Peter Huttges

Atlantic Towing
Peter HuttgesAtlantic Towing

2022 CHAIR

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.

John Wright

Northland Power
John WrightNorthland Power


Northland Power Inc. (Northland) is a Canadian based clean and renewable energy company with a 30(+) year focus on successfully developing, building, owning and operating sustainable electricity generating assets across Canada and globally. Northland is a publicly traded company with an approximate market capitalization of $8.8 billion. Along with biomass, solar and onshore wind assets, Northland has over 1000 megawatts of offshore wind in operation and 1000 megawatts in development.

John Wright has been with Northland Power since 2007 working in business development. John has been focussed on grid scale energy storage development and been supporting Northland’s offshore wind development interests in Canada and the US. He served as a board member of Energy Storage Canada from 2012 – 2019 and has been supporting MRC’s offshore wind activities since its marine renewable energy mandate expanded to include offshore wind.  While supporting all marine renewable energy technologies, John’s focus as and MRC board member will be on helping to build a roadmap for offshore wind development in Canada.

Marty Gaulin

AtlanticXL Inc.
Marty GaulinAtlanticXL Inc.

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.

Jason Hayman

Sustainable Marine
Jason HaymanSustainable Marine

Jason Hayman is the CEO of Sustainable Marine), which he founded in 2012.

Jason is a qualified Naval Architect and has worked in the marine sector since 1996. He has extensive experience in the design, build and refit of vessels, from small rescue craft to high-performance composite racing yachts, ferries, offshore vessels, and the development of lifting and handling systems for the offshore renewable energy sector. Jason has successfully developed and demonstrated several engineering solutions for performing complex tasks in challenging marine environments and has a wealth of operational experience. He successfully delivered a tidal turbine installation system for Voith Hydro’s first-generation, bottom-mounted tidal turbine, in Korea, in 2010. Since then he has been dedicated to the mission of developing and delivering a simple, cost-effective, tidal energy system that is easy to install and maintain.

As an entrepreneur, Jason has successfully navigated his way through the start-up labyrinth; starting his journey with an engineering consultancy, and evolving it into a technology development company that won a number of funding competitions and gained the support of a strong network of investors and partners, including propulsion experts SCHOTTEL. This enabled him to build a team and develop the PLAT-I floating tidal energy platform, which was successfully installed and demonstrated for the first time, in Scotland, in 2017.

Building on this success, Jason led the merger of SCHOTTEL’s tidal energy business units in Germany and Canada with Sustainable Marine in 2018. The PLAT-I demonstrator was installed at Grand Passage, Nova Scotia, and Jason now leads a growing team located in Germany, Scotland and Nova Scotia that is delivering the world’s first floating tidal array at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE).

Jason holds a Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Hons in Marine Technology) from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, and an MPhil in Engineering for Sustainable Development at the University of Cambridge, where he also conducted post-graduate research on the economics of marine renewable energy with the Electricity Policy Research Group at Cambridge’s Faculty of Economics.

Dr. Mary Lou Lauria

Advisian (part of Worley Group)
Dr. Mary Lou Lauria Advisian (part of Worley Group)

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.


Kim MacNeil

Nova Innovation
Kim MacNeilNova 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
The Honourable Michel P. SamsonCox & Palmer


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 Thomas

DP Energy
Sarah ThomasDP Energy

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.

Dragan Tutić

Oneka Technologies
Dragan TutićOneka 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.