Speaker Bios

Dale Jarvis

Dale Jarvis is the Executive Director of Heritage NL, helping communities across Newfoundland and Labrador safeguard traditional culture and historic architecture. Dale holds a BSc in Anthropology/Archaeology (Trent), and a MA in Folklore (Memorial). He has worked for Heritage NL since 1996 and is Adjunct Faculty with the Memorial University Department of Folklore. He regularly teaches on oral history, cultural documentation, and public folklore.

Kleiven Kandal

Kleiven Kandal, Special Advisor, EU affairs

 Torjus has been working with at North Norway European Office in Brussels for many years within Arctic affairs, oceans and fisheries, transport, regional development to mention some. Previously he has been working at WWF Norway on ocean issues, and as a reporter at Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) and the regional newspaper Finnmarken. Torjus grew up in Evenskjer, a small town above the Arctic circle in Norway.

Janni Ekrem

Janni Ekrem, Advisor, EU affairs

Janni is working within the areas of transport, industry, culture and climate / environment. Before starting at NNEO, Janni worked for Science Business coordinating and supporting events, as well as drafting special reports and doing Network communications. She has also been working in the tourism sector. Janni holds a bachelor’s degree in European studies and a master’s degree in innovation, entrepreneurship and society at NTNU, Trondheim. She is originally from the famous fishermen islands of Lofoten in North Norway

Stein Arne Rånes

Stein Arne Rånes (male) is a Senior Advisor at the Department of Industry and Economic Development at Troms and Finnmark County Council. Master of Science in Fisheries from the Norwegian College of Fishery Science (NFH/UIT – The Arctic University of Norway). He has more than 30 years of research and advisory experience in the field of management and planning of natural resources. He has been researcher at The Norwegian College of Fishery Science and NOFIMA, and Advisor at the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries, The Regional Council of Northern Norway and Nord-Trøndelag, and several County and Regional councils. He has also worked many years in the industry, both in fisheries, aquaculture, tourism, and oil & gas. Since 2013, he has worked at Troms and Finnmark County Council (former Troms County Council) as Project Manager and Senior Advisor with Marine Spatial Planning and regional development. He has also been and is responsible for several major projects related to coastal development, both at national and international level. This applies both in relation to seafloor mapping, interaction in coastal ecosystems and climate resilience. He has been a member of the working group on Marine and Maritime SDI, and of marine base maps in the coastal zone initiated by the Ministry of Local Government and Modernisation. Currently he is also advisor and facilitator for several intermunicipal Marine Spatial Planning projects in the region. In addition, he is also a member of the national expert group on Marine Spatial Planning in the County Councils Aquaculture Cooperation.

Jón Garðar Steingrímsson

Chief Operating Officer at Genís

Jon G. Steingrimsson is the Chief operating officer at Genis hf, an innovative Icelandic biotechnology company, pioneering the development of therapeutic chitin derivatives. Jon is responsible for process development, scale-up activities, development and management of manufacturing processes and facilities. He has a master’s degree from the Technische Universität Berlin and previous experience from the field of engineering services in the energy-intense industries in Iceland.

Minister Charlie McConalogue

Minister Charlie McConalogue was appointed as Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine on 2 September 2020.

He was born in October 1977 and is from Gleneely in Co. Donegal. From a farming background, he was educated at Carndonagh Community School before going on to study at UCD where he studied Economics, Politics & History. He first became involved in politics while attending UCD.

After working in Fianna Fáil Headquarters for a number of years, as well as working abroad in Australia, Minister McConalogue returned home to work on the family farm before being elected as a Donegal County Councillor in 2009. In 2011, Charlie was elected TD for Donegal North East.

Minister McConalogue was appointed previously as Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with responsibility for Law Reform and prior to that, he held the positions of Fianna Fáil spokesperson for Children, Education and Skills, and Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Dr. Darrell Mullowney

Dr. Darrell Mullowney is a Research Scientist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in St. John’s and a lecturer at the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland. Darrell’s research focuses heavily on population dynamics and productivity drivers of snow crab, both within Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) and globally, and how to best apply biological processes into resource management strategies. Darrell’s work is recognized and applied both domestically and internationally. This talk will focus on historical and recent drivers of snow crab productivity within the NL marine shelf ecosystem and briefly highlight on-going work investigating future prospects for snow crab under an assumption of continued global warming.

