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2013 Board of Directors Candidates

Adam Anderson

Resource Innovations
Director Nominee

Adam Anderson is a Registered Professional Forester and 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 eight years of work experience has given Adam the technical expertise required for a wide variety of services including 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 and environmental management operations in locations across Canada (Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario, and British Columbia) and is very experienced in working with the public, forest contractors, company officials, government officials and tourism operators. 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.

Steve Bonnell

AMEC Earth & Environmental
Director Nominee

Steve Bonnell is a Senior Associate with AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, and leads the company’s Environmental Assessment (EA) and Regulatory Affairs practice in Newfoundland and Labrador. He has over 15 years experience in planning, managing and completing EAs and associated environmental studies, consultation programs and permitting for proposed development projects throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and elsewhere, including in the oil and gas, mining, electrical generation and transmission and transportation sectors.

Steve’s professional career has thus far included progressively senior roles in the environmental industry sector, primarily as an environmental consultant and project proponent. Prior to joining AMEC as part of its NL leadership team in September 2011 he worked for 6 years with Nalcor Energy – Lower Churchill Project, where he held senior positions related to the EAs and associated Aboriginal consultation and negotiation processes for the proposed Labrador-Island Transmission Link and Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project. Prior to this he worked with the then NL Department of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, and initially, commenced his career with a major local environmental and engineering consultancy. Steve holds a Masters Degree in Geography from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and is currently completing a PhD at the School of the Environment, University of Dundee, Scotland UK, where his doctoral research focuses on the use of EA approaches in strategic development planning by corporations.

Steve resides in St. John’s NL with his wife Lesley. As an avid international traveller (25 countries and counting…) and given his links to various educational institutions (as instructor and student), he is particularly interested in exploring and helping facilitate business opportunities for NL environmental firms in national and international markets, and in establishing strategic training initiatives and research partnerships related to key environmental issues and requirements.

Andrew Collins

Benson Buffett
Director Nominee

Andrew Collins practises law in St. John’s with the firm Benson Buffett PLC Inc., a primarily business law and civil litigation firm with a strong background in property development, construction law, financing and corporate transactions. He has long had a great interest in the environment and sustainable development and has experience in the fields of environmental law, climate change regulation and natural resources management.

Previous to being called to the Bar in Newfoundland and Labrador, Andrew worked with the City of Toronto’s legal services division, advised the City of Mississauga on the impact of recent World Trade Organisation developments on municipal regulatory powers and worked with an investment research firm focusing on the mining, oil and gas industries.

Andrew received his Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Political Science and History from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto. He completed his legal education at Osgoode Hall Law School before returning home to St. John’s in 2010.

Andrew is currently the business law section chair with the Newfoundland and Labrador branch of the Canadian Bar Association and volunteers with Junior Achievement to deliver economic literacy programs to junior high students. He welcomes this opportunity to share his experience with the legal and regulatory aspects of the environment and is looking forward to working with NEIA and its members to build and sustain the environmental industry in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Michelle Marley

Terra Sustainability Consulting
Director Nominee

Michelle is a recognized sustainability leader with more than fifteen years of experience in both the public and private sectors. Michelle has a diverse background, specializing in sustainability strategy development, sustainable asset management, and sustainable tourism planning and product development.

Prior to founding Terra Sustainability Consulting, Michelle was Director of Environmental Affairs at Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, and Director of Sustainability at Indigo Books and Music. Michelle led environmental efforts while in both roles, directing all aspects of research, development, implementation and promotion of new and existing environmental strategies, programs and partnerships, ensuring environmental policy integration within core property operating standards, reducing environmental impacts and cost.

Michelle has also worked with a variety of organizations including the International Tourism Partnership (Executive Committee member), the United Nations Foundation World Heritage Alliance for Sustainable Tourism (Governing Body member), the Green Meetings Industry Council (board member), the Retail Council of Canada’s Environment Committee and the Network for Business Sustainability.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) and a Master of Environmental Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Elisabeth Poirier-Garneau

Director Nominee

Elisabeth Poirier-Garneau is currently the Manager of Environmental Assessment at Alderon Iron Ore Corp. Elisabeth has been instrumental in delivering the Kami Iron Ore Project Environmental Impact Statement and she also represents the company in meetings with regulatory agencies, Aboriginal groups and community stakeholders.

Elisabeth previously worked on the Lower Churchill Project as an Aboriginal Relations Coordinator where she conducted Aboriginal engagement, provided input into the environmental assessment process and provided support during the Joint Review Panel public hearings for the Project. Prior to her involvement these projects, she was an environmental scientist at Stantec Consulting Ltd, working on environmental assessments for various mining and oil and gas projects.

Elisabeth holds a Master of Environmental Management from Université de Sherbrooke and a Bachelor of Environmental Sciences from McGill University.

Gerry Skinner

Newfound Energies
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 traveled 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 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 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 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.

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.

Alex Templeton

Cox & Palmer
Director Nominee

Alex is an environmental lawyer with the Atlantic Canadian law firm Cox & Palmer. Based in St. John’s, Alex regularly advises public and private sector clients in Newfoundland and Labrador on issues of environmental regulation, particularly in the oil and gas and mining industries. His advisory experience includes: federal and provincial environmental assessments and approvals, contaminated sites; quasi-criminal, civil and administrative liability assessments; and environmental regulatory compliance. He also assists buyers and sellers in transactions requiring environmental due diligence, including coordination of environmental liability assessments and negotiation of agreements. Alex is a graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of New Brunswick, and is a member of the Law Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Canadian Bar Association.

Through his practice, Alex is regularly presented with the opportunity to assist clients in aligning their environmental stewardship and economic development goals. He considers the business of the environment to be of the utmost importance to a thriving Newfoundland and Labrador economy.

Perry Trimper

Director Nominee

Perry is a Senior Associate with Stantec Consulting Ltd. with over 25 years experience as an environmental scientist working predominantly in northern ecosystems, resource development and environmental assessment. In addition to regional roles with Stantec he is also on the Board of two Inuit and Innu limited partnership companies in Labrador: Aivek Stantec, and Stassinu Stantec respectively. He started with Jacques Whitford (now Stantec) in Labrador when he moved to the Province in 1987. In Labrador he has been involved in every environmental assessment in the region since then, and he has managed terrestrial ecology for many projects as well. His work outside Labrador has included northern Canada, Alaska and Russia.

Perry is an involved resident of Happy Valley-Goose Bay, volunteering with several organizations related to economic development and capacity-building such as the Labrador North Chamber of Commerce, Goose Bay Citizens Coalition, and Expo Labrador. He was elected to the Board of NEIA in the spring of 2009.


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