Senior Policy Consultant
Neil’s exposure to the energy sector is deep-rooted. Neil 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 recently co-led a strategic “value-optimization” initiative with the City of Saint John and Saint John Energy focused on positioning the utility and municipality for sustainable growth through product and service innovation and the pursuit of new renewable energy development opportunities.
Neil has 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. Through these organizations he has supported local small business start-ups, coordinated the delivery of a wide range of small business training and consulting programs, managed a growing portfolio of business relocation and investment prospects, and co-launched a nationally recognized multi-million dollar community redevelopment project on the Saint John waterfront.
Neil grew up involved in a successful family business and has owned and operated multiple small businesses. He attended the State University of New York (with honors) and McGill University, where he received his Bachelor of Engineering degree. He later went on to receive his Master of Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School at Western University in London, Ontario, and recently completed his certificate in Labour Relations from the Industrial Relations Centre (IRC) at Queen’s University. Neil also achieved green belt certification as a lean six sigma process improvement facilitator in 2017 and was appointed as a Graduate School Teaching Associate (GSTA) in the School of Graduate Studies at the University of New Brunswick in 2019.
Neil has been actively involved in a wide range of community organizations, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Fundy Trail Development Authority, Atlantica Centre for Energy, Uptown Saint John, Family Services Saint John and First Night Saint John (founding President). Neil has also served as the Chair of Small Business Week for the Fundy Region and Co-Chair of the Saint John Board of Trade’s Business and Community Development Committee. He remains an active volunteer with the Greater Saint John YMCA, including Chair of the 2019 Red Triangle Awards Gala and participation on the YMCA’s Endowment Fund Bursary Committee.
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 US State Department in 2013 to participate in their International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The IVLP Program focused on US-Canada energy policy issues and involved interacting with government, industry, NGO and academic leaders in Washington, Houston and Denver. Neil was one of three Canadian participants.