Biographies of Peer Reviewers

The following individuals were asked to independently review a draft of the Final Report. Their valuable perspectives and insights on the report were helpful to the Panel as it completed its work.


Dr. Erik Eberhardt

Dr. Erik Eberhardt is Professor of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering, and the Director of Geological Engineering at the University of British Columbia. His research focuses on the advancement and integration of geological and geotechnical field measurements, in conjunction with state-of-the-art numerical modelling, to better understand the processes responsible for complex rock mass responses to deep mining, energy extraction, and other engineering activities. Dr. Eberhardt is a registered Professional Engineer and is a past recipient of the Canadian Geotechnical Society’s John A. Franklin Award for outstanding technical contributions to the application of the principles of rock mechanics and rock engineering in civil, mining, and petroleum engineering.


Mr. Ed Foran

Mr. Ed Foran is President of Foran Management Consulting Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland and is a Certified Management Consultant providing strategic planning and advisory services to industry and government with a primary focus on the upstream petroleum industry. He is knowledgeable of conventional and unconventional petroleum resource development, regulatory regimes and emerging technology trends. He managed the Hebron Public Review Commission.


Ms. Leah Fusco

Ms. Leah Fusco is a PhD candidate in Geography at the University of Toronto. Her current research examines environmental assessment and review processes related to oil development in Newfoundland and Labrador, including community participation and opposition to project proposals. She has a B.A. in Economics/Sociology from St. Thomas University and an M.A. in sociology from Memorial University. She has been researching and working in the area of oil and energy since 2005, when she started looking at the Newfoundland and Labrador oil industry as part of her M.A.. This work examined how environmental groups have responded to o shore oil development in the province. She has worked as a research assistant on several projects related to oil development in NL and Canada. Before beginning her PhD, she also spent several years working in energy policy for the Government of Nunavut and as a Research Assistant at the Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development at Memorial University.


Dr. Paul Gully

Dr. Paul Gully is a Public Health Consultant and Adjunct Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, UBC. Most recently he was requested by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to support the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva on emergency reform work. He has served as an advisor to the British Columbia First Nations Health Authority, and to Toronto Public Health on a health impact assessment. Dr. Gully was seconded to the WHO from PHAC, and he also worked for the WHO on the Ebola response in Sierra Leone. He was a member of the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on the Effectiveness of Health Product Risk Communication. Dr. Gully was Senior Medical Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Health Canada, and he was Deputy Chief Public Health Officer for Canada in PHAC. Dr. Gully has worked in public health at the local and regional levels in Canada and the UK.


Dr. Christopher Loomis

Dr. Christopher Loomis is a retired Professor of Pharmacology in the School of Pharmacy and the Faculty of Medicine, and former Vice-President (Research) of Memorial University. He served as President and Vice-Chancellor Pro Tempore of Memorial University. Dr. Loomis is a former member of many boards including the Governing Council of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Board of Directors of Canarie, and the Panel of Examiners of the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. He continues to serve on the Science Advisory Board of Health Canada, as well as other expert panels. Dr. Loomis is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences (CAHS). His research interests are in the area of spinal pharmacology of pain.


Dr. John McLaughlin

Dr. John McLaughlin is President Emeritus of the University of New Brunswick and is currently Scholar in Residence at UNB’s Centre for Technology, Management and Entrepreneurship. He is a Past President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and a former Governor of the Council of Canadian Academies. He has an academic background in engineering and institutional economics, and has authored or co-authored more than two hundred publications, including three books published by Oxford University Press and a series of monographs published by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Dr. McLaughlin has worked in more than 40 countries and co-founded two companies. He is a recipient of both the Order of Canada and the Order of New Brunswick. Most recently Dr. McLaughlin served on the New Brunswick Commission on Hydraulic Fracturing, a citizens’ panel that examined issues around shale gas exploration and extraction from a citizen’s perspective.


Dr. Axel Meisen

Dr. Axel Meisen is a Strategic Consultant and Advisor to private- and public-sector clients, focusing on the identification and interaction of fundamental forces that shape the long-term future of organizations and communities in Canada and abroad. He held the inaugural Chair in Foresight at Alberta Innovates – Technology Futures. Dr. Meisen served as President of Memorial University of Newfoundland, and was the President of the Canadian Commission for UNESCO. Prior to coming to Memorial as President, Dr. Meisen was a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC) where he was the Dean of Applied Science. He is a Fellow and former President of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. Also, he is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada, and the Institution of Engineers of Ireland. Dr. Meisen is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and European Engineer (EurIng). He is a member of the Order of Canada and the Board of the Council of Canadian Academies.


Dr. Penny Moody-Corbett

Dr. Penny Moody-Corbett is Associate Dean Research and Senior Associate Dean (Thunder Bay) for the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. She was formerly the Associate Dean Research and Graduate Studies for the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University and the Director of Ethics and the Strategy on Patient Oriented Research with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. Her biomedical research focus is in neuroscience and more recently her work has focused on ethics and integrity issues related to the health sciences. She is the Chair of the Ethics Committee for the International Union of Physiological Sciences.


Mr. Tom Murphy

Mr. Tom Murphy is Director of the Marcellus Center of Outreach and Research (MCOR) at Penn State University. He has 30 years of experience working with public officials, researchers, industry, government agencies, and landowners during his tenure with the outreach branch of the University. His work has centered on educational consultation in natural resource development, with an emphasis specifically in natural gas exploration and related topics for the last ten years. He lectures globally on natural gas development from shale, the economics driving the process, and its broad impacts including landowner and surface issues, environmental aspects, evolving drilling technologies, critical infrastructure, workforce assessment and training, local business expansion, resource utilization, financial considerations, and LNG export trends. Mr. Murphy provides leadership to a range of Penn State’s related Marcellus research activities and events. He is a graduate of Penn State University.


Dr. Andre Plourde

Dr. Andre Plourde is Professor, Department of Economics and Dean, Faculty of Public A airs, Carleton University. He received his B.A. and M.A. in Economics from the University of New Brunswick, and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Plourde has also held academic positions at the University of Toronto, the University of Ottawa, and the University of Alberta. He served as Director of Economic Studies and Policy Analysis with the federal Department of Finance, and he also served as Associate Assistant Deputy Minister for the energy sector at Natural Resources Canada. Dr. Plourde served on Alberta’s Royalty Review Panel, and he also served as President of the International Association for Energy Economics. He was a member of the Royal Society of Canada’s expert panel on the environmental and health impacts of Canada’s oil sands industry. Dr. Plourde’s research interests are mainly on energy economics and on Canadian energy and environmental policy issues.


Dr. Donald Savoie

Dr. Donald Savoie holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance (Tier 1) at l’Université de Moncton. He has published widely in public administration and economic development. His work has won prizes in Canada, the United States and Europe. He was awarded the Killam Prize in Social Sciences (2015), seven honorary doctorates by Canadian universities, a D. Litt. from Oxford University and elected Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of New Brunswick and elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. Dr. Savoie has served as an advisor to several federal, provincial and territorial government departments and agencies, private-sector entities, independent associations, the OECD, the World Bank, and the United Nations. At the request of the Prime Minister of Canada, Dr. Savoie undertook a review of the federal government’s regional development programs in Atlantic Canada and prepared a report that led to the establishment of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency.