. Both industries are operating in a world where standards are rising in terms of how these products are harvested and produced. Marilyn Butland of Butland Communications explores the environmental challenges these industries are facing, and identifies areas ripe for innovation in Atlantic Canada.

Module 13

New ocean industry opportunities

This series has explored sustainable development related to Atlantic Canada’s ocean economy as it exists today – from fisheries and aquaculture, to marine transportation, to offshore oil and gas. But this is just the tip of the iceberg in the emerging ‘blue economy’. Susan Hunt, the Chief Technology Officer of Canada’s Ocean Supercluster, identifies trends that are being seen related to brand new and emerging opportunities in our oceans.

Module 14

Arctic, harsh environments, and clean technology

Atlantic Canada is a global leader in operating in arctic and harsh ocean environments, supported by world-class research institutions and a highly experienced workforce. There are significant environmental considerations when active in these circumstances and geographic areas, and Dr. Lesley James, Associate Professor with Memorial University, helps us understand the clean technologies that are being developed and deployed in support.

Module 15

European and North American FTAs & implications for Cleantech

This presentation explores the relatively new free trade agreements between Canada and European Union and within North America from the perspective of clean technology. What provisions specific to technologies and services that improve environmental performance? And how might that present opportunities for Atlantic Canadian firms? Join Allison Mackenzie, Pieter Bouwer, and Christophe Rouleau from Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service to learn more!

Module 16

European green recovery plans: implications for Canadian cleantech firms

Following the onset of the pandemic and the economic strife that followed, there has been a growing global movement to ‘build back better’ – or stimulate economies through clean growth investments that also help combat climate change. This presentation provides an overview of how plans are taking shape in the regard in Europe, and what this might mean for Atlantic Canadian firms. Join Ian Murdoch, Megan Wood, and Arndt Ulland from Canada’s Trade Commissioner Service, and Allison Saunders from the Mission of Canada to the EU to learn more!




Atlantic Trade Accelerator Program
TAP has helped over 1,500 companies across Canada realize their export goals with strategic planning and mentorship.

Through intensive workshops, peer-to-peer exchange, hands-on support from leading Canadian export advisors, and individual mentoring, you will be able to develop an export plan that is realistic, high-quality and fully integrated with your overall business strategy, equipping you with the tools and resources to find success as your grow your business. 


The Trade Accelerator Program (TAP) is an innovative initiative, designed to accelerate the strategic development of your business and to better prepare you for expansion into international markets. In addition to our in-class program, virtual formats are now available, depending on the region. ​

No other program offers a comprehensive program like the Trade Accelerator Program. TAP is a one-stop-shop that will get businesses ready to go global in just a few sessions, culminating with a customized strategic export business plan carefully vetted by top industry experts!


phase 1:

The program comprises intensive workshops that familiarizes participants with the available exporting resources, introduces high-level experts in key functions of international trade, stimulates peer-to-peer exchange of ideas & experiences, and provides guidance in recognizing and handling business challenges.

phase 2:

Participants will receive hands-on support from leading Canadian export advisors in the development of their Export Plan. Participants will initiate tackle key sections of their export plan, detailing strategic objectives, market entry methods, international marketing plan, as well as supply chain and operational resources.

phase 3:

Over the course of the program, participants will develop their trade plan. They will have the full support of export advisors to guide and assist them in developing an export plan that is realistic, high quality, and fully integrated with their overall business strategy. All export plans receive a written assessment from our expert team.

phase 4:

The final phase of the program is focused on mentoring, constructive feedback, solutions, and reinforcing business relationships. After reviewing the export plan, participants will receive individual mentoring sessions from our expert partners where potential solutions and ways forward are explored. Participants will walk away with a complete Strategic Export Plan!

Apply today for the Atlantic Trade Accelerator Program!


Day 1 (February 14) – Market Identification and Entry & Financial Support

Day 2 (February 15) – Legal, Taxation, Logistics & Marketing

Day 3 (February 22)  Building your Export Plan

February 23 - March 11: Participants write export plans

March 15 - 25: Mentors review export plans

March 28 - 30: Virtual one-on-one mentor sessions


The program fee for TAP is $5000 plus HST per company. However, through the generous support of our sponsors, a bursary will be provided to you to lower the cost to $499 plus HST per company. 

Please note: Nominated companies who do not attend all four (3) TAP sessions and/or complete an export plan prior to the One-on-One Mentoring Day will be charged the full program fee. 


  • Dedicate two senior representatives to participate in the program.
  • Commit to attend all 4 full-day sessions. (3 in-person sessions, 1 virtual mentoring day)
  • Commit to attend Mentor Days at the end of the program.
  • Complete an export plan prior to the one-on-one mentoring day.
  • Bi-annually share information about your company's exporting activity after completing the program through an online survey link you will receive.




Accelerating Cleantech Innovation in Oil & Gas Program
On January 18, 2022, the Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN), in collaboration with Canada Cleantech Alliance, is launching the “Accelerating Cleantech Innovation in Oil & Gas” program.  

The program is designed to help companies in Canada’s oil and gas sector as well as Canada’s cleantech innovators (TRL 2-5) develop the knowledge, tools and skills required to design, purchase and implement cleantech innovations that will help reduce the oil & gas sector’s environmental impact. 

“Accelerating Cleantech Innovation in Oil & Gas” will include a competitive cleantech venture selection processtailored training for the selected ventures ("Innovation in oil & gas” training course as well as a tailored pitch training) and a mentorship program.

It differs from CRIN’s cleantech competitions in that it targets earlier stage companies. It also intends to engage the entire cleantech ecosystem since there’s an opportunity to make sure the journey continues for successful ventures and to funnel all promising participants into the different accelerator programs that the ecosystem has to offer.

Key Dates & Program MIlestones (virtual)

1. The program kick-off will take place on January 18, 11 AM - 12:30 PM MT (1 PM - 2:30 PM EST) with the “Cleantech Opportunities in Oil & Gas” webinar co-hosted by CRIN and CanadaCleantech Alliance. Register here

2. The webinar is followed by “The Cleantech Start-up Cycle” webinar on January 20 11 AM - 12 PM MT (1 PM - 2 PM EST)Register here

3. January/February 2022Application period for cleantech companies (TRL 2-5) with solutions in one or more of CRIN’s seven Technology Theme Areas

4. March 2022: Innovation in oil & gas training for selected ventures

5. April 2022Pitch Training

6. April 2022Pitch Session

7. April 2022Mentorship Program launch  

Target Audience

  • Cleantech Companies that have solutions for or are interested in learning about opportunities in the oil & gas sector 
  • Cleantech ecosystem multipliers, e.g. representatives from accelerators, government agencies etc.  
  • Oil & Gas Producers / Companies from other sectors that are interested in/ would like to learn more about cleantech




Clean Energy Revolution

Win cash prizes for you and your school in this engaging, educational competition for grade 6 to 12 students in Nova Scotia!

A local initiative. A global impact.

Clean Foundation, with the Province of Nova Scotia’s Department of Natural Resources and Renewables, is hosting a design challenge where teams of junior and high school students create and present an innovative project that demonstrates awareness and understanding of the causes, consequences and clean energy solutions to climate change in Nova Scotia.

Important Dates

1-page Project Proposals are due on or before March 11, 2022. You must submit a Registration Form on or before that date to be considered for the competition

Final submissions are due on or before April 8, 2022. Final products can be submitted in a variety of formats to (e.g. photos of a prototype and a write up, business plan document, video, slide deck, prezi, etc!). Make sure you check the rubric to make sure you are submitting all necessary info!

Finalists will be notified on April 22, 2022. Finalists will be invited to attend the Clean Energy Revolution Finals to be held in HRM in May 2022.

Program Highlights

  • Skill-building for middle and high school students
  • Career pathway development through industry expert mentors
  • Healthy competition with rewards for both the participants and schools
  • An excellent resource for an inquiry based approach to teaching about clean energy
  • Real-world application of the clean energy sectors in Nova Scotia
  • Participants can explore the clean energy sectors across the curriculum, or through extra-curricular opportunities, allowing for easy integration into schools
  • Participants can create projects that explore concepts through STEAM, social sciences etc. or a combination of some or all, allowing them to build on their own interests and strengths.


