Expert Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing in Nova Scotia

hfstudy-graham-gagnonDr. Graham Gagnon

Dr. Graham Gagnon is the NSERC/Halifax Water Industrial Research Chair and professor in the Department of Civil and Resource Engineering at Dalhousie University in Halifax. His professional and research interests focus on the management of water quality and treatment for natural and engineered systems.


hfstudy-shawn-daltonDr. Shawn Dalton

Shawn Dalton is a social ecologist with over 20 years of experience working at the interfaces among landscapes, communities, and policy frameworks. Dr. Dalton has organized and managed projects in community-based natural resource management; facilitated watershed planning and management partnerships and; designed and conducted applied research in watershed management, social network analysis, and climate change mitigation and adaptation.


hfstudy-brad-hayesDr. Brad Hayes

Brad Hayes is President of Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd., a petroleum geoscience consulting firm specializing in conventional and unconventional hydrocarbons.  Brad received a PhD from the University of Alberta, and a B.Sc. from the University of Toronto.  Brad is an active member of CSPG, AAPG, GAC, and APEGBC, and currently sits on APEGA Council.

hfstudy-ray-ritceyRay Ritcey

Born and raised in Halifax, Ray Ritcey has held executive positions in the natural gas and electric industries working with TransCanada Pipelines, Ontario Hydro, Enbridge and AltaGas.  For 10 years he led the development and build-out of natural gas distribution in Nova Scotia.  He has a BComm, MBA and CGA.

hfstudy-frank-atherton-1Dr. Frank Atherton

Dr. Frank Atherton is the Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Health in the Department of Health and Wellness, Nova Scotia. Frank graduated in Medicine from Leeds University, UK and completed specialist training in Public Health Medicine. From 2002 to 2012 Frank worked as a Director of Public Health in Lancashire and from 2008 to 2012 he also acted as President of the UK Association of Directors of Public Health.

Maurice Dusseault, Dept. of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Faculty of Science, University of Waterloo. Portrait by Chris Hughes

Dr. Maurice Dusseault

Maurice is a Professor of Geological Engineering, teaching rock mechanics, fossil fuel production methods, and related areas.  He does research in deep waste disposal, hydraulic fracturing, wellbore integrity and CO2 geo-sequestration, and has published over 500 full text articles.  He is a well-known professional instructor and currently serves on a number of Canadian study groups examining impacts of fossil fuel development and energy-related issues.

hfstudy-ian-mauroDr. Ian Mauro

Dr. Ian Mauro is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg. He previously held a Canada Research Chair in Human Dimensions of Environmental Change at Mount Allison University. Dr. Mauro is both a community-based researcher and filmmaker— which has led him to research and document such subjects as: climate science, energy issues, community engagement and indigenous knowledge.

hfstudy-constance-macintoshConstance MacIntosh

Constance MacIntosh is the Director of Dalhousie’s Health Law Institute, and an Associate Professor with the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie.  Her work includes considering intersections between law and public health, with a particular emphasis on water, and on how law impacts the health and well-being of Aboriginal communities.


Kevin Christmas

Kevin Christmas is a proud member of the Membertou First Nation, Unamaki, Mi’kmaki’k.  The issues of aboriginal title and lawful treaty rights to a host of sustainable livelihoods from the natural environment remain central considerations to the Mi’kmaq Nation. Stewardship and protection of the natural environment is a critical factor to the future vibrancy of the Mi’kmaw.
Dr. Michael Bradfield

Michael Bradfield taught Economics at Dalhousie University from 1968-2007. His research focuses on the economic and social development of the Atlantic Provinces and on the impact of market imperfections on wages, employment, and prices.  He is active in community groups and popular education of economic issues.