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Board of Directors

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. For more information on board governance of NEIA, click here.


Alex Templeton
Chair
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
Vice-Chair
Advisian

Brian is a highly motivated engineering professional with nearly 25 years experience in the oil and gas industry and mining sector. Consultant to a number of major mining and oil companies, government agencies and private industry for environmental site assessment, risk assessment, site remediation, HSE 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 his current role as Environment & Regulatory Manager for the Hebron Topsides Project.


Don Drew
Treasurer
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 Sales and Marketing 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, 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, 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. 26 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.


Adam Anderson
Director
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.


Al Ducey
Director
BMSna

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.


Andrew Peach
Director
Golder Associates

Andrew is the Location Manager for Golder Associates Limited in Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a Professional Geoscientist and holds national certification as an Environmental Professional (Fish & Wildlife) through the Canadian Environmental Certifications Approvals Board and ECO Canada. Andrew has a total of fourteen (14) years of applied consulting experience and has worked on numerous environmental projects both locally and internationally. Environmental projects have generally involved; CSA environmental site assessments (phase I and II); environmental site remediation; federal and provincial environmental assessments; environmental effects monitoring; environmental audits; toxicology studies; as well as baseline environmental studies (e.g. aquatic habitat assessments) related to hydroelectric, waste management, transportation, and mining developments.

Through ECO Canada and BEAHR (Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources), Andrew has been a volunteer on several committees that were tasked with developing National Occupational Standards related to environmental training programs for aboriginal communities. In 2014, Andrew presented at a professional development workshop sponsored by NEIA on the topic of sedimentation control and erosion prevention. In 2015, Andrew was a member of the ECO Canada committee responsible for providing expert review of the National Occupational Standards for Fish & Wildlife Professionals. Andrew has also been a volunteer on several PEGNL committees and is currently finishing up a three-year term on the Board of Directors.

Andrew is an outdoor enthusiast and particularly enjoys spending time salmon fishing. Andrew is originally from Newfoundland and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Biology and Earth Sciences) from Memorial University of Newfoundland.


Jonas Roberts
Director
Amec Foster Wheeler

Jonas Roberts is a Climate Change Consultant with Amec Foster Wheeler’s MetOcean Services. In this role he is responsible for building Met-Ocean’s climate impacts and adaptations business line as well as conducting technical investigations on the impacts of climate change on communities, infrastructure, and energy projects. He has experience in the construction, manufacturing and
energy industries, including as a co-author of the Government of NL’s 2010 “Review of Offshore Oilspill Prevention and Remediation Requirements and Practices in Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Jonas is very active in the community, having been a founding member and leader of several organizations including Engineers Without Borders (Memorial University Chapter), CarShare NL, and JustChange St. John’s. He was a citizen representative on the City of St. John’s Environmental Advisory Committee and currently sits on the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of NL (PEGNL) Environment Committee, where he heads their Climate Change Working Group. He has also been invited to speak at several events, including the 2015 Newleef Conference, the 2015 Ontario Good Roads Association Winter Workshop, and Memorial University’s Speaking of Engineering Series.

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


Erin Stapleton
Director
Stapleton Environmental Consulting

Erin is the Director and Principal Consultant at Stapleton Environmental Consulting Inc. in St. John’s. She has worked in the natural resources and energy sectors in Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador. Erin’s areas of expertise are environmental assessment, stakeholder engagement and applied research. She works primarily with clients in the renewable energy sector and is immersed in the local entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Erin has a Master of Environmental Design (Planning) from the University of Calgary and Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Ecology from Memorial University. She is a registered planner with the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) and a Certified Environmental Professional (EP) in Natural Resource Management.

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 (NLOWE) 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 the NEIA Sector Development Committee and is thrilled to join the NEIA Board as a Director.



Abdul Zubair
Director
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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