Marine Renewables Canada welcomes two new board directors

Marine Renewables Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors. The new directors bring experience from the broader energy industry that will assist the association in advancing the marine renewable energy sector across Canada.

“As Canada works to act on climate change and build its Blue Economy, marine renewable energy can support both endeavours,” said Marine Renewables Canada executive director Elisa Obermann. “Building this new industry requires perseverance and leadership. That’s why I am pleased to announce the appointment of new directors to our board: Marty Gaulin and John Wright—their experience and enthusiasm will benefit the association and the sector.”

Marty Gaulin is Vice President Tidal Energy Program with Sustainable Marine. He brings over 35 years of experience in engineering, procurement, construction, commissioning and operations management in the energy sector. Marty 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. He 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.

John Wright is Executive Director, Business Development with Northland Power, 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. In his role at Northland Power, John has been focussed on grid scale energy storage development and supporting Northland’s offshore wind development interests in Canada and the US.

Their directorship terms began on January 1, 2021.

The executive committee has been expanded for 2021 with Jason Clarkson, President of Halifax Offshore Consulting assuming the role of Treasurer. He joins Chairman of the board, the Honourable Michel P. Samson, Counsel at Cox & Palmer and Vice Chair, Peter Huttges, Director of Ports and Coastal at Atlantic Towing.

Marine Renewables Canada would like to thank the outgoing directors of the board for their contributions and leadership: Eric Bibeau (University of Manitoba/Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre) and Michelle Chislett (Northland Power).

For full Board of Directors’ biographies, please visit the Marine Renewables Canada website.

About Marine Renewables Canada
Marine Renewables Canada is the country’s tidal, offshore wind, wave and river current energy association representing technology and project developers, utilities, researchers, and the energy and marine supply chain. Since 2004, the organization has worked to identify and foster collaborative opportunities, provide information and education, and represent the best interests of the sector to advance the development of a marine renewable energy industry in Canada that can be globally competitive.

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Elisa Obermann
Marine Renewables Canada

Marine Renewables Canada to focus on synergies with offshore wind

With a growing global effort to develop climate change solutions and increase renewable electricity production, along with Canada’s strengths in offshore and ocean sectors, Marine Renewables Canada has made a strategic decision to grow its focus by officially including offshore wind energy in its mandate.

Legislation Places Nova Scotia in Position of Global Leadership on Marine Renewable Energy

Today the Government of Nova Scotia proclaimed the Marine Renewable-energy Act, a major milestone for Canada’s marine renewable energy sector.

The Act provides a framework for the governance and development of marine renewable energy resources – including tidal, wave, and offshore wind energy. Key features of the Act include the designation of areas of priority for development, as well as a licensing and permitting regime.

Marine Renewables Canada adds industry expertise to 2018 Board of Directors

Marine Renewables Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of three new members to its 2018 Board of Directors. The new directors bring experience and strong expertise from the marine renewable energy and broader energy sectors. The three new directors also add representation from across Canada — British Columbia, Manitoba, and Nova Scotia — supporting and strengthening the association’s national mandate.

The new members of the 2018 Marine Renewables Canada Board of Directors are:

Tidal power playing a role in Canada’s transition to a clean-growth economy

Today Cape Sharp Tidal announced that its recent deployment of a 2 MW tidal turbine at the Fundy Ocean Research Center (FORCE) in the Bay of Fundy is successfully delivering electricity to the Nova Scotia grid – a first for the tidal energy sector in Canada.

“This is a huge milestone for our marine renewable energy sector – demonstrating that tidal energy will play a role in Canada’s transition from fossil fuels to a low-carbon future,” says Marine Renewables Canada executive director, Elisa Obermann. “It comes at a time when our federal government is looking for solutions to achieve its climate change action goals. Tidal energy is now closer to being one of those solutions.”

Wales and Canada continue to build marine energy relationship




Marine Energy Wales will be making a momentous visit across the Atlantic to attend the Marine Renewables Canada 2017 Conference, to share knowledge and experience of their work within the marine energy sector.

The annual conference which is taking place in Ottawa on the 8th and 9th November is the biggest event in the Canadian calendar. The event will bring together Marine Renewables Canada members, government, academia, other industry, and delegates from around the world to discuss current marine renewable energy activities, and needs for the sector in Canada and globally.

