Michael Doucet

President

Michael Doucet is an environmental project manager with over 12 years of experience conducting and managing environmental site assessment, investigation, and remediation programs throughout Canada, including Nova Scotia, at public and private industrial and commercial facilities. Although Michael works in many site assessment and remediation disciplines, his focus has been on project managing spill response projects. Michael’s spill response experience spans the country from projects in British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. Through this experience Michael understands the pressures of working on a spill response, the urgency to act and deliver, and the need to plan ahead and execute with a focus on communicating.

Janet Blackadar

Vice President / Vice Chair

For over 19 years Janet Blackadar, M.Sc.F., EP, has been a Fredericton-based trilingual Associate Environmental Scientist with Wood and Manager of Environmental Sciences – Maritime Provinces. She is responsible for providing senior technical services in the environmental sciences sector. As a professional in the environmental field throughout Canada and internationally, she has managed and reviewed EIAs, federal Screenings and permitting for such projects as the Exxon Mobil offshore and onshore decommissioning of the Sable Island Project; multiple wind farm projects in Canada; Pieridae’s proposed LNG export facility in Goldboro; and she has been the overall Senior Reviewer for all environmental components of the Petitcodiac Causeway Project since inception. Ms. Blackadar was also PM for multiple EIAs for natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in NB, all of which were highly publicized under a challenging legislative framework. Collectively these projects represent a substantive element of all major commercial and industrial development recently undertaken in the Maritime Provinces. Her areas of specialization include project planning and management, permits and approvals, EA, meeting facilitation, client and regulatory liaison, Indigenous persons engagement, and expert witness testimony.

Alex Coldham

Treasurer

Alex holds a B.Sc (Microbiology and Immunology) from Dalhousie University. He has over 10 years of experience in the environmental laboratory sector holding many positions during that time. Currently the Operations Manager for Atlantic Canada with AGAT Laboratories, he is responsible for the laboratory operation, client services, and the overall success in the Atlantic region. Previously Alex has held the position of Manager of Corporate Services which had a heavy emphasis on using data analytics to help operations make critical financial decisions, as well as coordinating IT projects between the business needs and the IT execution. He has also held the role of Client Services Manager – Alberta and a Client Project Manager in Calgary managing some of Alberta’s largest environmental consultants.

During his career Alex has been lucky enough to gain valuable knowledge on the importance of analytics to drive change, and improving operational efficiency and at the same time improving the employee experience.

Josh Perry

Secretary

Josh has nearly two decades of experience working in the environmental services industry as part of a client relation and business development team for the Research and Productivity Council (RPC) of New Brunswick. His primary focus includes managing customer accounts related to RPC’s analytical services, including organic/inorganic chemistry, microbiological and air quality services. He maintains strong relationships and networks of contacts within the engineering, industrial, commercial, and governmental sectors. Josh has helped develop content for newsletters and organized many events management by the former New Brunswick Environmental Industry Association (NBEIA).

Terry Thibodeau

Director

Terry has worked over the years predominantly in the field of renewable energy development, economic development and business counselling. In his previous role as Economic Development Officer Terry was responsible for developing the regions’ renewable energy projects and for the delivery of the Business Retention Expansion program. Now as the Coordinator for Renewable Energy and Climate Change for the Municipality of Digby, Terry works on myriad of renewable energy projects from promoting smart grid opportunities and the introduction of electrical vehicles to implementing energy efficiency programs. The development of a tidal industry in Digby County, as well as opportunities in bioenergy, show great promise for the marine industries and agriculture development.

Terry has led the municipality of Digby’s successful award winning biogas COMFIT project. The project is the first of its kind in the world that incorporates mink waste and organic material as feedstock. The innovative project is a partnership with local mink ranchers in addressing waste management concerns through the use of anaerobic technologies which converts methane gas to electricity.

Terry’s other responsibilities include the implementation of a climate action plan for Digby County as part of a strategy for dealing with climate change and in reducing harmful GHGs. He is regularly asked to speak at various conferences on the integration these technologies and their application in society. Terry is this year’s recipient of the Digby and Area Board of Trade, 2016 Environmental Services Award in recognition of his contributions to advancing, promoting and advocating for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.

A graduate of Université Sainte Anne, Nova Scotia’s only francophone university Terry also holds a Masters of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Terry is on the board of directors of the alumni association at Saint Anne’s. Terry met his beautiful wife Hélène of 30 +years at Saint Anne’s at the local bar… and they have 3 children.

In his free time, Terry is the Chairperson of Clare Association for Community Living which operates the local adult workshop where 35 participants engage in a variety of different social and lifeskills activities. The group also operate and manage a residential home consisting of 9 clients. Terry simply enjoys being around people especially those with special needs. Terry is an avid guitarist and enjoys playing for anyone who wants to listen to his music. He is both a cyclist and motorcyclist and attended his first Wharf Rat Rally as a participant last year on a motorcycle that was a Christmas gift from his lovely wife. How about golf hack, he does indulge in a few rounds a year.