- How many students can be on each team?

The maximum group size is four students. In light of Covid-19 health protocols, submissions from individual students will be permitted.

- What sort of project can I make?

Your idea for a clean energy solution can be a model or prototype, or a business plan for a social enterprise. You can submit your project in many forms – a recorded presentation, a poster and write-up, prezi, etc! Just make sure you check the Judging Rubric to make sure you’re including all the information we need.

- What are the prizes?

Finalists are eligible to win cash prizes for themselves and their schools in the following three categories:

  • Grades 6-7
  • Grades 8-9
  • Grades 10-12

Recognition awards will also be given in special categories – most creative, best presentation, etc. Prizes are as follows:

School or Organization:

1st: $1000

2nd: $500

3rd: $250

Individual Students:

1st: $200 

2nd: $100

3rd: $50

Book a Clean Energy Revolution kick-off webinar!

This year, Clean is offering classes or groups to join a 30-45minute ‘Clean Energy Revolution’ kick off webinar, to help students start their Challenge! In the webinar we’ll cover…

  • Climate 101 and the Greenhouse Gas effect

  • What is clean energy and how can it help change the world?!

  • Clean Energy Revolution: How to participate 

  • Examples of winners from last year 

  • Q&A and Launch into classroom participation! 

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November 29, 2021

Career and Job Opportunities in the Atlantic Canadian Energy Industry

Clean Foundation - Green Jobs
Placing young Canadians in roles in the natural resources sector. 

Eligible employers

  • Legal entities incorporated or registered in Canada, including for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. 
  • Indigenous organizations and groups.
  • Provincial, territorial, regional and municipal governments and their departments and agencies.


  • Wage subsidy of $25,000 per intern hired, or up to $32,000 for youth hired who are furthest from employment. 
  • Relevant and meaningful work experiences which will grow the talent pool for the Canadian natural resource sectors. 
  • Access to highly qualified individuals with the skills to meet the needs of the knowledge economy. 
  • Support and innovation for the use of clean technologies and process in the Natural Resource sectors. 

Employer Registration

Eligibility criteria

  • Between 15 and 30 years old at the start of the internship. 
  • Eligible to work in Canada. 
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have refugee status. 


  • Learn advanced skills from career related work experiences. 
  • Previous participants can re-apply to further experience.  
  • Work experience opportunities up to 12 months. 
  • Contribute to the clean economy.  
  • Paid internships! 

Intern Registration

Please click here to learn more!




Multiple Career Opportunities - Atlantic Gold
Please click here to view all open opportunities.




Multiple Career Opportunities - Horizon Maritime
Please click here to view all job postings. 



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October 20, 2021

From Coal to Clean: Canada’s progress toward phasing out coal power

Worldwide, an increasing number of countries, utilities and financial institutions are putting coal in the rear-view mirror. They are driven by climate action, the demand for cleaner air and the poor economics of coal. While the health impacts of air pollution and the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from coal are far higher than any other power source, there are readily available, abundant, cost-effective alternatives to coal-fired generation. This makes coal-fired electricity both uniquely harmful and unnecessary. The phase-out of coal is also happening in the context of countries committing to a net-zero economy by 2050, which would require a net-zero electricity grid by 2035 in developed countries. 

The structural transition away from coal power generation is most advanced in economies that are part of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), where power plants have tended to be older, electricity demand is often relatively flat compared to developing economies, and climate policies or carbon pricing have been introduced. The lessons learned from this experience will need to be proactively shared internationally, particularly as non-OECD countries complete their pivot away from adding new coal power capacity and begin planning their own phase-out pathways. The energy crunch experienced in China, India, Europe and elsewhere in October 2021 reinforces that policy-makers will need to develop approaches that are both robust in the face of potential short-term imbalances in supply and demand, and capable of providing a longer-term framework that can consistently drive investment in clean generation.