The mission forms part of the MoU signed by both organisations last year to share knowledge and support the development of marine energy across the world. Both countries are leading the way in marine energy development and this positive collaboration and relationship-building aims to strengthen the industry through shared learning.

Amanda White, Operations Director at Marine Renewables Canada said, “Wales is recognized as a leading jurisdiction in marine renewable energy development and Marine Energy Wales attendance at our conference will allow us to share lessons learned, discuss potential collaborations, and strengthen the ties between Canada and Wales.”

The theme for this year’s conference will be to explore the path forward for marine renewable energy, examining what the strategy going forward could look like, and how the growing focus and priority on renewables by society, investors, and governments will play a role. The agenda features highlights on Canadian achievements to date as well as updates on the global industry, insights on strategies and policies which could accelerate sector development and future opportunities and challenges.
Marine Energy Wales will form part of an international delegation visiting the conference, funded by the Government of Canada, who will connect and inform the Canadian sector about progress, opportunities and lessons learned across the world.

David Jones, Project Director of Marine Energy Wales commented, “We are delighted to accept the invitation to attend the Marine Renewables Canada conference as this event will be important for us to strengthen our ties with the Canadian industry. Our two organisations have been key drivers for marine energy in our respective nations, and we share many of the same aims and objectives. We have already agreed to welcome MRC and their members to our 2018 conference and so we look forward to continuing to build on this important relationship.”

Online registration for the conference is open on the Marine Renewables Canada website here where further information can also be found on the event and the programme.


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Notes to Editors:

Marine Energy Wales
Marine Energy Wales brings together technology developers, the supply chain, academia and the public sector to establish Wales as a global leader in sustainable marine energy generation, making a significant contribution to a low carbon economy.
The benefits of this industry are being felt throughout the country with the creation of green sustainable jobs, growth and skills providing significant development opportunities for Wales.

Formally known as Marine Energy Pembrokeshire, the group was set up in 2010 to provide support and guidance for the sector, and has been instrumental in building a positive and unique collaboration between industry, government and academia. In 2016 Marine Energy Wales was launched to represent the sector at a national level due to industry demand.
Marine Energy Wales is a project run by Pembrokeshire Coastal Forum CIC.

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Marine Renewables Canada
Marine Renewables Canada is the national association for wave, tidal, and river current energy, representing technology and project developers, utilities, researchers, and the energy and marine supply chain. Since 2004, the association has worked to identify and foster collaborative opportunities, provide information and education, and represent the best interests of the sector to advance the development of a marine renewable energy industry in Canada that can be globally competitive.

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Marine Renewables Canada leads trade mission to Ireland

This week Canadian representatives of the growing marine renewable energy industry will showcase the sector’s expertise and capabilities to an international audience in Cork, Ireland. Marine Renewables Canada, with support from the Government of Canada and Government of Nova Scotia, is leading a trade mission of 32 delegates to the 4th European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference (EWTEC), an event that is increasingly playing a role in building research and business partnerships.

Since a Canadian delegation last attended EWTEC in Nantes, France in 2015, significant strides have taken place in the Canadian marine renewable energy industry that establish Canadians as one of the leaders in the global industry.

“Canadian companies and researchers have been building experience and expertise through research, deployments, and demonstrations across Canada and internationally,” said Elisa Obermann, Executive Director of Marine Renewables Canada. “Many of the delegates attending EWTEC are involved in Cape Sharp Tidal’s project in the Bay of Fundy, wave energy R&D in British Columbia, and river current energy demonstrations in Manitoba. The mission provides an excellent opportunity to share knowledge, build relationships, and highlight the strengths of Canada’s marine renewable energy sector.”

EWTEC is a steadily growing event, now attracting about 600 participants. Through participation in conference presentations, a pavilion, and side business and networking events the mission will serve to showcase Canada’s strengths, attract investment, and help participating organizations develop potential business and research relationships in the global industry.  This mission is part of the Government of Canada and the Government of Nova Scotia’s efforts to support trade and investment through the Atlantic Growth Strategy.

