Province, Pengrowth Support Graduate Research in Energy


Two science students are receiving help for their research studies from the Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Innovation Grant.

Emma Poirier, of Cheticamp, a master's student in Applied Science at Saint Mary's University, and Nicholas Dourado, of Calgary, a master's student in Physical Oceanography at Dalhousie University, are this year's recipients of the $15,000 Energy Innovation Grants awarded by the province and Pengrowth Energy Corp.

The grant is awarded each year to up to four students studying at a master's level program with research focused on energy. Both 2012 recipients have a focus on renewable energy.

Ms. Poirier is studying tidal energy in the Bay of Fundy and how it creates and affects sediment in the water.

"This grant has given me the opportunity for field research to help me understand the potential for renewable tidal energy in the Bay of Fundy," said Ms. Poirier.

Mr. Dourado is using sonar technology to understand how ice in the Minas Passage could be a risk to tidal energy equipment.

The Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Innovation Grant was established in 2005, and is available for students beginning a master's level program in business, engineering, environmental science or earth science at a Nova Scotia university.

"The province is proud to be a partner in this program and to support research here in Nova Scotia. The grant offers educational opportunities to students who will make a difference in the growth of our energy sector," said Energy Minister Charlie Parker.

"We at Pengrowth are pleased to work with the province to offer support to these students in continuing their education. Their research and new ideas will be beneficial to Nova Scotia's energy industry," said Jim MacDonald, director of Pengrowth's East Coast Operations.

The deadline for applications for the 2013 Pengrowth-Nova Scotia Energy Innovation Grant is Jan. 18. For more information, or to apply, visit

Pengrowth Management Limited was founded by Jim Kinnear in 1982. Mr. Kinnear also founded Pengrowth Energy Trust, which later became Pengrowth Energy Corporation, in 1988.

(Government of Nova Scotia)