Amanda White

Director

As Operations Director for Marine Renewables Canada, Amanda is responsible for membership development and services, operational and logistical support, trade development and supply chain growth and advancing seminars, missions and conferences.

Amanda began her career in the energy industry in 2002 when she first joined OTANS (now The Maritimes Energy Association) as an Event Coordinator, then moved into the Manager of Events & Member Services in 2004 and Trade Mission and Membership Manager in 2010. In these previous roles, Amanda managed all local events and conferences as well as national and international trade missions including OTC in Houston, All-Energy in Scotland, Rio Oil & Gas in Brazil, CanWEA Wind Energy Conference in Canada and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum. She was also responsible for all member relations and communications. Prior to her time at The Maritimes Energy Association, Amanda worked for the Halifax Chamber of Commerce, allowing her the initial experience in working for a member based, not-for-profit association.

Amanda is a native Nova Scotian and began her career after graduating from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science Degree with an Advanced Major in Psychology.

Karen Gilbert

Director

Karen Gilbert is the Regional Business Development Manager for Bureau Veritas in Atlantic Canada. In this role, Karen focuses on customer retention through collaboration, relationship building and promoting the laboratory’s services.

Karen has a biology degree from St. Francis Xavier University and has held several client-facing positions during her 20 year tenure with the company. She has helped to support customers working on programs such as emergency spills, offshore environmental monitoring, municipal drinking water testing, contaminated site clean-ups and environmental assessments.

As an ESAM member for many years, Karen has appreciated the efforts of the organization to bring together members of the environmental industry. In her new role as a board member, she looks forward to supporting upcoming initiatives and engaging with the ESAM membership.

In her free time, Karen enjoys spending time with her daughters, fishing with her husband and hosting some highly competitive game nights with friends.

Stephen Sauveur

Director

Stephen Sauveur is an environmental professional with nearly 30 years of combined industry, government and academic experience. He has been in his current position as the Regional Service Line Leader (RSLL), Environmental Services at Defence Construction Canada (DCC) since 2021. In this role, he is responsible for directing and leading a team of highly skilled professionals for the delivery of environmental services to the Department of National Defence (DND) in the Atlantic Region. Prior to joining DCC, he spent 11 years with DND where he acted as the Environment Officer at a military base in Nova Scotia and later as the National Environmental Compliance officer. He began his professional as an environmental consultant where he spent 15 years. The bulk of his consulting experience was in the assessment, management and remediation of contaminated sites, specializing in federal sites under the Federal Contaminated Site Action Plan (FCSAP). He was also involved in water supply projects and Environmental Management System (EMS) internal audits/verifications in accordance with ISO14001. While working with DND, his program area experience included compliance with regulations under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA), including Storage Tank Systems, Halocarbons, Asbestos, PCBs and Emergency Response, as well as regulations associated with wastewater effluents, hazardous materials and solid waste management.

Stephen graduated from Acadia University with a B.Sc. in Geology and, later, from the Technical University of Nova Scotia with a Master of Applied Science in Civil Engineering, specializing in hydrogeology. He is a registered Professional Geoscientist in Nova Scotia.

Stephen’s experience has allowed him to foster a strong working relationship between industry suppliers and government clients and regulators. Over his many years of professional service, he has developed a network of peers in both sectors and has built strong relationships.

Meenakshi Chaudhary

Director

Meenakshi has a bachelor‘s degree in science and has completed her master’s degree in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University. She is experienced in conducting environmental field sampling, data interpretation, and report writing to support Environmental Site Assessments. She was also involved with the soil, sediment, surface water, and marine biota sample collection as part of environmental sampling and monitoring programs for contaminated site project in Nova Scotia. In her current role with Defence Construction Canada, she is assisting the project managers in preparing environmental assessment reports and in technical review of marine environmental project. She also holds another bachelor’s degree in education and has two years of experience in teaching. Her interest lies in guiding and supporting peers to create a healthy and safe environment.

Rob McCullough

Director

Rob is a Senior Technical Lead – Office Lead for the Environmental Remediation practice with AECOM in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Rob has experience in management, co-ordination and facilitation of significant response teams on large emergency response and remediation projects in Canada in the south and across the Northwest Territories and Nunavut. He has spent much of his career in the Canadian Arctic carrying out projects located in remote areas directing multi-disciplinary teams. Rob has overseen many large complex projects across Canada and has 38 years of experience in the Arctic in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and in the Yukon and Greenland. Rob’s experience includes all aspects of remediation on a variety of projects including the Air Navigation System across the Canadian Arctic, the Distant Early Warning System (DEW line) and major releases from both upstream/downstream petrochemical companies across Canada and overseas in South east Asia and south America.

Rob was the senior technical lead for several projects including the MK Airlines 747 crash at Halifax International Airport and the remediation of JET A-1 and Arctic diesel releases at DND DEW Line BAF-3 . Rob has extensive experience in northern mine site remediation involving 15 years of work at the former Colomac Gold Mine, Bullmoose Ruth and Gordon Lake Group of Mines, Stark Lake Mine, Great Bear Lakes Mine sites (Silver Bear Mines) and Rayrock Former Uranium Mine in the NWT.