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Tim Brownlow 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.

Eric Bibeau Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre

A McGill graduate in mechanical engineering, Dr. Bibeau obtained his Masters and PhD from the University of British Columbia. He then worked as a researcher at Atomic Energy Canada Limited performing large-scale experiments of CANDU reactor components.  He then became CEO of a high tech company performing industrial modelling for the pulp and paper industry, mainly for black liquor and biomass boilers. He currently is an Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineer Department at the University of Manitoba in the area of renewable energy, involved in R&D in the area of distributed renewable energy systems using hydrokinetic turbines, biomass CHP, passive cooling, and solar energy.  He held the NSERC/Manitoba Hydro Industrial Research Chair for 10 years where he became well aquatinted with distributed renewable energy technologies.

Dr. Bibeau contributes towards energy plans by applying energy modelling to implement renewable energy technologies based on local resources.  He develops novel energy technologies, and has acquired an excellent technical understanding of various emerging renewable energy technologies that are being developed and their potential for being economically viable. He has authored over 170 technical publications in the last 6 years in renewable energy and has a hands-on overview of current and emerging technologies to implement for distributed renewable applications. Dr. Bibeau is well acquainted with the barriers to implement new distributed renewable energy systems. He develops renewable energy curriculum to teach renewable energy, energy modelling, and energy policies to graduate and undergraduate engineers. Recently, he has co-founded the non-profit company Turtle Island Innovations to accelerate the development of cost-effective renewable technologies to address climate change in first nation and remote communities.

He leads the Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Testing Centre (CHTTC) to advance the marine energy industry, contributing to develop technologies to accelerate its cost competiveness. The CHTTC attracts turbine manufacturers and developers and focuses on life-cycle project solutions for fully integrated systems. The centre offers a commercial setting with the following assets: regulatory approval, equipment for manned and unmanned deployment and retrieval, a connection to local grid and test equipment to study the impact of the environment on turbines and the impact of the turbines on aquatic life. The CHTTC is located on the Winnipeg River downstream of the Seven Sisters dam.  In partnership with developers, he helps secure funding to advance the technology readiness level of hydrokinetic turbine technologies. His research group is currently working to reduce cost of marine power cables, simplify anchors, eliminate the infrastructure required to deploy/retrieval turbines, develop a method to map energetic river sites across Canada, and provide a low cost approach to quantify the hydrokinetic resource in a river to support project financing to install turbines.

Troy Garnett Cherubini Metal Works

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.

Carys Burgess Emera

Carys has more than 25 years of practice in marine science, including field and laboratory backgrounds.  Her experience encompasses positions at universities, government, industry and consulting and has focused on research, environmental monitoring and assessment and consultation. Carys is experienced in a variety of business areas with a focus on the application of Environmental Assessment, both comprehensive and screening levels, and environmental policies pursuant to regulations at federal, provincial and municipal levels. In her current role at Emera, as Environmental Manager for the Cape Sharp Tidal project, Carys is responsible for leading the process for obtaining federal and provincial consents for tidal turbine deployments, leading and managing the delivery of the environmental monitoring and research programs and the procurement and management of consultant services used for the design and execution of the environmental studies and effects monitoring program. In addition, Carys manages and conducts aspects of liaisons with all stakeholders, including government, and leads engagement with the Mi’kmaq of Nova Scotia on behalf of Cape Sharp Tidal.

Sue Molloy Glas Ocean Electric

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 (2017 Past Chair) Independant

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.

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

In 2014, Jeremy Poste joined OpenHydro – a DCNS company – global leader in tidal technology delivering silent, invisible, renewable energy. He was 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, Jeremy 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.

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

Brad Buckham University of Victoria Institute for Integrated Energy Systems / West Coast Wave Initiative

Dr. Brad Buckham (BEng, 1997; PhD, 2003) is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering and a member of the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria, and is a licensed PEng in BC.   His technical specialization is the dynamics modeling of multi-body floating offshore systems with an emphasis on mooring dynamics, and over the last 15 years has been involved in numerous industry driven projects in which system design and operation is complicated by the presence of mooring lines or cabled telemetry.

Dr. Buckham’s research portfolio spans several facets of the marine renewable energy space. His team of researchers at UVic has a track record in the development of technology for towed, autonomous and remotely operated undersea vehicles used to monitor and service submerged infrastructure.  Between 2006-2010 he was the Scientific Advisor for SyncWave Energy Inc. and also served on the steering committee for the 2012 Marine Renewable Energy technology Roadmap.  Since 2008, he has been the Director of the West Coast Wave Initiative (WCWI) – a collaborative research program investigating the potential for ocean wave energy to supply remote coastal communities and broader regions in Pacific Canada.

In building the WCWI, he has worked closely with numerous private sector developers of wave energy conversion devices to produce comprehensive resource assessments of the wave resource off the BC coast, complete detailed simulation based performance assessments of wave energy converter designs and determine how wave supplied power can reduce cost of energy in diesel reliant communities along the BC coast.  Through 2016, the WCWI was supported through more than $3M in grants from Natural Resources Canada, NSERC, the BC Innovative Clean Energy Fund, and the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions.  The WCWI’s  activities include continued operation of a fleet of 8 moored wind-wave monitoring platforms off of the BC coast, and management of a coastal model that provide wave forecasts across the BC coast.  Moving into 2017 and beyond, the program is expanding its field monitoring operations through investment by the Canadian Foundation for Innovation, and is growing the effort to use marine renewables data assembled to date to build the economic rationale for incorporating wave energy converters into remote community electrical grids.

Through the diverse array of academic-industry collaborative projects he facilitates, and the progression of graduate students from his research team at UVic into the private sector, Dr. Buckham both supports and benefits from a network of professionals working across the full spectrum of the Canadian marine renewable energy sector.  His contributions to research and training in the marine renewables sector have been recognized by the BC Innovation Council, Natural Resources Canada and Mitacs Canada.

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