Stakeholders Roundtable – Bay of Fundy SEA Update

The Bay of Fundy Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) Phase II Update process includes a Bay of Fundy SEA Stakeholder Roundtable. The role of the Stakeholder Roundtable is to act as an advisory panel to guide public engagement during the SEA process.

The SEA process provides an opportunity for community groups, residents, municipalities, Mi’kmaq communities, not-for profits and other interested parties to influence decisions relating to project planning, policies, regulation and management. The Bay of Fundy SEA Update will serve as an effective tool to guide tidal energy development and help decision-makers promote sustainable development.   

A wide range of volunteer representation from both the private and public sectors were selected to participate on the SEA Stakeholder Roundtable including:

  • ·         Mi’kmaq communities
  • ·         Municipal Governments
  • ·         Fishers Organizations
  • ·         Environmental & Non-Governmental Organizations
  • ·         Community Economic Development Groups
  • ·         Tourism
  • ·         Tidal energy developers & suppliers
  • ·         Academia
  • ·         Industry associations
  • ·         Members-At-Large

 Criteria for membership included:

  • ·         support in good faith to the objectives of the SEA process
  • ·         ability to bring to the Roundtable, information and opinions from the sector represented
  • ·         flexibility to attend all or most of the meetings
  • ·         ability to review and comment on the Background Report

Twelve volunteer Roundtable members were selected by the project team on behalf of OERA. An introductory conference call meeting was held on May 16, 2013.  The following people have agreed to form the Stakeholder Roundtable: 

  • Vance Hazelton, Full Bay Scallop Association
  • Mark Taylor, Heavy Current Fishers Association
  • Wayne Groszko, Ecology Action Centre
  • Dana Morin, Fundy Tidal Inc.
  • KMKNO  Mi’kmaq Rights Initiative – name to be confirmed
  • Donald Humphrey, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Alan Howell, Nova Scotia Department of Energy
  • Terry Thibodeau, Annapolis Digby Economic Development Agency
  • Doug Keefe, Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy (FORCE)
  • Sue Molloy, Dalhousie University
  • Kathleen Kevany, Dalhousie University
  • Ian Watson, Municipality of the County of Kings

 Meeting Information

The Stakeholders Roundtable meet at various times during the project, and the outcomes from the meetings are as follows: