Don Maynard’s 35 year, plus experience working as a biologist and environmental assessment practitioner on Atlantic Canadian and national projects provides him with a holistic prospective, the understanding and the working relationships to move projects successfully through environmental data collection, assessment and permitting processes. This experience has been gained while working in both the public and private sectors and has required Mr. Maynard to work with a wide variety of multi-discipline and multi-jurisdictional teams. Specifically, Mr. Maynard has participated in a variety of marine based projects that have had him designing, conducting and providing oversight on the following aspects:
- Engagement with environmental regulators to confirm scope of requirements
- Stakeholder and Indigenous Peoples engagement and consultation
- Conducting biological and physical marine environment baseline surveys and studies
- Working in collaboration with oceanographers to assess physical ocean processes on the project and vis versa
- Conducting environmental assessments at the Federal and Provincial levels
- Preparing applications and obtaining permits for projects under each of the Province’s Environmental Protection Acts, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Fisheries Act, the Navigation Protection Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act
- Working in collaboration with project managers to include environmental mitigation measures in project specification documents
- Conducting environmental effects monitoring programs associated with projects accessed
Select projects that Don Maynard has been involved in include:
- Designed and led the Public Works and Government Services team that delivered, from 2004 to 2016, the program of DFO-Small Craft Harbours environmental assessment (CEAA and Provincial EIA) and permitting (NWP, DFO, Ocean Disposal) for PEI, NB and NS. The team conducted environmental assessment (Federal, CEAA and Provincial EIA) and environmental permitting program for DFO Small Craft Harbours construction and dredging programs in a total of 258 harbours.
- Organized and established a working group with Provincial and Federal environmental regulators to resolve conflicts related to the siting and operation of dredge material storage/disposal sites on PEI. Establishing and operating the working group required consultation on the environmental objectives of each regulator and negotiating a best resolution to case by case requirements.
Most relevant to projects involving marine dredging and associated infilling to create service areas, from 2004 to 2016 Mr. Maynard provided DFO-Small Craft Harbours on PEI, NB and NS planning and pathways for their re-dredging and capital dredging programs for their harbours. The nature of this planning and environmental assessment/permitting, involved innovative solutions which included the delineation at depth, of planned dredge material and the excavation of the dredge material (source separation) so as to dispose/re-use this material in beneficial manner. These solutions included but were not limited to the excavation of contaminated sediments into containment cells, constructed on site with non-contaminated, structurally acceptable sediments identified as parts of the material to be dredged. In some circumstances, dredged material was acceptable to be Ocean disposed and residual material not appropriate for Ocean disposal was placed in on site containment cells. These types of projects were conducted by advance planning and wide ranging communication with other departments, provincial government agencies, the fishing industry and non-government agencies.
- Organization and management of Marine Environmental Effects Monitoring Program for Northumberland Strait Crossing Project. Directed preparation of summary reports of 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996 Marine Environmental Effects Monitoring Program.
- Organization and assistance in the management of the Voiseys Bay Nickel 1996 marine baseline collection program to document baseline. Conducted the Marine environment components of the Environmental Impact Statement for the development of the Voiseys Bay nickel mine in Labrador. Conducted the marine environmental aspects of CEAA Panel Assessment for the Voiseys Bay Nickel Mine 1998-1999.
- In 2001 and 2002 designed and implemented a multi-discipline program to conduct 426 CEAA environmental assessments for shellfish aquaculture sites on PEI on behalf of the DFO Area Director. This program required extensive knowledge of the principles of project management in order to conduct up to eight concurrent component programs. This project required the resolution of issues of environmental practices and management of the aquaculture industry with the industry and government regulators and the proper level of risk communication. In order that the assessments and the required mitigation measures be implemented participated in the development and delivery of complex and large scale projects which included aquaculture codes of practice and adaptive management systems. Conducted consultations with First Nations groups in collaboration with DFO, requiring knowledge of strengths and weaknesses of negotiation and consultation process.
- In 2007 established a working partnership with the CEAA Agency and PEIDEEF to collaboratively conduct a combined Provincial and Federal environmental assessment (to satisfy CEAA and PEI EPA) of the Summerside Wind Farm.
- Organized, managed and conducted on behalf of DFO the terms of reference, contracting and QA/QC review (as part of DFO-Parks Canada team) the Rustico Strategic Environmental Assessment.
- Organized and managed the Lennox Island First Nation Water/wastewater Comprehensive Study under CEAA for INAC.
- Delivery and continued upgrading of the delivery of CEAA environmental assessments for ACOA in delivery of their programs in PEI, NB, NS and Nfld/Labrador. This program conducted environmental assessment (Federal, CEAA and Provincial EIA) where ACOA enable projects requiring environmental assessments. This program is conducted by advance planning and wide ranging communication with other departments, provincial government agencies and non-government agencies.
