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Senior partner at OKT
Former Premier of Ontario and Member of Parliament
Premier of Newfoundland & Labrador
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On September 13, 2014, Paul Davis was elected Leader of the PC Party of Newfoundland and Labrador. He becomes Premier-designate of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Paul Davis joined the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary in 1985 after graduating from Holland College in PEI. In 1987, he transferred to the Corner Brook Division where he served the citizens of western Newfoundland for a five-year period until being re-assigned to the Criminal Investigation Division based at RNC Headquarters in St. Johnís. During his service there, he received several assignments including Property Crimes, Major Crimes and the Child Abuse Sexual Assault Units. Paul also enjoyed serving the public in assignments with the Mount Pearl Community Policing Unit, West District Patrol Services and as the RNC Media Relations Officer.

Paul has a long history of being an active community member. He has served on a variety of local, regional and national boards and executives. Paul served nine years as a Conception Bay South Town Councillor, elected in 2001, 2005 and 2009. He was twice chosen as Deputy Mayor by his council colleagues and chaired the Finance and Administration Committee.

Some of Paulís career highlights include being named the Crime Stoppers Police Officer of the Year and the Conception Bay South Citizen of the Year. He is a recipient of the Canada 125 Medal, the Queenís Jubilee Medal and the Police Exemplary Service Medal. In 2005, Paul was elected to the RNC Association Executive and remained an active member until his retirement in 2010.

Paul Davis was elected as the Member of the House of Assembly for the District of Topsail in a by-election on March 16, 2010. He has served in a number of portfolios, including:

  • Minister of Service Newfoundland and Labrador and Minister Responsible for the Government Purchasing Agency, Office of the Chief Information Officer, and the Workplace Health, Safety and Compensation Commission
  • Minister of Transportation and Works, and Minister Responsible for the Newfoundland and Labrador Housing Corporation
  • Minister of Child, Youth and Family Services
  • Minister of Health and Community Services and Minister Responsible for Aging and Seniors
Paul resides in the Topsail District with his wife Cheryl and their son Andrew.
MHA - Humber Valley, Leader of the Official Opposition
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Dwight Ball was first elected as the Liberal MHA for the District of Humber Valley in March 2007 and re-elected to the House of Assembly in October 2011. In addition to serving as Leader of the Official Opposition since January 2012, he has served as the Official Opposition Critic for Finance, Natural Resources, Treasury Board, Health and Community Services, Tourism, Culture and Recreation, Intergovernmental Affairs, and the Office of the Premier. He also sits on the House of Assembly Management Commission.

Born and raised in Deer Lake, Dwight began a successful career in business with the opening of Deer Lake Pharmacy and later the acquisition of a community pharmacy in Springdale. He has significant business interests throughout the province, including real estate developments and venture capital investments. He is a leader in the provision of health care services to seniors and persons with disabilities.

For over 20 years, Dwight has played a leadership role in the socio-economic development of his region. He was elected President of the Canadian Pharmacists Association in 2009. He is a former President of the Deer Lake Chamber of Commerce and former director of the Deer Lake Airport Authority. Dwightís charitable work over the years includes his role as a former board member with the Western Regional Hospital Foundation and Chair of the Fundraising Committee for the successful 2006 NL Humber Valley Winter Games. He is currently the West Coast Director for Senior Hockey in Newfoundland and Labrador and a board member with the Deer Lake and Area Food Bank. In recognition of his community leadership, Dwight has received a number of awards, including the highest honour for a community pharmacist, the Bowl of Hygeia. He has also been recognized by the Town of Deer Lake with the Pride of the Town Award and received an award for Employer of the Year in both Deer Lake and Springdale for his contributions to supportive employment programs.

Dwight has fought strongly for the rights of seniors and persons with disabilities. He also advocates on behalf of communities across our province to ensure access to basic dependable technology, especially high speed internet and cell phone service.

MHA - Signal Hill - Quidi Vidi, Leader of the NDP
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Lorraine Michael was born and raised in St. John's.

She started her career as a high school teacher on Bell Island. She was a junior high school principal and teacher as well in Baie Verte, the Codroy Valley, on the Burin Peninsula and in St. John's.

When she left teaching, Lorraine became Director of the Office of Social Action in St. John's where she worked on a number of coalitions for social justice, both regionally and nationally.

She worked with the Toronto-based Ecumenical Coalition for Economic Justice (ECEJ) which took her to forums in Mexico, Chile and Zimbabwe as a speaker on economic globalization.

