Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Benefits and Strategies event in Halifax

Facilitator: Marine Courtois
Blue Economy Project Manager, Professional Services | ECO Canada

Marine recently joined ECO Canada as a Blue Economy project manager. After getting my first MSc. In Marine Biological Resources, she recently graduated with a Master of Marine Management from Dalhousie University in Halifax. Born and raised on the French southern shore, Marine brings her foreign expertise in the Ocean sector that she acquired and developed through a wide range of international academic and professional experiences. She aims at broadening ECO Canada’s reach and goals to Atlantic Canada to support Canada’s initiatives toward the Blue Economy
Speaker: Dr. Megan Bailey
Associate Professor and SSHRC Canada Research Chair with the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University

Megan Bailey is Associate Professor and SSHRC Canada Research Chair with the Marine Affairs Program at Dalhousie University. Megan’s research is motivated by notions of equity and fairness, and a belief that the way humans use the ocean, and the resources within, should be governed in ways that ensure ecological resilience and social wellbeing
Speaker: Dr. Sue Molloy Ph.D. (Nav Arch & Ocean Eng.), P.Eng., M.Eng., B.Eng (Mech), B.Sc. (Enviro)
CEO of Glas Ocean Electric

Dr. Sue Molloy holds a PhD in Naval Architectural and Ocean Engineering (Memorial University), and is the CEO of Glas Ocean Electric (GOE), a Nova Scotia-based company electrifying workboats and using our own AI-driven marine data system to reduce GHG emissions. Sue and her team won the Lieutenant Governor’s award for Excellence in Engineering. In 2022 Sue was elected as a fellow to the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Her understanding of the importance of leadership on boards and committees as a tool to advocate for action on the topics of sustainability and equity has led Sue to join several boards. She is a member of the Council of Canadian Academies, a former elected member of Engineers Nova Scotia and recent co-chair for Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Discovery Grant program. Her professional service work includes being an active reviewer for the US Department of Energy and national Canadian Government programs, serving as Canadian Chair of ISO TC 8, Ships and Marine Technology and as the international convenor for the IEC committee focused on river turbine performance. Prior to GOE, Sue was president and general manager of Black Rock Tidal Power (a subsidiary of Schottel GmbH). Sue teaches about sustainable energy and related marine topics at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Speaker: Sarah Devereaux, M.Eng., P.Eng., FEC
Partner at Dillon Consulting Limited and currently sits on the Board of Directors

Sarah Devereaux, M.Eng., P.Eng., FEC is a graduate of the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS), following a two year diploma program at St. Francis Xavier University. Following graduation from TUNS (now Dalhousie), Sarah started her career with Dillon Consulting Limited, where she provides engineering solutions for a variety of projects, ranging from municipal infrastructure to regional landfill sites. She has 28 years of experience as a civil engineer throughout Nova Scotia and nationwide. Sarah is a partner at Dillon Consulting Limited and currently sits on the Board of Directors. She is the project manager for many large multidisciplinary projects for Dillon across the country. She became an engineer because she enjoys solving problems. She loves working in collaboration with her colleagues from many disciplines and in partnership with her clients. Pulling teams together to tackle the increasingly complex problems of today and tomorrow is what motivates her. Sarah has also held many external leadership roles throughout her career, which have included: •President of Engineers Nova Scotia. •President of the Consulting Engineers of Nova Scotia. •Director on the Board of Engineers Canada. •Chair of the Sustainable Profession Committee for Engineers Canada. •Member of the Women in Engineering Committee for Engineers Canada. Sarah has been acknowledged several times for her accomplishments, including: •Engineers Nova Scotia F.H. Sexton Gold Medal Award. •Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada. •Engineers Canada Award for the Support of Women in Engineering. •Engineers Nova Scotia Award for the Advancement of Women in Engineering. •Consulting Engineers of Nova Scotia Distinguished Service Award. •Fellowship in Engineers Canada.
Speaker: Olivier Joyal
Executive Vice President, Strategy & Execution, Earth & Environment Executive Leader ESG WSP Canada Inc