From Coal to Clean focuses on Canada's progress in phasing out coal since the height of coal-fired power in Canada at the turn of the century — through the pioneering Ontario coal phase-out completed in 2014 and the 2030 phase-outs announced in 2015 and 2016 — and up to the dramatically accelerated Alberta phase-out that will see coal power eliminated in that province by the end of 2023, nearly 40 years ahead of the schedule in place at the start of 2015. It also takes stock of the current plans in the remaining three coal-burning provinces, acknowledges recent progress in policies and plans, and identifies opportunities for improvement. It shows that, with the exception of New Brunswick, Canada is on track to phasing out coal by 2030.

Canada’s progress so far

  • While Canada’s progress on coal phase-out started slowly in the early 2010s, Ontario’s pioneering action laid a marker for the world as the single largest climate measure of its time in North America.
  • The 40-year acceleration of the coal phase-out in Alberta (from an original forecast of 2061 to the current 2023), demonstrates the power of coal phase-out commitments and effective carbon pricing design.

Opportunities to accelerate Canada’s phase-out

  • Saskatchewan is already taking advantage of its strong portfolio of lower-emitting generation to achieve reductions in advance of its 2030 phase-out and has opportunities remaining to accelerate and deepen its progress.
  • Nova Scotia — after initially insisting that coal must be in use beyond 2030, and receiving such exemption from the federal government — has accepted the feasibility of the 2030 phase-out and must now lock in its implementation plan.
  • New Brunswick is pursuing leeway to continue using coal well past 2030, which would single the province out as a clear laggard on coal emissions and undermine Canada’s global leadership in phasing out coal.

To build toward a net-zero grid

To build towards a net-zero grid by 2035, provinces should replace coal with non-emitting generation options instead of new unabated gas-fired generation, to avoid losing about half of the GHG reductions from coal phase out.

Necessary provincial, federal government actions

To support the rapid, complete transition of Canada’s grid from coal to clean, the following actions are needed:

  • The federal and provincial governments should set clear targets for a net-zero grid by 2035.
  • Provinces should transition to effective sector-wide carbon pricing benchmarks.
  • The federal government should develop more stringent protocols for protecting federal coal regulations against weakening via equivalency agreements.
  • The federal government should support provincial investment in infrastructure and modernization of regulations to facilitate the integration of non-emitting electricity.
  • We need greater data transparency and accessibility to accurately understand and project the impact of policies on electricity emissions.
  • All levels of government, industry, and the financial sector should implement meaningful measures for an equitable transition.


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Tags: Coal Transition Canada

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October 6, 2021

C.O.R.E. Conference 2021: The Power of Collaboration

September 22, 2021

Virtual CREF Information Session Recording

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September 15, 2021

Renewable Supply Chain Information Session

The Province of Nova Scotia recently announced that it will procure 350 MWs of renewable electricity to help meet its climate goals, encourage investment and create jobs. We know this is an important announcement for our members so we are pleased to host an information session on the renewable energy supply chain.

In this session, learn what goes into developing and constructing wind and solar projects in Nova Scotia, from government policy and the procurement process to building and construction procedures. Hear from Jennifer Tuck, CEO of the Maritimes Energy Association, Brandy Giannetta, Vice President Policy, Regulatory & Government Affairs at Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA); and Leigh-Anne Outhouse, Senior Analyst, Electricity Policy and Program at the NS Department of Energy and Mines.

This information session does not cover specific supplier procurement opportunities. It is designed to provide the energy sector supply chain with information on what is needed to execute a successful wind or solar project in Nova Scotia. This will enable suppliers to determine whether there are opportunities to come from the Province’s upcoming renewable procurements.

Thank you!


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August 6, 2021

C.O.R.E. Conference 2021 - Agenda

Conference agenda is subject to change

C.O.R.E. Conference Day One

8:30 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. ADT
Day 1 Morning Wake Up


8:50 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. ADT

Please join us to kick off the 2021 C.O.R.E. Conference with a keynote address from Rick Janega, Emera, COO and David Landrigan, NSPI, VP Commercial, who will provide a global and regional perspective, focused on the power of collaboration theme in our industry. Moderated by Karen White, Vice President, Crisis and Issues Management, NATIONAL Public Relations.


9:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ADT
Panel: Regional Cooperation and the Importance of Agile Regulations
Description: Globally and nationally the climate change discourse is creating an increasing convergence between energy and environmental policies.   Aggressive decarbonization goals are also creating the requirement for enhanced public sector, utility and industry cooperation, particularly here in Atlantic Canada where we are home to four relatively small and geographically disbursed provinces with a total population of less than 2.5 million people.   This panel will explore the ways Atlantic Canada’s energy sector can benefit from increasing regional, national and cross-border cooperation through a deliberate focus on agile regulations, government policy alignment and the adoption of North American industry best-practices.

Moderator: Ray Robinson, CEO, Saint John Energy

  • Danielle Powers, Senior Vice President, Concentric Energy Advisors
  • Gilles Volpé, Vice President and General Manager, Liberty Utilities
  • Francis Bradley, President and CEO, Canadian Electricity Association


11:05 a.m. - 12:25 p.m. ADT
Panel: 2021 Energy Update
This panel will focus on what's happening in the energy sector across Atlantic Canada including updates on offshore wind, tidal energy, energy storage, oil and gas, onshore renewables and energy efficiency.

Moderator: Jennifer Tuck, CEO, Maritimes Energy Association

  • Justin Rangooni, Executive Director, Energy Storage Canada
  • Brandy Giannetta, Vice President Policy, Regulatory & Government Affairs, Canadian Renewable Energy Association (CanREA)
  • Paul Barnes, Director, Atlantic Canada and the Arctic, CAPP
  • Tony Wright, FORCE
  • Sarah MacDonald, Chief Operating Officer, EfficiencyOne


1:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m. ADT
Update on Oil & Gas Opportunities in Colombia and Guyana

Moderator: JJ Osoba, Managing Director, Oil & Gas, Stantec


  • Camilo Morales, Aberdeen International Associates (AIA)
  • Patrick Henry, Senior Director, DAI Global


2:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. ADT
Panel: Reducing GHG Emissions in Atlantic Canada's Oil and Gas Sector
Canada and Nova Scota have both committed to achieving net-zero emissions by the year 2050. As one of the most intensive emission economies in the world, it will require a complete transformation of our energy sector. While there is a push to decarbonize, there is still a role for oil and gas to play in the energy industry.  This panel discussion will illustrate pathways for Atlantic Canada's low-carbon, renewable energy and technology organizations to engage with network colleagues and collaborate with others from coast to coast to reduce GHG emissions in the oil and gas industry.  Hear from industry leaders on identifying and removing barriers to collaboration and technology development; what’s working and not working to advance Canada as a global leader in emissions reduction and position Canadian companies' expertise to compete globally. 

Moderator: Terry Abel, Executive Vice President, Canada Operations and Climate, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP)

  • Joy Romero, Executive Advisor Innovation, Canadian Natural Resources Limited 
    and President, Clean Resource Innovation Network (CRIN)
  • Dave Finn, Chief Executive Officer, Energy Research & Innovation Newfoundland & Labrador (formerly Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • Kieran Hanley, Executive Director, Econext (formerly Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA))


3:25 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. ADT
Panel: Sustainable Ports and the Energy Transition
The Ports in the Atlantic Provinces have long been an entry point for goods and services to eastern Canada and as such there is a high level of integration between ports and energy supply chains. While maritime shipping does not account for a significant amount of global carbon emissions, there is still reason to work towards decarbonization of ports.  This session will focus on how local ports are collaborating with the energy sector and the marine industry to decarbonize and work towards sustainability.

Moderator: Rick Edwards, Port Services Area Manager, Atlantic Towing

  • Michael Davie, Vice President, Planning and Operations, Port of Halifax
  • Andrew Wilkins, Vice President, Business Development and Marketing, DGSC
  • Denis Caron, President & CEO, Port of Belledune


C.O.R.E. Conference Day Two​

8:40 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. ADT
Conference Day Two Welcome


8:45 a.m.- 9:15 a.m. ADT
Renewable Energy Development in the U.K. and Europe

Description: Join Neil McIntosh and Gordon McIntosh with Aberdeen International Associates for an armchair discussion on what's happening in the U.K. and Europe and what lessons Atlantic Canada can learn on the benefits of regional collaboration.


