Board of Directors Candidates 2012



Patrick Browne
EnviroMed
Director Nominee

Patrick grew up in Renews on the Southern Shore. After completing the Instrumentation Program at the College of the North Atlantic he worked for two years in the oil sands in Northern Alberta. Were he worked on the commissioning team for their gas and fire detection systems. He then moved back to Newfoundland where he became employed with EnviroMed Detection Services where he specializes in sales, training, and technical support. EnviroMed is a safety/environmental instrumentation company specializing in the sale, installation and servicing of air and water testing equipment and gas detection monitoring.

Along with his work responsibilities Patrick is also upgrading his education by doing the Occupational Health and Safety program at the College of the North Atlantic and working on getting his CET designation.



Stephanie Curran
Worley Parsons
Director Nominee

Stephanie is an environmental engineer and is currently Environment & Regulatory manager for WorleyParsons Hebron Topsides EPC project. Previously, she worked with Komex International, an environmental consulting firm in Calgary. Her work experience over the past 15 years includes contaminated site assessment and remediation, environmental liability assessment, environmental impact assessment, reclamation, environmental monitoring, waste management, environmental auditing and assessment, environmental risk assessment, waste management facility design and construction, environmental approvals and regulatory support, and integration of sustainability principles in engineering design. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph and a Masters in Civil (Environmental) Engineering from the University of British Columbia.
Stephanie and her family were pleased to return home to Newfoundland recently. She looks forward to sharing her experience in the Canadian environmental industry and supporting/growing the local environmental industry.



David Fay
Fay Environmental
Director Nominee

David Fay is responsible for the management and development of the business of Fay Environmental Canada. Fay Environmental Canada, which is a Marco Group company, was founded in 2005 to provide water and wastewater treatment solutions to the Atlantic Canadian Market. To date they have been successful in providing potable water treatment systems for the towns of Gander and Burgeo and have also completed a potable treatment system for Terra Nova National Park. The firm’s latest contract is to provide up to 47 Potable Water Dispensing Units for some of the more remote communities throughout the Province.

David has over 26 years experience exclusively in Water & Wastewater treatment. In the past he has worked variously for Paterson Candy International (PCI) a major London based international water treatment contractor. As a division of PWT (Portals Water Treatment) PCI wsas purchased by Thames Water in 1990. He has also worked for other major UK water companies namely Anglian Water and Southern water. During his time at PCI David gained experience in the delivery of systems ranging in size from 2.4 up to 650MLD for both the domestic UK and international markets. This frequently required an element of overseas travel to liase with clients and client representatives and Engineers.

In 1995 David travelled to Baghdad to negotiate directly with the Iraqi authorities for the supply of water treatment equipment on humanitarian grounds, this trip was sanctioned by the UN under the oil for aid scheme via the DTI (UK). On his return to his home country, Ireland, in 1998 he co-founded Fay Environmental (Ireland) with Jim Fay; this firm has been responsible for designing, building and operating numerous rural water & wastewater treatment systems in Ireland, the UK and Russia. David Moved to Newfoundland in 2007 to further develop the business of Fay Environmental Canada.



Kaylen Hill
Altius Minerals
Director Nominee

Kaylen is currently the Manager of Environmental Affairs and Community Relations with Altius Minerals, a locally-owned mineral exploration company. She has previously worked with SNC-Lavalin and the Environmental Assessment Division of the NL Dept of Environment and Conservation. Her work experience focuses on conducting and managing the review of environmental assessments, community and aboriginal consultations, and environmental permitting. Kaylen sits on the Board of Directors for the Coastal Zone Canada Association and the proposed St. John’s Mini-Aquarium.
Kaylen holds a Bachelor of Science from Memorial University and a graduate diploma in Integrated Coastal and Ocean Management from the Marine Institute. She is currently completing a Masters of Environmental Science.



