In the early 1990’s, the environmental industry in the province was fragmented. It was not identified as a sector and there were few policies that supported it.
The first official meeting of NEIA’s founding executive was held in 1992. Previous to this, a number of the subsectors got together and formed an unofficial group whose purpose was to be a voice for the industry.
Many of the positive changes that have taken place in Newfoundland and Labrador’s environmental industry over the years can be attributed to the foresight of the early members.
Since the early 90’s NEIA has continued to work on behalf of its members. It has focused on creating business opportunities as a means of solving environmental problems that not only create economic growth, but also protect the environment at the same time. It has held major conferences on such topics as oil spill preparedness and response, waste management and the green economy. It has worked on behalf of its membership to increase public awareness of and a call to action on environmental issues, such as climate change, waste management, and air and water pollution. Through its efforts it has heightened awareness of the need for greater environmental stewardship at the provincial, regional and municipal levels.
The environmental industry today is undergoing a process of renewal. The convergence of environmental, energy and sustainability related issues is redefining the industry.
Although change is inevitable, the one thing that has endured is the focus of NEIA: building the business of the environment.
NEIA was officially incorporated in 1992 and the founding executive was elected:
Woodrow French, Bob Buchanan, Bevin LeDrew, Guy Moores, Paul Antle
1992 Bevin LeDrew - LeDrew Environmental Management Ltd.
1993 Paul Antle - Island Waste Management
1994 Guy Moores - Crosbie Industrial Services Limited
1994 Dave Robbins - Environmental Design Consultants ( Division of BFL Consultants Limited)
1995 Bevin LeDrew - LeDrew Environmental Management Ltd.
1996 Guy Moores - Pardy’s Waste Management Ltd.
1997 Padraic O’Flaherty - Lotek Wireless Inc.
1998 Paul Clay - Seacom International Inc.
1999 Guy Moores - Pardy’s Waste Management Ltd.
2000 John Fleming - Resource Concepts Inc.
2001 Colleen O’Toole - Connections Research
2002 Bassem Eid - BAE Newplan Group Ltd.
2003 Al Ducey - Construction Management Technologies Inc.
2004 Dave Robbins - AMEC
2005 Bill Melendy - ADI Nolan Davis Ltd.
2006 Bill Butler - Hi-Point Industries (1991) Ltd.
2007 Chris Palmer - Connections Research
2008 Deborah Hutchings - McInnes Cooper
2009 Bill Scott - Fracflow Consultants Inc.
2010 Terry Dollard - Universal Environmental
2011 Susan Sherk - AMEC Environment & Infrastructure
2012 Frank Ricketts - Nalcor Energy