Contributor to detailed study assessing market acceptance of
energy efficient motors. Client: Energy, Mines & Resources
Canada, sub-consultant to Marbek Resources Ltd.
Contributor to study addressing the level of market acceptance and
reasons for lack of acceptance of energy efficient lighting.
Client: Energy, Mines & Resources Canada, as a sub-consultant
to Marbek Resources Ltd.
Advisor to a study team assessing the viability of establishing a
manufacturing facility for air to air heat exchangers.
Energy and Environmental
Contributor to several studies involving alternate energy
including solar, wind, biomass, cogeneration, photovoltaic and
other forms. Work involving northern communities to benefit from
such studies included training.
Major technical contributor to an evaluation of the 1984 -1989
Canada-PEI $20M Alternate Energy Development Agreement. Client:
Federal government departments.
Technical contributor to Canada's first significant study of the
nation's ability to achieve reductions in greenhouse gas
emissions. The ensuing publication was widely distributed and
referred to during the formative years of Canada's policy and
actions in this regard. Clients: Canada's federal and provincial
governments (a collaborative project funded by several different
departments, with a budget of $250,000)
Technical contributor to a British Columbia provincial study of
the province's ability, and the most effective means of achieving
reductions in CO2 (greenhouse gas) emissions. Client: B.C.
Implementation manager of a federally funded province wide program
to perform private sector energy audits. Project value approx.
$500K in fees to Enerscan Engineering. Personal involvement in all
of the most difficult and challenging audits. This included audits
on virtually every industry, sector and facility imaginable,
ranging from heavy industry to light manufacturing and commercial
properties. Client: Energy, Mines & Resources Canada.
Ongoing activity performing or leading energy audits, as this is
one of Enerscan's principal areas of business. Audits regularly
performed on all types of facilities and plants, with a focus of
attention on industry and commercial buildings. Ongoing
involvement in leadership of corrective action, including design
and specifications, tendering, supervision and commissioning.
Chairman, Governing Council of Regional Energy Management Task
Forces. Chairman for this organization with established membership
and activity in 13 locations across Canada. Annual budget approx.
Author of article describing proposed legislation requiring
significant yet unachievable reductions of boiler greenhouse gas
emissions. Widespread intra-governmental distribution. Client:
Natural Resources Canada.
Technical contributor to Ontario Hydro's demand side management
Technical contributor to planning stages of Nova Scotia's biomass
energy use program. Client: N.S. Dept. of Economic Development.
Project Manager for long-range plan for Halifax's Mulgrave Park
housing project district heating system. Client: N.S. Dept. of
Radiator & Tinning Pvt Ltd. site energy audit, Bulawayo,
Zimbabwe. This 800 employee steel fabrication, injection moulding,
tin & brass fabrication and related industries plant operates
as though technology ceased to develop 100 years ago, in part
because labour costs are low and can compensate for inefficient
process design. A site audit identified numerous opportunities.
Client: Radiator & Tinning Pvt. Ltd. 2000
Canadian Coast Guard and Fisheries & Oceans Canada site
audits, Atlantic Canada. DFO had only a limited energy management
program in place prior to this project which saw 5 sites (with
hundreds of buildings) audited for the purpose of identifying and
evaluating potential. Client: Fisheries & Oceans Canada. 1999
Barriers to Implementation study for renewable energy in Canada's
remote communities. This landmark study provided clear answers to
the question of why known economically feasible renewable energy
options were not being implemented in remote communities. Policy
development was influenced significantly based on the findings.
Client: NRCan. 1998
Technical director for energy audit program for Toronto Community
Housing Company, owner and operator of roughly 58,000 dwelling
units. Also delivered training program for building manager,
operator and area manager staff. 2001 - 2002
Established energy performance contract for the City of Halifax
for several Recreation Department buildings. Audited and then
managed retrofit implementation. Agreement placed for sharing
savings over several years was immediately bought out by the City.
