Independent Specialists

Luc Chabot, P. Eng.

Luc Chabot is President of L.G. Chabot, Inc. in Houston, Texas. He has 30 years of experience in the design of offshore production and drilling platforms, including gravity-based structures, topsides and marine operations. From 1994-1996 he worked in Newfoundland as Engineering Coordinator, Marine Operations (Norwegian Contractors) for the Hibernia GBS construction. He is a past recipient of the Canadian Consulting Engineers Award of Merit in the field of Engineering Research.


Doug House, CM, PhD

Dr. Doug House is an independent sociology consultant (DH Consultants) and Honorary Research Professor at Memorial University. He currently chairs the Strategic Partnership Council of Newfoundland and Labrador, and has previously chaired the Royal Commission on Employment and Unemployment (1985-86), the Economic Recovery Commission (1989-96), the Board of Enterprise Newfoundland and Labrador Corporation (1989-1993), and co-chaired the Task Force on Community Economic Development (1994-95). He has also served as Deputy Minister, Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development for the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador.


Wade Locke, PhD

Dr. Leonard Wade Locke is a Full Professor of Economics at Memorial University. He specializes in the Newfoundland and Labrador economy, resource economics, energy issues, public finance, economic impact assessment, cost-benefit analysis.


John Murray, PhD

Dr. John Murray is Director of Technology with FloaTEC, LLC. He holds a PhD in Ocean Engineering from Memorial University. For 12 years he worked in St. John’s with the National Research Council and moved to Houston in 1997. He has held various senior technical positions in the oil industry related to offshore drilling and design. He has won numerous awards including the “World Oil Innovative Thinker” in 2009.


Peter A. O’Flaherty, LL.B, LL.M

Peter A. O’Flaherty is a member of the Bar of Newfoundland and a Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales. His areas of practice include marine, insurance, regulatory and international law matters. He has presented and written papers to the Canadian Petroleum Law Foundation on “Effective and Efficient Regulation of the Offshore Industry”. He has acted as counsel to the Public Review Commissioner for the White Rose Project.


Kevin Roche, P. Eng.

Kevin Roche has held senior engineering positions in Newfoundland and Labrador, Norway and the North Sea. He was Division Manager and Vice-President of Noble Drilling Canada, and was Vice-President Technology within the Noble Corporate team. He was directly responsible for daily operations for both drilling rigs of the Hibernia platform, overseeing drilling, drill maintenance services, safety management systems, and financial performance of these drilling units.


Patrick Stamp, MBA

Patrick Stamp is an independent economic consultant (Stamp and Associates). He has held senior positions within the federal government related to economic development. He conducted economic policy research and advised federal ministers in support of negotiations for NAFTA and the Atlantic Accord. He has played a lead role in the planning and implementation of initiatives to maximize local participation in key industrial sectors, and has provided direct support to the C-NLOPB in auditing industrial benefits programs.


David Taylor, MSc

David Taylor is an independent environmental consultant (D.G. Taylor, Inc.) with extensive knowledge of environmental legislation and regulations and practical operational environmental protection experience working with both the public and private sectors. He has over 25 years of experience of the oil and gas sector including consultancy for HMDC, White Rose, Statoil Canada, Suncor, Conocophillips and Chevron Canada. His background also includes experience with Environment Canada in Ottawa and Halifax; as Director of the Province’s environmental assessment and pesticide management processes; environmental assessment of private sector subsea pipeline projects in Canada and the United States and more recently management of a program of environmental research in support of offshore oil and gas development for East Coast Canada for the Environmental Studies Research Funds.