Personal Profiles

George de Berdt Romilly, President

Climate Change Adaptation Specialist, Environmental Law/Policy/Institutions Specialist, Chartered Mediator (Environmental), Legal Draftsman.

George is the President of the Canadian environmental consulting firm de Romilly & de Romilly Limited, obtained his Masters Degree (LL.M) in Marine and Environmental Law from Dalhousie University in 1992, specializing in the areas of international environmental law, maritime law, and oil and gas law. He is member of the Member of the Independent Review Expert Roster (Pilot Program on Climate Resilience - PPCR) appointed by the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), a Member of the Roster of Experts (Climate Change) for the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF), a member of the Roster of Experts (Climate Change Adaptation) established by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), a member of the Roster of Experts (Biosafety Law) established by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), an elected member of the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL) (based at the offices of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) in Bonn, Germany), a member of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA), an Advocate of the Supreme Court of Zimbabwe, and a Chartered Mediator accredited by the Arbitration and Mediation Institute of Canada. He is a founding member of the Nova Scotia-based ClimeAdapt and Climate Change Atlantic networks.

He has over 32 years of experience in law, public administration, policy development and environmental and conservation management in Canada, United Kingdom, Norway and over 33 developing countries in Africa, Asia, Caribbean, Indian Ocean, Latin America, Middle East, and Pacific on projects funded by:

  • World Bank (IBRD);       
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB);
  • Caribbean Development Bank (CDB);
  • Inter-American Development Bank (IDB);
  • Climate Investment Funds (CIF);
  • Global Environment Facility (GEF);
  • United Nations Development Program (UNDP);
  • United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organisation (UNESCO);
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP);
  • International Maritime Organization (IMO) of the United Nations;
  • Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA);
  • United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID);
  • Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA);
  • International Development Research Centre (IDRC); 
  • Organization of American States (OAS);
  • Caribbean Community (CARICOM);
  • Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS);
  • Environment Canada;
  • Nova Scotia Department of Environment and Labour (NSDEL);
  • Nova Scotia Department of Energy;
  • Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources;
  • Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM);
  • World Wildlife Fund (WWF). 

During this period, through utilizing his skills in the identification and mobilization of program financing:
(a)        he assisted the Government of the Commonwealth of Dominica secure over US$65 million in international funding under the country’s Low Carbon Climate Resilient Development Strategy and Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR);
(b)        he assisted the Government of Nepal secure US$110 million in international funding under the country’s Strategic Program for Climate Resilience (SPCR);
(c)        he assisted the Seychelles Government secure over US$70 million in international funding for capital projects under the country’s Environmental Management Plan;
(d)       he assisted the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) secure US$6 million in funding for climate change projects in the Caribbean region;
(e)        he assisted the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC) secure US$5.2 million in funding for climate change programs in the Caribbean;
(f)        he secured US$2 million in funding from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) for climate change projects in the Caribbean;
(g)        he assisted the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC) secure US$2 million in financing from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to implement a pilot program to convert Caribbean tourism facilities to a carbon-neutral status utilizing a variety of renewable energy technologies;
(h)        he coordinated a number of feasibility and pre-feasibility studies for multi-million dollar environmental projects (wastewater, water, renewable energy) in various developing countries.

He has been involved in the design, development, implementation, and review of Global Environment Facility (GEF) projects since the “Pilot Phase” of the GEF in the late 1980’s. During this time, he has, for the World Bank, UNDP and UNEP, prepared PDF-B applications, detailed project documents, project operational plans, project procurement plans, financing plan (including negotiation of project co-financing) and detailed project budgets. As part of GEF project preparation activities he has undertaken legal, policy and institutional reviews, coordinated national stocktaking and regional consultative workshop to provide input to project components, and prepared project documents for GEF Council submission.  He has undertaken the revision of project documents to incorporate comments from STAP review and Executing Agency review.

He has acquired over 12 years practical experience in climate change adaptation planning and management in some of the world’s most vulnerable countries working on projects GEF, World Bank, ADB, DANIDA, DFID, WWF, CIDA and under the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR) funded under the Climate Investments Funds (CIF). For the past four years he has been leading a consortium of private sector companies in the identification, evaluation and development of sustainable energy opportunities involving first and second-generation biofuels.

Heather de Berdt Romilly, Vice President

Heather is Vice-President of de Romilly & de Romilly Ltd. which has been providing environmental and labour consulting services since 1995.  The company has established domestic and international expertise regarding the provision of consulting services in human resource services, policy, planning, and legislative and regulatory preparation.  Heather has been providing private consulting services through de Romilly & de Romilly since November 2003 which projects have included change management processes, performance management and governance issues, workflow analysis, human resources renewal, human resource planning, research and evaluation, policy development, strategic planning, and facilitation.  Heather was recently retained by the Asian Development Bank as an international human resource development specialist and worked in Mongolia advising the government on reform of higher education. Project work over the past four years has specialized in the provision of human resources consulting services to public service organizations specifically in the areas of; governance, performance management, organizational design, change management, research and evaluation, policy development, strategic planning, facilitation and organizational design.

