Speaking at the Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq Energy & Innovation Summit 2016 include:

Beaubassin Mi'kmaq Wind Management Ltd.

Department of Energy: Mr. Sandy MacMullin, Executive Director, Petroleum Branch

Roderick Alexander (Sandy) MacMullin is currently Executive Director of the Petroleum Branch with the Nova Scotia Department of   Enerergy. His Branch is responsible for providing strategic policy advice to the Government of Nova Scotia, Canada regarding upstream oil and gas exploration and development activities, coordinating special onshore and offshore studies to investigate petroleum resource potential, and the technical promotion of Nova Scotia's oil and gas potential to investors. His Branch also coordinates the regulation of onshore petroleum exploration and development activity.

Mr. MacMullin earned a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the Technical University of Nova Scotia in 1981. Prior to his employment with the Department, Mr. MacMullin held various positions within the Nova Scotia provincial government beginning in 1991, including assignments with the Departments of Mines and Energy, and Natural Resources and the Nova Scotia Petroleum Directorate. During the 1981 to 1991 time period, Mr. MacMullin was employed as a petroleum reservoir engineer for the Canada Oil and Gas Lands Administration (COGLA) in Ottawa working mainly on offshore Nova Scotia oil and gas fields.

EfficiencyOne: Mr. Steve MacDonald, Chief Executive Officer

Stephen MacDonald is the Chief Executive Officer of EfficiencyOne, the not-for-profit operator of Canada’s first electricity efficiency utility as the franchise holder of Efficiency Nova Scotia.

Prior to his appointment as CEO, Steve served as EfficiencyOne’s Chief Operating Officer. As COO, he oversaw all electric and non-electric efficiency services; financial operations; information technology, market analytics, and innovation; and brand awareness of both Efficiency Nova Scotia and EfficiencyOne. Steve also led the organization’s transition to its current model, including the incorporation of EfficiencyOne, a new entity that would operate the Efficiency Nova Scotia franchise.

A Chartered Accountant, Steve spent more than a dozen years in various senior leadership roles with a Nova Scotia Crown Corporation before joining Efficiency Nova Scotia. 

Marine Renewables Atlantic: Ms. Elisa Obermann, Executive Director

Elisa joined Marine Renewables Canada in 2012 to support and strengthen collaboration in the Atlantic region. In her current role as executive director, Elisa plays a key role in working with industry, the supply chain, research community, and government to advance marine renewable energy development.

Elisa brings a range of experience and expertise in the marine renewable energy sector, having also held roles at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) and Nova Scotia Department of Energy. She also spent several years in the private sector, specialized in corporate communications and marketing.

Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University.

 Natural Forces Wind Inc. (Natural Forces): Mr. Austen Hughes, Vice President


Austen was born and raised in the UK where he obtained a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Management. Shortly after immigrating to Canada in 2003, he started working within the wind industry, initially developing approximately 90MW of community-scale wind energy projects in Ontario. He moved to Canada’s east coast in 2009 to concentrate his endeavors in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, initially focusing on Nova Scotia’s Community Feed-in Tariff (COMFIT) Program.

Austen is Vice President – Operations for Natural Forces Wind Inc. (Natural Forces), a renewable energy company based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Natural Forces have in excess of 50 years of combined experience in the renewable energy industry, and in Canada, their strengths and successes have been largely defined by their partnerships with both First Nations, and community organisations.

Innovacorp: Mr. Michael Dennis, Investment Manager


Michael Dennis is an investment manager at Innovacorp, where his focus is on identifying and developing seed and early stage investment opportunities in the clean technology sector. He manages all aspects of the investment review, approval and closing cycle.

Michael has extensive experience in the commercialization of early stage technologies through his career as a research scientist, entrepreneur and executive in early stage start-ups.


Emera Newfoundland & Labrador: Mr. Rick Janega, PEng, President and CEO


Rick Janega was appointed President of Emera Newfoundland & Labrador (ENL) in February 2011 and became CEO of ENL in April 2014.

Prior to this appointment, Rick was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Nova Scotia Power Inc.; before that he was Vice President, Operations and General Manager of Power Production including hydro facilities. Rick has also been Director of Business Development for generation projects at Emera Inc., Director of Plant Operations, and Senior Manager at both the Trenton and Point Tupper generating stations.

Rick joined Nova Scotia Power in 1989. He was previously in construction management, manufacturing and the pulp and paper industry.

A graduate of St. Francis Xavier University and the Technical University of Nova Scotia (Dalhousie University), Rick is a professional engineer and a member of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia.

He is an alumnus of the Governor General’s Leadership Conference.