9:20 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. ADT- Keynote : Joe Allison, The Smart Energy Company


9:40 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. ADT
Panel: Utility scale renewables from a developer’s perspective, a community perspective and a government perspective

Description: Renewables are gaining momentum in Atlantic Canada with several recent announcements including Atlantic Canada’s first utility-scale solar farm to be built in New Brunswick, the newly announced plans for Nova Scotia to procure renewables through the Rate Based Procurement and the Green Choice Program as well as PEI's commitment to net zero by 2030.  All these initiatives will result in more demand for large-scale renewable energy in the region.  But it's not only Atlantic Canada moving forward with more renewable development.  Our neighbours in Maine are also working to bring more renewables to market.  

This session will offer a range of experiences with utility scale renewables from experts in the green energy industry.  This session will also speak to the benefits of collaboration, whether it’s between proponents and communities or cross-border governments to build out more renewable energy and battle climate change.  

Moderator: Scott Skinner, President and CEO, Clean Foundation

  • Aidan Foley, Founder and Principal, Glenvale Solar
  • Melissa Winne, Energy Policy Analyst, Maine Governor's Energy Office
  • Austen Hughes, Vice President - Operations, Natural Forces
  • Chief Terry Richardson, Pabineau First Nation


11:05 a.m. -  11:10 a.m. - Announcing the Atlantic Hydrogen Alliance


11:10- 12:25 p.m. ADT
Panel: Challenges to breaking ground on green hydrogen technology in Atlantic Canada
Hydrogen technology has been the “fuel of the future” for decades. However, recently hydrogen is gaining momentum all around the world as a clean energy source that will help us achieve our carbon emission reduction goals. How can we work together to ensure green hydrogen is the fuel of today?

In this session we will discuss why green hydrogen development is a great opportunity for Atlantic Canada, what the opportunity means for the provinces and some advantages of being a first-mover in green hydrogen technology. We will also touch on how we mobilize hydrogen development with all of the other investments in renewable technologies as well as  the barriers to deploying hydrogen projects. 

Moderator: Alisdair McLean, Executive Director, OERA

  • Derek Estabrook, Vice President, Business Development, Heritage Gas
  • Mike Kelland, CEO, Planetary Hydrogen
  • Nathan Ashcroft, Senior Business Developer, Stantec


1:25 p.m. to 1:55 p.m. ADT
Reaching Net-Zero in the Marine Industry

Shipping produces about 2.9% of the world’s man-made emissions of carbon dioxide, according to a report by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2020. The IMO had already set an ambition to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping by at least 50% by 2050, with a stretch target of a 100% reduction by the same deadline. A study by Lloyd’s Register estimates this 50% cut in absolute emissions is equivalent to a real-world reduction of about 85% in operational CO2 intensity.

In other words, ships will have to reduce their output of carbon dioxide by 85% per nautical mile, to take account of increasing numbers of ships, and more activity over coming years. Lloyd’s Register’s research has shown that to reach the IMO’s ambition, Zero Emission Vessels (ZEVs) capable of deep-sea, trans-ocean travel will need to be in use by 2030. Although that’s a decade away, time is short. The 2020s will be a vital time for piloting and prototyping new fuels and hybrid propulsion arrangements. Vessels will need to transition from fossil-based fuels to zero carbon energy sources and technologies, while simultaneously increasing efficiency.

Ginger Garte
, Environmental & Sustainability Director, Americas Marine & Offshore, Lloyd’s Register Marine & Offshore, Lloyd's Register


2:00 p.m. - 3:20 p.m. ADT
Panel: Are we experiencing a nuclear renaissance with SMRs?
New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support the development of small modular reactors (SMRs), Government of Canada published its Small Modular Reactors Action Plan and have funded the commercialization of SMR technologies.  This panel discussion will focus on how the new nuclear age can provide flexibility to balance out the intermittency of renewable power which also being part of the solution to the nuclear waste problem. 

