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Melanie Nadeau

Chief Executive Officer - COVE

Melanie Nadeau is Chief Executive Officer for the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE).  An award-winning Canadian businesswoman and trailblazer, Melanie leads and grows organizations by developing strategies to gain market confidence, drive investments, deliver profits and achieve operational success.   She is an expert in the commercialization of emerging technologies, developing business strategies, and incubating new technology into mature revenue generating engines. 


She is a resilient executive leader who builds and fosters strong strategic partnerships with her unique combination of technical, business, and political acumen. An astute decision-maker, Melanie drives operational efficiency and asset optimization through operations, financial management, human resources, and administrative policies and procedures.


In her previous role as Director, Strategic Initiatives for EMERA, a multi-billion-dollar energy and services company, she focused on long-term growth strategies and commercial projects impacting the bottom line.  Prior to this, she held positions of increasing responsibility overseeing 40+ employees and $500M+ budgets. An experienced Board Director, her appointments have included international marine businesses, national industry associations and an Atlantic Canadian energy board.


An internationally recognized thought-leader in the ocean sector, she offers a global perspective and has been a notable expert for the International Energy Agency, the United Nations Environment Programme and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She was hand-selected by the delegates of 30+ countries to Chair the IEC industry standards for marine technologies and co-led global conformity assessment for renewable energy. Melanie has earned multiple awards including Canada’s Clean16 Award for her outstanding contribution towards clean capitalism. She has been an invited speaker to numerous events, including TEDGlobal.


Since serving in the Royal Canadian Navy, she continues her deep appreciation for our ocean.

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