Atlantica Centre For Energy

About Us

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


Improve Energy Literacy: improve 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 participate in conferences and events as speakers, panel members and moderators; publish discussion papers and commentaries; and coordinate events and discussions.

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


Our Team

Michelle Robichaud

Michelle RobichaudMichelle has more than 20 years of progressive public relations and business management experience. She comes to the Centre from NBCC Saint John as an award-winning instructor in the Business Administration Marketing program. She is also the Owner/Operator of Accent Events, a corporate event management and consulting company.

Michelle is fluently bilingual and 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. In various communications and media relations positions with the Financial and Consumer Services Commission (formerly New Brunswick Securities Commission) she issued complex securities-related communications, and coordinated capital markets and consumer public relations initiatives at local, regional and provincial levels. She began her career working 10 years for the regional economic development agency in entrepreneur development, business attraction, immigration and community engagement developing and implementing key economic development initiatives.

Michelle holds her Business Administration Degree from University of New Brunswick Saint John and is a Certified Instructor from New Brunswick Community College.

Her experience working in and fostering dialogue among industry, government, academia and community stakeholders provides her with a solid insight and will benefit the role of President for our regional energy think tank.


Vice President, Policy
Jonathan Alward

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

Prior to moving back to New Brunswick, Jonathan worked for the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) as the Prairie Region Director. In this role he oversaw advocacy efforts for small and medium businesses, the backbone of the economy. Jonathan has spearheaded national policy issues to raise regional issues to the forefront at the national level.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree (Economics) and Master of Business Administration Degree (Concentration in Entrepreneurship) both from the University of New Brunswick.

Jonathan joined the Atlantica Centre for Energy as Vice President and will lean on his experience working on government policy and managing stakeholder relationships to help foster the exchange of information and dialogue to further the region’s energy opportunities.


Senior Policy Consultant
Neil Jacobsen

Neil Jacobson

Clean-Energy & Youth Engagement
Chloé Burton

Chloé Burton




For Payables, Receivables, Accounting, Banking, Reception and General Inquiries: 1.506.635.1566

Shari Seeley

Shari Seeley

Sarah Gilliland

Sarah Gilliland

Ashley Merzetti

Ashley Merzetti





Arc Clean EnergyAtlantic Canada Opportunities AgencyAtlantic Clean Energy AllianceapecSaint John LNG

DeloitteNova Scotia PowerTM Energy AtlanticaFluor

Fundy EngineeringHeritage GasIrvingJ.D. Irving LimitedLaurentis Energy Partners

LibertymaineMaritimes & Northeast PipelineMoltex Clean EnergyNatural Forces

New Brunswick / Nouveau BrunswickNB Powernova scotia Saint John Energy Prince Edward Island

Port of BelleduneselectUNB Saint John


Contact Us

Atlantica Centre for Energy’s mission is to inform the public on energy issues within Atlantic Canada and the US Northeast. Feel free to contact us for any energy-related matters within the region.

Atlantica Centre For Energy
27 Wellington Row
Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 3H4

General Inquires

Phone: (506) 674-9439

Media Inquiries

Michelle Robichaud
Phone: (506) 636-1110

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27 Wellington Row, Saint John, New Brunswick E2L 3H4 | (506) 674-9439