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Monday, Nov 28th, 2022

Energy NL 2022 Board of Directors Nominees


Gerry Mayo
VP Operations, PF Collins International Trade Solutions – (acclaimed) 

Gerry Mayo is the VP Operations at PF Collins International Trade Solutions, responsible for managing the company’s Freight Forwarding, Warehousing, Marine Agency, and Immigration Consulting departments.

A Chartered Accountant and experienced senior manager, Gerry has held leadership positions in both the private and public sectors, including 10 years as Base Manager for FMC Technologies. His formal education includes a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from Memorial University, a Diploma in Project Management from the Norwegian School of Management, and extensive subsea technical, operations, and equipment training.

As the current Treasurer and Director of Energy NL and Past Chair of their Research, Policy & Communications Committee, Gerry works tirelessly to promote the development and growth of Newfoundland and Labrador’s offshore oil and gas industry. Throughout his 3 year tenure he has advocated on behalf of the industry during some of its most significant challenges, including the COVID pandemic, an industry downturn, and delays in project approvals.

Gerry seeks election as Vice Chair on the Energy NL Board of Directors to continue advocacy efforts for the sanction of the Bay du Nord project and other future projects, as well as help Newfoundland and Labrador develop a more sustainable, lower carbon energy industry. One of the most critical decisions in the history of the offshore oil and gas industry, a green light from the Federal Government on Bay du Nord will contribute to lower emission production to meet demand, while allowing for reinvestment into Newfoundland and Labrador’s clean energy future. A negative decision would be a significant setback for the industry and presents greater challenges to developing renewable energy resources.

With 25 years’ experience in this industry and a passion for all things Newfoundland and Labrador, Gerry will be a leader for the supply and partner community as Vice Chair of Energy NL.

When not working, Gerry enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, his Australian Labradoodle, Sadie, and contributing to various charitable and community organizations. An avid runner, he is an executive member of the STRIDE Running NL group and regularly participates in local road races, including the Tely 10 and the grueling Cape to Cabot.


Sheldon Lace
General Manager, Atlantic Towing Limited – (acclaimed) 

Sheldon Lace is the General Manager of Atlantic Towing Limited, Canada’s leading provider of offshore supply vessels and marine services, supporting oil and gas exploration and production. Atlantic Towing Limited has offices in St. John’s NL, Saint John NB, Dartmouth NS, Victoria BC and Point Fortin, Trinidad; the company’s fleet operates across the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic oceans, the North Sea, and the Caribbean.

Sheldon was born and raised in Grand Bank, Newfoundland & Labrador, and graduated from the University of New Brunswick with a Bachelor of Science in Forest Management. Following graduation, he embarked on a successful 21-year career with J.D. Irving, Limited (JDI) and its family of companies. Sheldon also holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Ivy School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Sheldon has gained extensive business and leadership experience in multiple roles within JDI’s Sawmills, Woodlands, and Transportation Divisions. In 2012, he transitioned from his position as Regional Forester with the Woodlands Division to Coastal Business Manager with Atlantic Towing. Promoted to the organization’s Director, Offshore Business in 2014, and then to General Manager in 2021, Sheldon currently oversees Atlantic Towing’s four business sectors: Offshore, Port Services, Coastal Tug and Barge, and Marine Services. In this role he is responsible for all Atlantic Towing operations.

Sheldon’s broad business experience and deep knowledge of both the local and international energy markets, combined with his collaborative approach to business and partnerships, enables him to have a unique skill set that would bring tremendous value as Treasurer to Energy NL’s Board of Directors in Newfoundland and Labrador. Sheldon has currently completed his second year as a Director on Energy NL’s Board and is looking to bring this experience with him into the role of Treasurer.

Sheldon is married with two daughters. Outside of work, he enjoys mountain biking, boating, playing hockey and spending time with his family.


Stephanie Gruchy 
Strategic Opportunity Capture Manager – Services, Maintenance & Marine at Pennecon

Stephanie Gruchy is Strategic Opportunity Capture Manager – Services, Maintenance & Marine at Pennecon, one of Newfoundland and Labrador’s leading providers of technical services, specialized solutions and supports to service it’s extensive client base with offices located across Atlantic Canada.

