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.
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
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.
Midori Depante, Director
50 Troop Ave, Unit 300
Dartmouth, NS, B3B 1Z1
Midori Depante has been involved in the environmental industry since 2016 with a focus in contaminated sites and phased environmental site assessments (ESAs). Ms. Depante is experienced experience in conducting site visits, records review, interview, and reporting as part of Phase I Environmental Site Assessments following CSA standards, and guidelines for the filing of Record of Site Conditions for various clients in the public and private sector, and various First Nation Groups across Canada. Ms. Depante is also experienced in conducting environmental sampling, data interpretation and report writing to support Phase II Environmental Site Assessments. She has been involved with the collection of soil, sediment, surface water and groundwater samples as part of environmental sampling and monitoring programs for contaminated sites. Ms. Depante provides technical support to Environmental Assessment (EA) and Risk Assessment (RA) projects by means of conducting and the reporting on biological and ecological studies within wetland and forested ecosystems.
April Boudreau, Director
Client Relationship Manager
921 ch College Hill Rd
Fredericton NB, E3B 6Z9
April Boudreau is a Client Relationship Manager with Research and Productivity Council (RPC) of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick. She has eight years’ experience within the analytical laboratory industry. April began working at RPC in 2011 in the sample receiving department. She became the lead of the department in 2014 by reason of her leadership skills. April is a graduate of Université de Moncton with a Bachelor of Science with specialization in Biochemistry. She has over 15 years of experience in customer service. She is currently one of the main points of contact for all of RPC’s clients as well as analytical departments. April attends a number of conferences and seminars on behalf of RPC throughout Canada. She is very implicated in setting up new processes for RPC client services group and improving current ones. As a result of her activities, she has a diverse scope of industrial knowledge from water and wastewater through to cannabis. April looks forward to serving on the ESAM board and actively participating in more networking events and building more relationships with the environmental industry. She hopes to increase the number of workshops and lunch and learns in New Brunswick.
Michael Doucet, Director
102-40 Highfield Park Drive
Dartmouth, NS, B3A 0A3
Office: (902) 468-7777
Fax: (902) 468-9009
Michael Doucet is an environmental project manager with over 12 years of experience conducting and managing environmental site assessment, investigation, and remediation programs throughout Canada, including Nova Scotia, at public and private industrial and commercial facilities. Although Michael works in many site assessment and remediation disciplines, his focus has been on project managing spill response projects. Michael's spill response experience spans the country from projects in British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories, Ontario, and Nova Scotia. Through this experience Michael understands the pressures of working on a spill response, the urgency to act and deliver, and the need to plan ahead and execute with a focus on communicating.
Nora Doran, Director
Senior Project Manager, Environment
1701 Hollis Street
Sarah Howard Building Unit 400; PO Box 576
Halifax, NS, B3J 3M8
Nora Doran, P.Geo., is a hydrogeologist and senior project manager with AECOM Canada Ltd and is based in its Halifax, Nova Scotia office. Ms. Doran is a registered Professional Geoscientist in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador and brings over 18 years of consulting experience in Atlantic Canada focused to clean water and contaminant hydrogeology, site assessment and remediation projects. She has extensive experience serving clients with the government sector, including a strong focus on water resource, permitting and compliance work for municipalities. Ms. Doran has experience with leading teams of people, preparing correspondence, memos, reports and presentations for highly sensitive projects, including several with heightened interest from the public. Nora has previously held roles on the Board of Directors for Geoscientists Nova Scotia and Rugby Nova Scotia. Nora is looking to become more involved with ESAM to help support and drive awareness and participation for the Association.