ABOUT US

MARINE RENEWABLES CANADA ALIGNS INDUSTRY, ACADEMIA & GOVERNMENT TO ENSURE THAT CANADA IS A LEADER IN PROVIDING MARINE RENEWABLE ENERGY SOLUTIONS TO A WORLD MARKET.

Tim Brownlow (2016 VICE CHAIR) Atlantic Towing Limited

Tim Brownlow is a government relations and business development executive with over thirty five years of experience in the offshore oil and gas sector. He is currently Director of Industry Relations with Atlantic Towing Limited. Tim began his offshore career in the oil and natural gas industry in 1978 working for the following companies: ODECO Drilling, Magcobar, and Rowan Companies Inc., both domestically and internationally. He then joined the Nova Scotia Government in 1990, holding positions as Petroleum Operations Officer, Director of Benefits & Training and Chief Advisor for the Department of Natural Resources and the Offshore Energy Office. During Tim’s offshore and government days he was fortunate to have been directly involved from the discovery phase through to the production phase for both the Sable Offshore Energy Project and the Cohasset-Panuke project. He has served on numerous boards and committees, including: The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board, the Premier’s Energy Advisory Council, Chairman of the Offshore/Onshore Technologies Association of Nova Scotia, the Atlantic Energy Roundtable, seconded to the Grampian Regional Council (Aberdeen, Scotland), Associate Member for the World Energy Cities Council, and former Co-Chair for the Federal/Provincial Regulatory Review Committee to mention a few. Tim resides in Dartmouth with his wife Beverly and they have two daughters.

Graham Curren (2016 PAST CHAIR) Horizon Maritime

Troy Garnett Aecon Group Inc.

Troy is the Director of Business Development for Aecon Group Inc. located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. www.aecon.com Aecon is Canada’s largest publicly traded construction and Infrastructure Company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. As Director of Business Development, Troy brings a wealth of experience in Sales, Corporate Relationships and Communications within the Energy and Marine Sectors.

Before Troy joined Aecon he was the Regional Manager for Westlund, an Industrial Supply Company, based here in Atlantic Canada. Troy has a Bachelor degree at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has also been an advocate for the Canadian Cancer Society raising over 80K for the Nova Scotia Branch. Troy currently volunteers his time coaching minor hockey.

Troy is energetic and has a positive approach to life, his professional and personal success is driven from hard work and a never give up attitude. Troy shares the Board’s vision to continue to build a sustainable marine renewable industry within Canada. Troy looks forward to engaging with fellow members, their organizations, and academic institutions in his pursuit to move the industry forward.

(Troy’s commitment as a Marine Renewable Canada Board Member)
1) Engage our existing and new members in transforming Canada into a leader in providing Ocean Energy.
2) Be an advocate for Renewable Energy.
3) Support the Energy Sector’s transition from fossil fuels to Ocean Energy.
4) Be a conduit for retooling the supply chain to ensure a sustainable Renewable Energy Sector.

Marius Lengkeek Lengkeek Vessel Engineering

Marius was born in the Netherlands below sea level and therefore he believes he has no fear for water and has enjoyed watersports and water related work his whole life. He studied Naval Architecture in the Netherlands and immigrated to Canada after completion of his studies in 1977.

In the first years in Canada, he was a competitive and successful windsurfer and did very well due to his knowledge of directing wind power, disturbing wind to his competitors and minimizing resistance on his surfboard and will to hold on, no matter what.

Unfortunately he was less successful in keeping long term employment, but in 1979 he was accepted at the Nova Scotia Technical College in the Mechanical Department, studying towards a M.Eng. degree. He was employed as a research assistant, designing and building a wave energy converter. The wave energy converter consisted of 2 platforms, hinged in the middle, with a hydraulic pump and motor to generate energy. He tested the unit in the wave tank at the National Research Centre in Ottawa. Knowing that waves make circular motions, Marius added vertical plates to the pontoons, greatly improving the efficiency of unit. The results of the tests were published with Marius Lengkeek as a co-author amongst a number of professors at the university.

Looking for good steady employment, Marius applied for and landed a position as the Technical Supervisor at the Nova Scotia Department of Fisheries. Soon, he realized that a government position was not suited to his character and he started his own company “Lengkeek Vessel Engineering” in 1981.

He contracted services to Evans, Yeatman and Endal a naval architecture firm, Seaforth Fednav, Atlantic Searoute Line/Oceanex, Secunda Marine Services/McDermott, Coast Guard, Marine Atlantic, Atlantic Towing and different shipyards in the area, working on many types of different vessels and projects.