Heather has 20 years senior management experience working in the public sector human resource function, specifically 8 years working with the Nova Scotia Public Service Commission most recently as the Director of Policy.  She has a broad range of specialized expertise in human resource management including change processes, restructuring initiatives, strategic planning, internal group facilitation, policy development, evaluation and implementation, human resources research, human resources program evaluation and mediation.  Policy experience includes workforce planning, recruitment and retention initiatives, succession planning strategies and human resource strategy development. 

Heather is a lawyer with a Master of Laws in human resource management and dispute resolution.  She has applied her legal expertise to all facets of the human resource function.  Heather is a certified change management professional having completed the AdPro Prosci Change Management Certification in 2009.  Heather was formerly the Director of Employment Equity at the Technical University of Nova Scotia and assisted the organization with receiving a Certificate of Merit from the Conference Board of Canada in recognition of the implementation of exemplary measures to support employment equity under the Federal Contractors’ Program. 

Heather has extensive not-for-profit experience as former Chair of the Board of the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre and the first female President of the ADR Institute of Canada.  Heather has extensive experience mediating workplace disputes and developing dispute resolution policies and programs.

Linda Chisholm, Associate

Linda Chisholm, a certified Change Management Strategist, received her Master Degree in Public Administration from Dalhousie University and her dual Bachelor of Arts degree in the fields of Sociology and Criminology from Saint Mary’s University.  Linda completed the Mediation and Dispute Resolution Program at Harvard Law School, is a graduate of the Negotiation and Conflict Management Programme from Dalhousie University and received her certification in Change Management from PROSCI Inc., while employed by the Government of Nova Scotia.

Linda is a results-oriented executive with over 20 years of broad-based human resource management and project management experience within a government environment, including: overseeing the operations of an office; budget and business planning; policy and legislative analysis/review; research and preparation of comprehensive reports leading to systemic change; and research and implementation of effective project management strategies.

A proven leader with excellent management and organizational skills who is able to respond to challenges and opportunities with innovative yet practical solutions, including: building teams and harnessing optimal synergy from the team dynamic to achieve stated goals; ability to build consensus to move a strategic direction forward and to provide tangible results that are aligned to the strategic direction of the organization; and the commitment to manage through a diversity lens with an orientation that ensures individuals feel and are respected.

A trained mediator experienced in preventing disputes, resolving problems, reaching agreements, building partnerships and establishing and maintaining collaborative relationships.  A successful track record in establishing positive partnerships with various municipal, provincial, and federal government departments and agencies and with several non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) and universities throughout Canada Project work over the past four years has specialized in the provision of human resources consulting services to departments of the Government of Nova Scotia, specifically in the areas of; governance, performance management, organizational design, change management, research and evaluation, policy development, strategic planning, facilitation and organizational design.

Susan Street, Associate

Sue has been a licensed Occupational Therapist for the last 20 years and has practiced in a variety of diverse areas including acute care (orthopaedics, rehabilitation, geriatrics), rural health, long term care, occupational/ workplace health (women’s occupational health, ergonomics, work-related musculoskeletal disorders, return-to-work, operational stress injuries), health promotion, public health policy, and developing evidence-based participatory approaches to address workplace injury prevention and health promotion.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Dalhousie University in 1992 and a Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of Western Ontario in 2000. Sue has authored several peer-reviewed and grey literature publications and has presented her research at numerous conferences since 2000.

In addition to guest lecturing at the Dalhousie School of Occupational Therapy and coordinating the CAOT National Certification Exam for Nova Scotia every July and November, Sue works in a solo private practice in Halifax, N.S., where she has provided consultation services for various clients in both the private and public sectors including the Nova Scotia Department of Health & Wellness, Veterans’ Affairs Canada, Department of National Defense, Workers Compensation Board of Nova Scotia, and various industrial clients.

Sue’s primary areas of research interest and expertise include: women’s occupational health, developing and evaluating participatory ergonomics education and wellness programmes for diverse workplaces, conducting sex- and gender-based analyses of occupational health research and occupational health interventions (particularly as they apply to research on work-related musculoskeletal disorders), exploring the roles of occupational therapy in workplace health promotion and education, examining sex and gender differences in work-related musculoskeletal injuries (specifically in office workers, military personnel, and health care workers), developing health policy regarding the role of occupational therapy in “non-traditional” environments, understanding sex and gender differences in the effectiveness and outcomes of return-to-work programs, and understanding the complex, systemic inequalities that remain alive and well in occupational health and health research, in general.