She was the Innu Nation nominee on the Voisey's Bay Environmental Assessment Panel from 1997 to 1999. In this capacity she brought a strong socio-economic analysis of the proposed Voisey's Bay nickel mine development.

From 1999 Ė until she became leader of the Party in May 2006, Lorraine was Executive Director of Women in Resource Development Committee. She partnered with business, labour, government and education to achieve employment equity in the natural resource development sectors in Newfoundland and Labrador.

She has degrees from Memorial University of Newfoundland and the University of Toronto. When not working, she spends time with her other passion: music. She is a member of the Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra and enjoys playing the piano.

Lorraine was elected as Leader of the NL NDP on May 28, 2006 and elected as MHA for Signal Hill - Quidi Vidi on November 1, 2006. She was re-elected on October 11, 2011.

President and Vice-Chancellor, Memorial University
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Dr. Gary Kachanoski became the 12th president and vice-chancellor of Memorial University of Newfoundland on July 1, 2010, coming to Memorial from the University of Alberta where, among other activities, he served as vice-president (research), professor and Bentley Research Chair (Soil, Water & Environment). Prior to that, he was dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research at the University of Saskatchewan.

At Memorial, Dr. Kachanoski has focused on the development of new institutional vision, mission and values, and frameworks in teaching and learning, research and public engagement. He is also committed to the growth and development of the Marine Institute, Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook and the Labrador Institute, among many other initiatives.

Infrastructure renewal has also been a top priority. Memorial currently has almost $336 million worth of projects underway, and approval has been obtained to proceed with a $360 million renewal of core science infrastructure on the St. Johnís campus.

Under Dr. Kachanoskiís leadership, Memorial has continued its upward trajectory. Annual research funding has grown to $128 million, and graduate student enrolment continues to climb having increased by almost 21 per cent over the past three years.

Finally, he spearheaded the universityís capital fundraising campaign, Dare To, which surpassed its $50 million goal by $17 million to date.

Dr. Kachanoski was founding chair (2005-2007) and a driving force behind the creation of TEC Edmonton, a joint venture with the City of Edmonton and other regional partners for advancing technology commercialization and business acceleration in the area.

In May 2014, the Board of Regents unanimously approved Dr. Kachanoski as the university's president and vice-chancellor for a second five-year term, concluding in June 2020.

Dr. Kachanoski is married with three grown children. His partner, Teresa, is an accomplished visual artist and arts administrator.

"The Future of Waste Management in Newfoundland & Labrador"

CEO, Multi Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB)
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In 2013, Mike Samson was appointed Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Multi-Materials Stewardship Board (MMSB), a Crown agency of the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador that manages and implements waste diversion and recycling programs in the province.

Prior to joining MMSB, Mike worked in the public sector for more than 25 years. In 2006, he was appointed CEO of Emergency Planning, Fire and Emergency Services where he guided implementation of an emergency management strategy designed to develop and maintain a modern and robust emergency management system in Newfoundland and Labrador. Previous senior positions include Deputy Minister of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture, and Deputy Minister of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs. In 2009, Mike also served as interim Chair and CEO of MMSB.

Mike graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Economics from Acadia University and later pursued graduate studies in Canadian politics at Memorial University.

Mike resides in Torbay with his wife Joanne and daughter Emily.

"Responsible Canadian Energy: Continuous improvement in environmental performance in Atlantic Canadaís oil and gas industry"

Manager, Atlantic Canada, CAPP
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Paul Barnes is Manager - Atlantic Canada and Arctic, for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) based in their St. Johnís, Newfoundland and Labrador office. Paul has over 23 years experience in the oil and gas industry. Prior to joining CAPP, he was employed with the Canada-Newfoundland & Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) as Analyst and Deputy Registrar. He currently serves on a number of Industry Advisory Boards and Committees, including chairman of the Canadian Oil and Gas Environmental Studies Research Fund and member of the Management Committee of Canadaís High Arctic Research Station.

"The Environmental Focus of the City of St. Johnís Municipal Plan"

Councillor, City of St. John's, and Chair of its Environmental Advisory Committee
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Councillor Dave Lane graduated from Memorial University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Computer Science and spent five years as a business analyst and web developer at Group zed., an IT consulting firm in St. John's. He is currently Development Partner at Dc Design House, a local marketing and design firm, and a Councillor at Large in St. John's.