Nils Kristian Sørheim Nilsen

Started his work career when he was 13 years old – as a newsagent in his hometown. Have worked 10 years in SAS, 2 ½ years as a radio journalist, been project manager in Karlsøy municipality, development manager in Tolga municipality, marketing and information manager in Hålogaland Theater, been a doctoral student, project manager for the establishment of a financial marketplace for trading in salmon derivatives , project manager for internationalization in Innovation Norway, political advisor and city councilor for business, sports and culture in Tromsø, and director of the Regional Business Association of Tromsø / Troms Chamber of Commerce. He has held his current position as director of the North Norway European Office since October 2017.

Jobs, studies and family have taken him to Oslo, Molde, Tolga / Tynset in Norway, Stirling in Scotland, Gaborone in Botswana, a short stay in Singapore and now Brussels. He has studied at the University of Oslo and the University of Tromsø, where he has a master’s degree in social sciences and a doctor’s degree in political science. He also has an extra intermediate subject in sociology, in addition to extra university courses in international business development.

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Karl Bonner

Karl Bonner is the Cluster Manager and direct point to contact for a newly dedicated Blue Economy Marine Cluster.Karl brings a blend of domain knowledge within the internationalseafood industry and best practice through his educational background.

Before transitioning from the private sector to this public sector role, Karl worked as registered consultant with Intertrade Ireland successfully completing several Trade Accelerator Vouchers (TAV) and Elevate programme with SME’s in a cross-border capacity. Karl is experienced in start-ups having successfully completed Enterprise Ireland National Entrepreneurship programme, New Frontiers and developed a seafood-based pet food business. Karl is a strategist having successfully crafted and implemented an ambitious 3-year International Growth Plan with his previous employer. Karl also led several capital expenditure projects supported by BIM and introduced a holistic LEAN Transformation project with his previous employer which ran over an 18-month period and was funded by Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Karl holds a Masters in Sales Management, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Selling and is a Business Studies graduate from Edinburgh Napier University. Karl and the Killybegs Marine Cluster have formed a professional Steering Group comprising Industry, Government and Academia which will lead the way to unlocking the full potential of the Blue Economy on the West coast of Ireland. 

Majbritt Bolton-Warberg

Majbritt Bolton-Warberg is the Blue Bioeconomy Programme Manager at the Marine Institute in Ireland, responsible for designing and implementing a national support and coordination function for the blue bioeconomy sector. She worked for 12 years at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway in research and lecturing roles. She has also worked with Bord Iascaigh Mhara (Irish Seafood Development Agency) and South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.

Majbritt holds a BA (mod) from Trinity College Dublin (Environmental Science), an MS from the College of Charleston, South Carolina (Marine Biology) and earned her PhD from NUI Galway (Aquaculture).


Dr. Paul Winger

B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Centre for Sustainable Aquatic Resources

Fisheries and Marine Institute

Memorial University

Dr. Winger has a broad knowledge of fisheries issues with extensive experience in the areas of species- and size-selectivity of fishing gears, reducing bycatch and discard of unwanted species, impacts of fishing on the environment, and resource assessment of emerging fisheries.  He has worked on projects ranging from Canada to Norway to Mexico, been invited to speak at several international conferences, and has published more than 50 peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals. He holds a B.Sc. in Marine Biology and Oceanography from Dalhousie University, as well as a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in the field of fish behaviour and fish capture, from Memorial University of Newfoundland. For more information, visit his Centre’s website and Facebook page.


Charlotte Teresa Weber

Charlotte Teresa Weber works as a researcher at Akvaplan-niva AS in Tromsø, Norway. She has a background in biology, marine biodiversity and natural resource management. Charlotte’s research focuses on the complexity of understanding and managing socio-ecological systems, where she has worked within the fields of fisheries, aquaculture, and climate adaptation. Charlotte is passionate about interdisciplinary research addressing societal and environmental challenges, actively involving stakeholders, and generating science-based outcomes with a positive impact on society. 

