Peter is Director of Ports and Coastal with Atlantic Towing Limited, responsible for all aspects of business development, customer and contract management, and operations for the Ports and Coastal Division. In his role, Peter provides expertise and support for a range of industries including marine renewable energy, offshore oil and gas, port services, 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 to the west coast.
Working with J.D. Irving Limited now in his 19th 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, business development 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 area. 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’s Degree in Forest Engineering from the University of New Brunswick.
Dr. Mary Lou Lauria
Advisian (part of Worley Group)
2023 VICE CHAIR
Dr. Lauria lives in Vancouver and leads Advisian’s (consulting arm of Worley) Environmental & Water group across North America. She is an operational leader with responsibility to build strategy, set budgets and safely deliver programs. She is an environmental consultant with over 25 years’ experience, an experienced facilitator, expert witness, external examiner and has presented technical papers at several international conferences. She specializes in the strategic development of environmental teams and the delivery of Indigenous and community communications, impact assessments, permits and approvals, compliance and monitoring programs. Working closely with Indigenous groups has been an integral part of project delivery throughout the concept stage, through to full consultation and engagement and during working group reviews. In addition, Mary Lou has been part of a team who has established 3 new Indigenous businesses in Canada, partnered with Advisian.
Mary Lou manages forecasts, establishes budgets, tracks progress and builds teams. Her current role as VP of Operations involves the delivery of P&L of a $60m business. She has identified and is driving strategic areas for growth and established plans to enable success – offshore wind and new energy are strategic initiatives. Mary Lou is a marine biologist and oceanographer, her Ph.D research was focused on phytoplankton in estuaries and shallow coastal waters focusing on biophysical interactions in a dynamic estuarine system. She was an expert witness as part of the Panel Review Process for the proposed Roberts Bank Terminal 2 in BC.
Dr. Lauria has directed numerous environmental and social studies around the world for developments in Canada, US, UK, Libya, Egypt, Mauritania, Algeria, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Mozambique, Benin, Ukraine, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Ecuador, Colombia, Bahamas, Suriname, Guyane and Trinidad. As well as terrestrial baseline studies, she has managed numerous offshore environmental surveys (including in the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Red Sea, Mediterranean, English Channel and the North Sea). She has specific experience working under international (World Bank, IFC, Equator Principles), federal and provincial regulations.
Adrienne Downey (B.Eng, MSc.) is the Principal Engineer and Country Manager for pure-play floating offshore wind developer and technology provider Hexicon in the US and Canada.
Adrienne most recently was the Principal Engineer for offshore wind for the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA). During her tenure, Adrienne led NYSERDA’s nation-leading offshore wind program with the goal of reaching 9 gigawatts (GW) by 2035, and successfully procured an excess of 4.1 GW. Previously, Adrienne supported the establishment of wind turbine original equipment manufacturer ENERCON’s operations in North America in addition to her own energy transition consulting practice, ADaptation.
Adrienne holds a degree in Chemical Engineer from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a Masters in Sustainable Environmental Systems from the Pratt Institute in New York City.
Marty brings over 35 years of experience in engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and operations management in the energy sector. He started his career with Texaco Canada and Imperial Oil where he spent 10 years executing engineering and project management of upstream oil and gas projects from concept through to start up and operations. Marty then joined Colt Engineering/Worley and spent over 25 year leading teams in the execution of EPC projects for energy and resource companies in upstream oil and gas, downstream refining, offshore oil and gas, mining and power industries. His customers included Imperial Oil, PanCanadian, Talisman Energy, Suncor, Shell, ExxonMobil, Husky Energy, Nalcor Power, Nova Scotia Power and Vale. He recently executed, on schedule and on budget, the 8 year $6B ExxonMobil Hebron Topsides Project in offshore Newfoundland and Labrador as the project director and business manager and took the project from the FEED stage through to commissioning and turnover to Operations.
When not working Marty loves to spend time with his wife Dawn, their four kids and three grandchildren. In addition to his family time, Marty also coaches Novice hockey and volunteers on two boards including the Oilfield Technical Society and the Nor’easter Golf Classic. His past volunteer and board experience also included Stella Burry, Kids Eat Smart and the United Way.
An Atlantic Canadian government and marine business leader. Richard’s life is tied to the ocean. He grew up in a coastal community, went to university near the ocean in Halifax and Sackville, NB, led coastal municipal governments and works with a marine services company in the waters throughout Atlantic Canada and around the world.
Richard is the Director of Strategic Initiatives for Horizon Maritime, a growing organization dedicated to the development and support of the offshore industry from our local Canadian waters to locations across the globe. Richard is also the Managing Director of Miawpukek Horizon, a partnership between Horizon Maritimes and Miawpukek First Nation focused on advancing Indigenous participation in the ocean economy.
Richard also understands government relations having held senior positions in the municipal governments of Halifax (Manager of Environment and Sustainability) and Region of Queens and Bridgewater (Chief Administrative Officer).
Richard’s skills leading governance and policy discussions around environmental sustainability, Indigenous relationships and business performance is a rare combination in Atlantic Canada. He is widely recognized as a thought leader and more importantly, a practical doer.