Councillor Lane is co-chair of the Economic Development, Tourism and Public Engagement Standing Committee with Councillor Bruce Tilley; co-chair of the Heritage Advisory Committee with Councillor Sandy Hickman; chair of the Environmental Advisory Committee; and council representative for Downtown St. John's, St. John's Clean & Beautiful, and the Railway Coastal Museum. His primary focus is on creating a long-term, sustainable and happy city by making it easier for citizens to be a part of the decision-making process.

Prior to running for council, Councillor Lane was chair of Happy City St. John's, leading a group of dedicated volunteers in an effort to encourage and enhance, by example, public engagement at a municipal level. The groupís endeavours continue today and range from unique twists on public meeting formats to intensive social media dialogues to networking and think-tanking with community and business groups.

Dave has served on the boards of Downtown St. John's and the Newfoundland Historic Trust, and has served on committees with St. John's Clean & Beautiful, the St. Johnís Board of Trade, and St. John's Northwest Rotary Music Festival. Dave is also a musician, having spent years singing in successful choral groups Quintessential Vocal Ensemble (QVE), Newman Sound Men's Choir, and Innismara Vocal Ensemble. He was also the drummer for local rock band Hey Rosetta! as well as groups such as Jazz East and Pilot to Bombardier.

"Environmental Management of a Mega-Project: Muskrat Falls"

Environmental Services Manager, Nalcor Energy
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Marion is currently the Environmental Services Manager with Nalcor Energy. Prior to taking this role in June of 2014 she was the Environmental and Regulatory Compliance Manager with Nalcor Energyís Lower Churchill Project, and was responsible for the Environmental Management System, Environmental Engineering and Environmental Effects Monitoring Programs for the LCP. She first joined the project in March 2007, and a seven year period was an integral part of the team throughout environmental assessments for the Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project and the Labrador-Island Transmission Link. As part of her role she was directly responsible for managing the environment and regulatory compliance aspects of the project. Marion continues to support and work with LCP in her new role in overseeing Nalcor Energy's broader Corporate Environmental Management Programs. Marion is a graduate of Memorial University ís civil engineering and Masters in program and has her Masters in Environmental Engineering from Memorial University.

She currently sits on the Canadian Hydro Power's Regulatory Policy Working Group.

"Government Procurement and Greening of the Supply Chain"

Deputy Minister, Procurement Reform, Government Purchasing Agency
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Leigh Puddester is the Deputy Minister of Service NL with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and also Deputy Minister responsible for Procurement Reform, leading the review of Governmentís procurement legislation and practices. He also served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Government Purchasing Agency in 2013/2014 until his appointment to Service NL. From 2009 to 2013, Leigh was Chair and Chief Executive Officer of the MMSB (Multi-Materials Stewardship Board), a crown agency responsible for increasing recycling and waste diversion in the province. He continues to serve as Chair of the Board today. Prior to joining the public service, Leigh was President of K&D Pratt Group, one of the largest independent industrial distribution companies in Atlantic Canada. His previous positions included executive roles with Stratos Global Corporation as Chief Marketing Officer and Vice-President of Mergers & Acquisitions, as well as Director of Corporate Development with Aliant Inc., and Director of Marketing with NewTel Communications/Newfoundland Telephone.

In addition to his Board role with the MMSB, Leigh also serves on the Board of the Conservation Corps of Newfoundland & Labrador, and recently concluded a role as Chair of the Board of marine systems company I.C.A.N., now a subsidiary of CNS Systems of Sweden. Leigh has also served on several other corporate and not-for-profit boards.

Leigh has an MBA from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario and a B.Comm from Memorial University. He resides in St. John's with his wife Tammy and their three daughters.

"Greening Major Infrastructure Projects"

Assistant Deputy Minister, Department of Transportation and Works
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Cory Grandy was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister (Works), Department of Transportation and Works for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2012. In that capacity he is responsible for the management and maintenance of government owned buildings, procurement and management of government leased space as well as lead for building infrastructure development across all government sectors. The Works branch is also responsible for the provision and management of government mail, telephone and security services.

Cory describes himself as a career project manager and has worked in several departments throughout the Newfoundland and Labrador public service following his graduation from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Engineering (Civil). For the four years prior to serving in his current role, he was the Director of Waste Management, Department of Municipal Affairs and was responsible for the implementation of the Provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy, working with local governments and regional waste management organizations in the planning and procurement of modern waste management infrastructure and systems. Cory has been actively involved with various committees of the provincial engineering and geosciences association, but currently spends as much of his ďafter-workĒ time as possible with his young family.

