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Board of Directors

NEIA is governed by an 9-member board elected from the membership. Directors serve for a two year term and can serve for four (4) consecutive years before taking a one year hiatus.

Alex Templeton
McInnes Cooper

Alex is an associate in McInnes Cooper’s St. John’s office. Alex maintains a litigation practice focusing on contracts, insurance, regulatory enforcement, natural resources and energy projects, privacy and access to information, and professional liability disputes.

He regularly represents public institutions (universities, colleges, municipalities) and private companies in a variety of industry sectors (oil and gas, energy, mining, insurance, construction, telecommunications). He has appeared before all levels of court in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as before the Federal Court of Canada and numerous boards and tribunals.

Alex is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Bar Association, a Director for Campus Childcare Inc. (Memorial University of Newfoundland) and a Director of the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association.

Brian Taite
Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited

Brian is an accomplished and dedicated safety, health, environmental and quality professional with over 25 years’ experience in the energy and mining sectors. Consultant to a number of major mining and energy companies, government agencies and private industry for emergency preparedness and response, incident investigation, risk assessment, regulatory compliance, Auditing, SHEQ planning and technical integrity assurance.

Brian was educated at Memorial University and was admitted to the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Mathematics in 1992, Bachelor of Engineering in Civil Engineering in 1994 and Masters of Applied Science in Environmental Engineering in 1999.

He has been associated with NEIA since the mid 1990’s having worked as an environmental consultant for over a decade in Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2006 he took on new challenges in his career in asset management with Shell Oil in the UK and Netherlands for over five years. Returning to St. John’s he worked with AMEC as a senior environmental engineer and was soon after seconded to the IOC mine in Labrador City for his first experience in the mining sector. In 2012 Brian continued his mining experience with Vale’s Long Harbour Processing Plant as the Operations Environmental Supervisor. In 2014 Brian joined WorleyParsons to develop an Environmental Management System for Alderon’s Kami Mine project and soon after took on a role as Environment & Regulatory Manager for the Hebron Topsides Project. Brian is currently the Group Manager (NL) – Assessment & Remediation for Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Limited.

Erin Stapleton
Stapleton Environmental Consulting

Erin is the Director and Principal Consultant at Stapleton Environmental Consulting Inc. in St. John’s. She believes in balancing economic growth with environmental protection, engaging communities in developing our resources, and finding innovative solutions to energy challenges. The current focus on her work is stakeholder engagement and regulatory guidance to inform business and policy decisions regarding marine renewable energy in Canada. She also assists onshore wind energy developers with impact assessment and consultation to acquire regulatory approval and social license.

Erin is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCP) and a certified Environmental Professional (EP) in Natural Resource Management. She has a Master of Environmental Design (Planning) from the University of Calgary, and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Ecology from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Erin is a mentor with Women in Science and Engineering – Newfoundland and Labrador (WISE-NL) and assists with Memorial University’s School of Graduate Studies Entrepreneurship Training Program. She is an alumnus of the Genesis Centre Evolution program, and is a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs and Common Ground Co-Working. She sits on the provincial Wilderness and Ecological Reserves Advisory Council and the City of St. John’s Local Board of Appeal. She is a member of NEIA’s Sector Development Committee and the Policy, Advocacy, and Communications Committee.

Adam Anderson
Resource Innovations Inc.

Adam Anderson is a Registered Professional Forester recognized by the Canadian Institute of Forestry as a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Professional Foresters Association (RPF#: 088). He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Forestry from the University of New Brunswick, as well as a Technical Forest Diploma from the College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland and Labrador. This educational background, combined with twelve years of work experience has given Adam the technical expertise required for a wide variety of services including ecological land classification (ELC), field work / research design and implementation, forest and environmental management planning, GIS-based (geographical information system) analysis, and GPS (geographical positioning systems) and map product development.

Adam has supervised various forest management operations in locations across Canada (Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, Manitoba and British Columbia) and is very experienced in managing large groups of people and working with the public, forest contractors, company officials, government officials and tourism operators. In recent years, Adam has been project manager / technical lead on four large scale ELC projects across Canada, spanning two Provinces and a landscape of nearly 6 million hectares. Adam has a strong background in technical data collection and forest research, and has extensive experience in preparing technical reports and presenting them to the public and other interested parties.

Don Drew
Newco Metal and Auto Recycling Ltd

Donald Drew along with his wife Rosalynn, and children Jessica, Heather, and Kevin are proud to call the historic Town of Bay Bulls home. As Operations Manager with Newco Metal and Auto Recycling Ltd he has assumed the responsibilities relate to acquisition and distribution of material and equipment. His duties also include Regional, Municipal, Provincial, and Federal approvals and agreements. Other responsibilities include corporate material acquisition, international export, health and safety requirements, fleet management, environmental approvals, and regulations.

