Melanie Nadeau
CEO,
Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship

Melanie joined COVE as Chief Executive Officer in 2020. Prior to this role, she was the Director, Strategic Initiatives for EMERA, Project Director, Strategy and Director, Fuels, Energy and Risk Management with Nova Scotia Power, and served in the Royal Canadian Navy.

Fluently bilingual, Ms. Nadeau originates from Port Cartier, Quebec, received her B.Sc. Degree in Engineering from the University of Waterloo and obtained her ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Her board appointments have included positions for international marine energy businesses and as Director and Vice-Chair of a national industry association. She has been retained as a trusted advisor for start-up companies, governments and multi-billion-dollar businesses to develop strategies to gain market confidence, drive investment, deliver profits and achieve operational success.

As an internationally recognized thought leader, she offers a global perspective and has been a notable expert for the International Energy Agency, the United Nations Environment Programme and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. She was hand-selected by the delegates of 30+ countries from the IEC to Chair industry standards and co-led the international certification of renewable energy technologies and projects. In addition to developing a strong professional network, Melanie has earned multiple awards including Canada's Clean16 Award for her outstanding contribution towards clean capitalism. She has been an invited speaker to numerous events, including TEDGlobal.

Melanie is committed to the global community; she has been chairing the UNICEF Canada's Water for Life Gala for five years running and is a business mentor with Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia.