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2018-19 Board of Directors Candidates

NEIA is governed by a 9-member board elected from the membership. From March 26-28, 2018, NEIA will elect two (2) 1-year term Directors, and five (5) 2-year term Directors. More information on the Annual General Meeting can be found here.

The following candidates were nominated by the deadline date of March 9. Candidates are listed alphabetically below, but will be randomized during the voting process.

2-Year Term Candidates

Adam Anderson, RPF, EP
President / CEO
Resource Innovations Inc.

Adam Anderson is an Environmental Professional (EP) and a Registered Professional Forester (RPF) recognized by the Canadian Institute of Forestry as a member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Professional Foresters Association and the Ontario Professional Foresters Association. 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, British Columbia and Northwest Territories) and is very experienced in managing large groups of people and 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.

Adam has served on NEIA’s Board of Directors for a number of years, and is eager to continue his involvement in this role moving forward. He has been an active member of the Sector Development Committee since joining the Board, and is currently the Committee’s Chair. Through his involvement with NEIA and the Sector Development Committee, Adam has had a role in increasing NEIA’s exposure across the Province, in an effort to increase the organizations membership. He is excited to collaborate with other board members and staff to continue to evolve the organization.

Jeff Janes, B.Comm., MREM
Environmental Analyst
Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Jeff Janes is an environmental consultant with Stantec Consulting Limited in St. John’s, specializing in environmental assessment, socio-economic assessment, and environmental permitting and planning. Jeff has experience working on environmental assessments for large and small resource development projects throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, and across the country. This includes projects regulated federally under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, 2012, and provincially under the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Protection Act.

Jeff Began his career with Stantec in 2015, and since then has gained valuable knowledge of and related to provincial legislation and policy, and experience in the environmental consulting sector of Newfoundland and Labrador. Jeff’s current work has included projects related to oil and gas, mining, subsea cables, pipelines, small-craft harbours, National Historic Sites, and federal infrastructure.

Jeff completed a Bachelor degree in Commerce from Memorial University of Newfoundland in 2014, and a Masters of Resource and Environmental Management from Dalhousie University in 2016. It was during his time in Halifax that he worked on academic projects related to bio-fuels, wind power, eco-industrial parks, and geothermal energy. Jeff has a passion for environmental protection and sustainability, including interests in emerging clean technologies and renewable energy projects and opportunities. Jeff is enthusiastic and willing to work on issues and challenges related to environmental protection and sustainability, and to help support initiatives and organizations helping to make Newfoundland and Labrador become a more sustainable province.

As a member of NEIA’s Board of Directors, Jeff hopes to help NEIA achieve its strategic objectives, and to support the growth of the environmental industry within Newfoundland and Labrador. Jeff is a young, smart, and passionate individual who is keen to help grow the profile of NEIA and to help in developing the strategic direction that the organization wants to take moving forward. At the same time, he feels that a position such as this would be a great opportunity for professional development in this industry, and that by taking on new roles and responsibilities he will gain further knowledge and experience about the various members and industries that NEIA represents.

Ashley Noseworthy, B.Sc, M.Sc
Founder and CEO
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.

Vying for a position on the NEIA Board of Directors, Ashley aims to contribute her knowledge and expertise in an area perhaps less represented in the association. She seeks to promote awareness of the marine species mitigation sector and expand the membership of the association. With her unique blend of academic pursuits and industry experience Ashley’s main objective within this potential role is to explore various opportunities for a synergistic relationship between NEIA and other NL industries. Promotion of the entrepreneurial spirit is essential, especially with the current NL economy. She believes it is through NEIA she can best seek to provide the local green community with opportunities for training, growth, expansion and support.

Jonas Roberts, PhD, PEng
Climate Consulting Group Lead
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.

Jonas has been on NEIA’s Board of Directors for a year and a half and has contributed to the overall success of the organization in that time. Jonas is a regular participant in discussions at Board meetings and also supports NEIA’s policy and advocacy efforts through sub-committee work. Jonas contributes to the smooth operations of NEIA by being readily available for review and approval of financial transactions. He would like to continue in this role and build on the experience he has gained.

Erin Stapleton, MEDes, MCIP, EP
Director & Principal Consultant
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.