Deidre Puddister
Pennecon Limited
Director Nominee

Deidre is Environmental Manager for Pennecon Limited (Heavy Civil, Concrete, Energy and Real Estate Divisions). Deidre is primarily responsible for ensuring environmental considerations are incorporated into project planning and execution. In addition, she is responsible for the monitoring and assessment of projects, ensuring adherence to applicable guidelines and regulations, environmental permitting, liaising with regulators and stakeholders, and document preparation (Environmental Management Plans, Environmental Emergency Plans, Waste Management Plans, Spill Response Plans, etc).

Prior to joining the construction industry in 2009, Deidre worked as an environmental consultant. Her work experience includes environmental impact assessments, both local and international, marine and freshwater habitat compensation works, environmental effects monitoring, including monitoring at operational transhipment terminals, operational mines, and post-closure mine monitoring (international), as well as obtaining environmental approvals and permits.

Deidre has an Honours Degree in Biology and a M.Sc. in Environmental Science, both from Memorial University. Deidre joined NEIA as a student almost 10 years ago and has maintained her membership ever since.



Frank Ricketts
Nalcor Energy
Director Nominee

Frank is currently Manager of Environmental Services for Nalcor Energy. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Memorial University and a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University. His early work experience was with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador implementing regulatory controls for municipal and industrial waste, and pollution prevention for industrial activities. He also worked with the Province in developing Protected Areas designation for sensitive ecological and wilderness areas.

Frank has worked with Nalcor Energy/Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro for the past 20 years, and has been involved in the development and implementation of environmental management system processes, impact assessment studies, contaminated lands programs, environmental auditing programs and all aspects of pollution prevention for the company. As well as serving on NEIA’s Board of Directors and associated committees for several years, Frank has also served on the Canadian Electricity Association’s Sustainable Electricity Program Steering Committee. He enjoys salmon fishing, hiking, and spending time with family.



Gerry Skinner
Labrador Coastal Equipment Ltd / Newfound Energies Windspot Canada Inc.
Director Nominee

Born Feb. 01, 1949 in St. John’s, NL. After completing his education in 1966 he worked with F.M. O’Leary Ltd. Industrial Division on Water St., St. John’s and in 1969 he started a wholesale distribution business that specialized in Drug Store Supplies and over the next few years expanded the product line to include clothing, footwear, housewares, hardware and more. He travelled to every community in Newfoundland and Labrador, and 14 remote communities on the St Lawrence River in Quebec, three times a year. After 31 years he retired at 50 years old. During the first month of retirement in 2000, he stumbled onto to the demand for alternative power options at off grid locations such as cabins. Not having any background related to electrical power production, he started to seek out how he could get involved. He traveled to a Renewable Energy Convention and Exhibition in Ontario and after the convention he got hooked on Renewable Energy and its potential. Over the next year it became an addiction to pursue this new and exciting industry for Newfoundland and his own personal and financial rewards in time, 11 years have passed and he has not looked back since.

To date Labrador Coastal Equipment Ltd and related companies have completed over 350 solar or wind powered, off grid cabin systems in NL as well as complete system installations for CNA, DFO, MUN, and other Provincial and Federal Government Departments.

On a small scale he has been involved in the design, supply and installation of various types Renewable Energy Systems in Cuba, Northern Quebec, Scotland and Chicago.
He is presently in the final stages of signing an agreement with the Government of a country in Africa which will be supported by EDC.

He has also been approved by ACOA for a loan to complete the manufacture of the world’s first fibreglass monopoles to mount small class wind turbines up to 150 feet high and accommodate wind turbines up to 750Kw.

Last week after a full year of presentations and meetings with the City of St. John’s, he was successful in having regulations put in place to allow small class wind turbines up to 300Kw to be installed within the City Limits and specifically on Kenmount Road at Kelsey Drive for Commercial use at Blue Buoy Foods Property.

He sees that the Renewable Energy Industry in NL. can provide significant employment and support for the economy and the timing is perfect to fill the gap where the Pulp and Paper and Fishing Industries are failing.

Protecting the environment using Renewable Energy has become a passion for him and he hopes to continue sharing his experience every way possible.

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