Consultant Associates

John Wanczycki

Kay Crinean

Dan O’Halloran

John Snow

Scott Travers

Dave DeWolfe

Brenda Haley

Wayne Groszko

Evan Cervelli

John Nowlan


John Wanczycki became President of Maritime Tidal Energy in January 2014. He has worked with businesses, governments, R&D organizations and communities across Canada and in 14 countries, as a senior executive and consultant. His experience includes planning, negotiating, directing or acting as an advisor on build-operate transfer, applied R&D, technology demonstration, and capacity-building projects, often on a public-private partnership basis. He also has a strong background in public policy formulation and review, particularly as it relates to the promotion of innovation, broadly defined, in knowledge-based industries. He has also recently served as President of the Environmental Services Association of Nova Scotia.

Kay Crinean is a Past President of Maritime Tidal Energy Corp (MTEC). She served as President between 2011 – 2014. During that time she has contributed to the development and evolution of tidal energy in Nova Scotia through active participation in government-industry consultations, collaborative workshops and conferences. She has been project manager and lead consultant in several marine renewable energy infrastructure assessment projects and is co-chair of the Socio-Economic Sub-Committee of the Fundy Energy Research Network.  She has many years of experience as a senior level executive and project manager in business, government and the not-for-profit sector, and has initiated and led successful multi-stakeholder projects and organizations in Canada and abroad. She was a founder and the first Executive Director of Novaknowledge, a multi-stakeholder organization focused on researching leading edge economic trends and opportunities, fostering dialogue and influencing policy and thinking in government, business and education in Nova Scotia. In the UK she was the founder and director of a successful five-year national industry program to improve software engineering and quality. As a consultant her primary focus is on projects that combine economic and environmental sustainability. Kay is a Principal Consultant with MTEC.

Dan O’HalloranM.Sc., P.Eng., has over 40 years experience in planning, design and project management of engineering and construction projects. He is the founding President of O’Halloran Campbell Consultants, he has a Master’s degree in marine civil engineering and has been extensively involved at a senior level on numerous successful projects up to $300 million. Dan has played a key role in hundreds of marine and other civil engineering projects in Canada’s Atlantic Region.  He is the 2006 recipient of the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia’s Gold Medal Award, and the 1995 recipient of the Engineering Award. Dan also has considerable business experience. Dan is a member of the MTEC Management Team.

John Snow, PEng, FCMC – John’s primary focus is to help define and plan major business transformation initiatives. Typical engagements involve strategic planning, advisory services, business case development, group facilitation, project governance and solution procurement.

Scott Travers is President of DSquared Consulting, a company which provides sustainability, environmental and renewable energy leadership. He is a Past President and COO of Minas Pulp and Power and Past President and Vice-Chairman of Newton Falls Fine Paper Company.

Dave DeWolfe has been involved with tidal issues and studies for over 30 years.  He was head of the Tidal Division at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography for 9 years before starting Discovery Consultants Ltd., a consulting company specializing in tidal studies. Since then, he has completed numerous studies for a variety of clients both Government and private, that include the Coastal Engineering Research Centre in India, the NRC Coastal Engineering Program, and the NS Tidal Power Corporation.  He has authored a number of papers and articles relating to tides. Dave is a Principal Consultant with MTEC.

Brenda Haley is a results-oriented consultant with many years of experience in planning, managing and implementing short-term and multi-year projects and programs in the public and private sectors. A creative, analytical thinker with business savvy, she has contributed to successful new partnerships, business strategies and multi-stakeholder initiatives across a variety of sectors. Her background includes senior roles in the Nova Scotia Government and with the Council of Atlantic Premiers. Her private sector experience includes working with a worldwide information technology services company and with one of Canada’s largest business-solutions companies. She has completed numerous consulting projects in a variety of sectors including information technology, oil and gas, trade, transportation, defence and aerospace, environment and the public sector.

Wayne Groszko Ph.D. is a renewable energy researcher and sustainability instructor . He is a Project Manager at Community Energy Co-Op, a Renewable energy Coordinator at Ecology Action Centre and a Instructor at Dalhousie University.

Evan Cervelli, BSc. is a capable and thorough researcher and analyst. He is experienced in working in business, academia and the not for profit sector, and has excellent business communication and interpersonal skills. His academic background is in Environmental Science, with an additional focus on Chinese Studies. In 2010 he completed an in-country research project in China on green roofs, and gathered research and market intelligence on tidal energy in China.

John Nowlan,  BSc., MBA  is a veteran radio and television producer, journalist and small business owner. During his 30+ years with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation he won numerous awards including three Geminis as well as Fellowships to study and lecture in Britain, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong. He created and produced the CBC Halifax consumer education series, “Street Cents”.  In addition to running his own consulting business, Nowlan Communications, he’s written travel and environmental articles for all major Canadian newspapers, most recently on global warming in Antarctica.

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Ron Scott, Director (right) and Evan Cervelli, Associate (centre) meeting with conference delegates at the 2012 Marine Renewables Canada Annual Conference.