The following organizations are participating in the mission to Cork:

  • Acadia Tidal Energy Institute
  • Axys Technologies Inc.
  • Blu-tility
  • Cape Sharp Tidal Venture
  • Cascadia Coast Research Ltd.
  • Canadian Hydrokinetic Turbine Test Centre
  • Dalhousie University
  • Dynamic Systems Analysis Ltd.
  • Envigour
  • Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy
  • Glas Ocean Electric
  • Mersey Consulting
  • Nova Scotia Department of Energy
  • Offshore Energy Research Association
  • Rockland Scientific

More details about the 2017 European Wave and Tidal Energy Conference can be viewed at:




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Marine Renewables Canada


Marine Renewables Canada adds industry expertise to 2016 Board of Directors

Marine Renewables Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of four new members to its Board of Directors. The new directors bring experience in the marine renewable energy industry and unique perspectives that will add to the national leadership of the association.

The new members of the Marine Renewables Canada Board of Directors are:

Tim Brownlow is the Director of Industry Relations at Atlantic Towing. Tim is a government  relations and business development  executive with over thirty five years of experience in the offshore oil and gas sector. He began his offshore career in the oil and natural gas industry in 1978, and 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.

Tim 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.

Troy Garnett is Director Business Development at Aecon Group Inc. Aecon is Canada’s largest publicly traded construction and Infrastructure Company. As Director of Business Development, Troy brings a wealth of experience in Sales, Corporate Relationships and Communications within the Energy and Marine Sectors. Before Troy joined Aecon he was the Regional Manager for Westlund, an Industrial Supply Company, based here in Atlantic Canada.

Troy shares the Board’s vision to continue to build a sustainable marine renewable industry within Canada and looks forward to engaging with fellow members, their organizations, and academic institutions in his pursuit to move the industry forward.

Marius Lengkeek is owner at Lengkeek Vessel Engineering which he started in 1981. He has 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.

Marius brings direct recent experience in marine renewable energy as Lengkeek Vessel Engineering has been working with Emera, Tocardo, and FORCE for various naval architect and design services. 

Sue Molloy, PhD, (Naval Architecture & Ocean engineering) is the General Manager and President of Black Rock Tidal Power (BRTP). 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 has applied that 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.

Their terms will officially begin on January 1, 2016.

Marine Renewables Canada would also like to thank the following outgoing members of the Board of Directors for their contributions and leadership: Don Bryan (MacArtney Inc.), Graham Curren (JD Irving Ltd.), Scot Merriam (SRM Projects), and Russell Stothers (Clean Current Power Systems).

About Marine Renewables Canada
Marine Renewables Canada is the country’s wave, tidal, and river current energy association representing technology and project developers, utilities, researchers, and the energy and marine supply chain. Since 2004, the organization has worked to identify and foster collaborative opportunities, provide information and education, and represent the best interests of the sector to advance the development of a marine renewable energy industry in Canada that can be globally competitive.

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Elisa Obermann
Marine Renewables Canada

News Release: Building Nova Scotia’s Tidal Power Supply Chain

New Sessions Engage Local Companies to Participate in Marine Renewable Energy Projects

May 21, 2015 – Halifax, N.S. – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Tidal energy projects are taking off in the Bay of Fundy. Marine Renewables Canada (MRC) is offering workshops in locations across Nova Scotia for companies interested in exploring opportunities in the tidal energy supply chain. Three levels of government have partnered to contribute more than $100,000 to the initiative.

Nova Scotia—with its strategy for tidal power development in the Bay of Fundy—is considered a world leader in the marine renewable energy sector. Since 2006, considerable attention and resources have been focused on researching and developing in-stream tidal energy in Nova Scotia. The deployment of multiple turbines signals the next phase of development. This will help determine the viability of extracting energy from tides, converting it and transmitting it to the power grid. It is anticipated that Canada will be one of the first countries to establish tidal array projects.