"Recent Developments in Aboriginal Engagement in the Environmental Assessment Process - and the Relation to Sustainable Development"

Aboriginal Relations Manager, Alderon Iron Ore Corp.
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Mary E. Hatherly is a lawyer who has worked in the field of Aboriginal law and Aboriginal and community relations for over thirty years. Since April 2012, she has been employed as Aboriginal Relations Manager with Alderon Iron Ore Corp. and is responsible for the development and implementation of engagement strategies with aboriginal groups in Newfoundland and Labrador and Quebec, including the negotiation and drafting of impact and benefits agreements and formal consultation arrangements. Prior to joining Alderon, she worked at Nalcor Energy and was involved in the negotiation of the Labrador Innu Lower Churchill Impacts and Benefits Agreement and the Upper Churchill Redress Agreement. As a solicitor with the Department of Justice NL between 1995 and 2008, she was a member of the provincial team negotiating the Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement and was also involved in the development of other agreements with Aboriginal groups relating to environmental management, taxation and Aboriginal justice initiatives. As a result of her governmental and Project-related experience, Ms. Hatherly has in-depth familiarity with Aboriginal groups in NL and with federal and provincial legal systems and regulatory processes associated with environmental management and cultural impact assessment.

TRAINING SESSION: "Environmental Crisis Communications"

President, Cathy Dornan Public Affairs Inc.
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For 22 years, Cathy has worked in the public relations and public affairs business.

She has honed her skills in issues management, strategic communications planning, media relations, media training, crisis communications and emergency response.

In addition to traditional public affairs expertise, Cathy is a sought after advisor on issues related to the local political, economic and social environment in Atlantic Canada. Working with companies in the oil ad gas and mining sectors, Cathy has guided her clients towards successful communications solutions to help them reach their business goals.

Cathy is a well known media trainer as well. She has trained many candidates including business leaders, union leaders, politicians, oil and gas executives and members of the general business community over the last 15 years.

In addition to 16 years at Bristol, Cathy worked as Director of Communications for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador from 1996-1998. For the past four years, Cathy has operated Cathy Dornan Public Affairs Inc.

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TRAINING SESSION: "Environmental Chemistry Made Easy for Site Investigation and Remediation"

President and Senior Environmental Specialist, Ivey International Inc.
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George (Bud) Ivey is the President and Senior Remediation Specialist with Ivey International Inc. based in Vancouver, Canada. He has over twenty-seven years of environmental assessment and remediation experience, and has worked on more than 1,500 major projects internationally. His background includes: Organic Chemistry, Geological Engineering, and a Masterís Certification in Project Management, providing him with a unique multidisciplinary perspective to evaluate many of todayís environmental challenges.

Among some of his more recent Awards, listed by year received, include:

  • 2012 - NASA Incentive Challenge Winner (Research & Development For Treating Drill Cutting Waste During Bitumen Extraction);
  • 2011 - MISTIC Environmental Excellence Award for Technology Innovation;
  • 2011 - ROY F. WESTON Award, for Contributions to the field of Solid Technology and Management;
  • 2008 - Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) Achievement Award Bronze Medal;
  • 2007 - North American Frost & Sullivan Award, for Technology Innovation;
  • 2007 - Environmental Business Journal Award, Technology Merit Award Remediation;
  • 2006 - Globe Award, for Environmental Innovation & Application

He holds several international patents and continues to conduct applied soil, solid waste, waste water, and groundwater remediation research, and is currently working on several remediation projects globally.

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"Your Business Elevator Pitch"

Owner and Creative Director, DC Design House Inc.
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Don-E Coady (Dc) is just your average artist/musician/bidness-type dude.

Owner and Creative Director of Design House Inc. Ė a multi-discipline creative production house in St. Johnís, that started mid-2009 Ė the two-time President of the Business Association of NL (2013, 2014) and oft-featured CBC Radio marketing commentator shows sponsorship and regular participation to his tech, creative, and business-lovin' communities (The St. John's Board of Trade, MusicNL, The CHBA-NL, TEDx St. John's, Start-up NL, the IABC, NLCA, NOIA, NATI).

As a performer and musician, he's lead singer and songwriter for the 5-man rock outfit Stereotype (Stereotype, '04; 2, '09), ERAS ('14), as well as corporate entertainment bands (709, and Turbulence). As an event EmCee, he is the host of TEDx St. John's Annual Conference and The Nickel Independent Film Festival Annual Oscar Party, amongst other events.

Dc lives to co-create, produce and art direct the brand expression for a variety of industries and incredible people who inspire him everyday.

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Design around Waterways and Wetlands

Head of Restoration and Client Services - Atlantic Canada, Ducks Unlimited
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Wade Lewis has been employed with Ducks Unlimited since 2003, and currently holds the position Head of Restoration and Client Services for Atlantic Canada. Wade currently resides in Brackley Beach, Prince Edward Island with his wife and two children. He graduated as a Fish and Wildlife Technician from Sir Sanford Flemming College in Ontario, in 1997. Wade spent time working for both government and non-governmental groups both here and in Ontario, such as; Island Nature Trust, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and PEI Dept of Forestry, before obtaining his current position. Once asked in class by his college professor what his dream job would be upon graduating, he said, ďDucks Unlimited.Ē

"An Introduction to ISO 14000 - Environmental Management"

President, Quality Matters
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(B.Sc., PMP, RAB/QMS Lead Quality Auditor; Lead Environmental Auditor; Lead Registration Auditor-QMS; CSA Certified Trainer; QMPR/HACCP Certified.)

Karen is the owner and president of Quality Matters Inc., a QHSE firm operating for over 17 years in St. Johnís, Newfoundland and Labrador. Quality Matters offers its clients consulting, auditing and training services in business, quality, health & safety and environmental management programs to the service and manufacturing industries in both the private and public sectors.

Karen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and has various accreditations/certificates including Project Management Professional and Lead Environmental Auditor. She is the former President of the Newfoundland Labrador Organization for Women Entrepreneurs (NLOWE).

She has more than 25 years of experience in the business and QHSE fields and has certified over 100 small, medium and large companies to the International Standards Organization (ISO) requirements including ISO 14001; Environmental Management Systems.

Environmental Technology Panel Host

President, EMSAT Corporation
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Dan is a technology and business professional with a long diverse career in various industries and various countries. Always seeking new challenges, fresh ideas and mind-boggling technology, Dan is striving to turn a concept into a successful business with a wonderful team of people.

As CEO of EMSATô Corporation, Dan drives the corporate direction and vision. He manages EMSATís multi-year projects which includes planning, design, architecture, development and project management. He is active in the oil and gas, ocean and environment industries and is regularly asked to present at conferences and provide his expertise to promote the use of technology and awareness of our environment.

As a technologist, Dan has over 15 years experience in the information technology industry including the design and build of various integrated software solutions for the environmental health and safety, aerospace and defence, and advertising and media distribution industries. Dan has lead cross industry system design and implementation projects and worked with companies in Canada, the United States and in the United Kingdom managing clientsí needs worldwide.

Dan is originally from Newfoundland and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Masters of Information Technology and Adult Education from Dalhousie University.

"Environmental Stewardship in the Mining Industry: An Update on the Roles Project"

Manager of Environmental Affairs & Community Relations, Altius Minerals
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Emma Sharkey is Manager of Environmental Affairs and Community Relations with Altius Resources Inc. (Altius), a mineral exploration and royalties company. In her role at Altius, Ms. Sharkey is responsible for building and sustaining positive, long-term relationships with industry, government and community stakeholders and First Nation, Metis and Inuit communities. Ms. Sharkey has worked with local, provincial, federal and Aboriginal governments, Crown corporations, industry and local and international non-profits throughout her eight years of planning and implementing consultations and engagement activities for environmental assessments and on issues such as water use planning, sustainability planning and resource development. Ms. Sharkey has participated in the negotiation of consultation agreements on behalf of the Crown and project proponent, tripartite treaty negotiation and land use and occupancy field research. Ms. Sharkey holds a BA in Political Science from Carleton University and an MA in Dispute Resolution from the University of Victoria. Trained in mediation, facilitation and negotiation, Ms. Sharkey is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada (ADR Canada), the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and holds three certificates from the International Association for Public Participation. Ms. Sharkey is an active Board member of the Restoration of Labrador Exploration Sites (ROLES) Project, an initiative that seeks to catalogue, evaluate and remediate abandoned mineral exploration sites in Labrador. Ms. Sharkeyís passion for people, culture and history keep her inspired and ready for the next challenge, wherever it may come from.

