Video Profile: 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Momentum Award Winner
Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs
St. John’s, 2018

Check out this 2-minute video to learn more about me and my business.

This video was produced for NLOWE by the incredible team at Nine Island Communications.

Thank you NEIA and Jumping Bean Elizabeth Avenue for allowing us to film at your locations.

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Featured - NEIA Blog
Two of NEIA’s Members Win Big at the NLOWE Entrepreneur of the Year Awards
November 6, 2018

Fellow NLOWE Entrepreneur of the Year winner, Judith Bobbitt, and I are also members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA). Thanks to NEIA for celebrating the achievements of your members, especially women working in male-dominated sectors! You can read the NEIA Blog here.



Award Winner - 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year Momentum Award
Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs
St. John’s, October 25, 2018

At the annual NLOWE Entrepreneur of the Year Awards Gala, I was the recipient of the 2018 Momentum Award. NLOWE says, “this award recognizes an entrepreneur who has demonstrated significant growth within a one- to three-year time span. This entrepreneur has built a business that is adaptable and apt to successfully leverage opportunities for continued growth.”

I was in the esteemed company of five brilliant women also recognized for their business success:



Facilitator – Renewable Energy Policy Roundtable
Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association
St. John’s, October 10, 2018

In April of 2018, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador committed to developing a new provincial renewable energy plan. I facilitated a roundtable discussion to provide invited stakeholders the opportunity to inform NEIA on what policy recommendations it should present to government in the development of this plan. I look forward to continued engagement with NEIA members on this topic.



Moderator – Newleef Conference
Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association
Newleef, St. John's, October 10-11, 2018

I had the pleasure of moderating two panels this year at the annual Newleef conference in St. John’s. I first shared the stage with Joshua Green of Empowered Homes, Ashley Noseworthy of Edgewise Environmental and Delia Warren of Iron and Earth East to talk about how they are finding success in the local green and clean tech sector, creating jobs, and supporting the transition to the lower-carbon economy.

I then moderated a discussion on reducing diesel-dependency in remote and northern communities, featuring Bob Moulton of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, Neil Hawkes with Nunatsiavut Government and Dave Brothers of PEI’s Frontier Power Systems. Bob spoke to the regulations governing provision of energy solutions in the province’s off-grid communities, Neil outlined some of the exciting initiatives arising from the Nunatsiavut Energy Security Plan, and Dave shared some successes from his work in Alaska.

Learn more about NEIA and Newleef.

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Quoted - Carbon Tax in Newfoundland and Labrador
Carbon tax could help power next generation of green companies, says consultant
by VOCM News, October 8, 2018

As a follow-up to my appearance on the VOCM Radio Morning Show, the newsroom ran this story summarizing my view on how we can leverage carbon tax to help drive local economic development and support local solutions for emissions-reduction technologies. Read the full article here



Invited Guest - Newleef Conference & Economic Opportunity in the Environmental / Cleantech Sector
VOCM Radio Morning Show, October 8, 2018

I joined host Paddy Daly live in-studio to discuss the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association Newleef Conference October 10 and 11. From environmental management in our traditional sectors to new companies that are leading the way in the lower-carbon economy, this conference brings together practitioners, entrepreneurs, government, industry and funding agencies to talk about issues that are top of mind in the green economy. I also voiced the need for our province to stop viewing a carbon tax as a negative, and instead to see it as an opportunity to fund local innovation while reducing carbon emissions.

You can listen to our segment on SoundCloud here


Invited Speaker - Emerging Opportunities in Clean Technology
Expo Labrador Conference and Trade Exhibition, June 27, 2018

The Labrador North Chamber of Commerce invited the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) to ExpoLabrador to talk about emerging opportunities in the clean tech sector. View the presentation slides here.  

Stay tuned to for the release of the NEIA Cleantech Directory. It will help procurement officials, engineers, architects, consultants, and other customers with an environmental mandate to source products, services, and processes that are available right here in Newfoundland and Labrador. 


Interview - Newfoundland and Labrador Renewable Energy Plan
NTV Sunday Evening Newshour, April 29, 2018

The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) was pleased to see the provincial government commit to the development of a renewable energy plan. As a member of the NEIA Board of Directors, I was happy to share this message on NTV News.

You can view the segment here, and read NEIA's full press release on the announcement here


Invited Guest - Newfoundland & Labrador's Emissions Targets & Carbon Tax
VOCM Radio Morning Show, March 28, 2018

I joined host Paddy Daly live in-studio to discuss Newfoundland and Labrador's failure to meet emission reduction targets (along with most of Canada), the lack of attention to environmental issues in the provincial budget, and the yet-to-be-disclosed carbon tax system that must be in place by 2019. We finished off our segment with a frank discussion about the many barriers to renewable energy development in the province.

You can listen to our segment on SoundCloud here



Invited Speaker - Entrepreneurship
Women in Science and Engineering, March 8, 2018

On International Women's Day, I joined Emily Bland of Project Sucseed, Jess Chapman of eThree Consulting, and Ashley Smith of Fundamental Inc. to talk about women in entrepreneurship. With an all-female audience of graduate students and professionals in STEM, we discussed the ups and downs of running our own businesses, navigating male-dominated fields, and what motivates us to do what we do. 

Find out more about these amazing woman-owned businesses by visiting their websites: 

Project Sucseed is improving food security in Newfoundland and Labrador, and beyond!

eThree Consulting partners with you to drive the performance of your workforce.

Fundamental Inc. facilitates energy reductions and cost savings by shaping homes, buildings, commerce and community with purposeful planning and design.

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Invited Guest - New federal impact assessment and energy regulator legislation
VOCM Nightline Radio Show, February 9, 2018

I was invited to speak on-air with host Jonathan Richler about the new Impact Assessment Act and the Canadian Energy Regulator Act. The Acts are part of Bill C-69 which was tabled in the House of Commons on February 8. I see some positive changes, but it will take some time to determine what this all means. Regulations and policies will follow the legislation, which is still a year away from implementation.

You can listen to our segment at the 45 minute mark here


Quoted - Offshore Wind
Workshop explores potential energy markets for N.L's offshore wind
by Kenn Oliver, The Telegram, February 7, 2018

Kenn attended the offshore wind workshop I hosted and followed up with me afterwards to get my thoughts on the session. Highlighting opportunities, sharing information, and understanding challenges are all necessary if we are to make progress on developing offshore wind in Atlantic Canada. Read the full article here


Host - Offshore Wind
Offshore Wind: Energy Markets and Supply Chains, February 6, 2018

The Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association and Marine Renewables Canada invited me to host their offshore wind workshop in St. John's. The session focused on the opportunities for offshore oil and gas companies in offshore wind, the North American electricity market, and the recently announced Emerging Renewables Power Program from the Canadian government.  Read more about the workshop here

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Guest Blogger - Marine Renewable Energy
CaNOE, January 4, 2018

CaNOE strives to build regional and national understanding of the value of the ocean, now and for the future. In CaNOE's first blog post for 2018, I share my thoughts on marine renewables and Canada's energy future. You can read the article here

Learn more about CaNOE.

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Invited Blogger - Renewable Energy
Guide to the Good, November 28, 2017

Guide to the Good encourages everyone to "Think planet, live local."  I met founder, Kim Todd, when I was hosting a conference session on emerging clean technology in Newfoundland and Labrador. After a great conversation about renewable energy as an environmentally conscious and money-saving option, she invited me to write about it. You can read the article here.

Learn more about Guide to the Good.

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Invited Guest - Entrepreneurship
Chats with Chels Podcast, Episode 5, November 27, 2017

Chelsey Buggie is a solopreneur with a science background, so we had a lot to talk about when I was a guest on her podcast! I spoke about my career path from employee to owner, and navigating my male-dominated professional world. I was also happy to share some networking tips, and suggestions on how we can be more efficient with energy use. View or listen to the podcast here.

Learn more about ChelsB Creative Design.


Invited Speaker - Offshore Wind
Marine Renewables Canada Conference, Ottawa, November 9, 2017

I was thrilled when Marine Renewables Canada invited me to speak at their annual conference. I joined representatives from Orsted, the Business Network for Offshore Wind, Northland Power, and University of Victoria on the offshore wind panel, and provided the Atlantic Canadian perspective.

