FORCE appoints new members to help continue the organization’s tidal projects

Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) announced new appointments to its organization: Janet MacMillian was appointed board director; and Robert Fournier, professor emeritus of oceanography, will serve as board chair.

“As we build on the success of this month’s successful turbine deployment, we are moving into an important period of demonstration and learning,” said Tony Wright, FORCE general manager. “With that in mind, we are very fortunate to draw upon Ms. MacMillan’s governance experience, expertise and intelligence. She has been a tremendous asset for the last three years. And we are deeply honored to add Dr. Fournier’s ocean science expertise. He is a strong voice for responsible ocean management. We have a strong team around the table.”

MacMillan has worked with many of Nova Scotia’s renewable energy and infrastructure projects. She provides counsel to colleagues and clients at Canada-based NATIONAL Public Relations Inc. in areas that include citizen engagement, risk management, governance and regulatory matters.

As professor emeritus of oceanography at Dalhousie University, Fournier was the former associate vice-president of research and most recently worked in the university’s marine affairs program, which specializes in marine policy.

“We were proud to see the demonstration turbine recently enter our waters. This is the culmination of over 10 years of research, consultation, and hard work by many talented local academics, fabricators, researchers and developers,” said Energy Minister, Michel Samson. “Nova Scotia is a global leader in tidal energy development and we need great people to continue responsibly moving this exciting, renewable energy work ahead.”

FORCE has an important role to play both here at home, and on the world stage,” MacMillan said. “Meeting the challenge of ‘the Fundy standard’ means attracting the world’s best technologies, and working with scientists, regulators and the public to demonstrate we can safely generate clean, renewable energy from the world’s highest tides — all of which contributes to Nova Scotia’s environmental and economic well-being.”

In the last year, FORCE also expanded its team to include Andrew Lowery as technical director, and Lindsay Bennett as program manager. FORCE also recruited Melissa Oldreive as director of environmental programs.

“We’re very fortunate to attract these exceptional individuals to our board and staff. In a year with many scientific, public and operational demands, our team has made significant contributions,” Wright said. “We are also grateful for the leadership of our outgoing chair, Joe Fitzharris, who we are lucky to retain on the board.


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