Our Mission

The Atlantica Centre for Energy proactively engages with industry, government, the education and research sectors, and the public to foster sustainable growth related to energy opportunities in Atlantic Canada.

How we do it

Improve Energy Literacy: improving the understanding of how the energy sector works and how it impacts the lives of Atlantic Canadians by providing accessible, accurate and reliable information on important current energy topics.

Facilitate Dialogue: actively participating in conferences and events as speakers, panel members and moderators; publish discussion papers and commentaries; and coordinate events and discussions.

Foster Partnerships: connecting stakeholders and providing networking opportunities through our broad reach in Atlantic Canada across all sectors related to energy.

Hillside Boularderie - Hilary Hendsbee
Hillside Boularderie – Hilary Hendsbee

Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Our Partners

As a non-profit organization, our membership represents the largest employers, energy producers, distributors, and consumers in the Atlantic region. To inquire about membership, please reach out to Atlantica Centre for Energy at michelle.robichaud@atlanticaenergy.org
ARC Clean Technology
Eastward Energy
Emera New Brunswick
Fundy Engineering
Irving Oil
J.D. Irving
Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline
Moltex Clean Energy
NB Power
Nova Scotia Power
Port of Belledune
Saint John Energy
Saint John LNG
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)
Government of Prince Edward Island
PEI Energy Corporation
Government of New Brunswick
Government of Nova Scotia
Atlantic Chamber of Commerce
Select Community Funeral Homes
University of New Brunswick (UNB) Saint John

Atlantic Alliances

Atlantic Clean Energy Alliance (ACEA)
Atlantic Hydrogen Alliance
Centre of Excellence Energy

Our Team

Stephen MackMackin

Stephen D. MacMackin


A licensed funeral director, Stephen was president of The Brenan Group Ltd. for 30 years. The family business that he owned and operated with his brother Bill provides funeral services from four locations in the Greater Saint John area. While the next generation of the family – two of Stephen’s children – have now taken on day-to-day management of the funeral homes, he continues to play an advisory role and remains active in Select Community Funeral Homes Inc., a firm he and Bill established that facilitates ownership transition in the funeral services sector providing both guidance and investment in support of the new owners.

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Michelle Robichaud

Michelle Robichaud

President michelle.robichaud@atlanticaenergy.org

With more than 20 years of progressive public relations and business management experience, Michelle has lead research projects and community engagement initiatives as a consultant for various government and community groups with her own company and as a community volunteer.

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Jonathan Alward

Jonathan Alward

Vice President, Policy jonathan.alward@atlanticaenergy.org

Jonathan Alward has spent more than a decade working with or within governments at various levels across Canada on policy and economic development.

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Neil Jacobson

Neil Jacobsen

Senior Policy Consultant neil.jacobsen@atlanticaenergy.org

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.

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Emily Al-Harazi

Director of Communications and Operations emily@atlanticaenergy.org

Emily recently moved to New Brunswick with a keen interest in gaining deeper insights into the evolving energy sector in Atlantic Canada. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences Degree from the University of Guelph, with an academic focus on local environmental management, sustainability, and clean energy innovation. She takes great interest in reading for pleasure and being involved in her community.

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Leah Butler

Manager, Energy Literacy Initiatives leah@atlanticaenergy.org

Leah recently held the position of Project Coordinator for Fuel 4 the Future, a project dedicated to teaching post-secondary students about clean fuels. She is a graduate of the Business Administration: Marketing program at New Brunswick Community College, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of New Brunswick where she studied Media Arts & Cultures and Computer Science. Leah has ten years of customer service experience, and is excited to share her newfound interest in clean fuels for the next stage in her career.


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