FORCE Announces New Chair and Director

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Nova Scotia’s efforts to responsibly harness the power of the Bay of Fundy take another step forward today with the appointments of a new board director and a new board chair to the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE).

FORCE is pleased to welcome new board chair Janet MacMillan and independent board director Dr. Robert Fournier.

“As we build on the success of this month’s successful turbine deployment, we are moving into an important period of demonstration and learning,” said Tony Wright, general manager of FORCE. “With that in mind, we’re very fortunate to draw upon Ms. MacMillan’s governance experience, expertise, and intelligence. She’s been a tremendous asset for the last three years. And we’re deeply honoured to add Dr. Fournier’s ocean science expertise: he is a strong voice for responsible ocean management. We have a strong team around the table.”

“We were proud to see the demonstration turbine recently enter our waters. This is the culmination of over 10 years of research, consultation, and hard work by many talented local academics, fabricators, researchers and developers,” said Energy Minister Michel Samson. “Nova Scotia is a global leader in tidal energy development and we need great people to continue responsibly moving this exciting, renewable energy work ahead.”

Janet MacMillan has worked with many of Nova Scotia’s renewable energy and infrastructure projects. She provides counsel to colleagues and clients at NATIONAL Public Relations in areas including citizen engagement, risk management, governance and regulatory matters.

Dr. Robert Fournier is professor (emeritus) of oceanography at Dalhousie University, where he was the former associate vice-president of research, and mostly recently worked in its marine affairs program (MAP), which specializes in marine policy.

“FORCE has an important role to play both here at home, and on the world stage,” said Ms. MacMillan. “Meeting the challenge of ‘the Fundy standard’ means attracting the world’s best technologies, and working with scientists, regulators and the public to demonstrate we can safely generate clean, renewable energy from the world’s highest tides – all of which contributes to Nova Scotia’s environmental and economic well-being.”

In the last year, FORCE also expanded its team to include Andrew Lowery as technical director, and Lindsay Bennett as program manager. FORCE also recruited Melissa Oldreive as director of environmental programs.

“We’re very fortunate to attract these exceptional individuals to our board and staff. In a year with many scientific, public, and operational demands, our team has made significant contributions,” said Mr. Wright. “We’re also grateful for the leadership of our outgoing chair Joe Fitzharris, who we’re lucky to retain on the board.”

FORCE is also seeking an additional board director to support the demonstration project. Details can be found here:


FORCE is Canada’s lead test facility for in-stream tidal energy technology, located in the Bay of Fundy. As a not-for-profit research lab, FORCE collaborates with government, industry, academia and the public to better understand if this technology can play a safe, effective role in Canada’s energy future. Since 2009, FORCE has built the electrical infrastructure to allow in-stream devices to deliver power to the provincial grid, and in partnership with academic and research institutions, invested $15 million in research, monitoring and the Fundy Advanced Sensor Technology program, increasing understanding and scientific knowledge of the Minas Passage. FORCE receives funding support from the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, and participating developers.

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HI-RES Image: Janet MacMillan and Dr. Robert Fournier