Dr. Glenn Nolan

 Glenn is currently head of oceanographic and climate services at the Marine Institute in Galway. Previously Director of the European component of the Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS) in Brussels. He has broad experience in national and European funded programmes (Interreg, Framework 7 and Horizon 2020) and in developing Ireland’s ocean observing and forecasting capability and funding for marine research and development over 25 years.

Jason Whooley

Jason Whooley has been CEO of the Bio-marine Ingredients Ireland (BII) since September 2014. BII is a science-led provider of high-quality specialty marine proteins, minerals, and lipids. The Company produces marine ingredients utilising the vast quantities of highly nutritious and under-utilised raw material – blue whiting – which is available along the Irish coast. BII’s range of natural marine ingredients from Ireland are for human nutrition, functional foods, nutraceuticals. Prior to taking up this role he was CEO of Bord Iascaigh Mhara (the Irish Seafood Development Agency) from 2007. He has an extensive knowledge of the fishing industry, having spent over a decade as CEO of the Irish South & West Fish Producers Organisation Limited, a fishing industry representative group.

JJoanne Gaffney

Joanne Gaffney – Aquaculture Technical Manager Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM), Irish Sea Fisheries Development Agency

Joanne has been actively involved in the aquaculture industry in Ireland and Northern Ireland for more than fifteen years. She initially worked as an Aquaculture Development Officer in the Border region, but leveraging her qualifications in environmental science, she quickly moved into a Regional Environmental Role. Her focus was on achieving progress in key areas which helped to improve and measure the environmental performance of the sector leading to the achievement of commercially valuable sustainability certification. These credentials maintained access to prime market segments and enabled the fish farmers to profit from  good environmental performance. She joined BIM in 2012 as a Regional Environment Officer where she became an industry expert on the complex process of environmental impact assessments (EIA), emerging marine policy and enhanced fishery certification. 

She was appointed to the position of Aquaculture Technical Manager in BIM in May 2020. Her remit includes the investigation and commercialisation of innovative solutions to industry challenge, novel technology transfer and the development of new cultivation techniques and species with a particular focus on the sector’s response to climate and biodiversity challenges. Joanne holds an honours degree in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin, a Masters in Environmental Analysis from Queen University Belfast and is currently completing an MBS. 

Iris G. Petten, ICD.D


Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society

Email: iris.petten@gmail.com

www: portdegravepeninsula.ca

Iris Petten was born and raised in Port de Grave, Newfoundland and Labrador, a thriving fishing town located an hour west of the capital city of St. John’s in beautiful Conception Bay.  Immersed from her childhood in the rural values of family, community, hard work, and entrepreneurship, Iris was the first member of her close-knit family of fish harvesters to graduate from Memorial University of Newfoundland.  She began her career in the fishing industry as a financial analyst with a large multinational fishing company, but when the ground fishery collapsed in 1992 thousands of Atlantic Canadians were displaced in the fishing industry, including Iris, and she found a new role in curriculum delivery and training program implementation for the new fishery.

As the fishery recovered, Iris saw a real opportunity for harvesters to develop and control the value of their fishing enterprises and she was the creator and a founding shareholder of a harvesters’ cooperative, Atlantic Harvesting Group.  Later, she was a driving force behind a harvesters’ owned processing company, Grand Atlantic Seafoods, which later amalgamated into Ocean Choice International (OCI), a large vertically integrated seafood company, where Iris was a Vice President until 2008 when she moved to the consultancy role with OCI which she continues today.

In the corporate world, Iris has served on national and local boards, including Canada Post Corporation, Oceanex Income Trust, Canship Ugland Ltd., and other privately held companies and is both a member and an examiner with the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Active in the community, since 2013 Iris has been the Chair of the Board of Regents of her alma mater, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and currently serving as President of the Port de Grave Peninsula Heritage Society.

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