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The Business of the Environment

The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) is a not-for-profit association of businesses that promotes the development of clean technology and the growth of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Clean technology can be defined in many different ways. NEIA views clean technology as products, processes, and services that: improve on environmental performance; use resources in ways that improve efficiency, reduce wastes, or mitigate environmental risks; or help acquire information to enable all of the above.

As every industry has an impact on the environment in one way or another, clean technology can be applied and found in all of them – from oil and gas, to mining, to aquaculture, to transportation, to manufacturing, etc.

The green economy is the aggregate development or adoption of clean technology. It is the culmination of economic activity which protects, mitigates effects to, or even enhances the natural environment in the process. This includes the interactions within and between industry, small businesses, academia, governments, and communities.

In pursuit of its business growth objectives, NEIA focuses its activities and initiatives in six (6) areas by providing:

  • a support framework for entrepreneurs and startups;
  • networks to help increase productivity and competitiveness;
  • tools to encourage and foster innovation;
  • export and international business development programming;
  • training and professional development opportunities tailored to environmental sector employees; and
  • leadership on policy and advocacy issues

With over 200 members, NEIA is Newfoundland and Labrador’s premier resource for the environmental sector, offering a diverse range of expert knowledge and support services for firms and organizations working to grow economic opportunity while respecting our natural environment. NEIA is the business of the environment.

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The first official meeting of NEIA’s founding executive was held in 1992. Previous to this, a number of the subsectors got together and formed an unofficial group whose purpose was to be a voice for the industry.

NEIA was officially incorporated in 1992 and the founding executive was elected:
Woodrow French, Bob Buchanan, Bevin LeDrew, Guy Moores, Paul Antle

Since the early 90’s NEIA has continued to work on behalf of its members. It has focused on creating business opportunities as a means of solving environmental problems that not only create economic growth, but also protect the environment at the same time. It has held major conferences on such topics as oil spill preparedness and response, waste management and the green economy. It has worked on behalf of its membership to increase public awareness of and a call to action on environmental issues, such as climate change, waste management, and air and water pollution. Through its efforts it has heightened awareness of the need for greater environmental stewardship at the provincial, regional and municipal levels.

Past Chairs

1992 | Bevin LeDrewLeDrew Environmental Management Ltd.
1993 | Paul AntleIsland Waste Management
1994 | Guy MooresCrosbie Industrial Services Limited
1994 | Dave RobbinsEnvironmental Design Consultants (of BFL Consultants Limited)
1995 | Bevin LeDrewLeDrew Environmental Management Ltd.
1996 | Guy MooresPardy’s Waste Management Ltd.
1997 | Padraic O’FlahertyLotek Wireless Inc.
1998 | Paul ClaySeacom International Inc.
1999 | Guy MooresPardy’s Waste Management Ltd.
2000 | John FlemingResource Concepts Inc.
2001 | Colleen O’TooleConnections Research
2002 | Bassem EidBAE Newplan Group Ltd.
2003 | Al DuceyConstruction Management Technologies Inc.
2004 | Dave RobbinsAMEC
2005 | Bill MelendyADI Nolan Davis Ltd.
2006 | Bill ButlerHi-Point Industries (1991) Ltd.
2007 | Chris PalmerConnections Research
2008 | Deborah HutchingsMcInnes Cooper
2009 | Bill ScottFracflow Consultants Inc.
2010 | Terry DollardUniversal Environmental
2011 | Susan SherkAMEC Environment & Infrastructure
2012 | Frank RickettsNalcor Energy
2014 | Perry TrimperStantec
2014 | Deidre PuddisterPennecon
2016 | Dan BrakeEMSAT Corporation
2016 | Lyndsay HaynesNSB Energy
2017 | Alex TempletonMcInnes Cooper
2019 | Erin StapletonStapleton Environmental Inc.
2019 | Brian TaiteNSB Energy
2020 | Ashley NoseworthyEDGEWISE Environmental

Board of Directors

NEIA is governed by a 9-member board elected from the membership. Directors serve for a two year term and can serve for a maximum of five (5) consecutive years.

Ashley Noseworthy
Edgewise Environmental

Deidre Puddister
Anaconda Mining

Chad Butler
Growler Energy

Nola Sharpe

Brian Taite
Hatch Ltd.

Don Drew
Newco Metal & Auto Recycling

Kris Costello
Oil and Gas Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Justin So
Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions

Alex Templeton
McInnes Cooper

Annual General Meeting

NEIA’s Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for the association to discuss ideas, issues, concerns, and opportunities within the environmental sector in Newfoundland and Labrador. A review of the association’s previous fiscal year’s activities and results takes place, along with the election of NEIA’s Board of Directors, and a look ahead at the coming year’s events and initiatives.

NEIA’s AGM is held each year during March. For information and material relating to NEIA’s AGMs, click the links below:

Board Committees

NEIA’s Board of Directors has three standing committees focused on the growth and development of the green economy in Newfoundland and Labrador.

These committees, chaired and populated by NEIA’s Directors, are also open to the participation of non-Board members (at the discretion of each committee).

NEIA’s standing committees include:

Sector Development Committee

NEIA’s Sector Development Committee steers the association’s strategies to contribute to overarching green economy growth in Newfoundland and Labrador. The committee also guides NEIA’s firm-level activities as they relate to the organization’s ‘business lines’: productivity and competitiveness; innovation and commercialization; international business development; and startups and entrepreneurship.

Practitioner Training and Development Committee

NEIA’s Practitioner Training and Development Committee focuses on strategies to assist in the professional development of the workforce within Newfoundland and Labrador’s green economy. This includes leading the creation of new training programs or the facilitation of the delivery of specialized courses from a third party. Both approaches are driven by the expressed needs of NEIA’s membership.

Policy, Advocacy, and Communications Committee

NEIA’s Policy, Advocacy, and Communications Committee, through engagement with the association’s membership, drives the development of policy positions relating to the environment and business climate in the interest of green economic growth in Newfoundland and Labrador. The committee sets the strategic direction for the advocacy for these policies at all levels of government, and the communication of these positions with sector stakeholders.

Other Committees

NEIA also has a number of inward-facing Board committees aimed at building the strength and resiliency of the association as an organization. In addition, NEIA’s Board of Directors may strike ad hoc committees where appropriate to address issues or opportunities of a time sensitive or temporary nature.


NEIA is a member of Canada CleanTech, the national alliance for clean technology. The Alliance coordinates regional clusters, associations, and hubs to identify and crowdsource issues, obtain guidance and mobilize for change in Canada.


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