• Peter Hogan as moderator
  • Bob Ashley
  • Elisa Obermann
  • Steve Parsons

Peter Hogan was appointed the Vice-President for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA) for Nova Scotia in 2011.

He joined the Agency in 1993 as an Account Manager and, in 1994, became Acting Senior Account Manager with responsibility for various sectors, including information technology, biotechnology and life sciences.  In 1999, Peter was appointed Director, Policy and Research. He became Director, Community Development in 2003 and, subsequently, assumed the position of Director General, Policy, Advocacy and Coordination in 2007.  Prior to assuming the Vice-President role, Peter was Director General, Regional Operations, for ACOA in Nova Scotia.

 Peter holds a Bachelor of Science from Mount Allison University.  He has also completed a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University and a Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University.  Prior to joining the Government of Canada, Peter was a Senior Consultant with Grant Thornton Management Consultants in Halifax and before that held positions with the Government of Prince Edward Island.

 Peter is originally from Summerside, PEI.  He is married with two daughters and resides in Wellington, Nova Scotia.




ACPA Panel On Clean Technology

On Friday, January 27th, 2017 join us for a discussion on 

Steve Parsons

General Manager Corporate Diversification,

Eskasoni First Nations

Peter Hogan
VP Nova Scotia,

Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

Innovations Supporting Atlantic Canadian Clean Growth

Steve graduated from Memorial University with a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education. Steve started his working career with Shoppers Drug Atlantic Office as a Loss Prevention Retail Coordinator. Steve was promoted to the level of District Coordinator responsible for the profitability of twenty SDM franchises in both Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Since 2001, Steve has worked within the First Nation community of Eskasoni both as a secondary teacher delivering business curriculum courses and as an economic development consultant. Since 2003, Steve was responsible for the delivery of a newly renovated ice arena, establishment of a community gaming casino, numerous exterior commercial contracts and is currently responsible for overseeing the operations of the community Foodland banner store. In 2008, 2012, and 2016 Steve was elected to the Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board district 3. Steve also serves as a board member on several companies and foundations including the Cape Breton partnership, Eskasoni Wind Company ltd and most recently the vice president of Miq`Maq Resource Development Partnership`s Beaubassin Wind Ltd. Steve is also an executive member of Memski Project Inc. who`s mandate is to  work with potential industry partners in exploring opportunities that may be of financial and employable benefits for community band members of Eskasoni and Membertou. 

Elisa Obermann

Executive Director,

​Marine Renewables Canada


Bob Ashley has been the Chief Administrative Officer in the small town of Berwick, NS, the large rural county of Kings, NS, and now the City of Summerside. Bob has been actively engaged with the municipal administrators associations in NS and PEI and across Canada. His abiding interest in Information/Communication Technology situated him as Chair of the NS Municipal Website Venture, the NS Provincial/Municipal E-Government Committee and the Inter-Municipal Info Tech Team, the latter group targeting work on community optical fiber. Last year, Bob’s submission to the Canadian Association of Municipal Administrators’ Awards of Excellence took 1st place and the City of Summerside was awarded the 2015 Willis Prize for Municipal Innovation. Bob has an Honours B.A.(First Class) in Linguistics from Saint Mary's, earning the Governor General's Silver Medal for his academic achievements. His Master of Public Administration from Dalhousie University earned him both a Lieutenant Governor’s Medal and the Guy Henson Medal from the School of Public Admininstration. Recognized in the arts, he's won poetry prizes, including one from the Atlantic Writers Federation. Bob is a lifetime student of the classical guitar, a cyclist and a tennis-enthusiast.

Elisa joined Marine Renewables Canada in 2012 to support and strengthen collaboration in the Atlantic region. In her current role as executive director, Elisa plays a key role in working with industry, the supply chain, research community, and government to advance marine renewable energy development.

Elisa brings a range of experience and expertise in the marine renewable energy sector, having also held roles at the Fundy Ocean Research Center for Energy (FORCE) and Nova Scotia Department of Energy. She also spent several years in the private sector, specialized in corporate communications and marketing.

Elisa holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and a Masters in Public Administration from Dalhousie University.

New clean technologies are essential both economically and environmentally. Atlantic Canada is leading the way in clean technologies, including pioneering tidal energy, formulating new clean infrastructure standards and changing the dynamic between municipalities and energy generation. This panel will explore the successes and future opportunities in clean technology. We will learn about current initiatives and the need to develop them responsibly and with the consent of Indigenous peoples. 


  • To promote and build awareness for Atlantic Canadian initiatives in Clean Technology.
  • To discuss the future of Clean Technology in Atlantic Canada.
  • To encourage participants to consider Clean Growth in all of their roles.

Bob Ashley

Chief Administrative Officer,

​City of Summerside