Olivier Joyal is the Executive Vice President, Strategy & Execution for the Earth & Environment sector in Canada. He is also the ESG Canadian Executive Leader. He joined WSP over 18 years ago. His vast experience with a wide range of stakeholders in Canada and around the world has led him to develop personal strategies to adapt to an ever-changing environment and culture.
Speaker: April Howe
Deputy Minister for the Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture, Government of Nova Scotia | Founder of Crayon Strategies

April Howe has been an active voice for diversity and inclusion in Nova Scotia for many years. Through her consultancy, Crayon Strategies Inc., she works extensively with clients across Canada and the US from various sectors including pharma care, health care, finance, engineering, tech, not-for-profit, and the start-up sector. April was recently appointed Deputy Minister for the Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture. Prior to this, she provided strategic advice to the Deputy Minister and Minister of Justice for the Province of Nova Scotia as a Senior Executive Advisor. She also served as the Executive Director of People and Culture at the Public Service Commission and led the development of the provincial Diversity and Inclusion strategy. Formerly, April was a Partner with Knightsbridge Robertson Surrette for 16 years leading their Career Transition practice. April completed an Executive Master of Business at Saint Mary's University - Sobey School of Business. She currently serves on the board of the North End Community Health Center. Prior, she was a founding member and chaired the Africville Heritage Trust
Speaker: Dr. Yogendra Chaudhry
VP of Professional Services & ESG | ECO Canada

Yogi oversees the development and delivery of professional services to support the rapidly growing network of the Canadian environment and sustainability workforce. He provides strategic insight and technical support for environment and sustainability programs, and works closely with a diverse range of stakeholders including government, industry and the environment & sustainability professionals. During his more than two decades of career in Environment and Sustainability, he has worked in numerous countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and North America. Yogi holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and supports a number of Canadian and international academic institutions, standard-setting organizations, and industry associations in various professional capacities.
Speaker: William Borland
CEO, Borland Associates, ECO Canada Board Member

Bill Borland is an integral member of ECO Canada’s leadership team and has held a position on the Board of Directors as the Governance Committee Chair since 2008. Bill is also the Principal at Borland & Associates Inc. in Rothesay, New Brunswick. He has held senior environmental management positions with Dillon Consulting (Associate); AMEC Environment and Infrastructure, Vice President Canadian Federal Programs; J.D. Irving, Limited, Director Environmental Affairs and NB Power, Manager Environmental Planning.    Bill sat on the Boards of the Canadian Water Network (Chair), the Canadian Rivers Institute, NB Research and Productivity Council and Enovex Inc. He was also a member of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) where he co-chaired the Boreal Forest Program and sat on the NRTEE Expert Advisory Committee on Water. Bill presently sits on the Standing Selection Committee and the Monitoring Committee of the Networks of Centres of Excellence.

Session 1 Panelists:

Sarah Devereaux - Partner, Dillion Consulting Limited

Dr. Sue Molloy - CEO of Glas Ocean Electric, Ph.D. (Nav Arch & Ocean Eng.), P.Eng., M.Eng., B.Eng (Mech), B.Sc. (Enviro)

Megan Bailey - Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair Integrated and Coastal Governance, Dalhousie University

Marine Courtois (Moderator) - Blue Economy Project Manager, ECO Canada


Session 2 Panelists:

Olivier Joyal - Executive Vice President, Strategy & Execution, Earth & Environment, Executive Leader ESG, WSP Canada Inc

April Howe - Deputy Minister for the Department of Fisheries & Aquaculture, Government of Nova Scotia | Founder of Crayon Strategies

Dr. Yogendra Chaudhry - VP of Professional Services & ESG, ECO Canada

Mr. William Borland - Principal at Borland & Associates Inc, ECO board member



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