Stephanie was born and raised in Witless Bay and is a proud Newfoundlander and Labradorian. Upon graduation, Stephanie set out on a successful 10 year career path with Pennecon. Since starting her career in 2012, she worked in several progressive operational roles and was then promoted to the manager of both Pennecon Technical Services Offshore and Crane divisions. In that position, she portrayed solid client management and successfully delivered several projects by leading and working with a team with strong technical, commercial, regulatory and administration expertise. In her current role as Strategic Opportunity Capture Manager, Stephanie leads the effort to pivot the organizational and ensure the company is poised for business opportunities across key sectors. Her primary focus is company strategy, industry growth, contracts, business development and marketing, brand awareness, and communications.

Stephanie holds a Professional Engineering Technologist designation (P.Tech), Business certification and is currently enrolled in Edinburgh’s Masters in Business Administration (MBA) program with graduation quickly approaching. Stephanie serves on the Board of Directors as Treasurer for Rotary St John’s East Foundation, volunteers with Women in Resource and Development (WRDC), holds a position as an Ambassador with the St. John’s Board of Trade and is also a committee member for their Member Value group. Outside of work, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her husband, son, family and friends, travelling, trying new local restaurants, and keeping active.

Stephanie has a passion for diversity and inclusion, and has proven to be continuously engaged and dedicated to her professional responsibilities. She recognizes the benefits that the energy sector bring to our province and is highly motivated by the fresh perspective and value that she is able to offer to Energy NL while advocating for responsible and sustainable development of the energy sector.

Please watch and share my video to gain insight into why I feel I’m qualified for this position, how passionate I am about the energy sector, and background about who I am as a professional and proud resident in our province of NL https://youtu.be/naogcjY7OF8. 

Dorothy Keating  
Partner, Noseworthy Chapman

Dorothy Keating is a Partner with Noseworthy Chapman, the largest locally owned Chartered Professional Accounting Firm in the province. As a Chartered Professional Accountant, Dorothy’s career has spanned both public practice and industry and she has been a trusted business advisor for over 25 years. With numerous clients supplying and servicing the energy industry, Dorothy is keenly in tune with the impact and benefit of the energy industry has on businesses success in the province. A strong advocate for business, Dorothy is fully engaged in ensuring that she understands the issues at hand and can clearly articulate those issues during the decision-making process. Dorothy is passionate about the vital role private business contributes to our economy and the significant role those supporting and servicing the energy industry play in the future prosperity of our province.

As a current board member of Energy NL, Dorothy is pleased to have worked with the board on the new strategic direction of the organization to enhance the benefits for members and expand opportunities for Newfoundland and Labrador businesses.

Dorothy brings with her a strong track record of leadership and experience. She has worked and partnered with outstanding organizations locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. With a professional practice deeply rooted in advising and assisting private businesses operating in Newfoundland and Labrador and in the global economy, Dorothy is looking forward to continuing working with the Energy NL board and organization members to execute the mission of Energy NL. She is always available to listen and to facilitate member participation in the evolving energy industry through advocating for local sustainable development and working to create connections that advance Newfoundland and Labrador businesses in the industry both locally and globally.

With a strong belief in community, Dorothy has been involved in many board and volunteer activities throughout her career and is currently serving as a Board Member of the Faculty of Business Administration Advisory Board, and Finance Chair of Holy Trinity Parish, Torbay. She is a member of 100 Women Who Care and member of the Women President’s Organization. Dorothy is Past Chair of the St. John’s Board of Trade, Past Chair of the Association of Chartered Professional Accountants and Past Chair of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Newfoundland and Labrador. Dorothy also serving for eight years as a municipal councillor with the Town of Torbay. She completed her ICD.DEP designation in 2020 and is currently completing her FEA designation.

Dorothy lives in Torbay with her spouse and two children.

Richard Mandeville
Vice President of Subsea – Canada and Country Manager for TechnipFMC

Richard Mandeville currently serves as Vice President of Subsea – Canada and Country Manager for TechnipFMC. He was born in St. John’s, NL, and spent his childhood between there and Northern England. Following his graduation from Barnard Castle School in County Durham, Richard earned a Bachelor of Engineering Degree with focus in Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering from MUN, receiving the Dean’s Honour Award for Academic Excellence and Leadership. While at university, Richard earned a Commission in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Richard joined TechnipFMC in 2005 as a flexible pipeline designer and dynamic system analyst before moving into project work. He has authored two technical papers relating to subsea system components that have been published through OTC. Richard has been involved in several projects on the Grand Banks while based at TechnipFMC’s St. John’s office, interspersed with onshore / offshore work in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Following his assignment as Project Manager for TechnipFMC’s work on Hibernia Unit BNA, he relocated to Aberdeen in 2015 to serve as an Asset Manager, responsible for all aspects of the company’s fleet of Construction and S-lay vessels.

Richard was awarded Noia’s Rising Star award in 2017 and returned to Canada in July of 2019 to assume his current role as TechnipFMC’s Vice President; Subsea – Canada & Country Manager.

Richard is a licensed Professional Engineer and resides in St. John’s where he lives with his wife and two daughters, spending his free time cycling, paddling, and fly fishing. Richard continues to maintain a strong relationship with MUN through volunteer activities with Alumni Affairs and industrial outreach programs. He has been active in organisations providing alternative supply chains for medical personal protective equipment in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Army Cadet League of Newfoundland & Labrador, and is a member of the board of the Newfoundland & Labrador Employer’s Council.

Denah Locke
Managing Director, Seabase Newfoundland Limited

Denah Locke is the Managing Director and Owner of Seabase Newfoundland Limited, a leading provider of crewing and management services supporting marine vessel and offshore drilling operations for East Coast Canada and Internationally. Seabase Newfoundland Limited is located in St. John’s, NL and prides itself on being a locally owned and operated company.

As Managing Director, Denah is responsible for developing and executing business strategies to achieve short- and long-term goals, maintaining positive and trust-based relations with business partners, shareholders and clients and overseeing the company’s business operations, financial performance, investments and ventures.

Denah was born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia as well as a double major degree in Psychology and Sociology from Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Denah has worked in the oil and gas industry for nearly 20 years where she has gained immeasurable leadership and management experience while managing operations for marine vessels and drill rig installations. Denah began working at Seabase Limited after graduation in 2004 and was promoted to General Manager in 2008 managing a fleet of 14 supply vessels operating East Coast Canada and Internationally. In 2013, Denah was hired as the HR Manager – Operations for Seadrill Canada Limited responsible for the personnel management of all technical, marine and drilling personnel for the West Hercules, West Aquarius and West Mira. In 2020, Denah began a new venture with the NSB-Omega Group of Companies and is now Partner and Managing Director of Seabase Newfoundland Limited.

Denah’s years of experience in Operational Management and Business Leadership roles within the Marine and Offshore Industries can offer a valued knowledge base and support structure in the Energy NL Board Room. Denah is focused on creating opportunities for our fellow Newfoundland and Labradorians within the Energy Sector. As Director with Energy NL, Denah will work tirelessly while collaborating with industry professionals, government officials and resource developers to ensure our local businesses and citizens are the primary beneficiary.

In her spare time, Denah enjoys quality time with her family, attending sporting events with her children, and spending time at the cottage enjoying all of nature’s beauty.

Kristina Kearney
Business Development Manager & Senior Recruitment Consultant, Avara Solutions Inc.
Director at WORKFORCE by Avara Inc

Let’s make history. If you are passionate about keeping the people of our province at home with their families – you’re in good company. Kristina Kearney has been doing just that for the people in our Energy industry for 11 years – and she is just getting started. Kristina connects with and represents our qualified talent pool in the province through services offered at Avara Solutions Inc. This is Kristina’s third time running, she is determined and has her goal set on being a Director with Energy NL. Energy NL, as an association, has played a major part in and has influenced her career in such a way that it’s her time to give back! Her roots span the province from the Northern Peninsula to the heart of St. John’s. Through serving two years as president of the 35+-year-old Business Association (BANL), as well as on various not-for-profit committees and leading local initiatives, Kristina Kearney has already demonstrated her strengths as a voice representing local business in the province.

As Business Development Manager & Senior Recruitment Consultant at local engineering and advisory service firm – Avara Solution’s Inc., as well as Director at WORKFORCE by Avara Inc, Kristina dedicates her time in support of our Energy industry. Kristina is an advocate who is committed to helping our post-secondary and high-school students appreciate our energy sector and the incredible opportunities and jobs that are upcoming and in demand. You can find her in classrooms and on panels across the province teaching our students about what’s possible, right here at home. She currently just accepted a director position on the Board of Directors with the Women in Resource and Development, helping women throughout Newfoundland and Labrador prepare for and achieve meaningful, positive, long-term careers in trades and technology.

Kristina, a Board of Trade nominated emerging young professional, is excited to steer the professional development of students and newcomers in the industry through mentoring, with a focus on driving a vision for more women entering the field. Kristina was also nominated in 2020 for RBC Women of Influence award and was recognized for her work in educating students on employable industries in the province. Kristina just won first place for 2021 TopRecriter.Co awards for Newfoundland and Labrador, and placed 11th TopRecruiter.Co in North America in 2020.