Moderator: Colleen d’Entremont, President, Atlantica Centre for Energy

  • Rory O'Sullivan, CEO, Moltex Energy
  • George Christidis, Vice President Government Relations and International Affairs, Canadian Nuclear Association
  • Andy Hayward, Chief Nuclear Engineer and Director of Advanced Reactor Development, Point Lepreau Nuclear Generating Station

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June 9, 2021

Indigenous Energy Futures in Canada Webinar - Session 3: Reflecting on What Success Looks Like

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Canada is on an ambitious journey to establish working relationships with Indigenous peoples across the country and to develop a plan to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, all while battling a worldwide pandemic.

The Atlantica Centre for Energy, in conjunction with the Maritimes Energy Association, with support from Deloitte, are co-hosting a webinar series that will explore approaches to collaboration, equity partnerships and general discussion on successful working relationships with Indigenous communities.

Session 3 - Reflecting on What Success Looks Like
Wednesday, June 9 | 10-11am ADT

- Chris Henderson - Founding Executive Director, Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise; President, Lumos Energy
- Guy Lonechild - CEO, First Nations Power Authority
- Stone Bear - Indigenous Relations Consultant
- Paul Janes (moderator) - Partner, Deloitte Canada

To view the bios of the panelists, please click here.

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June 3, 2021

Gender Diversity in the Energy Sector - Webinar Recording

May 28, 2021

Fireside Chat with Peter Gregg, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Power

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April 9, 2021

Indigenous Energy Futures in Canada Webinar - Session 2: Economic Prosperity: A Win-Win for All

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Canada is on an ambitious journey to establish working relationships with Indigenous peoples across the country and to develop a plan to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, all while battling a worldwide pandemic.

The Atlantica Centre for Energy, in conjunction with the Maritimes Energy Association, with support from Deloitte are co-hosting a webinar series that will explore approaches to collaboration, equity partnerships and general discussion on successful working relationships with Indigenous communities. The April 7th webinar is sponsored by Atlantic Towing.

Session 2: Economic Prosperity: A Win-Win for All
Wednesday, April 7 The economic imperative of reconciliation

- Tabatha Bull, President & CEO, Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business
- Jim Ward, General Manager, North Shore Mi'kmaq District Council
- Rory O’Sullivan, CEO North America, Moltex Energy
- Moderator: Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons, National Advisor / kā-nīkānīt, Deloitte Indigenous

Panelist bios can be found here.

Please feel welcome to share this free webinar series with your networks.

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March 10, 2021

Indigenous Energy Futures in Canada Webinar - Session 1: Transformative Approaches to Working Together

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Please see the attached files for the presentations from Ontario Power Generation, Natural Forces, and Tobique First Nation.

Collaboration with Communities: Indigenous Energy Futures in Canada

Canada is on an ambitious journey to establish working relationships with Indigenous peoples across the country and to develop a plan to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, all while battling a worldwide pandemic.

The Atlantica Centre for Energy, in conjunction with the Maritimes Energy Association, with support from Deloitte, are co-hosting a webinar series that will explore approaches to collaboration, equity partnerships and general discussion on successful working relationships with Indigenous communities.

Session 1: Transformative Approaches to Working Together

Wednesday, March 10

Ontario Power Generation’s Story of Engagement

Natural Forces’ Journey: Working Together with Indigenous Peoples


- Ian Jacobsen, Director, Indigenous Relations - Ontario Power Generation

- Austen Hughes, Vice President – Operations - Natural Forces

- Tanna Pirie-Wilson, Senior Band Administrator, Tobique First Nation

- Moderator: Fiona Kirkpatrick Parsons, National Advisor / kā-nīkānīt, Deloitte Indigenous

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February 9, 2021

Annual General Meeting 2021

February 4, 2021

Canadian Energy Transition Presentation - Power Advisory LLC

October 26, 2020

Updated: Board of Director Nominations 2021 - The Maritimes Energy Association

Nominations for the Maritimes Energy Association’s Board of Directors closed on November 30th, 2020 and we received enough nominations to fill the Board vacancies.  The 2021 Board of Directors will be announced at the Association’s Annual General Meeting taking place virtually on January 27th, 2021.

We would like to thank everyone that put their name forward for election.  As a not-for-profit industry association, we could not do the work we do without the help of our members who are willing to volunteer their time, energy, and skills.

