Tara Oak, President and Chair
Owner and Principal
Paita Environmental Consulting Inc
Tara guides clients through the technical and procedural aspects of environmental planning and permitting, regulatory consultation, environmental assessment (EA), regulatory compliance, and environmental management systems (EMS) and protection plans. She provides distinct insight into navigating the regulatory process, acquired through extensive experience in both private sector consulting and within the federal government (Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency & Public Works and Government Services Canada). Tara recently served as the Environmental and Regulatory Operational Compliance Coordinator for Shell Canada during the drilling of their first exploratory well offshore Nova Scotia, and is currently working on mining and marine projects in Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Suriname. She has expanded her services to developing and auditing Environmental Management Systems, and assisting companies transition to the new ISO 14001:2015 standard.
Charlotte Clark, Vice Chair
Senior Environmental Engineer
50 Troop Ave, Unit 300, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, B3B 1Z1, Canada
Charlotte Clark is a Senior Environmental Engineer with Wood (formerly Amec Foster Wheeler) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. Through her 17 years of environmental engineering and consulting experience, she has managed many multi-disciplinary projects such as environmental site assessments, site remediation, risk assessments, compliance audits, groundwater modeling, erosion and sediment control, and solid waste management for a wide-variety of public and private sector clients across Canada. Charlotte began her environmental career with SNC-Lavalin (Halifax) in 2001 as lead field coordinator for the HRM wastewater flow monitoring contract, while completing numerous municipal water, wastewater, and stormwater management projects throughout the province. Charlotte also worked as a site assessment field technician and supervised remediation projects for military bases within HRM during her early career. Charlotte moved to Kitchener (Ontario) in late 2003 to join XCG Consultants as intermediate environmental engineer. In 2007, she presented her work on effectively remediating dry cleaning sites in Edmonton using in-situ chemical oxidation for the Remtech (Banff) and Batelle (Monterey, California) conferences. Charlotte moved back to Nova Scotia in 2008 to join a maritime-based environmental consulting company completing various assessment and remediation projects throughout Nova Scotia for hundreds of private sector clients and Nova Scotia Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal. From 2011 to 2015, Charlotte initiated and managed XCG Consultants’ Halifax office while continuing to complete environmental assessment, remediation, and compliance auditing projects before joining Amec foster Wheeler, now Wood, she is currently a Project Manager on the multi-year, multi-million dollar remediation project for Canadian Forces Base 5 Wing Goose Bay.
Terry Thibodeau, Treasurer
Renewable Energy and Climate Change
Municipality of the District of Digby
12548 Highway 217, P.O. Box 429
Seabrook, Digby County, NS, Canada, BOV 1A0
Terry has worked over the years predominantly in the field of renewable energy development, economic development and business counselling. In his previous role as Economic Development Officer Terry was responsible for developing the regions’ renewable energy projects and for the delivery of the Business Retention Expansion program. Now as the Coordinator for Renewable Energy and Climate Change for the Municipality of Digby, Terry works on myriad of renewable energy projects from promoting smart grid opportunities and the introduction of electrical vehicles to implementing energy efficiency programs. The development of a tidal industry in Digby County, as well as opportunities in bioenergy, show great promise for the marine industries and agriculture development.
Terry has led the municipality of Digby’s successful award winning biogas COMFIT project. The project is the first of its kind in the world that incorporates mink waste and organic material as feedstock. The innovative project is a partnership with local mink ranchers in addressing waste management concerns through the use of anaerobic technologies which converts methane gas to electricity.
Terry’s other responsibilities include the implementation of a climate action plan for Digby County as part of a strategy for dealing with climate change and in reducing harmful GHGs. He is regularly asked to speak at various conferences on the integration these technologies and their application in society. Terry is this year’s recipient of the Digby and Area Board of Trade, 2016 Environmental Services Award in recognition of his contributions to advancing, promoting and advocating for renewable energy and energy efficiency projects.
A graduate of Université Sainte Anne, Nova Scotia’s only francophone university Terry also holds a Masters of Business Administration from St. Mary’s University in Halifax. Terry is on the board of directors of the alumni association at Saint Anne’s. Terry met his beautiful wife Hélène of 30 +years at Saint Anne’s at the local bar… and they have 3 children.
