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2020-21 Board of Directors Candidates

NEIA is governed by a 9-member board elected from the membership. From August 24-28, 2020, NEIA will elect five (5) Directors. More information on the Annual General Meeting can be found here.

The following candidates were nominated by the deadline date of August 17. Candidates are listed alphabetically.



Kris Costello
Director – Development and Operations
Oil and Gas Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Kris is Director – Development and Operations with the newly formed Oil and Gas Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador (formerly of Nalcor Energy – Oil and Gas). He is a civil engineer with a masters degree in oil and gas and over 20 years of experience across a broad range of areas in the onshore and offshore industry. As part of the Province’s oil and gas corporation, Kris is firmly focused on the responsible development of our offshore resources through the energy transition. “The continued development of our offshore is not mutually exclusive from transitioning to a green economy. They can be complementary and NEIA’s members will be integral to that success.”


Don Drew
Operations Manager
Newco Metal & Auto Recycling

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 Municipal, Provincial, and Federal approvals and agreements. Other responsibilities include day to day general operations, corporate material acquisition, health and safety requirements, environmental approvals and regulations. Donald has 11 years’ experience in the metal recycling business. He has 15 years’ experience as mayor, deputy-mayor, and councillor with the Town of Bay Bulls; duties included chair of public works, finance, waste management, development, and tourism. During that time Bay Bulls was honored with more municipal awards than any other town in the province. 14 years as chair, vice-chair, and director of the Northeast Avalon Joint Council. 29 years as president of the Harbour Authority of Bay Bulls ( Longest serving port representative in Canada). Donald has also served as a board member and finance chair of the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industries Association (NEIA). His previous career also lists, 26 years as owner/operator of a commercial fishing enterprise, 8 years as a Marine Emergency Duties instructor, and 10 years as a Red Cross first Aid Instructor. Donald Drew was awarded a 2011 Small Craft Harbour’s National Prix d ’Excellence in the “Individual Commitment” category for the Canadian ports program. He is also the 2006 recipient of the Irish Loop Economic Development Board Volunteer of the Year Award. 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 including the Children’s Wish Foundation. Don Drew formally asks for your support to serve on the board of the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industries Association (NEIA).


Al Ducey
Marketing Director and Co-Owner
Blivet Marketing Services North Americas

At this time I would like to ask for your support at NEIA’s next annual meeting August 24-28 to sit as a board member on NEIA’s Board of Directors. I am an Applied Science Technologist who is the Marketing Director and co-owner of Blivet Marketing Services North America. BMSna strives to help clients/communities find a cost effective solution to their wastewater treatment needs with a de-centralized focus. BMSna is the North & South American Manufacturer and Sales agent for the BMS Blivet Wastewater Treatment Systems. Through this venture I have learned the values, experience and knowledge of running a small business in the Newfoundland market and especially in rural Newfoundland and looks forward to enhance the focus off the industry of the environment in my everyday business. I have the knowledge and contacts of all the departments and agencies that other company’s and NEIA have to work with on a day to day basis. The idea of starting a small environmental business in Newfoundland and working and living at it for the past 21 years has been a very informative and rewarding venture, which experiences I would like to bring to your board. I respectfully ask for your support for during NEIA’s next Board elections August 24-28. I have previously served as President and a board member with NEIA in 2000 – 2007 ,2014-2018 .


Ashley Noseworthy
CEO and Founder
EDGEWISE Environmental

Ashley Noseworthy is the CEO and founder of EDGEWISE Environmental – a local environmental consultancy focused in marine mammals, seabirds and anthropogenic noise mitigation solutions. She has a background in environmental management and consultancy with over 10 years of global offshore experience working in oil and gas, renewables and research. She also has over 6 years of instructional experience both within industry as well as at the university level. Ashley completed her BSc from Memorial University and MSc from Newcastle University, where she focused her thesis in the areas of marine mammal acoustics and renewable energy. She is also certified Sea Survival and Aviation Ditching Instructor she has worked and taught globally to a number of regulatory standards. Ashley’s passion in ocean engagement and the promotion of ocean literacy. She sits on the executive committee of the Marine Mammal Observer Association and is a member of the Society for Marine Mammalogy.


Deidre Puddister
Environmental Manager
Pennecon Limited

Deidre Puddister is Environmental Manager for Pennecon Limited. She has 20 years’ experience working in the environmental field with the last 10+ focused on the construction industry. Deidre is responsible for ensuring environmental considerations are incorporated into project planning and execution. Deidre is also part of Pennecon’s Indigenous Relations Committee, an internal committee dedicated to creating meaningful relationships with indigenous groups. Prior to joining the construction industry, Deidre worked as an environmental consultant, focusing on environmental impact assessments, marine and freshwater habitat compensation works, and environmental effects monitoring. As a consultant, she worked on projects in Canada, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Cameroon.


Justin So
Biologist
Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions

Justin So is a biologist with Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions. His diverse experience and education provides him with strong skills in research and reporting. Since joining Wood (formerly Amec) in 2011, Justin has worked in a variety of sectors including mining, oil and gas, renewables, and government. His experience is mainly in the fields of marine environmental surveys, environmental effects monitoring (EEM), and environmental assessment (EA). He holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Biology from Memorial University and a Graduate Diploma in Science Communications from Laurentian University. Prior to being a consultant, his experience was mainly in the fields of environmental education or conservation marketing with work for the Environmental Education Commission, The Fluvarium, and Oregon Zoo. He continues engaging in these fields as a board member with Nature Newfoundland and Labrador. Exploring opportunities for industry is important considering the challenging economy in Newfoundland and Labrador. Justin is keen to support NEIA’s initiatives in fostering of the green economy; in particular through sector growth, and training and development opportunities. He believes that consideration of the environment is key in developing a sustainable path forward.


Matthew Stanley
Country Manager
Axess Baffin Inc.

Born and raised in Newfoundland and Labrador, Matthew graduated from Memorial University in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Geology. Upon completion of his studies Matthew was immediately hired by Weatherford (www.weatherford.com) based out of Houston, Texas. This new job opportunity in the oil and gas industry allowed him to diversify his talents from on-well site R & D projects to coordinating and managing all operations in six different continents. After spending most of his career outside of Canada Matthew had decided to return home to Newfoundland and Labrador to raise his family and make a career change to a different company ( www.axessgroup.com) which has business goals aligned with consciously diversifying into renewal energy. Matthew is currently the Country Manager of Canada for Axess Baffin Inc. Matthew has a track record of being involved in the community in which he lives and has held various positions during his career thus far: Member of SPWLA (Society of Petrophysicists and Well Log Analysts); Member of AADE (American Association of Drilling Engineers); Board-member of SPE (Society of Petroleum Engineers); Member of Dallas/Fort Worth Geological Society; Board member for the Avalon Celtics Minor Hockey Association; and Board Member for the Don Johnson Hockey League. Matthew is looking forward to the opportunity of bringing his outside, unbiased experience enthusiastically to the NEIA membership with even more energy and commitment. He feels his diverse background of working in multiple international locations and differing cultures will be an asset to the organization and bring fresh ideas to the table. Matthew is excited, ready, willing, and able to meet the challenges that face the local industry, NEIA, and its member organizations.


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