Our Team

Contact Information

Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia (OERA)
Joseph Howe Building, Suite 1001
1690 Hollis Street
Halifax, NS B3J 1V7

Telephone: 902-406-7012
Fax: 902-406-7019

Alisdair McLean

Executive Director
Telephone:  902-406-7011

Alisdair McLean is the Executive Director of the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia. Alisdair brings to the OERA 30 years of experience in technology-driven companies, working to commercialize innovation. For the past 14 years Alisdair has worked for start-ups in the renewable energy and energy conservation industries. As an engineer, he co-authored several patents, and as a business development executive he led renewable-energy project development initiatives across North America, in Europe, Australia and China. Alisdair is committed to building lasting relationships with academia, industrial partners, public servants, elected officials and representatives of civil society to propel sustainable energy development in Nova Scotia. Alisdair is a 2018 Clean 50 honouree. He has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Dalhousie University, and is a Professional Engineer. He’s an avid runner and youth soccer coach.

Carey Ryan
Project Manager 
Telephone:  902-499-4375

Carey Ryan is a professional engineer with a Masters in Business Administration whose career has spanned more than 40 years in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors. He has served in a number of senior positions in the government of Nova Scotia including Assistant Deputy Minister of Energy and Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Petroleum Directorate, and prior to that was Director of Energy Management with responsibility for the Province’s activities related to renewable energy technologies and energy conservation. Following his retirement from the provincial government he was Vice President, Treasurer and Acting President of Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada (PRAC). He has been a member of the Canada Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board; the Board of Nova Scotia Resources Limited; was a member of and chaired the Nova Scotia Energy and Mineral Resources Conservation Board; was a member of the Board of the Nova Scotia Tidal Power Corporation; and acted as Canadian co-chair of the Northeast International Committee on Energy. He is currently provides energy related consulting services through his company Thackeray Consulting, is a partner in Novus Consulting and  is the Director, Research & Business Development with the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia.


Nalani Perry

Operations Manager
Telephone: 902-406-7012

Nalani Perry is the Operations Manager at Offshore Energy Research Association.  As an integral part of the Association’s team, Nalani works closely with the Board of Directors and with the research team to coordinate research projects to ensure flow and exchange of information, streamlining interactions and collaborations on initiatives on behalf of the Association.  In addition to her oversight of the coordination of our research programs, Nalani focuses on developing and implementing processes and systems for all the day-to-day operations, and is the lead on the OERA website, communications and event planning to ensure the successful completion of OERA events. Nalani holds a BA (Honours) in English Literature from Saint Mary’s University, a Paralegal Diploma from the Maritime Business College and a B.Comm in Human Resources with a specialization in Organizational Behaviour and sits on the Board of Opera Nova Scotia.  In her spare time, Nalani enjoys CrossFit, Olympic Weightlifting and singing opera.


Russell Dmytriw
Director of Research

Telephone: 902-406-7010

Russell Dmytriw is OERA’s Director of Research with over 25 years of experience in the fields of environmental impact assessment, green energy development, surface water resource assessment, and application of environmental regulation to industrial development. His consulting career has included environmental and geological projects in Québec, Ontario and eastern Canada. This experience embraces all facets of project execution including planning and work program development, implementation and management of multidisciplinary field investigations, data analysis and interpretation, liaison with clients and government agencies, and participation in public meetings and hearings. Mr. Dmytriw obtained a B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Manitoba (1984) and an M.Sc. in low temperature geochemistry from McGill University (1994).


Jennifer Pinks
Research Manager
Telephone:  902-406-7013

Jennifer Pinks is the Research Manager at the Offshore Energy Research Association of Nova Scotia.  Jennifer oversees the project management and administration on the portfolio of current geosciences, tidal and marine sound research projects.  As part of her responsibilities, she manages the research Call for Proposals and associated RFP process, which is OERA’s primary mechanism to mobilize its various research projects.  “One of the best parts of my job is working with the diverse, passionate and talented group of researchers from across town, cross country and internationally –  that collectively, are making important contributions to advancing the offshore energy sector here in Nova Scotia”.

Prior to joining OERA, Jennifer worked in R&D administration at Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada (PRAC) as well as at Saint Mary’s University, both located in Halifax.  She received a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from University of Waterloo and a Masters in Environmental Management from the University of London, UK.  Career highlights feature seven years in the energy industry in Calgary and ten years living overseas in Malaysia, Thailand, and Venezuela where she enjoyed working and volunteering in a range of disciplines including environment, population studies, women’s issues, community relations and education.


Luiz Faria
Project Manager
Telephone: 902-406-7018





Ashley Moriarty 
Financial/Administrative Assistant
Telephone: 902-406-7015

Ashley Moriarty is an Financial/Administrative Assistant with the OERA, and comes with over 15  years of Office and Administrative Experience. With a Certificate in Financial Management from Saint Mary’s University, and a diploma from NSCC in Graphic Design, Ashley’s career highlights consist of working for AECOM in their Oil & Gas division in Northern Alberta in numerous Administrative and Project roles. Now settled back in Nova Scotia with her family, Ashley is happy to be working downtown in the heart of Halifax with OERA. Ashley is excited to be working with an organization that is helping to find renewal energy resources to make the world cleaner for her daughter’s generation and generations to come.


Steve Himmelman

Financial Advisor
Telephone: 902-406-7015

Throughout his more than 13 years of progressive accounting experience, Steve has developed a passion for working with start-ups and small/medium entreprises and not-for-profits. He thrives when helping them seek out and secure funding opportunities, enjoys providing strategic counsel to their leadership teams, and has extensive experience building financial models and forecasting.
Steve is enthusiastic, service-oriented and highly-motivated with excellent time management skills, strong communication skills and proven analytical skills. He holds an MBA, CMA from St. Mary’s University along with a BA in Economics from the University of Calgary.
Steve sits on the finance committee for St. John Ambulance. In his spare time, he enjoys sailing, running, aviation and spending time with his young family.


Maggie Heilig
Events & Communications Intern
Telephone: 902-406-7014