“I started in a small local business – these are the networks I want to represent at the table. There are so many of us working hard and have a lot to contribute. Our perspectives are relevant to our industry as service and supply providers. That’s what I want to achieve above anything – a greater and more inclusive bond between the incredible leaders in our industry today, and the ones of tomorrow like me who want to move the industry forward. Behind every local business is a family, and it would be a privilege to be the voice representing those families”.

Vote for an advocate and relentless voice for the future of our industry – Kristina Kearney.

Andrew Short
Chief Operating Officer, Integrated Logistics

Andrew Short is the Chief Operating Officer of Integrated Logistics. Starting as the first employee, he has growth to team to 140 providing world class stevedoring and marine logistics solutions across industries in the province.

After finishing his B.Comm at Memorial, Andrew began his career with the Business Development Bank of Canada. Here he first recognized the importance of our natural resource economy. He witnessed the impact and opportunities that Mining, Forestry, the Fishery and our expanding Oil and Gas sector were providing. Combining the academic pursuit of his MBA in the evenings and the real-life trials and successes of local business during the day, his time in commercial finance set a foundation for business practises that he carries today.

In 2009 Andrew took what he calls “the natural career path from banking to stevedoring” with Integrated Logistics (IL) . Trading “neck ties for coveralls” in the early years, Andrew started at IL by leading the from the hold of ship, through all areas of the business from the RFP’s to the financial statements. He has been a project manager for IL’s scopes of work on the largest industrial projects in our province including

• Vale Long Harbour Process plant,
• Hebron Project both in Bull Arm and at Port in Argentia
• Well Head Platform
• Muskrat Falls in the Port of Goose Bay
• Voisey’s Bay Underground Mine Expansion

In 2012 Andrew lead IL into the Labrador with the establishment of the indigenous business, Integrated Nunatsiavut Logistics with the Nunatsiavut Group of Companies. As the VP of Operations for INL, with his friends and partners at NGC, together then have expanded into marine chartering, heavy lift logistics and flotel accommodations.

“I have been very fortunate to have this opportunity with IL. To start out with strong accomplished business partners, who shared their knowledge, but allowed me the freedom to experience all facets of the business and built the team we have today who are ready for the future”

Board and Volunteer Experience
In addition to the experiences of IL, Andrew currently services as

Board of Integrated Nunatsiavut Logistics
Governs of the business’s needs, and financial health of INL’s activities

Vice President of the Canadian Handball Association
A volunteering position with the CHA to over see the development of the sport and national tournaments, in 2019 Andrew headed up to the most successful fundraising campaign in 25 years.

Director of Handball Development NL Handball Association
A volunteering position with NL handball, in which he is responsible to expand the sport in the province. In that roll in 2021 he led the team to construct the first new outdoor handball court in province in over 75 years. This year his team will see the addition of 4 new handball programs across the province.

YMCA Handball Instructor
On most Saturday and Sunday morning and some weekday evenings you can find Andrew at the St. John’s YMCA teaching kids and adults the game he loves.
Andrew considers himself to be very blessed to share all of these experiences with his wife Jennifer and their 3 children, in the coming days he looks forward to asking for you support directly.

Jennifer Haley
Supply Chain Manager, Aker Solutions Canada

Jennifer Haley has been contributing to onshore and offshore major resource development projects within Newfoundland and Labrador for 20 years. For the past 12 years, she has held the position of Supply Chain Manager for Aker Solutions Canada. Jennifer is a graduate from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Business Administration (2001), and a Masters Certificate in Project Management (2008).

As a current director for Energy NL, Jennifer was elected to the Board in March 2020, coinciding with one of the most challenging times in our industry’s history with the COVID pandemic and the delay of many projects. During these two years, she has been a strong advocate for the local supply chain community and industry. In September 2020, she was selected to represent the supply chain sector on the Government Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industry Recovery Task Force. The final report resulted in 32 recommendations to drive the recovery of our industry, many of which, directly impact and benefit Energy NL members. Jennifer continues her work on the Implementation Team with the Newfoundland and Labrador Government to bring these recommendations to fruition.

Throughout her career, Jennifer has supported many of the offshore production facilities including Cenovus Sea Rose, EMCP Hebron Platform, HMDC Hibernia Platform and Terra Nova FPSO. Jennifer has formed valuable relationships throughout all levels of supply chain from start of manufacture and vendor engagement through the delivery to the end-user. As Supply Chain Manager with Aker Solutions, she is part of a global organization that is actively creating new strategies to evolve, enabling sustainable low-carbon oil and gas production, along with accelerating growth in developing renewable solutions.

