About Us

We are an independent, not-for-profit organization. We facilitate and fund collaborative petroleum and renewable energy research and development. It's our goal to enable sustainable development of Nova Scotia’s energy resources.

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Joseph Howe Building, Suite 1001

1690 Hollis Street

Halifax, NS B3J 1V7

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Our Team

Alisdair McLean, Executive Director

Alisdair McLean

Executive Director

Commercializing innovation and growing the use of renewable energy are areas where Alisdair has substantial experience.  He’s an advocate for R&D that assesses impacts of energy development and renewable energy technologies on the natural and social environment.  He believes in building lasting relationships with researchers and academics, industry partners, public servants and elected officials. Get in touch with Alisdair to learn how OERA can facilitate research initiatives by creating made-to-order teams of experts and maximizing funding.


Nalani Perry

Nalani Perry

Operations Manager

Nalani is the creator of the processes and systems that support OERA’s day-to-day operations. She works to ensure flow and information exchange, streamlining interactions and encouraging collaboration. Nalani is a central figure at OERA, overseeing financial information, research processes, student programs, Board of Directors and other aspects of the organization's operations. Get in touch with Nalani to discuss OERA operations, communications and events.


Russell Dmytriw, Director of Research

Russell Dmytriw

Director of Research

Russell is an expert in areas including environmental impact assessment, green energy and environmental regulation of industrial development. His hands-on project experience encompasses everything from planning and data analysis to participating in public meetings and developing work plans. Contact Russell to learn more about OERA’s geoscience research initiatives and how the association can help meet your research needs.


Carey Ryan, Project Manager

Carey Ryan

Project Manager

With more than 40 years of experience in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, there’s not much Carey hasn’t seen when it comes to energy in Nova Scotia. His background spans offshore oil and gas, energy conservation and renewable energy. He’s also a professional engineer who holds an MBA. Carey can provide you with information on how the province’s energy sector has evolved in recent years and share his insights on what’s to come.


Luiz Faria, Project Manager

Luiz Faria

Project Manager

Luiz has a solid base of international energy industry experience complemented by graduate-level education in engineering. He is currently pursuing his MBA. Luiz has particular expertise in project, contracts and risk management. Get in touch with him if you have questions about in-stream tidal energy research.


Sven Scholtysik

Sven Scholtysik

Research Manager

Sven’s experience in research and development, the energy industry and academia is grounded in his graduate-level education. He holds an MSc in Sustainable Energy Science and is a PhD Candidate in Mechanical Engineering at the Institute for Integrated Energy Systems at the University of Victoria. Sven has extensive experience in the energy sector, having worked in the oil, wind and geothermal industries in Europe and North America. His recent work includes energy system modelling and research into low-carbon emission transition pathways and the impact that widespread adoption of net-zero energy buildings would have on the electrical grid. Get in touch with Sven to discuss research and development ideas and opportunities.


Steve Himmelman, Financial Advisor

Steve Himmelman

Financial Advisor

Steve is passionate about working with start-ups, small business and not-for-profits. He puts to work his substantial experience in business, finance and economics by building financial models and forecasts. Steve provides OERA with strategic counsel and helps seek out and secure funding opportunities. Contact him to learn more.


Ashley Moriarty

Ashley Moriarty

Financial/Administrative Assistant

Ashley is an administrative professional with experience in the oil and gas sector in Alberta. She’s glad to continue working in the energy industry now that she’s back in her home province of Nova Scotia. She hopes to see continued economic growth in the province so that more Nova Scotians can return home. Reach out to Ashley to learn more about OERA.


Andrew Kiefte

Andrew Kiefte

Research Intern

Andrew is a student from Dalhousie University pursuing his Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering. He is working with OERA as a part of the cooperative education program. He has previous work experience in project management, and has successfully completed multiple design projects based in the field of sustainability. Contact Andrew to learn more about him.


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