Internationally, Marius has worked for a number of European Seismic Vessel operators, the Ocean Drilling Program, University of Rhode Island, Ocean Rig and TransOcean. In Rwanda, Africa, Marius was the technical and project manager for the Rwanda Energy Company, where he was supervising the construction of a pilot plant to extract Methane from Lake Kivu to fuel power generators.

With regards to renewable energy in Nova Scotia, Lengkeek Vessel Engineering was contracted by Emera to review the gravity base for the OpenHydro 10m diameter turbine and other tidal turbine testing related projects. Currently, Lengkeek is designing for OpenHydro a new deployment and recovery barge for the next 16m turbine in the Bay of Fundy. For Tocardo in the Netherlands, Lengkeek is designing a platform to support multiple 200 KW turbines in Digby Gut. Marius is assisting FORCE with Naval Architect services and designing an underwater platform to employ scientific instruments on the seafloor at the FORCE site.

Marius Lengkeek is the Canadian agent for the Dutch shipyard group DAMEN, who amongst many other vessel types, design and build a range of vessels supporting the offshore wind industry.

Marius has served on the board of the Centre for Marine Vessel Design and Research at TUNS.

Sheila Paterson Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE)

Sheila is Chief Operations Officer with the Institute for Ocean Research Enterprise (IORE), a federally incorporated not-for-profit corporation that acts as a vehicle for creating sustainable economic activity from ocean research. In her role, Sheila builds relationships with industry, researchers, facilitating organizations and governments for the application and commercialization of world-class scientific research. Sheila spent eight years with the Province of Nova Scotia, most recently as a Business Development Executive at the Nova Scotia Department of Energy, working to enhance the capacity of the local energy sector supply chain and advance the province’s international links. She previously worked with International Relations at the province’s Department of Intergovernmental Affairs, with International Commerce strategy at the Department of Economic Development, and with the Air Quality group at Nova Scotia Environment. Earlier in her career, Sheila held process engineering roles with a high tech electronics manufacturer, led a custom electronics product design group, and worked in the aerospace sector in continuous improvement engineering.  She graduated from Dalhousie University with degrees in Chemical Engineering and in Science.

Sheila has been active in the marine renewable energy sector since 2008, working for Nova Scotia’s ecoTrust program as it provided $7m toward the establishment of FORCE. She contributed to the NS marine renewable energy strategy and led several initiatives to assess and enhance the competitiveness of the local supply chain, and to characterize marine infrastructure needs for projects in the Bay of Fundy. On a national level, she has spoken at international conferences about marine renewable energy in Canada, has participated on national work groups, and supported international trade development and research partnering. She has facilitated connections among industry, academia, communities and all levels of government. With the national mandate of IORE, she continues these efforts with focus on the commercialization of ocean technologies to meet the demands of MRE and complementary ocean industries, and to implement programs at COVE, the newly established Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship.

Jessica McIlroy (2016 TREASURER) BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA)

Jessica has worked in the energy and sustainability sector since 2004, as part of the formation of the Ocean Renewable Energy Group and their Pacific Director until 2012, Member Services Manager with the Canadian Passive House Institute West, Founder of the BC WEN in 2010, Program Manager of the Cool Neighbourhoods community energy efficiency and conservation with the Cool North Shore Society, and through various government and industry consulting work. In 2012, Ms. McIlroy began working in other areas of sustainability, such as the garment and textile industry, and holds the volunteer position of Chief Awareness Officer with Vancouver Eco Fashion Week.

Jessica holds a BSc in Environmental Biology from Simon Fraser University, an MSc in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Edinburgh, and an MBA in Executive Management from Royal Roads University. She has also completed a certificate in Climate Change Decision Making through UBC. Jessica has participated in leadership and training programs such as BioVision.Nxt with the World Life Science’s Forum, the Future Energy Leaders Program with the World Energy Congress, the Sustainability Practitioners Course from the Accountability Project, and the Climate Reality Leadership Corp training with Al Gore. Ms. McIlroy also currently sits on the Board of Directors of Marine Renewables Canada, and the Executive Council of the Green Party of BC

Sue Molloy Black Rock Tidal Power

Sue Molloy, PhD, (Naval Architecture & Ocean Engineering) is the principal at Glas Ocean Engineering. Through Glas Ocean, Dr. Molloy acts as the VP Strategy and Policy for Black Rock Tidal Power and was formerly General Manager. Dr. Molloy also works on a number of small scale tidal projects and participates in regional planning for tidal power development. Dr. Molloy is an active member of the tidal power community, performing some consulting work in addition to her BRTP role, serving on International Standards committees (IEC 62600-2 & -300) and regional committees such as FERN. Dr. Molloy is an expert in power propulsion and modelling and currently has a number of projects focused on Electric Vessels. Dr. Molloy has applied her expertise to her work at BRTP and in tidal power research projects led as an adjunct professor at Dalhousie University. Dr. Molloy also teaches at Dalhousie University and is a research fellow of the Cape Breton University Verschuren Centre.

