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The Business of the Environment

The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the development of clean technology and the growth of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Clean technology can be defined in many different ways. NEIA views clean technology as products, processes, and services that: improve on environmental performance; use resources in ways that improve efficiency, reduce wastes, or mitigate environmental risks; or help acquire information to enable all of the above.

As every industry has an impact on the environment in one way or another, clean technology can be applied and found in all of them – from oil and gas, to mining, to aquaculture, to transportation, to manufacturing, etc.

The green economy is the aggregate development or adoption of clean technology. It is the culmination of economic activity which protects, mitigates effects to, or even enhances the natural environment in the process. This includes the interactions within and between industry, small businesses, academia, governments, and communities.

In pursuit of its business growth objectives, NEIA focuses its activities and initiatives in six (6) areas by providing:

  • a support framework for entrepreneurs and startups;
  • networks to help increase productivity and competitiveness;
  • tools to encourage and foster innovation;
  • export and international business development programming;
  • training and professional development opportunities tailored to environmental sector employees; and
  • leadership on policy and advocacy issues

With over 200 members, NEIA is Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier resource for the environmental sector, offering a diverse range of expert knowledge and support services for firms and organizations working to grow economic opportunity while respecting our natural environment. NEIA is the business of the environment.


History

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.


NEIA was officially incorporated in 1992 and the founding executive was elected:
Woodrow French, Bob Buchanan, Bevin LeDrew, Guy Moores, Paul Antle

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.

Past Chairs

1992 | Bevin LeDrewLeDrew Environmental Management Ltd.
1993 | Paul AntleIsland Waste Management
1994 | Guy MooresCrosbie Industrial Services Limited
1994 | Dave RobbinsEnvironmental Design Consultants (of BFL Consultants Limited)
1995 | Bevin LeDrewLeDrew Environmental Management Ltd.
1996 | Guy MooresPardy’s Waste Management Ltd.
1997 | Padraic O’FlahertyLotek Wireless Inc.
1998 | Paul ClaySeacom International Inc.
1999 | Guy MooresPardy’s Waste Management Ltd.
2000 | John FlemingResource Concepts Inc.
2001 | Colleen O’TooleConnections Research
2002 | Bassem EidBAE Newplan Group Ltd.
2003 | Al DuceyConstruction Management Technologies Inc.
2004 | Dave RobbinsAMEC
2005 | Bill MelendyADI Nolan Davis Ltd.
2006 | Bill ButlerHi-Point Industries (1991) Ltd.
2007 | Chris PalmerConnections Research
2008 | Deborah HutchingsMcInnes Cooper
2009 | Bill ScottFracflow Consultants Inc.
2010 | Terry DollardUniversal Environmental
2011 | Susan SherkAMEC Environment & Infrastructure
2012 | Frank RickettsNalcor Energy
2014 | Perry TrimperStantec
2014 | Deidre PuddisterPennecon
2016 | Dan BrakeEMSAT Corporation
2016 | Lyndsay HaynesNSB Energy
2017 | Alex TempletonMcInnes Cooper
2019 | Erin StapletonStapleton Environmental Inc.


Affiliations


NEIA is a member of Canada CleanTech, the national alliance for clean technology. The Alliance coordinates regional clusters, associations, and hubs to identify and crowdsource issues, obtain guidance and mobilize for change in Canada.

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