"I think balancing structure and flexibility is essential to completing any project efficiently and effectively."

Andy Noble, P.Eng Vice President, Civil and Municipal Engineering

Advisory Board

Janet MacMillan

Janet has devoted much of her professional and board governance career to guiding and supporting organizations and their leaders toward growth and breakthrough moments. Being at the heart of big things happening for our region and our country is where Janet thrives—and is a role she looks forward to playing with EastPoint.

A founding partner of NATIONAL Public Relations (Atlantic), Janet serves as counsel to clients and colleagues across many sectors. She holds considerable cumulative governance experience as a result of serving on a number of international, national, and regional boards. She is the newly appointed chair of  Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation and vice chair of the Halifax Dartmouth Bridge Commission. She has served on the boards of COVE (Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship), the RCMP Foundation of Canada, the CN Community Board, Sail Canada, United Way, QEII Foundation and Symphony Nova Scotia. She is past chair of Mount Saint Vincent University and FORCE (Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy) boards.

Ernie Porter

Growing up outside New Glasgow, Ernie was always building something – a raft or go cart, a boat or a fort. His first part-time job at 12 years old was helping his father build new cabins at the local community summer camp. Ernie’s been building Nova Scotia ever since.

Recently appointed to EastPoint Engineering’s Advisory Board, Ernie brings his ingenuity and dedication to clients and projects. Ernie started his career with Lindsay Construction in 1980, became president in 1997 and later Chairman in 2009. Ernie only just put down his hard hat and retired in 2014 with decades of experience building solutions.

Welcome to the team Ernie. We can’t wait to see what you’ll build next.

Ray Ritcey

Ray doesn’t just build relationships — he’s building a better province.

For over 30 years, Ray Ritcey has put his energy into Nova Scotia. As a pioneer in the natural gas sector he helped change the face of energy in our province. And he’s made many lifelong friendships along the way — a testament to his character, as well as how seriously he takes his commitments.

His new role on EastPoint Engineering’s Advisory Board will bring his unique vision, passion and energy expertise to clients and projects. Ray has always said he wants his business legacy to be a stronger Nova Scotia. That’s exactly the kind of person we want on our team.

Welcome to the team, Ray.

Phil Knoll

Phil Knoll’s career has spanned 30 years in the energy sector, leading organizations both in the Maritimes and in Western Canada like Maritimes & Northeast Pipeline and Corridor Resources. Today, he’s bringing his expertise to projects big and small on EastPoint Engineering’s Advisory Board.

Though he spent many years outside Nova Scotia, Phil is passionate about keeping and attracting a young, vibrant workforce to his home province, a value he shares with EastPoint Engineering’s leadership. He hopes his work with EastPoint will help build a province full of opportunity for youth, so everyone has the opportunity to choose Nova Scotia.

Jim Cowan

Jim brings big picture thinking back home.

Vibrant, growing communities include many voices. Senator Jim Cowan has spent the last decade serving Canadians in the Senate, working to build consensus. Today, he’s bringing his unique public service experience to the EastPoint Advisory Board, where he’ll contribute positively to every Nova Scotia initiative he touches. And that all begins with Jim’s specialty: A collaborative spirit.

Rick Splonick

Throughout his 30-year career in the construction industry, Rick always put people first. The relationships he’s forged make him one of the most trusted names in the industry, and put him in the middle of Atlantic Canada’s biggest projects.

Rick spent 20 years with Black & MacDonald where he acted as Divisional Manager of Special Projects and Regional Manager of Business Development. He moved on to Business Development Lead at G. J. Cahill & Company, where he works to build their business in the Atlantic region.
Originally from Ontario, Rick now calls the East Coast home. It’s here where he lives and plays and continues to cultivate trusted partnerships. He applies his people-first philosophy to EastPoint Engineering’s Advisory Board, where he’ll keep bringing the right people together to find the best solution to every challenge.

Jim Hanlon

Jim Hanlon knows what it means to be invested in the ocean. And our region. As the CEO of the Centre for Ocean Ventures & Entrepreneurship (COVE), his leadership is growing our impact and visibility around the world. Today, we’re proud to welcome Jim to the EastPoint Advisory Board, where his expertise will find new ways for us to positively contribute to our ocean sector. So Nova Scotia continues to be the best place to do ocean technology research and development in the world.

Nothing. Things just work.