Board of Directors

Board of Directors 2023

From the beginning, the purpose of AANS was to develop and support the current and future sea farmers within the Province; to this day the Association holds these same standards. The 15-member board of directors and science advisors represent the mutual interest of all the aquaculture businesses within the Province.

Executive Committee

Michelle Samson, Premium Seafood Group

Melissa Rommens, Sustain Aqua

Past President
Nolan d’Eon, D’Eon Oyster Company Ltd.

Vice President
Jeff Nickerson, Cooke Aquaculture

Jonathan Gagne, Enterprises Shippigan Ltd.

Board Members

Rod Beresford, Lochmore Oyster Farm

Jesse Fortune, Bill & Stanley Oyster Company Ltd.

Steen Gunderson, BBI Group

Charlene LeBlanc, LeBlanc Seeded Lines.

Leah Lewis-McCrea, Centre for Marine Applied Research

Ernie Porter, Town Point Oysters

Norma Prosper, Paq’tnkek Mi’kmaw Nation.

Andrea Ward, Acadian Seaplants Ltd.

Science Advisors


  • Stefanie Colombo, Dalhousie University
  • Scott Jeffrey, Dalhousie University
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