In his free time, Terry is the Chairperson of Clare Association for Community Living which operates the local adult workshop where 35 participants engage in a variety of different social and lifeskills activities. The group also operate and manage a residential home consisting of 9 clients. Terry simply enjoys being around people especially those with special needs. Terry is an avid guitarist and enjoys playing for anyone who wants to listen to his music. He is both a cyclist and motorcyclist and attended his first Wharf Rat Rally as a participant last year on a motorcycle that was a Christmas gift from his lovely wife. How about golf hack, he does indulge in a few rounds a year.
Peter Fleming, Secretary
Manager of Technical Services
Aquaterra Resource Services Ltd.
21 Old Cobequid Road
Waverley, NS B2R 1P4
Peter is a Hydrogeologist and Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo) with over 11 years of experience in the environmental industry in Atlantic Canada, including 9 years’ experience in environmental consulting, completing phased environmental site assessments, contaminated sites delineation and remediation, hydrogeological assessments, and potable water supply development and assessments. Peter has provided technical support in project planning, management, and on-site execution for various projects throughout Atlantic Canada, and is currently the Manager of Technical Services with Aquaterra Resource Services Limited.
Peter completed his B.Sc (Chemistry) in 2005 at Dalhousie University and subsequently completed a Water Resource Technology Diploma in 2007 at the Nova Scotia Community College. Peter has been a Certified Engineering Technologist with TechNova since 2009. In 2010 Peter began a M.Sc in Earth Science (Hydrogeology) through the University of Waterloo, Ontario. Peter completed his M.Sc in 2015 and became a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.) with the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Nova Scotia (APGNS) in 2018. In 2018 Peter also received a Radon Monitoring Professional certification from the Canadian National Radon Proficiency Program.
Derek AuCoin, Director
Senior Environmental Specialist, Environmental Services
Public Services and Procurement Canada
Public Services and Procurement Canada, Government of Canada
1713 Bedford Row, Halifax, NS, Canada, B3J 3C9
Derek has 20 years’ experience working in the public and private environmental sectors and has been employed with Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) as a Senior Environmental Specialist since 2016. In his current position, he is responsible for managing environmental projects for various federal government departments. Derek began his career in the private sector as an Environmental Technologist, and over the years built his skills and expertise to become a Project Manager. In 2006, he transitioned to the public sector where he began working with Defence Construction Canada on one of the largest environmental remediation programs in Canada, The Goose Bay Remediation Project (GBRP). During this time he managed several multi-million dollar contracts established to meet the requirements of the Department of National Defence and, as team lead of the environmental group in Goose Bay, was also responsible for various management functions. Derek moved to Halifax in 2013 to develop a project closure process to capture the activities of the GBRP to ensure project objectives have been achieved to satisfy stakeholder goals.
Derek has a Diploma in Water Resources Technology from the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology, a Bachelors of Technology in Environmental Studies from Cape Breton University, and a Masters of Business Administration from the Sobey School of Business at Saint Mary’s University. He is also a Second Lieutenant with the Cadet Instructor Cadre Reserve Force where he provides training and administrative support services to the 848 Scots Highland Company Army Cadet Corps located in Dartmouth, NS.
Sean Brushett, Director
Regional Service Line Leader, Contract Services
Defence Construction Canada
CFB Halifax - Willow Park
6231 Engineer's Way, Bldg WL7, Second Floor
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3K 5M6
Tel. | Cell 902-266-8447 / Fax. 902-426-5507
Sean is the Regional Service Line Leader (RSLL), Contract Services with Defence Construction Canada. He has 15 years’ experience in the public environmental and procurement sectors providing technical expertise and project/contract management for environmental and infrastructure projects. Sean graduated from Acadia University with a B.Sc. in Environmental Science and obtained a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Environmental Science from Capilano College. He began his career with DCC in 2003 as an Environmental Coordinator responsible for successfully delivering project/program management services in support of the Department of National Defence (DND) environmental objectives.
Sean developed extensive experience in the completion of Federal Environmental Assessments in accordance with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act (CEAA). Between 2006 to 2009 Sean worked for both DND as the Staff Officer, Environmental Assessment and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) as an Environmental Analyst. These public-sector opportunities allowed Sean to further build his skills in the areas of developing statements of work (SOWs), coordinating consultant/contractor activities and financial management of environmental programs/projects in support of diverse environmental projects in the areas of contaminated sites, potable water and green energy development.
Sean returned to DCC in 2009 as a Team Lead with DCC Environmental Services. This opportunity enabled him to continue to provide valued environmental contract/management support to DND while enhancing his leadership capabilities by developing effective communication skills, sound judgment and interpersonal skills. As of 2016, Sean transitioned into his current role with DCC as the Atlantic Region RSLL, Contract Services where he is now responsible for overseeing all contracting activity in the Atlantic Region and ensuring it is carried out in an ethical and transparent manner. As the RSLL, Sean is also responsible for developing and maintaining effective relationships within DCC, and with industry, the Client-Partners and/or stakeholders. Sean believes that collaboration and communication are the key aspects in fostering a productive relationship between the public sector and both industry and clients and welcomes the opportunity to serve as a member of the Board of ESAM.
Janetta Fraser, Director
Client Project Manager
11 Morris Drive, Unit 122
Janetta Fraser is a Client Project Manager with AGAT Laboratories in Dartmouth, NS. She has six years’ experience within the environmental laboratory industry. Janetta began working in the inorganics’ department in 2012 at AGAT Labs, during which time she has successfully helped install new equipment and instruments and assisted with method development. Janetta is CABIN (Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network) certified, as well as a Registered Environmental Site Assessor through AESAC.
Janetta graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Memorial University of Newfoundland where she studied Biochemistry and is a more recent graduate of the Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University, where she obtained an Advanced Diploma in Water Quality. In her current role, Janetta manages many of AGAT Dartmouth’s government and private sector client projects, while also acting as a representative for AGAT at environmental conferences and workshops within the Atlantic Region.
Andrea Kalafut, Director
Partner and Senior Engineer
30 Cooke Drive, Moncton, NB E1E 0J1
Ms. Kalafut is a civil and environmental engineer with more than 10 years of consulting experience in Atlantic Canada. Andrea graduated from the University of Iowa in 2003 with a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and in 2004 with a Master’s degree in Environmental Engineering. In 2004 Andrea published her Master’s thesis “Evaluation and Enhancement of Biofilter Technology for the Treatment of Gaseous Xylene emitted from the Iowa Army Ammunitions Plant”. Ms. Kalafut relocated to Atlantic Canada from California in 2007.
Ms. Kalafut is a founding member and executive of Hive Engineering; an environmental consulting firm based in Moncton, New Brunswick. She is currently a Corresponding Member of the Atlantic Partnership in RBCA Implementation (PIRI) committee and the elected Moncton councillor for the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists New Brunswick (APEGNB). Ms. Kalafut was honored with the Canadian National Railway award “Preferred Environmental Consultant” in 2014. In her spare time, Andrea volunteers as the women’s varsity soccer coach at JMA High School and enjoys soccer, golf, hiking, running, skiing and snowshoeing.
David McGinnis, Director
Dillon Consulting Limited
137 Chain Lake Drive Suite 100
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3S 1B3
T - 902.450.4000 ext. 5055
David McGinnis is an environmental technologist with Dillon Consulting Ltd. in Halifax, NS. This is David’s second year with the board of governors of ESAM. He has fourteen (14) years of experience in Environmental Consulting in various environmental disciplines including: Phased environmental site assessments, contaminated sites delineation and remediation, hazardous material assessments, watershed monitoring, aquatic surveys, potable water supply assessments, industrial hygiene assessments, environmental education programs and Health and Safety. Over the years David has provided technical support in both project planning and on-site execution on various projects across Atlantic Canada. David completed his Environmental Technician/Technology diplomas in 2003 from Fleming College in Lindsay, Ontario and gained the Certified Engineering Technologist (CET) accreditation through the Society of Engineering Technicians and Technologists of Nova Scotia (TechNova).