Jennifer is dedicated to utilizing local benefits to the fullest potential and collaborating with suppliers to develop new opportunities to diversify. With the recent rebranding and the new strategic focus of Energy NL, the optimistic news of the Bay du Nord Project, and her role with Aker Solutions, Jennifer is excited for the future of our industry and the positive changes to come. Vote to re-elect Jennifer Haley to continue to be a supporter and a voice for you and your business.

Beth McGrath
Partner, McInnes Cooper

Beth McGrath is a partner at McInnes Cooper and has over 15 years of experience as legal counsel working with businesses in our province, many of whom are Energy NL member companies. She practices in the areas of corporate and business law, energy and natural resources and corporate finance and is the Regional Chair of the firm’s Energy & Natural Resources group. Beth’s practice has a particular focus on energy-related projects and regional development of oil and gas resources and she has been involved in the offshore projects in our Province in various capacities. She has a diverse client base including private and public companies, oil and gas companies, government entities, financial and international institutions, mining and exploration companies, renewable energy companies, engineering and construction firms and fisheries and technology firms.

Beth is a strong advocate for our energy sector and is committed to ensuring the province of Newfoundland and Labrador and our expertise continues to play a significant role on the global stage. Our energy industry is evolving and requires a collaborative and innovative approach from leaders like Beth who are energetic and forward-looking.  Beth has negotiated and advocated for offshore oil projects throughout her career.

Beth is passionate about education and mentorship, and she continues to incorporate these values into her life by teaching and assisting in the development of future lawyers. Beth is a part-time instructor of business and contract law within the Faculty of Business at Memorial University of Newfoundland and teaches yearly at the Bar Admission course for new lawyers in our province. Beth regularly leads seminars for industry groups on matters of corporate and business law and is a guest instructor for the Director’s Education Program Course through the Institute of Corporate Directors on Corporate Governance. Beth also completed the Business Leadership for Women Lawyers program at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

Beth was selected as a Lexpert® Rising Star for 2016, a national award celebrating Canada’s leading lawyers under 40. She is ranked by Best Lawyers™ in Canada for her practice in corporate law and mergers and acquisitions law, and by Chambers Canada for her corporate/commercial practice. Beth has held various director positions throughout her career and is currently serving as a director of the St. John’s Port Authority.

Beth lives in St. John’s with her husband Andrew and their two boys Benjamin and John Raymond. When she is not at the office, you can usually find her at the hockey rink in her most important role as a Hockey Mom!

Jacqueline French
Global Performance Manager, Schlumberger

A trusted strategic business advisor with decades of operational and executional leadership, in complex global business environments within the O&G service sector.

An engineer (McGill University) and business masters (Heriot-Watt) with an expertise in field operations, operations management, health and safety, capital construction, and sales, with a Human Resources professional accreditation (SHRM-SCP).  Having lived and worked in the North Sea, Brazil, Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, and Canada, Jacqueline brings a unique global perspective across many domains, to her current role as the Global Performance Manager for Schlumberger’s Production HQ based in St John’s.

As the Production Division Global Performance Manager her role is to work from within to advocate for customers and external parties throughout Schlumberger’s massive organization. As a cultural broker she helps to work across internal and external interfaces and silos for clients around the world and here in Newfoundland, to solve problems and introduce new solutions creating unique value for all stakeholders.

Originally from the east coast of Canada, Jacquie is very passionate about using her 25 years of international experience, to help bring Newfoundland technology and services to global markets.

Chad Butler
Growler Energy

Chad currently works as VP Business Development for Growler Energy, a St. John’s based renewable energy development company. Through his term with Growler Energy Chad has been engaged in many different facets of the renewable energy sector including:

• Business development
• Research and development projects
• Engagement with government and funding agencies
• Support to renewable energy development projects
• Collaboration with national and international partners

Chad is a progressive project leader and natural team player with strong management skills. With over 15 years’ experience working in a project environment, Chad has tackled challenging roles around the world including assignments in Canada, the United States of America, and Angola.

His project experience includes expertise in the oil & gas and renewables sectors. With his early career in the oil and gas industry Chad is on the front line of the ongoing global energy transition to renewables.

With a leadership style focused on social awareness, Chad has the ability to effectively foster a positive work environment and build strong relationships.