"NEIA's Export and International Business Network: EMSAT's Experience"

Business Development and Marketing Manager, EMSAT Monitoring Solutions
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As Business Development and Marketing Manager for EMSAT Corporation Catherina works with the entire EMSAT team to improve the companyís market position to achieve financial growth. Catherina supports defining long-term organizational strategic goals and building key customer relationships. Catherina has a solid background in strategic planning and organizational effectiveness in both the public sector and private industry. She has extensive experience in fostering client relationships in a broad spectrum of industry including oil and gas, renewable energy, ocean technology and environment sector.

"The Business Case for Greening Building Operations"

Property Manager, East Port Properties Limited
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Kim Saunders is the Property Manager responsible for the management and leasing of East Port Propertiesí managed portfolio in Newfoundland & Labrador.

Kim has established a track record of excellence during her 30-year career in the real estate industry.

Her early real estate experience was gained in real estate administrative management. In 1986, Kim obtained her brokerís license and entered the commercial real estate field of leasing and management. She has been the Property Manager at Scotia Centre, St. Johnís, since 1996 and has maintained her role through four owner/manager firms, most recently East Port Properties Limited.

Kim holds a Real Property Administrator (RPA) designation through the Building Owners and Managers Institute (BOMI) and a Certified Leasing Officer (CLO) designation under the Real Estate Institute of Canada. She is an active member of BOMA, currently serving Secretary-Treasurer with BOMA Canada and is past-president of BOMA Newfoundland & Labrador, as well as a member of BOMA Internationalís Award Committee. Kim is also a Director with BOMI Canadaís Board of Trustees and President of the Downtown St. Johnís.

She received BOMA Canada Presidentís Award in 2011 and BOMA NL Presidentís Award in 2013.

Under Kimís guidance, Scotia Centre has received the following:

  • BOMA Newfoundland and Labradorís Award of Excellence (2003, 2009, 2012)
  • BOMA NL - Pinnacle Award of Innovation (2010)
  • Go-Green BESt Practices (2007)
  • BOMA BESt Level 2 (2008)
  • BOMA BESt Level 3 (2012)
  • BOMA NL Ė Earth Award (2012)
  • Newfoundland & Labrador Construction Safety Association - Award of Excellence (2011)
  • Province of Newfoundland and Labrador - Environmental Award Ė Business or Industry Leader Category (2012)

TRAINING SESSION: "Phase I Environmental Site Assessments - Building Block or Stumbling Block"

Head Instructor for AESAC; Principal/Senior Geoscientist for Down 2 Earth Environmental Services Inc.
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Bill Leedham, President and founder of Down 2 Earth Environmental Services Inc., (D2E) is a licensed Professional Geoscientist (P. Geo.) with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO), and is registered as a Qualified Person (QPESA) with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE). Bill is a Certified Environmental Site Assessor (CESA) with the Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada (AESAC), and is the head instructor and course developer for AESACís Phase 1 and 2 ESA Training and Certification courses. He has a Geologic Technologist Diploma from Fleming College in Lindsay, ON; and over twenty seven years of experience in Phase 1 & 2 ESAís, site remediation, hydrogeology, geotechnical investigations, peer review, training/mentoring, risk assessment, risk management, hazardous materials management, and building sciences.

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"Announcment of the SAM Conservation Fund"

President, Stewardship Association of Municipalities Inc.
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Geoff Gallant is currently the Deputy Mayor Torbay, Vice-Chairperson Jack Byrne Arena, and the President of the NL Stewardship Association of Municipalities.

In 2009,at the age of 33, he became the youngest person to ever be elected as Torbayís Deputy Mayor with a record 65% of the vote.

Geoff holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/Archaeology from Memorial University (1999) and graduated with distinction from the Information Technology Institute (2000).

Professionally Geoff is a senior technology consultant with extensive local and international experience on high profile and business critical projects. He is also an active community volunteer who currently serves on several political and environmental executives and board of directors.

Geoff believes in a sustainable, transparent, long-term vision for Torbay. He takes great pride in his balanced approach to the issues and his reputation for being a strong and outspoken proponent of Torbayís modern rural character, increased fiscal responsibility, and integrated community green spaces alongside improved infrastructure.

PANEL: Environmental Planning, Mitigation and Monitoring: Approaches and Lessons from Recent Projects and Practice

Environmental Assessment Practice Leader - AMEC
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Steve Bonnell is a Senior Associate with AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, and leads the companyís Environmental Assessment (EA) and Regulatory Affairs practice in Newfoundland and Labrador. He has over 15 years experience in planning, managing and completing EAs and associated environmental studies, consultation programs and permitting for proposed development projects throughout Newfoundland and Labrador and elsewhere, including in the oil and gas, mining, electrical generation and transmission and transportation sectors.