He has also demonstrated that working with local Indigenous partners can lead to commercial success in areas that traditionally excluded both local suppliers and indigenous peoples.
As a business, government and environmental leader, Richard’s perspectives is well suited to the exciting work ahead for the Marine Renewables Board.
Mohammad Ali Raza
Cox & Palmer
Mohammad Ali Raza is a corporate lawyer at Cox & Palmer with a specialty in marine and energy related matters. He has worked both in private practice and as in-house counsel in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Canada. He has been a partner in the Halifax office of Cox & Palmer since 2019.
Mohammad Ali is a thought leader on tidal and offshore wind development. He has written and spoken extensively on Nova Scotia’s Marine Renewable Energy Act and regulations governing autonomous underwater vehicles. Some of his recent articles can be found at https://coxandpalmerlaw.com/people/mohammad-ali-raza/.
His experience includes significant energy infrastructure initiatives in multiple jurisdictions. He chairs the Canadian Bar Association National Section on Environment, Energy and Resources Law. His clients include those involved in tidal and wind energy development, ocean technology, and in merger and acquisitions, equity financings and joint venture projects. He chairs the Cox & Palmer Ocean Innovation Practice Group of lawyers.
He received his LLB, Honours from the University of London in 2004 followed by a Bar Vocational Course Post-Graduate Diploma in Law from the University of the West of England in Bristol. His early career was spent working across Europe and the Middle East for companies and organizations like Pakistan Petroleum Limited and Eni S.p.A.
Mohammad Ali is vice-chair of Feed Nova Scotia, a participant in the Halifax Partnership Connector Program, and serves on the board of the Pakistani Canadian Association of Nova Scotia. He has been involved in the Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia Workplace Placement Program since 2017 and a global advisor, Nova Scotia Exporters, International Connectors Program.
Mohammad Ali lives in Halifax with his wife and two children.
The Honourable Michel P. Samson
Cox & Palmer
2023 PAST 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.
Sarah began her career in the US Navy, serving as an officer on a ship homeported in Japan. She transitioned to the shipbuilding industry after her time in the Navy, working for the US government ship procurement office, first as a systems engineer before becoming the Deputy Technical Director of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) program. After working on the LCS program for 5 years, Sarah emigrated to Canada and worked at Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax, NS on two of their National Procurement Strategy programs.
With a strong interest in renewable energy and a desire to leave the world in a better place for her nieces and nephews, Sarah transitioned to the Renewable Energy Sector in 2017. She worked for OpenHydro overseeing the technical aspects of their turbine preparations prior to its 2018 deployment. She is currently the project manager for DP Energy’s Uisce Tapa Project in Canada, preparing for the project’s first turbine installation in the coming years.
Sarah holds a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering and is a fully qualified Project Management Professional (PMP) with the Project Management Institute. She also holds a Master of Public Policy from Georgetown University.
Simply Blue Group
Simply Blue Group is not just a company focused on sustainable energy and aquaculture, we are a collective of passionate experts in a wide variety of fields that engage directly with local communities commercially, culturally and socially.
Our large scale projects bring employment and economic benefits to coastal communities but more than that we bring our shared values on sustainability and a global perspective about the actions and methods we use to carry out our work.
EverWind Fuels is focused on transforming renewable energy into green hydrogen, which can be used as a stand-alone energy source or as feedstock to produce other clean liquid fuels and chemicals.
We engage with local communities and governments to help them bring their sustainable policy goals to life, and to deliver benefits to all our partners.
David is Northland’s Global Head of Public Affairs. Based in Toronto, he leads a diverse team, spread across Northland’s active markets, that is working to build strong relationships with decision makers and key influencers within government, regulators and agencies and advocate for effective policy, legislative and regulatory frameworks that ensure the continued growth of Northland’s interests around the globe.
With more than 25 years of experience in the sector, David has a demonstrated history of designing and executing successful advocacy campaigns to help grow the businesses that he supports. He currently serves on the Board of the World Forum Offshore Wind and is a former Director of Offshore Wind California and Board Chair of the Canadian Wind Energy Association.
David Thornton is the Director, Regulatory and Public Affairs for EDF Renewables Canada Inc.
David brings to EDF Renewables Canada’s development team over a decade of public policy development and stakeholder relations experience in the renewable energy industry.
David communicates corporate positions on government legislation, regulation, and procurement policy in targeted electricity markets across Canada. David offers strategic advice based on EDF Renewables over 30-year experience developing, constructing, and operating renewable energy facilities across North America to government and industry leaders, including commentary on power system planning, transmission, interconnection and electricity market design. David also works to expand EDF Renewables Canada’s corporate leadership positions within public policy and stakeholder engagements, and external communication activities.
David works closely with renewable energy industry associations across Canada and in North East United States. Currently, David is an elected member to CanREA’s Federal, Alberta, and Ontario Steering Committee’s. David is also a current Board member for Energy Storage Canada, and a Board member of the Maritime Energy Association.