Dana Morin (2016 CHAIR) Fundy Tidal Inc.

Dana has been involved in numerous community renewable energy developments throughout Nova Scotia including five Community Feed-In Tariff (COMFIT) projects awarded to Fundy Tidal Inc (Fundy Tidal). Dana was also involved in establishing the Scotian WindFields network of community economic development corporations active in wind power generation and recipients of numerous wind power COMFITs.

Dana founded Fundy Tidal in 2006 and served as President of the board of directors consisting of local community, industry and business leaders until 2012 before assuming the role of director of business development.

Fundy Tidal is a Community Economic-Development Corporation (CEDC) based in Digby County, Nova Scotia established as a result of local interest to generate both marine renewable energy and new opportunities from the tidal currents of the Bay of Fundy. Fundy Tidal’s focus is on small-scale tidal energy projects that involve community ownership and local benefits and establishing Digby County as a focal point of marine industry development and R&D activities.

Current activities include extensive R&D with industry and academic partners from Dalhousie, Acadia, UNB and NSCC and the development of COMFIT projects in Digby County (1.95 MW in Digby Gut and 500 kW in each of Grand Passage and Petit Passage) and in Cape Breton (100 kW in Barra Strait and 500 kW in Great Bras d’Or Channel). Fundy Tidal also provides environmental and technical consulting services that enable the sustainable development of renewable energy in marine communities.

Throughout his career Dana has been a very active participant in industry development activities, events and industry associations including serving as Vice President of Music Nova Scotia from 2003 to 2009, President of the Nova Scotia Cultural Network from 1999 to 2001 and is currently serving as co-chair of the SocioEconomic Committee of the Fundy Energy Research Network (FERN).

Dana has participated in numerous marine renewable energy related strategic environmental assessments, regulatory hearings and government policy activities. Most recently he was a member of the project management committee overseeing the Offshore Energy Research Association Study & Value Proposition for Tidal Energy Development & RD; with Gardner Pinfold and the Acadia Tidal Energy Institute.

Dana served on the board of directors of the Ocean Renewable Energy Group (OREG) from 2010 to 2012 and participated in its evolution to becoming Marine Renewables Canada in 2012/2013 serving as the treasurer and secretary for both organizations.

Jeremy Poste OpenHydro Technology Canada Ltd.

In 2014, Jeremy Poste joined OpenHydro – a DCNS company – global leader in tidal technology delivering silent, invisible, renewable energy. He is responsible for all operations, projects, teams and business development for OpenHydro in Canada. Jeremy has significant experience in both project management and industrial production in the energy sector, developed through his time working for DCNS in France and abroad, as well as other companies in the DCNS Group or AREVA Group.  He is a Mechanical & Thermo Hydraulics Engineer specialized in the energy sector, especially nuclear energy.

For 20 years, Jeremy has lived in coastal regions, developing both his professional and personal life around what the oceans has to offer. He strongly believes oceans have a major role to play in our clean energy future and that ocean energy can be responsibly harnessed.

As President of Cape Sharp Tidal Venture, a joint venture between OpenHydro and Emera that has significantly invested in the regional and international supply chain, Jeremy has led his team to develop a clean, renewable energy source in Nova Scotia, while creating hundreds of jobs and investing millions in the local economy.

Cape Sharp Tidal Venture aims to install and operate a 4MW demonstration array at the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) site in the Minas Passage to power 1,000 Nova Scotia homes with clean renewable energy. The project will also advance global scientific knowledge by implementing an environmental monitoring program to study sound, and fish and mammal interaction with the turbines.

Jeremy is a Director on both the Board of FORCE and the Board of Cape Sharp Tidal Development.

Fabian Wolk Rockland Scientific Inc.

Fabian has extensive scientific and technical expertise in oceanographic sensing systems.  He is President and co-founder of Rockland Scientific, a leading and innovative company in Victoria, British Columbia, specializing in instrumentation and services for the measurement of marine micro-scale and turbulence.  Over his 20-year career in the oceanographic sector Fabian has established a wide professional network in academia and industry, with numerous contacts in 19 countries.  Fabian serves as a member on the Canadian subcommittee to IEC/TC114 for the development of international standards relating to tidal resource assessment.  He also serves on the board of the Victoria Jazz Society.

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