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COVE Announces Five New Board Members

September 19, 2019 (Dartmouth, NS) – The Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE) welcomes five new members to its Board of Directors.

The new board members include Mark Jollymore, President of Innovasea Systems Inc., Melanie Nadeau, Director, Strategic Initiatives of Emera, Aubrey Palmeter, President & CEO of East Point Engineering, Denise Pothier, Vice President of Practice Services and Vice President of Indigenous Relations of Stantec, and Ken Walker, President of PGS Consulting.  Finishing their term on the board are Janet MacMillan, Senior Counsel at NATIONAL Public Relations, and Mike Roberts, Chief Human Resources Officer of Emera, Inc.

The expertise of the new members ranges from the energy sector, analytics, to defence and sustainability. The new board members bring with them a depth of knowledge and wealth of industry experience to further the collaboration and innovation happening at COVE.

“We are pleased to welcome Mark, Melanie, Denise, Ken and Aubrey to the COVE Board. The new board members represent a significant step in broadening COVE’s commitment to propelling the ocean economy in Nova Scotia and across Canada,” said Jim King, Chair of the Board. “COVE will benefit greatly from their perspective and expertise. We thank Janet and Mike for their support and significant guidance in shaping COVE as a world-recognized hub for ocean technology.”

Completing the COVE Board of Directors are:

Alice Aiken, Vice-President Research and Innovation at Dalhousie University

Don Bureaux, President of Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)

Tony Chedrawy, President and CEO of MetOcean Telemetrics

Sandra Greer, NS Power Board Member and former CEO of Vemco

Jim Hanlon, CEO of COVE

Jim King, Vice Admiral (Ret’d), President CFN Consultants (Atlantic) Inc.

Lucia MacIsaac, President and CEO of LearnCorp International

John Newton, Managing Director of Fleetway Inc.

Anthony Patterson, President and CEO of Virtual Marine Technology

Sarah Simpson, Manager, Value Proposition and Communications at Irving Shipbuilding Inc.

Ian Thompson, Executive in Residence at Cox & Palmer

Wendy Watson-Wright, CEO of Ocean Frontier Institute (OFI)

Paul Yeatman, President of GeoSpectrum Technologies, President of OTCNS

About our new Board Members

Mark Jollymore is the President of Innovasea Systems Inc., a company focused on technology solutions for responsible and sustainable use of our planet’s aquatic resources.  Prior to Innovasea Mark was President and CEO of Amirix Systems, whose Vemco brand is the world leader in the acoustic fish tracking market space.  During Mark’s 7 years as CEO of Amirix, the company grew rapidly, expanded into new markets and ultimately came to the attention of Innovasea Systems who acquired Amirix in 2017.

Melanie Nadeau is the Director for Strategic Initiatives of Emera, an energy and services company with $30B in assets. Prior to this role, she held the positions of Project Director, Strategy and Director, Fuels, Energy and Risk Management with Nova Scotia Power where she oversaw 40+ employees and $500M+ budgets.

Aubrey Palmeter is the President and CEO of East Point Engineering. with responsibility for strategic direction and business planning. He received his BSc. from Acadia, and a B.Eng. and MBA from Dalhousie. During his career, Mr. Palmeter has led or participated in a broad range of consulting and construction activities including strategic planning, organizational studies, facility planning, design, business case analysis and life cycle costing, construction, and acquisition.

Denise Pothier is the Vice President of Practice Services and the Vice President of Indigenous Relations of Stantec. Denise has a background in chemical engineering and more than twenty-five years of industry experience.

Ken Walker is the President of PGS Consulting. Mr. Walker joined Ultra Electronics in 1995 after a twenty-year career with the Canadian Forces during which he accumulated over 3,000 flight hours in support of NORAD and NATO operations.  He also served on exchange with the US Navy’s Naval Air Development Center as an Engineering Officer supporting rapid technology insertion for US naval aircraft. 

About COVE 

Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) is an ocean tech business park that encourages collaboration across sectors to connect local and international companies in the ocean sector. COVE brings together people, ideas, industry and research to help our community and members work in new ways. Together, we are a catalyst in creating the world’s next practical, commercial and revolutionary ocean tech advances. Irving Shipbuilding, as part of its Value Proposition commitments under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS), has invested $4.52 million in COVE to support development of the programs and operations.  

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Media contact: 

Leslie Munro 

Communications Manager 

Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE) 

902.266.2685 (c)

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