The Board

The Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board (Board) is an independent decision making body with a mandate to decide on aquaculture applications in marine areas for new sites, expansions to existing sites, and the addition of finfish species to sites not currently approved to produce finfish.

This independent tribunal will preside over public hearings where applicants and other parties will present their cases in respect to the aquaculture application(s) in question. Once the hearing concludes, the Board will decide on the application(s) for implementation by the Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Our Board

The Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board is comprised of three appointed members who hear and decide upon applications coming before the Board.

The members are as follows:

Jean McKenna, Chair

Ms. McKenna is a retired lawyer with 30 years’ experience as a litigation lawyer. She is currently the chair of the Nova Scotia Police Review Board.
Re-appointment: Three-year term.

Paul Boyd, Vice-Chair

Mr. Boyd's career at Fisheries and Oceans Canada included three decades participating in various regulatory, policy, and planning environments. Mr. Boyd continues to provide consultancy services in the fisheries, seafood and coastal planning sectors. 
Appointment: Three-year term.

Dr. Richard (Dick) Patterson, Member

Dr Richard (Dick) Patterson, PEng, is a retired engineer with education and experience at the masters level in Fisheries Engineering and at the doctoral level in Aquacultural Engineering. A former adjunct assistant professor at Dalhousie University Engineering, he taught courses, carried out research and completed projects in both fields. He continues his interest in aquaculture through his life memberships in the international Aquaculture Engineering Society and Engineers Nova Scotia. He has several refereed papers in publication, both on fisheries engineering subjects and in aquaculture engineering.
Re-appointment: Three-year term.

Coleen Morrison, Member

Ms. Morrison has practiced Intellectual Property and Administrative law for the last 25 years. Before becoming a lawyer Coleen studied Oceanography. 
Appointment: Three-year term.

Gregg Knudsen, Member

Mr. Knudsen has been a lawyer for over 30 years. He practices primarily in the area of estates and trusts and real property. He has extensive adjudicative experience throughout his career, including previously serving as an Adjudicator of the Small Claims Court for over thirteen years. 
Appointment: Three-year term.

Roger Percy, Member

Mr. Percy has over 35 years experience in the environmental/fisheries field in Canada and abroad. Prior to retiring, he managed Environment Canada’s Environmental Emergency Program in the Atlantic Region. He is currently a member of the Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board.  
Appointment: Three-year term.


The Board is supported by the Clerk of the Nova Scotia Aquaculture Review Board. The Clerk is responsible for all administrative aspects of the Board including; receiving applications, scheduling and organizing hearings, receiving hearing related submissions from the public, acting as the conduit between all parties to a hearing and the Board, responding to questions from the public, and distribution of Board decisions.

Conduct of Hearings

In carrying out its responsibilities, the Board will travel throughout the province to hold hearings in the communities that it determines to be closest to the aquaculture site in question.

The Clerk will post information about Board hearings on this website, in the Royal Gazette, on the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture website, and anywhere else deemed appropriate to advertise the hearing.

Board hearings are open to the public and will generally last one day. Members of the public can participate at a hearing in several ways, as described on the How to Participate page.

Although the Board is not a court, its proceedings will be conducted in accordance with Rules of Procedure.  Please refer to the Rules of Procedure and Policies page for more specific information on how Board hearings will be conducted. 

The Board is required to issue a decision about the application under review. All decisions will be in writing and will include the reasons and the rationale for how the Board reached its decision. All decisions can be found on the Decisions page. 

Board Decisions may be appealed to the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia about any question of the Board’s jurisdiction or about any question of law.