Developed not less than 5 Energy Management Action Plans for 5
different clients in the health care, education and commercial
sectors. Format was that required to meet the Energy Innovator
Initiative standards. 1999 - 2002
Guidance for the College of the North Atlantic, a 17 campus
secondary education institution in Newfoundland, including a
detailed energy audit of the flagship 300,000 square foot facility
and providing guidance for energy performance contracting and
implementation of retrofits financed in-house. 2002 - 2005
East Avalon School Board, Newfoundland - evaluated energy
performance contract bids as part of an application for federal
funding assistance. 2001
Nova Scotia Dept. of Community Services - provided a variety of
guidance for this department, responsible for about 2800 dwelling
units in 350 large buildings and numerous smaller ones. Auditing,
retrofit design and implementation management, establishing a
monitoring and tracking program, staff education, other. 1999 -
Participant in 15 year CIDA funded SAADC (Southern African region)
project designed to improve energy efficiency performance and
build capacity in this region. Participant in original Monenco
(now part of SNC Lavalin) proposal as leader of energy management
study team, participant in development of "train the
trainer" program, delivery of "train the trainer"
program in two locations, with attendees from 5 Southern African
nations. Project ongoing but my role is now insignificant.
Participant in development of strategy plan for capacity building
and improvement of energy efficiency performance in India,
co-sponsored by the FICCI, the Federation of Indian Chambers of
Industry and Commerce. Delivered 3 weeks of "train the
trainer" training in two locations. 2000.
Detailed investigation of barriers to implementation of alternate
energy projects in Canada's remote communities, including northern
communities. In many ways Canada's remote northern communities are
comparable to those of third world nations. Extensive study of
rate code related difficulties and community and other influences.
This proved to be a difficult topic, but recommendations were
N.S. Dept. of Health Hospital energy audits at Tatamagouche
Regional Hospital, New Glasgow's Aberdeen Hospital and the
Antigonish St. Martha's Regional Hospital. Two of these 3
hospitals are large (>300 beds) full facility hospitals
including laundries, heating plants and a variety of support
Demand management studies for Ontario Hydro, federal government
and provincial governments. These studies mostly addressed the
needs of an expanding demand and dwindling supply, with the
intention that the recommendations, once implemented, would
eliminate the need for increased generation capacity. 1990
Studies of means by which greenhouse gas emissions can be reduced.
National level and provincial level studies, including development
of policy, opportunity and implementation matrices to be used by
sizeable government sponsored programs. One of these studies was
the first significant study of this topic undertaken on a national
level, and proved to be instrumental in guiding the development of
policy for Canada. (I was a technical expert for this project, not
the overall project leader.) 1991
Atlantic Canadian Facilitator for the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities' Partnership for Client Protection Program.
Provided assistance and guidance to numerous municipalities in
their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through a variety
of studies and measures. Most projects were energy management
related. 2002 - 2004
Partners for Climate Protection Milestone One document, for
Iqaluit, Nunavut. Although not entirely responsible for the
document, provided the technical input and analysis. Determined
CO2 production and reduction capabilities for Iqaluit.
Leader of engineering study team performing energy audits in
over 800 buildings and facilities of virtually every nature -
residential, commercial, industrial, manufacturing, processing,
mining, pulp and paper, agriculture, governments, hospitality,
education, etc. Enerscan became a clear leader in this field and
was the most active in its field east of Montreal for several
years. Related services included solar design, standard mechanical
design, preventive maintenance programs, and activity in other
engineering disciplines. Noteworthy projects included energy
management programs or studies for two universities, the largest
eastern North American fish processor, the City of Halifax,
Agriculture Canada, Abitibi Price, and many developers and
governments. Client: Energy, Mines & Resources Canada. 1985 -
Contributor to policy changes for energy management programs
throughout the Northwest Territories. This included
familiarization with NWT communities by visiting 9 locations
throughout the Arctic, meeting with community, political, business
and other leaders and performing energy audits on selected
buildings. Extensive analysis including comparisons to similar
facilities elsewhere and accounting for the differences. Reporting
on findings and participation in development of policy changes for
the Arctic Energy Alliance, a not for profit organization funded
by government and non-government sources with a mandate to inspire
sound energy management practices in the NWT. Client: Arctic
Energy Alliance. 1998 - 1999
Manager of a research and development project for gasification of
paper to produce a combustible fuel for use in conventional fuel
burning equipment. Secured funding for research, design,
development and testing of a prototype. Project continued in an
altered capacity by Technical University of Nova Scotia after
securing substantial further funding. Client: company associated
with Enerscan Engineering Inc.
