Barbara took over as the Chief Executive Officer of The Maritimes Energy Association in January of 2011. Since then she has rebranded the industry association from one focused on offshore oil and gas (under the name OTANS), to a regional association representing companies that provide goods and services to the energy industry – onshore & offshore, renewable & non-renewable.
Before joining The Maritimes Energy Association, Barbara spent six years with the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS), first as the institute’s Director of Communications and later as Vice President. Before that, she was the Public Information and Environmental Coordinator with the Canada – Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board for five years.
Barbara has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist in newspapers, radio and television, primarily with the CBC and The Canadian Press. She moved to the field of public relations in 1997, first as a consultant, then with the Nova Scotia government as a communications officer.
Barbara is an active volunteer in the community. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Sport Nova Scotia and is the Vice President – Finance. Barbara is a past member of numerous Boards including the Petroleum Human Resources Council of Canada. Mount Saint Vincent University, the Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron and Sail Canada.
Born and raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Barbara lives in Halifax and has one daughter.