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SPEAKER SERIES: Fracking Review Panel Report Briefing

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NL Hydraulic Fracturing Review Panel Presents its Findings to NEIA Members

Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Time: 15h00 – 17h00
Location: NEIA’s Boardroom, 90 O’Leary Ave, Suite 207
Cost: None

An independent Panel was appointed by the Minister of Natural Resources, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, in October 2014 to conduct a public review of the socio-economic and environmental implications of hydraulic fracturing in Western Newfoundland. The mandate of the Panel was also to make recommendations on whether or not hydraulic fracturing should be undertaken in Western Newfoundland.

The Panel has completed its work. Join its Chair Dr. Ray Gosine and member Dr. Wade Locke as they present their findings to NEIA members.


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    Dr. Ray Gosine (Chair)

    Following completion of an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at Memorial University, Dr. Ray Gosine attended Cambridge University in England where he completed a doctoral degree in robotics. Subsequently, he held teaching and research positions at Cambridge University, the University of British Columbia, and Memorial University. These appointments included an NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Industrial Research Chair in industrial automation at the University of British Columbia and the J.I. Clark Chair of intelligent systems for operations in harsh environments at Memorial University.

    Dr. Gosine is a professor and J.I. Clark Chair in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial, and through his administrative responsibilities as associate vice-president (research) at Memorial he is working closely with other academic leaders on the implementation of the Research Strategy Framework and other strategic research priorities for Memorial. His research is in the areas of telerobotics, machine vision and pattern recognition for applications in the resource industries (i.e. mining, oil and gas, aquaculture and fisheries, and forestry).

    From August 2002 until September 2003, Dr. Gosine was the interim associate dean (Graduate Studies and Research) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial and became dean of engineering in October 2003, serving in this capacity until March 2008. In March 2008, he was appointed acting associate vice-president (research) and he was appointed associate vice-president (research) in May 2011. He served as vice-president (research) pro tempore, from October 2008 to August 2010 and from September 2014-March 2015.

    Dr. Gosine serves on the Board of Directors for the provincial Health Research Ethics Authority and was formerly the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of Engineers Canada in recognition of his contributions to the field of engineering and to the engineering profession.

    Dr. Wade Locke

    Dr. Leonard Wade Locke is a full professor of economics at Memorial University of Newfoundland and is currently the academic head for the Department of Economics, Memorial University. He specializes in the Newfoundland and Labrador economy, resource economics, public finance, public policy, innovation indicators, productivity, economic impact assessment and cost-benefit analysis. He has published extensively in a variety of public policy fields. In addition, Dr. Locke has provided his professional services to all three levels of government, to foreign governments and to national, local, regional and international businesses. He has served as an expert commentator and analyst to the local, national and international media. His research has had a major impact on public policy, particularly on the public finance of the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador and the development of its oil and gas resources.

    Dr. Locke is a past president of the Atlantic Canada Economics Association. In 2007, he was appointed as an honorary lifetime member of the Atlantic Canada Economics Association. In 2008, Dr. Locke was awarded Memorial University of Newfoundland’s President’s Award for Exemplary Community Service. He is appointed to the Board of Governors, Law Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador (2011-2015). For the 2013 budget cycle, he served as senior policy advisor to the Minister of Finance, Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. In 2012-13, Dr. Locke was appointed to the Council of Canadian Academies’ Expert Panel on Canadian Industry’s Competitiveness in Terms of Energy Use.

    Dr. Locke’s formal training consists of a doctoral degree in economics, a graduate degree in economics from McMaster University and undergraduate degrees in economics and science (biology) from Memorial University. He also has a certificate in applied petroleum economics from Van Meurs Associates through the Centre for Management Development (Memorial). Dr. Locke was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. He was also a gold medal winner in economics at Memorial and won Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) doctoral fellowship and several university scholarships at McMaster University. He returned to the Newfoundland and Labrador in 1984 and accepted an appointment in economics at Memorial.

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