Management level study of the University of Regina Physical
Plant's energy management capability, potential for savings and
cost effectiveness of upgrades. 2003
Feasibility Studies, Business Plans, Financing Plans
Project leader for a technical and financial feasibility study
concerning the return of condensate from naval ships to the CFB
Halifax steam plant. Established a model for steam consumption.
Client: Dept. of National Defence.
Analysis of a proposed CIDA project to establish a $20M
photovoltaic cell production facility in India. Analysis of
technical and financial feasibility, the market, proponent
suitability and capability, terms of reference and determination
of benefits to Canada and India. Client: Canadian International
Recipient of federal government suggestion award for
identification of energy and cost saving measures.
Bidder (through Kenetech, an unaffiliated company) on the $7
million CFB Halifax Energy Performance Contract project. Another
bidder was selected, although Mr. Robertson maintains pride in the
knowledge that without a doubt it was his own actions that
initiated the project. Client: National Defence.
Contributor to Truro, N.S. district heating system study and
feasibility evaluation. Estimated heat and electricity loads and
their daily timing for 9 large industrial sites.
Seminars, Presentations, Workshops
Development of 2 day management level workshop for application
in the Canadian Arctic, where energy costs and consumption are
much higher than anywhere else in the world. This area faces
unique problems that required a needs analysis and that the
workshop be carefully focussed to meet the needs. Development of
100 page participants' binder including 90 overhead slides.
Delivery of pilot workshop in Iqaluit.
Contribution to the development of a technical workshop for
delivery throughout southern African nations, including pilot
delivery in Zimbabwe. Presenter in Zimbabwe for pilot delivery in
2 locations. 1999
Regular speaker or author for training courses and seminars or
workshops in the field of energy management and conservation.
Audiences have included private and public sector building owners,
managers and operators. Topics have included energy conservation,
design, humidity infra red thermography, investment, heating
systems, bakeries, energy conservation in aviation, boiler
efficiency, indoor air quality, comparison of economic returns,
electrical demand side management, Energy Master Plan, Monitoring
& Tracking, Monitoring & Targeting and related topics.
Approximately 80 engagements since 1985. National and
Managed the design and delivery of a symposium attended by 23
different nations addressing issues relating to energy
conservation in the fishing industry. The symposium was sponsored
by the Canadian federal government and a number of other sources,
but commitments were made du5ing the meetings by the FAO for
ongoing support. Solicited papers and their presenters for the
meetings, and organized and published the proceedings and the
papers. Clients: Industry Canada, Fisheries & Oceans Canada.
Managed the delivery of a seminar/workshop addressing the
international problem of plastic pollution in the marine context.
Received widespread press coverage, including the front page of
the Globe and Mail.
Major contributing author and presenter for a 14 hour and an 8
hour television series addressing energy management in the
hospitality and distributive trades industries.
Contributor and organizer at the Technical University of Nova
Scotia Division of Continuing Education. Involved in planning and
preparing for not less than ten seminars and workshops.
Organized energy management related seminar in Sydney N.S.
attended by numerous politicians at all 3 levels.
Design and delivery of 10 week energy management course at the
Technical University of Nova Scotia.