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Board of Directors

Board of Directors

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.

Current Board of DirectorsAnnual General MeetingBoard Committees

Board of Directors 2019-2020

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 senior HSSE positions in local oil and gas companies such as WorleyParsons Canada, Noble Drilling Canada, and K&D Pratt, and is a past member of the Women of WorleyParsons, St. John’s Chapter, the Worker’s Compensation Advisory Committee for the NL Employer’s Council, and Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) Training and Qualifications Committee. Melissa also appeared in the Oil and Gas Magazine’s Up and Coming section of the Fall 2014 edition focusing on Safety and Environment. Besides her role as Senior HSSE Manager, Melissa is also a mom to a son, Bradley (14) and daughter, Elle (12), and wife to husband, Brad.

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.

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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