Steveís professional career has thus far included progressively senior roles in the environmental industry sector, primarily as an environmental consultant and project proponent. Prior to joining AMEC as part of its NL leadership team in September 2011 he worked for 6 years with Nalcor Energy Ė Lower Churchill Project, where he held senior positions related to the EAs and associated Aboriginal consultation and negotiation processes for the proposed Labrador-Island Transmission Link and Lower Churchill Hydroelectric Generation Project. Prior to this he worked with the then NL Department of Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs, and initially, commenced his career with a major local environmental and engineering consultancy. Steve holds a Masters Degree in Geography from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and is currently completing a PhD at the School of the Environment, University of Dundee, Scotland UK, where his doctoral research focuses on the use of EA approaches in strategic development planning by corporations.

PANEL: Environmental Planning, Mitigation and Monitoring: Approaches and Lessons from Recent Projects and Practice

Principal, Socio-Economic Services - Stantec
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Mark Shrimpton (Principal, Socio-Economic Services, Stantec) has over 30 yearsí experience assessing, planning and managing the socio-economic impacts of large resource development and infrastructure projects. He has played a lead role in preparing socio-economic impact assessments, benefits plans and diversity plans for upstream petroleum, pipeline, LNG terminal, mining, minerals processing, hydro-electric, electrical transmission and transportation projects across Canada, and provided related advice to proponent companies, governments, regulators, industry groups and non-governmental organizations in the US, Greenland, Iceland, the UK, France, Russia and Australia. He has also written policy-related studies of resource development activity, including for the US Minerals Management Service and UN International Labour Office, and he is a member of the Pool of Experts for the UN Regular Process for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects.

Mark has published and presented widely on his research, including conference presentations across Canada and in the US, Norway, Denmark, Greenland, Iceland, the UK, France, Lithuania, Russia, Malaysia and Australia. In addition to his consulting work, Mark is an Executive in Residence of the Faculty of Business Administration, and a Professional Associate of the Leslie Harris Centre for Policy and Regional Development, at Memorial University.

PANEL: Environmental Planning, Mitigation and Monitoring: Approaches and Lessons from Recent Projects and Practice

Team Lead, Terrestrial Ecology - Stantec
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Wayne Tucker, M.E.Des (ES), is a Stantec Environmental Scientist based in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. He graduated from the University of Calgary (1998) with a M.E. Des (ES) and from Memorial University (1994) with a B.A. (hons) in Geography. Wayne worked with Parks Canada for 13 years prior to joining Stantec in January 2013. His responsibilities ranged from park based researcher to National program manager. His experiences are grounded in both the social and ecological sciences. He has worked on and lead many projects on human-environmental effects, ecological measures and reporting, and policy development. He has worked on environmental assessments and subsequent monitoring programs, Species at Risk research and recovery planning, National Park/Historic site and Marine conservation Area Management Planning and Reporting, interdisciplinary project management, recreational activity assessments, management effectiveness measures, as well as policy development. Wayne has provided strategic advice to Senior government officials on many projects and proposals. He currently is the assistant project manager for a major project in Labrador in which he oversees all terrestrial field aspects of both monitoring and mitigation efforts and the associated field of staff of about 40 people. His combined years of experience have enabled him to work throughout Canada.

Researching Matching Business Session Resource (Build in Canada Program)

Supply Specialist, Acquisition (NL), Public Works and Government Services Canada
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Cheryl has worked for the Canadian Federal Department of Public Works and Government Services for more than 18 years, primarily in procurement with the Acquisitions branch in St. Johnís, NL. Cherylís procurement focus is in contracting construction and services to support PWGSCís management of its extensive Real Property portfolio, and that of a variety of other government departments. As a result of a recent Memorandum of Understanding signed within PWGSC between the Office of Small and Medium Enterprise (OSME) and Acquisitions, Cheryl now has greater involvement with outreach to private industry and engagement of the local business community.

Researching Matching Business Session Resource

Business Development Officer, Genome Atlantic
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Kristin is passionate about seeing science in action. As Business Development Officer, she works closely with industry to help them connect with the genomics research expertise they need to tackle challenges and embrace opportunities. She has a special interest in helping companies use genomics to harness the power of microbes for cost-effective environmental monitoring, management and remediation.