To build on the momentum of tidal energy projects in the Bay of Fundy, MRC has been working to assess the needs of local project developers—including Fundy Tidal Inc., Minas Energy, Black Rock Tidal Power Inc., Atlantis Operations Canada and Cape Sharp Tidal Venture. The goal is to identify Atlantic Canadian suppliers who can meet tidal energy development requirements through expertise in ocean technology, marine operations and offshore oil and gas. Beginning this month, MRC is delivering a series of webinars, in-person workshops and community open houses to potential suppliers. In addition to providing information, the sessions will connect local suppliers with international developers. The sessions will take place throughout 2015, in locations across Nova Scotia including Halifax, Digby and Parrsboro.

The Government of Canada is investing $46,105 through ACOA’s Innovative Communities Fund (ICF) to support the marine renewable energy supplier engagement and development initiative. The Government of Nova Scotia is investing $45,000 through the Department of Energy. Municipal support includes $10,000 from the Municipality of the County of Cumberland and $4,000 from the Digby Development Agency which comprises the Municipality of the District of Digby and the Town of Digby.

Quick Facts:

  • Established in 2004, MRC is a national industry association whose mission is to align industry, academia and government to ensure that Canada is a leader in providing ocean energy solutions to a world market.
  • MRC comprises approximately 100 members, including technology and project developers, utilities, researchers and the energy and marine supply chain.
  • Bay of Fundy tides push more than 160 billion tonnes of water twice a day—more than four times the combined flow of every freshwater river in the world.
  • The Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE) is grid-connected with a 64 MW capacity, giving it the largest electrical capacity of any in-stream tidal site in the world.
  • Nova Scotia has some of the most attractive feed-in tariffs (FITs) in the world for tidal energy, targeted at both community-based projects and larger-scale development.
  • In 2014, Halifax, Nova Scotia hosted the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE). This was the first time the conference was ever held outside of Europe.


“Jobs and economic growth remain our Government’s top priorities. Economic Action Plan 2015 supports our job creation commitment by making Canada more competitive and helping job-creating businesses prosper. Our investment today in Marine Renewables Canada reflects that commitment by empowering businesses in Cumberland County and beyond to compete and thrive within the tidal energy sector.”

     – Scott Armstrong, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister of Labour and Member of Parliament for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

“The tidal energy sector represents enormous opportunities for businesses in Digby County and across Atlantic Canada. Our Government is pleased to invest in a marine renewable energy supplier engagement strategy to help local businesses embrace those opportunities now and in the years to come.”

     – Greg Kerr, Member of Parliament for West Nova, on behalf of the Honourable Rob Moore, Minister of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency)

“Nova Scotia is home to a growing ocean technology sector and some of the best marine researchers in the world. The tidal sector has great potential in creating a renewable energy source as well as creating even more economic activity and ocean-related expertise here in Nova Scotia. This initiative positions local companies to tap into the growing tidal energy supply chain, creating opportunities for expertise and export in our communities.”

     – The Honourable Michel Samson, Minister of Energy

“In our experience, these types of partnerships are very successful in that they bring together a wealth of experience and expertise from different levels of government that want to see success based on the same goals. We thank Marine Renewables Canada for providing the leadership on this project and we look forward to working with the Tidal Power industry leaders and government partners”

     – Rennie Bugley, Chief Administrative Officer, Municipality of the County of Cumberland and Chairperson of the Cumberland Energy Authority

“The Municipality of the District of Digby has been a strong proponent of tidal development. Digby is poised to help the supply chain component of the industry to develop and flourish. Digby is open for business when it comes to assisting developers bringing their projects to fruition.”

     – Linda Gregory, Warden, Municipality of the District of Digby

“The Town of Digby is proud to contribute to this exciting project, which will assist the industry as it develops, grows and creates partnerships for success. We applaud MRC and their efforts to lead this important initiative.”

     – Ben Cleveland, Mayor, Town of Digby

“With expertise from the marine, offshore energy, and ocean technology sectors, Canadian businesses and organizations are well suited to provide expertise to tidal energy projects. Getting involved in these early Bay of Fundy projects will help build the industry in Canada and position early movers for global market opportunities.”

     – Elisa Obermann, Executive Director, Marine Renewables Canada

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Kelsie Corey
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Paul Moore
Acting Communications Manager
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
902-426-3470 / 902-222-3360 (cell)

Sarah Levy MacLeod
Media Relations Advisor
Economic and Rural Development and Tourism

Elisa Obermann
Executive Director
Marine Renewables Canada