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October 20, 2020

The MEA Letter of Support for CanadaCleantech’s proposal for capacity building among cleantech NGOs and accelerators

The Maritimes Energy Association is pleased to make recommendations to the Canada Cleantech Alliance on its proposal for capacity building among cleantech NGOs and accelerators. Please see the attached letters.

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June 18, 2020

Net-Zero: Exploring the Potential for Hydrogen in Atlantic Canada

May 27, 2020

Baker Tilly Webinar: Business Planning for Leaders in a COVID 19 Environment

May 27, 2020

Letters of Support for Economic Stimulus during Recovery Covid-19

May 11, 2020

Canadian Society of Customs Brokers Letter of Support re: Covid-19 Government Supports

April 16, 2020

Coping with COVID-19: Key Workplace Facts You Need to Know presented by McInnes Cooper

March 30, 2020

Announcement: The MEA has gone virtual

Tags: News Releases Announcement

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January 13, 2020

Op-Ed -Smart Meters Give Power Back to Consumers

Modern technology has made it easier than ever for consumers to make savvy financial decisions.  Comparison shopping online for everything from home electronics to mortgages, technology has given the consumer the power to decide how and where to spend their money. Why should energy consumption be any different? 

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Tags: Letters of Support Electricity

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September 24, 2019

The Maritimes Energy Association Announces Appointment of New Chief Executive Officer

The Maritimes Energy Association would like to announce the appointment of Jennifer Tuck to the position of Chief Executive Officer, effective September 24, 2019. 

Over the last 20 years, Jennifer has worked both within the Ontario Government as a senior policy advisor to several Cabinet Ministers and as a government relations and regulatory affairs expert in the private sector for a leading North American energy company.

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April 24, 2019

Remarks: Prepared for the Senate Committee on Energy, The Environment and Natural Resources

The Maritimes Energy Association – Prepared Remarks before the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources appearance in Halifax, Nova Scotia on April 24, 2019.

On behalf of the Maritimes Energy Association (MEA), we are pleased to appear before the Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources in particular as they seek further input into Bill C-69.

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Tags: Remarks Energy Bill C-69

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January 22, 2019

Written Comment on CNSOPB’s Call for Bids NS18-3

Written Comment on CNSOPB’s Call for Bids NS18-3

Two industry nominated parcels in shallow water area of Sable Subbasin

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December 10, 2018

Letter of Comment: Concerning Notice of Application by Alton Natural Gas Storage (LP) - Extension of Approval to Construct an Underground Storage Facility (UHS-PC-18)

Letter of Comment: Concerning Notice of Application by Alton Natural Gas Storage (LP) - Extension of Approval to Construct an Underground Storage Facility (UHS-PC-18)

The purpose of this letter is to provide a letter of support and comment from The Maritimes Energy Association for Alton Natural Gas Storage (LP) - Concerning the recent application for extension to renew an Approval to Construct an Underground Hydrocarbons Storage Facility near Alton, Colchester County, Nova Scotia, which was originally issued on September 1,2013. The application seeks to extend the approval to September 1, 2023.

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August 17, 2017

Discussion Paper: Contribution to the Public Consultation on Environmental and Regulatory Reviews in Canada

The Maritimes Energy Association – Contribution to the Public Consultation on Environmental and Regulatory Reviews in Canada – Discussion Paper (June 2017) Submitted August 17th, 2017.

On behalf of The Maritimes Energy Association (MEA), we are pleased to submit the enclosed response to the Government of Canada’s discussion paper entitled, “Environmental and Regulatory Reviews” released on June 29, 2017. Our Association has been actively participating in this process since its initiation earlier this year. In April, along with several other Atlantic Canada stakeholders, Ray Ritcey, CEO, The Maritimes Energy Association met with Minister of Environment & Climate Change, Catherine McKenna in Halifax to discuss the Expert Panel Final Report- “Building Common Ground: A New Vision for Impact Assessment in Canada”. This Panel was created to review the Canadian environmental assessment processes. Mr. Ritcey voiced the Association’s concerns with respect to reduced competitiveness, uncertain timelines, and environmental assessments coming at a higher cost.

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Tags: Comments & Submissions Energy Environmental

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