- Organized, managed and conducted preparation of 1994 and 1995 Ocean Disposal Permit Application for Northumberland Strait Crossing Project. This involved preparation of biophysical data, including sediment sampling, and dredge disposal planning. Organization and management of the 1994 and 1994 Dredged Material Disposal Plan and Dredging Activities Environmental Effects Monitoring Program for the Northumberland Strait Crossing Project.
- Coordinated, on behalf of ACOA, the 2008 multi-jurisdictional environmental assessment and permitting process for the City of Summerside Wind farm.
- Designed and delivered the program of the DFO-Small Craft Harbours Centre of CEAA Coordination for PEI, NB and NS. The Centre conducted environmental assessment (Federal, CEAA and Provincial EIA) and environmental permitting program for DFO Small Craft Harbours construction and dredging programs in a total of 258 harbours. This program is conducted by advance planning and wide ranging communication with other departments, provincial government agencies, the fishing industry and non-government agencies. The range of permits obtained under each of the Province’s Environmental Protection Acts, the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, the Fisheries Act, the Navigation Protection Act, the Canadian Environmental Protection Act
Indigenous Engagement and Consultation
- Conducted the marine environmental aspects of CEAA Panel Assessment for the Voiseys Bay Nickel Mine 1998-1999. Conducted consultations and worked collaboratively with the Inuit Nation of Labrador. These consultations required effective interpersonal relationships and determination.
- Ex-offico Federal/Provincial Co-Chair of the Atlantic Aboriginal Community of Consultation Practitioners.
- Consulted on behalf of Crowns, with PEI, NB, NS Indigenous rights holders on numerous proposed projects and property transactions (2008- 2016).
- Federal Indigenous consultation coordinator for the PEI-NB Cable Interconnection Upgrade Project.
- On behalf of PWGSC as Indigenous consultation coordinator for the Maritime Link and Labrador-Island Link Electric Transmission project
Marine Oil & Gas Industry
- Participated as the marine environmental study team member for the 1994 Environmental Impact study for oil exploration in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.
- Participated as study team member in development of the 1994 Hibernia production operations environmental effects monitoring program.
- Organization and management of the marine component of baseline studies and environmental assessment preparation (under CEAA and the Provincial process) for the PAC-RIM gas pipeline and port facility from Prince George to Kitimat, British Columbia. Conducted consultations and worked collaboratively with the Haisla Fisheries Commission of the Haisla First Nation of Kitimat. These consultations required effective interpersonal relationships and determination.
- Participated in conducting the evaluation of the marine aspects of the Environmental Impact statement for the Terra Nova oil field development in Nfld.
- Participated in designing and conducting marine environmental effects monitoring programs for the development of the Hibernia, Nfld and Sable Island NS oil and gas field developments.
- Organization and management of the marine/freshwater component of baseline studies and environmental assessment preparation for the peak saving natural gas storage facility for Vancouver, British Columbia. Participation in the preparation of the Federal/Provincial environmental assessment documents.
- Organization and management of contaminated site surveys on Federal Government properties to delineate the types and extent of contamination as well as remediation and management measures.
- PWGSC Environmental Services lead person for the planning and construction of the Jean Canfield Government of Canada building in Charlottetown PEI. This project required the programs to be conducted and analytical planning processes be conducted in the fields of brown-field development and environmental assessment under CEAA.
- Person responsible for the implementation of the Risk Management Plan (RMP) for the human health and safety aspect of the construction and operation of the new Jean Canfield building in Charlottetown PEI. This building was constructed on a Brownfield site and low level contamination was left in place and managed as part of the RMP. Responsibility to communicate, through presentations at meeting and open houses, the process of design and implementation of this risk based approach to the remainder of the construction team as well as the persons that will be occupying this building.
- Represented Transport Canada on the 2006/7 DFO Northumberland Strait Ecosystem Initiative Working group, providing information and reports to the Working Group that generally addressed the concerns related to the Confederation Bridge.
- Investigation of the efficiency of different dimensions of escape mechanisms in lobster traps. Program results discussed with clients to implement regulation.
- Investigation of the population dynamics of lobsters in Malpeque Bay, Prince Edward Island. Provided information the interchange of lobster occurring in and adjacent to Malpeque Bay for the fishing industry.
- Investigation of the impact (damage)of Irish moss raking had on lobsters. Results of the program used as a guideline for determining impact of gear conflicts with lobsters.
- Sampling of biological characteristics of lobsters in the Gulf of St. Lawrence commercial fishery. The sampling program required a wide range of material of Canadian and foreign origins on subjects related to the fisheries. Results used to provide advice on management policy. Consultation and interpretation of program results at meetings with clients.
- Study of the biological impacts of a legal minimum carapace size increase program for lobsters in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Provide the quantitative biological impact of the program (CAFSAC: Canadian Atlantic Fisheries Scientific Advisory Committee). Participate in annual client consultation (over a seven year period) in order to adjust objectives and methods. The CAFSAC process objective was to synthesize complex fisheries management issues so as to be effective in providing advice to senior management. The results of the process was to also evaluate National and Regional program policies and plans for resource harvesting
- Provided recommendations to the Prince Edward Island Fishermen’s Associations on optimum lobster trap escape mechanism sizes that was targeted to ensure the best possible use of the fishery resource.
- Designed the Terms of Reference and conducted the program to determine biophysical characterization of the receiving waters at Carr’s Creek and Bentick Cove in Malpeque Bay, and Colville Bay, Souris, Prince Edward Island.
- Accredited and accepted expert witness on crustacean biology in the Provincial Courts of PEI and NB
- A list of 32 peer reviewed, published papers is available upon request.
- BSc. Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, 1979
- MSc. Marine Biology, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, 1988
2017-Present Granville Ridge Consulting Inc. Principal, Senior Environmental Specialist.
2004-2017 Public Works and Government Services Canada, Charlottetown PEI/Halifax NS. Manager, Environmental Assessments for Atlantic Region, In 2015-2017 extended periods action as Director Environmental Services Atlantic and PEI Director of Public Works and Government Services Canada.
1999-2004 Public Works and Government Services Canada, Charlottetown Prince Edward Island. Senior Environmental Specialist, Provincial Coordinator for PEI.
1993 -1999 Jacques Whitford Environment Limited, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
Marine Ecologist for Jacques Whitford Environment Limited (JWEL), commencing in February 1996, Environmental Manager for the Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island office.
1984-1992 Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Moncton, New Brunswick. Lobster biologist for Gulf Region.
1988-1990 Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Masters student on educational leave at Dalhousie University ( four to six month periods at Dalhousie).
1981-1984 Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Moncton, New Brunswick. Lobster technician for Gulf Region.
1980 Department of Fisheries and Oceans, St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Lobster technician for Maritime Region,
1979 Department of Fisheries and Oceans, St. Andrews, New Brunswick. Scallop, lobster and irish moss sample coordinator, Maritime Region.
1978 Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Ellerslie, Prince Edward Island. COSEP student sampling scallops on commercial fishing vessels, PEI, NB, NS.
Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, Gulf Region, Citation For Excellence 1991. In recognition of the key role that was played in the lobster program within the region.
First International Lobster Congress in Portland, Maine, 1993. Nominee for International Lobster Service Award in recognition of applied scientific research in the lobster industry.
Public Works and Government Services Canada, Ovation Award 2001. Recognizing dedication, exemplary performance and outstanding contributions to the values of PWGSC, Atlantic Region for employee mentoring.
Public Works and Government Services Canada, Associate Deputy Minister Award 2001. Recognizing the initiative for creating the PEI Aboriginal Student Mentoring Program.
Public Works and Government Services Canada, Deputy Minister Award 2001. Recognition of exceptional contribution to Employee Equity initiatives at PWGSC for implementation of the PEI Aboriginal Student Mentoring Program.
Dept. of Fisheries and Oceans, Gulf Region, Merit Award, 2002. Recognition of delivering environmental assessments for a complex, multi-party program so as it could meet legal requirements of the NWPA and CEAA for the Shellfish Aquaculture Industry of PEI.
Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002. Recognition of public service in working with First Nations on Prince Edward Island and Atlantic Canada.
Public Works and Government Services Canada, Deputy Minister Client Service Award 2011. Recognition of exceptional contribution to collaborative environmental assessments and leading Indigenous consultation for the transfer of the Charlottetown PEI Coast Guard Base.
Public Works and Government Services Canada, Deputy Minister Greening Government Award 2011. Recognition of exceptional contribution to collaborative environmental assessments and sustainable development of brown field site of the Charlottetown PEI Jean Canfield Building.
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012. Recognition of public service in bridging relations with First Nations in Atlantic Canada and the Crown.
Public Works and Government Services Canada, Deputy Minister Outstanding Career Award 2015. Recognition of exceptional contribution to the diversification and establishment of Environmental Services offices throughout Atlantic Canada.
Real Property Institute of Canada, Real Property Team Award 2016. Recognition of high level of service in enabling seabed use permitting, environmental permitting and multi-jurisdictional Indigenous consultation for the PEI-NB Cable Interconnection Upgrade Project.