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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

Board of Directors 2019-2020

NEIA is governed by an 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.

Brian Taite
NSB Energy

Brian is an accomplished and dedicated health, safety, environmental, regulatory 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. In late 2017, Brian went back to consulting at Pinchin Ltd. as Team Leader, Environmental Due Diligence and Remediation before taking on his current role as Environmental Advisor – NSB Energy in June of 2019.

Ashley Noseworthy
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.

Adam Anderson
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.

Chad Butler
Growler Energy

Chad Butler is Director and CFO of Growler Energy, a renewable energy development company based in St. John’s. Chad is a progressive project leader and natural team player with strong management skills. With over 10 years’ experience working in project environments, Chad has tackled challenging roles around the world including assignments in Canada, the United States of America, and Angola. His project experience includes expertise in the oil & gas and renewables sectors, with a focus on subsea construction and working with senior project management teams. With a leadership style focused on social awareness, Chad has the ability to effectively foster a positive work environment and build strong client relationships.

Melissa English-Barbour
Aker Solutions

Melissa English-Barbour is a Senior HSSE Manager with Aker Solutions Canada Inc. and has 18 years of experience in oil and gas projects and large company environments. A graduate of Memorial University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, Melissa is also a Canadian Registered Safety Professional, holds a Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety from the University of New Brunswick, and is an ISO 9001, 14001, OHSAS 18001 and ISO 45001 trained auditor. Melissa has held HSSE positions in local oil and gas companies such as WorleyParsons Canada, Noble Drilling Canada, and K&D Pratt.

Joshua Green
Mysa Smart Thermostats

Joshua Green is the CEO and cofounder of Mysa Smart Thermostats. Josh cofounded the company to build the world’s first smart thermostats for electric baseboard heating. Over the next 2 years, Joshua has assembled and led the company to develop and market the Mysa Smart Thermostat. The product has been a hit across North America finally bringing smart control to electric heating and in turn, helping homeowners and business save on electricity consumption. Josh is highly motivated by doing right for the environment and creating a more sustainable world for all.

Deidre Puddister
Pennecon Limited

Deidre Puddister is Environmental Manager for Pennecon Limited. She has 16 years’ experience working in the environmental field with the last 9 focused on the construction industry. Deidre is responsible for ensuring environmental considerations are incorporated into project planning and execution. In addition, she is responsible for monitoring and assessing projects, ensuring adherence to applicable guidelines and regulations, and environmental permits. She regularly meets with regulators and stakeholders, and is responsible for environmental document preparation (Environmental Management Plans, Environmental Emergency Plans, Waste Management Plans, Spill Response Plans, etc). Since starting work with Pennecon, Deidre has participated in every mega-project in the province including Long Harbour, Muskrat Falls, Hebron, and White Rose. As well, she worked on several major hydroelectric and wind farm projects outside the province.

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 Indonesia, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, and Cameroon. Deidre has a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biology and a Master of Science in Environmental Science.

Jonas Roberts
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.

Delia Warren
SW Energy

Delia is currently working as a project manager at SW Energy, a NL-based renewable energy and energy solutions company. She is actively involved in the province’s renewable energy and climate change mitigation space, as director of Iron & Earth East and a founding member of the Newfoundland and Labrador Energy Action Research Network (NLEARN). As a professional engineer, she has a background in offshore oil and gas, and is currently in the final stages of completing an MBA at Memorial University.

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.


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