Board of Directors

Eric Bibeau, Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre (CHTTC)



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.





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.

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.

Michelle Chislett, Northland Power Inc.

As Managing Director of Canada & US for Northland Power, Michelle is responsible for all aspects of business development in order to establish and grow the company’s portfolio of clean and green energy projects in the region.

From 2013-2016, Michelle was with SunEdison where she held the position of country manager for their Canadian business segment. From 2010-2013 Michelle was Vice President of Business Development with GDF SUEZ Canada, where she developed the pipeline of solar projects and gained experience in wind and hydro development. From 2006-2010 Michelle held a number of senior positions with SkyPower Corp, most recently as Vice President, Solar Group where she lead the team that developed Canada’s first fully operational solar farm, ‘First Light’, a 9MW solar Photovoltaic facility in Ontario.

With a background in telecommunications, Michelle was involved in the launch of an innovative wireless technology project along with a variety of other programs with Primus Telecom from 1999 until late 2004.

Michelle Chislett is a current Board member for the Canadian Wind Energy Association (CanWEA), past-Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA), a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of Western Engineering (ACWE), a past member of the Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) Stakeholder Advisory Committee and a past member of Ontario’s Clean Energy Task Force, an advisory council to the Minister of Energy and Minister of Economic Development & Innovation.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Jason Clarkson, Operational Excellence Consulting Inc.



Jason has over 17 years experience working in heavy industry primarily focusing on operational safety, regulatory compliance and risk management.  As the owner of Operational Excellence Consulting Inc. Jason has been servicing the Tidal Industry in Nova Scotia since 2014.

Jason also works closely with Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) on various projects including Fundy Advanced Sensor Technology (FAST) program providing operational support.  Jason also facilitates Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA) for various operations and assists in development of method statements for various sensor deployments in Minas Passage as well as serve as an “observer” on all major operations conducted in the Minas Passage for FORCE including the recent deployment of the Cape Sharp Tidal turbine in July.

In early 2018 Jason was approached by FORCE to capture lessons learned from marine operations in the Minas Passage. The project involves information that is shared from developers and contractors who have been performing marine operations in the past number of years. The purpose is to help the tidal industry in Nova Scotia by sharing information about operations and experiences while operating in the conditions that are unique to the Minas Passage.

Jason is currently serving as the Project Manager for Sustainable Marine Energy Canada (SMEC) for current project in Grand Passage as well as the project slated in the Minas Passage at the Fundy Ocean Research  Center for Energy (FORCE).

Simon De Pietro, DP Energy



SIMON DE PIETRO is an Owner / Director for the DP Energy companies and current president of the European Ocean Energy Association. Simon De Pietro is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering (Aerodynamics and Fluid Mechanics) from the University of Liverpool. Simon has more than 25 years experience in developing wind farms and more recently marine energy projects. DP Energy has developed 260MW of built and operating renewable assets and has more than 1GW of renewable energy projects under development including 339MW of tidal energy projects.

Simon has been a tireless advocate for Ocean Energy during his term as president of Ocean Energy Europe, representing the organisation at numerous conferences, seminars and events, including policy discussions with the European Commission and member states.

DP Energy through its subsidiary companies Rio Fundo and Halagonia Tidal Energy is currently developing the largest tidal array in Canada through the Uisce Tapa project in the Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia. The project was recently awarded a substantial grant of $30million from NRCAN through the Emerging Renewable Power Programme (ERPP) to support the project. DP is also developing another 300MW of projects in the UK and Northern Ireland.  DP is one of very few independent developers currently operating in the marine energy sector. This gives the company a unique platform to advocate and agitate for technology neutral advancement and support for the sector..

Peter Huttges, Atlantic Towing





Peter is Coastal Business Manager with Atlantic Towing Limited, responsible for all aspects of business development and customer and contract management, for the Coastal Division. In his role, Peter provides expertise and support for a range of industries including marine renewable energy, offshore oil and gas, aquaculture, marine construction, mining and Arctic resupply. Peter also leads Western Canadian activity for Atlantic Towing and is currently working with the Canadian Coast Guard on the Emergency Towing Vessel project to provide emergency response services on the west coast.

Working with J.D. Irving Limited now in his 18th year, Peter has held progressive management roles in the Sawmills and Woodlands Division, Pulp and Paper Division and Transportation Division where he has gained strong experience in project management, planning, operations, and financial management.

Over the past several years, Peter has been closely engaged in marine renewable energy development in Canada. Growing up and living on the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick, he is enthusiastic about the opportunities the industry can bring the Atlantic region and Canada. Peter has first-hand experience with the challenges facing the sector, having managed Atlantic Towing’s marine operations for several tidal energy projects in the Bay of Fundy, over the past seven years. As a result of this experience and work in other industries, Peter has a diverse network across Canada and a strong understanding of the benefits and challenges of building Canada’s marine renewable energy sector.

Peter is a registered professional engineer and holds a Bachelor of Forest Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.

Kim MacNeil, Nova Innovation



Kim began his career in northern Canada where he worked in the environmental department of two large mining companies.

From 1986 to 2017 he worked for the Province of Nova Scotia, mainly with Nova Scotia Environment (NSE). Beginning as an inspector in Yarmouth he liaised with various environmental non-government organizations, conducted inspections and enforced a wide range of environmental acts and regulations.

Kim had the good fortune of being with NSE at a time when environmental laws and protection of our environment were becoming important for people both here and around the world. This provided him the opportunity to represent the province and promote our environmental management programs in Great Britain, the Middle East and the Caribbean.

While with the province he served as Acting Deputy Minister of Environment and then as Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries & Aquaculture.

He now owns Aviso East Consulting Inc., which provides insight and advice to the private and public sectors, assisting them in reaching their potential by breaking down barriers and establishing long-term relationships.

Kim is presently the Head of North American Development with Nova Innovation, a world-leading tidal energy company based out of Edinburgh, Scotland. Nova designs, builds and operates tidal energy devices. They are currently preparing to install a turbine in Petit Passage, Digby County, Nova Scotia.

In his free time Kim loves to travel and sail around the coves, bays and islands of eastern Nova Scotia. He lives in the Annapolis Valley with his wife Patricia and has 2 adult sons.

The Honourable Michel P. Samson, Cox & Palmer

2020 CHAIR



Michel Samson is Counsel to the regional law firm of Cox & Palmer.  A bilingual graduate of Dalhousie Law School, Michel began his law practice in Cape Breton before spending 19 years as a Member of the Nova Scotia Legislature. Michel’s cabinet assignments included acting Minister of Justice, Attorney General & Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy, Trade & Acadian Affairs and Francophonie, Minister of Economic and Rural Development & Tourism, Minister of Environment and Government House Leader. Michel was a senior Minister in the government of Premier Stephen McNeil (2013-2017).

As Counsel in the Halifax office, Michel’s experience in energy, fishery, aboriginal affairs and trade matters is an asset for our clients doing business in Atlantic Canada and beyond.  Michel provides strategic advice on government relations and community consultation.  He is a registered lobbyist with the Province of Nova Scotia and Government of Canada and provides assistance to our clients needing guidance in government relations.

Dragan Tutić, Oneka Technologies



Dragan Tutić is co-founder and CEO of Oneka Technologies, a company based in Quebec that developed a wave-powered desalination technology that directly converts the motion of waves into drinking water for coastal communities. As he has been developing this technology, he has established experience in addressing technical challenges, raising capital, and navigating logistics and permitting requirements.