Our team is growing
We’re excited that a new year brings new opportunities – and new people to the Atlantica Centre for Energy. Neil Jacobsen joins us as senior policy consultant. Neil has a deep background in energy, government and economic development in New Brunswick, and we’re thrilled to have him join us.
Neil’s exposure to the energy sector is deep-rooted. He previously served as assistant deputy minister with the New Brunswick Department of Energy and Mines, where he led the team that managed energy-related policy, planning and regulatory affairs activities for the Province of New Brunswick.
Neil also spent close to two decades successfully promoting economic growth and diversification in the greater Saint John and Fundy regions of New Brunswick, having worked in a management capacity for the Saint John YMCA-YWCA Enterprise Centre, Business Development Bank of Canada, Saint John Waterfront Development Partnership and Enterprise Saint John. He most recently served as deputy city manager with the City of Saint John and is actively involved in a wide range of community organizations.
In 2015, Neil was recognized by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce and the Honourable Perrin Beatty, President and CEO of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, “as one of Canada’s Resource Champions for his outstanding efforts to promote natural resources development and trade in Canada.” Neil was also invited by the U.S. State Department in 2013 to participate in their International Visitor Leadership Program. The program focused on U.S.-Canada energy policy issues and involved interacting with government, industry, non-governmental organizations and academic leaders in Washington, Houston and Denver.
Dave Stonehouse, a national award-winning journalist turned trusted communications adviser, joins our communications team. A writer and editor for more than 25 years, Dave reported from Ottawa and New Brunswick for a wide variety of publications, including the Globe & Mail, Maclean’s, National Post, Toronto Star, Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Sun. His work was internationally syndicated, appearing in leading publications in the U.S., Australia, the United Arab Emirates, the Czech Republic and elsewhere.
While working on the East Coast, he served as business editor and then managing editor of the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal, where he earned two National Newspaper Awards for coverage he spearheaded. He then was recruited to serve as senior communications adviser to the president of the University of New Brunswick and assumed responsibility for managing media relations at the university.
Neil and Dave join the rest of the Atlantica team – President Colleen d'Entremont, social media specialist Sydney Henderson, and our long-serving administrative staff Shari Seeley, Sarah Gilliland and Ashley Merzetti.