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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

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
Anaconda Mining

Deidre Puddister is Environment and Compliance Manager for Anaconda Mining. She has 20 years experience working in the environmental field with the last 10+ focused on the construction industry through her previous role as Environment Manager with Pennecon Ltd. Deidre is responsible for ensuring environmental considerations are incorporated into project planning and execution. 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.

Don Drew
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.

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.

Kris Costello
Oil and Gas Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador

Kris is Director – Development and Operations with the Province’s oil and gas corporation. 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. Kris is firmly focused on the responsible development of our offshore resources through the energy transition, believing that the continued development of our offshore is not mutually exclusive from transitioning to a green economy. Kris believes that these objectives can be complementary and that NEIA’s members will be integral to that success.

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.

Justin So
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.

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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