Mr. Drew also served as a past board member with NEIA and chair of the Finance Committee. He has 15 years’ experience as mayor, deputy-mayor, and councillor with the Town of Bay Bulls; duties included Chair of Public Works, Finance, Development, and Tourism. During that time Bay Bulls was honoured with more municipal awards than any other town in the province. He has also served as Chair and Vice Chair of the Northeast Avalon Joint Council. 29 years as president of the Harbour Authority of Bay Bulls ( Longest serving Port Representative in Eastern Canada), 25 years as owner/operator of a commercial fishing enterprise, 8 years as a Marine Emergency Duties instructor, and 9 years as a Red Cross first Aid Instructor. He is the 2006 recipient of the Irish Loop Economic Development Board Volunteer of the Year Award and was the proud recipient of the National Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Small Craft Harbours 2011 Prix d ‘Excellence for “Individual Commitment” to the Canadian Ports and Harbours Program. He holds diplomas or certificates in Marine Diesel Engineering, Fishery Science Technical, and Marine Safety Instructor from the Marine Institute. Mr. Drew has also completed a certificate in Economic Development Tourism Relate with the University of Moncton, (Bouctouche training), along with training in Environmental Awareness, Health and Safety, and Community Leadership. He also serves as a volunteer on numerous committees and boards throughout the province, a volunteer fundraising organizer with the Children’s Wish Foundation.

Al Ducey

Al is an Applied Science Technologist who is the Marketing Director and co-owner of Blivet Marketing Services North America. BMSna is the North & South American Manufacturer and Sales agent for the BMS Blivet Wastewater Treatment Systems.

Al has previously served as President and a board member with NEIA in 2000 – 2007, and is looking to bring his experience of starting and operating a small business in the Environmental sector in Newfoundland & Labrador to the board. He is very active with sports as he coach’s both Volleyball and Basketball with school teams, and is a Provincial Team NL Volleyball coach the past 5 years.

Ashley Noseworthy
EDGEWISE Environmental

Ashley Noseworthy is the founder and CEO of EDGEWISE Environmental – Canada’s first and only environmental consultancy focused in marine mammal and seabird mitigation training.

Local to St. John’s, Newfoundland she is formally educated with a B.Sc (Biology) from Memorial University and M.Sc (International Marine Environmental Consultancy) from Newcastle University (UK).

Ashley’s main areas of expertise are marine mammalogy and acoustics. She has applied this skillset to the oil and gas industry, working offshore (globally) in a variety of mitigation and compliance roles for over 6 years. Previous to her offshore ventures she worked at Memorial’s Ocean Sciences Centre, Seal Laboratory spending 12 years working and volunteering with captive marine mammals in the areas of marine mammal husbandry, physiology and cognition. A certified Sea Survival and Aviation Ditching Instructor she has worked and taught globally to a number of regulatory standards. Ashley has a robust research and development background working with top researchers in marine mammal acoustics as well as ergonomics and human factors.

She is a member of the Marine Mammal Observer Association and Society for Marine Mammalogy. During her free time Ashley enjoys scuba diving and photography. She is an avid traveler.

Jonas Roberts
Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions

Jonas Roberts is the Climate Consulting Group Lead with Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions. He has experience working with the transportation, renewable energy, oil and gas, nuclear, manufacturing, construction, and mining industries, as well as with municipal, regional and federal governments in multiple countries.

Jonas is very active in the community, having been a founding member and leader of several community organizations. He currently sits on the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of NL (PEGNL) Environment Committee, where he heads their Climate Change Working Group and was a citizen representative on the City of St. John’s Environmental Advisory Committee. Jonas is a current member of NEIA’s Board of Directors and a member of the Policy, Communications and Advocacy subcommittee.

Jonas obtained his PhD in civil engineering from Memorial University, where he explored climate model uncertainty and the impacts of climate change on the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Project in Labrador. He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering, with the latter focusing on wind turbines in harsh environments. During his graduate studies he won several national research awards, published multiple peer-reviewed articles, and was recognized for his contributions to the community with the Chancellor’s Graduate Award, Memorial University’s most prestigious leadership recognition award.

Abdul Zubair
Newfoundland Soiltec Inc.

Abdul works as the Manager and Environmental Coordinator of Newfoundland Soiltec Inc., a Newfoundland based Environmental remediation company. His roles include management, planning and coordination of all environmental and operational activities of the company, researching on new innovative remediation technologies, ensuring compliance to relevant environmental and safety codes, as well as acting as an interphase between the company and regional and federal regulatory bodies.

Prior to joining Newfoundland Soiltec, Abdul had worked as an Environmental Officer with Saudi Petrochemicals (SABIC), where he was the Coordinator of Safety, Health and Environmental Management (SHEM) program at their Jubail United Petrochemical plant in Jubail, Saudi Arabia. He also worked briefly as an Environmental officer with the Rubber Research Institute of Nigeria.

Abdul holds a B.Sc in Soil Science, and an M.Sc in Environmental Science from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), and recently bagged his PhD in Civil Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN), where his research focused on the Remediation of Bunker C Contaminated Soil from Newfoundland. He has published academic papers in peer reviewed journals and presented talks at conferences and technical seminars on various research that boarders on Environmental Pollution and Remediation.

Having lived, studied and worked in Newfoundland for five years, Abdul looks forward to contributing to the growth of NEIA and the overall development of the environmental industry in the Province.


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