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Discover Green Marine's advisory committees

Green Marine’s uniqueness stems from the composition of its advisory committees that bring together representatives from the industry, governments, research institutions and environmental organizations. Gathered twice a year by one of Green Marine’s program directors, these representatives contribute to various aspects of the program’s development. These advisory committees are a big part of Green Marine’s collaborative success!

Regional participation has been at the heart of the Green Marine program since its inception. Four advisory committees are now in place, representing respectively the St. Lawrence, Great Lakes, North Atlantic and West Coast regions. These committees make it possible to highlight environmental issues of particular concern at the regional level and explore various possible solutions through collaboration. Before adopting a change to the program, Green Marine calls upon each committee to provide its point of view based on its regional realities so that a new program criterion takes all participants into consideration.

Green Marine Advisory Committees

St. Lawrence Advisory Committee

The St. Lawrence Advisory Committee brings together stakeholders from the shores of the St. Lawrence and the Saguenay: from the Seaway entrance to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It is the only committee that works exclusively in French. Program director Véronique Trudeau is responsible for this committee.

  • Daniel Côté, Desgagnés
  • André Michaud, Ducks Unlimited
  • Marc-Antoine Giroux, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Marie-Andrée Giguère, Fednav (Chair)
  • Domynick Maltais, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Supriya Tandan, Logistec Corporation
  • Sylvain Lafrance, Maritime Innovation
  • Véronik de la Chenelière, Ministère des forêts, de la faune et des parcs
  • Sébastien Marcoux, Ministère des Transports et de la Mobilité durable
  • Claude Deschambault, Montreal Port Authority
  • Julien Poisson, Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Casidhe Dyke, QSL
  • Laurence Roy-Grégoire, Québec Port Authority
  • Mélissa Sanikopoulos, Sept-Îles Port Authority
  • Miako Ushio, Shipping Federation of Canada
  • Mathieu St-Pierre, St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES)
  • Steven Murray, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation
  • Céline Bussières, Stratégie Maritime du Québec
  • Jean-Éric Turcotte, Stratégies Saint-Laurent
  • Claude Comtois, University of Montréal
  • Said Nassif, Verifier

Great Lakes Advisory Committee

The Great Lakes Advisory Committee has operated as a binational entity since its outset. It brings together stakeholders from all types of maritime activities on both sides of the Canada-U.S. border in the Great Lakes region. Program director Brittney Blokker coordinates this committee.

  • Mira Hube, Algoma Central Corporation
  • Debbie Murray, Association of Canadian Port Authorities
  • Stephen Braun, Canadian Water Resources Association
  • Paul Topping, Chamber of Marine Commerce
  • Carly Beck, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority
  • Matthew Taylor, CSL
  • Mark Gloutney, Ducks Unlimited
  • Jeff Stollenwerk, Duluth Seaway Port Authority
  • Justin Dew, Great Lakes Shipyard
  • Sara Yonson, Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority
  • Paul Christensen, Interlake Steamship Company
  • Olous Boag, McKeil Marine
  • Sami Alahdab, Ministry of Transportation of Ontario (MTO)
  • Yuumi Currah, Owen Sound Transportation Company
  • Steve McCauley, Pollution Probe
  • Steven Paczesny, Port Milwaukee
  • Jean Aubry-Morin, St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation (Chair)
  • Jeff Johnson, Transport Canada
  • Brian Lesinski, Verifier

West Coast Advisory Committee

In 2013 the West Coast Advisory Committee was the first additional group to be formed. It encompasses participants between Prince Rupert and San Diego along the West Coast of Canada and the United States. The West Coast Advisory Committee is coordinated by Green Marine’s senior program manager Eleanor Kirtley.

  • Peter Schrappen, American Waterways Operators
  • Robert Lewis-Manning, Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia
  • Katelyn Wells, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Christianne Wilhelmson, Georgia Strait Alliance
  • Patrick Gallagher, Marine Exchange of Puget Sound
  • Stacy Bell, Neptune Terminals
  • Zach Birmingham, Port of San Diego
  • Mike DeSota, Port of Seattle (Vice-Chair)
  • Jason Scherr, Prince Rupert Port Authority
  • Katrina Bews, SAAM Towage Canada
  • Daryl Lawes, Seaspan (Chair)
  • Brooke Coburn, Trans Mountain (Westridge Terminal)
  • Carrie Brown, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
  • Michael Herald, Verifier
  • Brian Kirk, Washington State Department of Ecology
  • Kevin Bartoy, Washington State Ferries
  • Kim Dunn, WWF Canada

North Atlantic Advisory Committee

Established in 2021, the North Atlantic Advisory Committee is the newest addition to Green Marine’s collaborative approach and offers members in the Atlantic provinces and Northeastern United States greater opportunity to decide the future of the environmental certification program. Committee members span from Newfoundland’s easternmost tip westward to Belledune, New Brunswick, and north and south between Newfoundland and Norfolk, Virginia. The committee is coordinated by program manager Thomas Grégoire.

  • Dan Vyselaar, Atlantic Towing (Chair)
  • Melody Pardoe, Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
  • Moira Brown, Canadian Whale Institute
  • Sean Brillant, Canadian Wildlife Federation
  • Matt Beyer, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Lonita Judge, Horizon Maritime
  • Craig Carter, Marine Atlantic
  • Rick Wilson, Northumberland Bay Ferries
  • Hilary Harron, Ocean Frontier Institute
  • Hussam Labib, Oceanex
  • Richard Hendrick, Port of Albany
  • Ron Twohig, PSA Halifax
  • Mike Jarbeau, Save the Bay (Rhode Island)
  • Arnold Croken, Summerside Port
  • Ross Szwec, Verifier
  • Chris Waterson, Waterson Terminals

🌎 Is your region represented?

Under the Green Marine charter, there must be a certain minimum number of members in a region before a new regional committee can be formed. The requirement is to ensure there will be sufficient eligible representatives to form a full committee with at least half of it being participants (ship owners, ports, terminals or shipyards), and at least one-quarter representing supporters (environmental organizations, governments and/or government agencies, academic or scientific establishment). Green Marine also brings together multi-stakeholder working groups, including sector experts, as required to address specific emerging issues, revise the program’s criteria, or develop a new performance indicator.