Learn more about Marine Renewables Canada.

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Guest – Offshore Wind
Iron and Earth East Energy Hour Radio Show, October 19, 2017

I was happy to join fellow offshore wind enthusiast and Director of Iron and Earth East (I&EE), Delia Warren, on the weekly I&EE radio show dedicated to talking all things renewable energy. We discussed offshore wind, benefits, supply chain, and challenges to development in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Learn more about Iron and Earth East.

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Guest - Entrepreneurship & Mentorship
Memorial University Entrepreneurship Training Program
Problem-solving Workshop, October 18, 2017

The ability to think critically and ask "Why?" is a required skill in business. As an entrepreneur, your new service or product must address your customer's pain point. Then there's the internal decisions, including where best to invest your limited capital, time and resources - a new hire, a marketing campaign, software? I encouraged graduate students to identify solutions to common business challenges


Moderator – Offshore Wind
Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association
Newleef Conference, St. John's, October 11, 2017

A proposed offshore wind project off the coast of western Newfoundland would offer many economic benefits to the region and our province. I moderated a discussion amongst key stakeholders, highlighting the opportunities and exploring some challenges.

Learn more about NEIA.

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Speaker – Marine Spatial Planning
Atlantic Planners Institute, Charlottetown, PEI, September 28, 2017

As a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP), and as an advocate for marine renewable energy, I believe that professional planners have a role to play in the sustainable management of our coastal and ocean spaces. I spoke about marine spatial planning as an emerging discipline that can help facilitate responsible development of marine resources.

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Quoted - Entrepreneurship
Making connections, by Darren Campbell
Atlantic Business Magazine, September/October 2017

Darren contacted me to talk about networking. Small business owners are strapped for time and don’t have large business development budgets, so how do we get out there and make connections? Volunteering broadens your network while you give back to the community. Or try something a little less traditional – take up a new activity or hobby. You never know who’s in that painting class or dodgeball league! Check out the article here.


Invited Speaker – Offshore Wind
Greater Corner Brook Board of Trade (GCBBT), August 15, 2017

Beothuk Energy Inc. and Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners have proposed an offshore wind project off the west coast of Newfoundland and, if approved, the economic benefits would be considerable. The GCBBT invited me to speak to their membership about the supply chain study I completed for the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (report available here.)


Interview – Offshore Wind
NTV News, August 15, 2017

While visiting Corner Brook to speak to the local board of trade about supply chain opportunities in offshore wind, I spoke with Don Bradshaw of NTV News. Ports on the west coast, synergy with offshore oil and gas – our province can participate in an offshore wind supply chain. See the segment at 32:00 at

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Invited Speaker – Mentorship
Memorial University Career Development Services, St. John’s, August 9, 2017

I shared the story of my educational path from an undergraduate degree in biology to a master’s in environmental planning, and my consulting career as an employee and an owner. I tell students that their science backgrounds can take them in many directions, advise them to start building their networks now, and encourage them to be bold. 

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Facilitator – Regulatory Review
Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association Environmental Managers’ Roundtable, St. John’s, June 16, 2017

Led a discussion on the recent review of federal environmental and regulatory processes (Fisheries Act, Navigation Protection Act and Canadian Environmental Assessment Act), highlighting some of the recommendations arising from the panels’ and standing committees’ reviews and their potential impact.


International News Coverage - Offshore Wind
Canadians tout offshore strengths: Oil expertise offers 'solid foundation' for Newfoundland and Labrador
reNEWS, June 16, 2017

The offshore wind supply chain study completed by Stapleton Environmental Consulting for the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association was picked up by reNEWS. The reNEWS newsletter is regarded as a leading source of information on the renewable sector, providing the exclusive stories that matter to the industry. Read their article here.

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Speaker - Offshore Wind
Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association Speaker Series, St. John’s, June 12, 2017

NEIA engaged Stapleton Environmental Consulting to produce a high-level report on supply chain opportunities for Newfoundland and Labrador in an offshore wind energy sector. This event was the first public presentation of the study findings.