Erin joined the Board of Directors in 2017. She is eager to continue contributing to NEIA’s initiatives and serving NEIA members as a Director over the next two years. As a professional under 40, solopreneur, woman business owner, and renewable energy advocate, Erin offers a unique perspective on the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. As a member of the board, Erin will strive to increase youth involvement in environmental initiatives, strengthen NEIA’s ties with the entrepreneurial and academic communities, and advance provincial energy literacy.

Brian Taite, M.A.Sc., CRSP, P.Eng.
Group Manager (NL) – Assessment & Remediation
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.

He has served as a member of NEIA’s Board of Directors since 2016 and most recently as Vice-Chair. He also serves on several NEIA committees. Brian takes great pride and satisfaction in participating on Board of Directors and wishes to continue his work with NEIA and be part of the team to move NEIA forward as one of the Province’s leading industry associations.

1-Year Term Candidates

J. Alex Templeton, B.A. (Hons.), LL.B
McInnes Cooper

Alex is the current Chair of the Board of Directors of NEIA.

Alex is a lawyer with the law firm McInnes Cooper in St. John’s. He maintains a litigation practice focusing on natural resource and energy projects, the environment, regulatory enforcement, privacy and access to information, contracts, insurance and professional liability. He routinely represents private industry in a variety of sectors (oil and gas, energy, mining, insurance, construction, telecommunications), as well as public utilities, advocacy groups and other institutional clients. He has appeared before all levels of court in Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as all levels of 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, and a graduate of Memorial University and the University of New Brunswick.

Some of Alex’s ongoing public work includes representing the Atlantic Salmon Federation in its court challenge of the environmental assessment of the Grieg NL aquaculture project in Marystown, and representing Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro in its general rate application before the Public Utilities Board.

Alex has been involved with NEIA since 2013. He has served as Director, Vice-Chair and Chair on the Board of Directors. He has also served on the Board’s various committees, including the Finance and Operations Committee, the Organization Development Committee and the Policy and Advocacy Committee.

Alex’s primary interest in NEIA is in leading collective policy advocacy on behalf of its members. He sees NEIA’s role as one of helping government and industry rationalize economic activity with environmental imperatives. He has seen this take root during his tenure with the Board, from the adoption of a provincial net metering policy, to the structuring and implementation of carbon pricing, to the adoption of green procurement practices.

Alex is seeking a further 1-year position on the Board of Directors, after which he will have reached his term limit under the NEIA by-laws.

Abdul Zubair, PhD, EP
Manager & Environmental Coordinator
Newfoundland Soiltec Inc.

Abdul is an Environmental Coordinator with Newfoundland Soiltec Inc. (SOILTEC); a Newfoundland based Environmental servicing and remediation company. He is an Environmental Professional (EP), certified ECO Canada. Abdul manages, plans and coordinates all environmental, operational and regulatory activities, conducts research on new innovative remediation technologies, ensures compliance to relevant environmental and safety codes, as well as acts as an interphase between the company and regional and federal regulatory bodies. His specialization cuts across hazardous and industrial wastes management; drilling wastes remediation, contaminants remediation in soil and water, resource recovery, environmental, health and safety management; environmental impacts and risks assessments and environmental policy and compliance.

Prior to joining 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, an MSc in Environmental Science from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM), and a PhD in Civil Engineering (Environmental Engineering Specialization) from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN). He has published papers in peer reviewed journals. Notable among them is the 2015 research work published in the “Journal of Chromatography A” on “Development, optimization, validation of the fastest way of analyzing petroleum hydrocarbon in the soil using the Canadian CCME Analytical Method. He has also presented papers and talks at conferences and technical seminars such as the NEIA’s Newleef Conference in St. John’s (2013), the Remediation Technology Symposium (REMTECH) in Banff, Alberta (2013), 36th AMOP Technical Seminar on Environmental Contamination and Response in Halifax (2013), the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) Water Resources Conference, in New Mexico, U.S.A (2011) etc.

Having had the privilege of serving as member of Board of NEIA since 2015, Abdul intends to continue serve in this capacity, offering his knowledge, skills, professional experience and time in contributing towards the development of clean technology and the growth of the green economy in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador.


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