Kristin obtained her Doctor of Philosophy in Pharmacology from Dalhousie, and an MBA from Saint Maryís University. She has been active in the regional biotech community, working with PEIís BioVectra where, among other things, she developed an evaluation model to assess risks and opportunities for generic drug development.

She is currently responsible for Genome Atlanticís environment, mining and health portfolios.

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Manager of Operations and Strategic Projects, Harris Centre, Yaffle, and the Office of Public Engagement at Memorial University
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Jennifer Adams is the Manager of Operations and Strategic Projects for the Harris Centre, Yaffle, and the Office of Public Engagement at Memorial University. For the last 17 years, Jennifer has held management and executive leadership roles both in industry and in the public sector. A skilled executor of vision; Jenniferís leadership approach focuses on the development and implementation of methodologies and best practices that balance operational agility with appropriate levels of process ensuring client-focused, fiscally responsible, and high-quality service delivery. As the leader of Memorial Universityís online connecting tool, Yaffle, Jennifer is currently overseeing the complete redesign of the software application as well as a pilot project to implement Yaffle at other universities and colleges in Canada. Jennifer has applied her skills and expertise across a number of industries, including post-secondary and adult education, entertainment, software development and new media.

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Account Manager, ACOA, Atlantic Innovation Fund
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Bonnie OíRourke holds Bachelor of Arts (BA) and Master in Business Administration (MBA) degrees from Memorial University and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. She is an Account Manager with the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) and her primary role is to manage investments from the Agencyís Atlantic Innovation Fund (AIF) for both commercial and academic-led research and development projects.

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Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University
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Kathryn Hong is the Coordinator for Outreach Activities with the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University. She began working with the Industrial Outreach Group in the fall of 2013 and since that time has been pleased to represent Industrial Outreach at a variety of events and activities. Kathryn is often the first point of contact with the Industrial Outreach Group and is a liaison between clients and the unique resources, facilities and personnel at the Faculty of Engineering. The Industrial Outreach Group has been assisting small and medium size enterprises for over 15 years with a wide variety of support services including consulting, access to testing facilities, prototype development and modifications.

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Director, Mitacs
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Niraj Shukla is the Director for Mitacs at Memorial University. Mitacs is a national funding organization that encourages collaborations between industry and academia. In recent years, Mitacs has connected researchers in all areas of the university to companies a large variety of companies. The research funding is used to support Masterís, Phd and Post Doctoral Fellows in applying their skills to industry specific questions.

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Manager, NSERC-Atlantic
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Richard Isnor is Manager of the Atlantic Regional Office for the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC-Atlantic), based in Moncton, NB. Previously, he was Director of Innovation Policy and Science at the International Development Research Centre in Ottawa. Richard holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy Studies from the University of Sussex, UK; a Masterís in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University, Canada; and a B. Sc. in Biochemistry from Mount Allison University, Canada. He has held science and technology policy and management positions in a variety of federal government organizations, including the National Research Council of Canada, Environment Canada, Natural Resources Canada and the Privy Council Office.

NSERC is Canadaís primary federal agency supporting research in the natural sciences and engineering. NSERCís goal is to help make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians.

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Resource from Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
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Susan Evans is the Communications Officer for Canada Business in Newfoundland and Labrador. She has worked for Canada Business since 1999 in various roles and has also acted in positions at the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Susan is a graduate of Memorial University (BA) and also has a Certificate in Business Administration from Memorial and a Certificate of International Trade from the Forum for International Trade Training. She has also completed the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Training and Certification Program for Small Business Counsellors through the Acadia Entrepreneurship Centre in Nova Scotia and will become an APEC Certified Business Counsellor later this year.

As a member of the Canada Business team, Susan assists clients with their business information and market research needs that range from starting a business to protecting their intellectual property to exporting. She is also responsible for communications and outreach and writes for the Canada Business Network website.

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Executive Director, Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA)
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Ted Lomond became Executive Director of NEIA in July, 2012. His focus has been the growth and development of Newfoundland and Labradorís green economy through effective advocacy, enhanced firm-level productivity and competitiveness, increased innovation and greater international business development. Ted has extensive experience in economic and business development having worked as a consultant to the private sector and holding senior management positions with the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Regional Economic Development Association (NLREDA). Tedís academic credentials include: Master of Business Administration, Master of Philosophy in Humanities (Semiotic and Hermeneutic Understandings of Innovation), Master Certificate in Project Management, Diploma in Applied Ethics (Environmental) and Diploma in Credit Management, Bachelor of General Studies in Arts and Sciences, executive management programs and several professional certifications.