Company Spotlight

Newfoundland and Labrador has the largest ocean economy in Canada making up over 53% of the nation’s ocean economy and employing 40,000 people. 

Our ocean industries contribute $16 billion annually to NL and Canada.

EDGEWISE Environmental is a certified women-owned marine environmental consultancy based in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. We focus on marine mammal and seabird observation, mitigation, and anthropogenic noise solutions; providing tailored training and environmental consulting services across all marine industries. We also have a growing Research & Development program and are always open to collaboration. We strive to tackle environmental issues with our clients through our training programs and consulting efforts to make a positive environmental impact on all marine ecosystems.  

The Edgewise vision is to implement a new standard for marine animal mitigation within the Canadian blue economy. This will provide our clients with unparalleled expertise, and our students with industry-leading knowledge and skills to better protect our oceans. 


Ashley Noseworthy

Chief Executive Officer

Ashley holds an M.Sc in International Marine Environmental Consultancy from Newcastle University (UK), a B.Sc in Biology from Memorial University of Newfoundland, and a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University. She has over a decade of global offshore experience working in a variety of environmental roles. ​ Ashley has over 12 years experience working and volunteering in the areas of marine mammal husbandry, marine mammal physiology and cognition. ​ She is an experienced aviation, offshore and sea survival instructor as well as a qualified H2S Instructor. Ashley also has experience instructing and developing curricula at a university level. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industry Association (NEIA) and the Executive Committee for the Marine Mammal Observer Association (MMOA)

Kayla Hunter

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Kayla holds a BA in Communication Studies from Memorial University of Newfoundland and a Business Administration certificate from the College of the North Atlantic. She has extensive administrative, social media, and marketing experience acting as Director and Vice President on multiple university societies throughout her undergraduate degree. She has experience working on marine vessels, and holds all valid safety and survival certifications. Kayla has a passion for art, which she expresses through graphic design and illustrations. She currently runs a growing social media page dedicated to showcasing her artwork.

SmartICE is an award-winning technological innovation for the North. They are the world’s first climate change adaptation tool to integrate traditional knowledge of sea ice with advanced data acquisition and remote monitoring technology.  Their system combines these approaches to provide invaluable, data-driven insights into sea-ice thickness and local ice conditions, in near real-time. SmartICE embrace a business model that aims to expand opportunities for economic and social development in northern markets while preserving local cultures and lifestyles.


Rex Howell

Northern Production Centre and Regional Operations 

Rex has been working with SmartICE in Nain, Nunatsiavut for the last two years.  In his position, he delivers the Employment Readiness and Technology Production Program for youth ages 16-29.  To date, Rex has delivered this training to three cohorts and has helped 15 youth develop their soft and hard skills through the assembly of SmartBUOY technology. Rex has many years of experience working with youth and is an avid community volunteer, particularly with the Junior Rangers. 

Tyler Spurrell

Technical Operations Manager 

Tyler is a Mechanical Engineer that graduated from Memorial University and has been researching and developing SmartICE technology since 2018.  He was an integral part of the current SmartBUOY design and development of the youth training program.  Currently he manages the YYT Tech Shop and future SmartICE technology developments. 

The NRC's Ocean, Coastal and River Engineering Research Centre is one of the most advanced indoor model ocean facilities in the world. It provides expertise and tools to identify, adapt, and integrate advanced solutions into systems that improve the performance and safety of ocean, coastal, and marine operations. It supports a broad cross section of industry sectors by developing creative and practical solutions to engineering challenges in rivers, lakes and marine environments.

With a usable ice sheet of 76 x 12 m, the ice tank in St. John's is one of the largest facilities of this type in the world. With temperatures ranging down to -25 °C , this indoor, refrigerated tow-tank facility simulates realistic Arctic and northern marine conditions. All types of full-scale ice conditions can be modelled from grey ice to multi-year ice as well as level ice, drifting pack ice, columnar ice, ice ridges, glacial and multiyear ice, bergy bits and growlers, among others. The NRC has widely validated expertise in recreating the material properties of sea ice at model scale which is crucial to the evaluation of vessel and structure performance in ice conditions.


Bob Gash

Research Engineer

Bob's duties involve performing engineering analysis of various projects centering on ocean research, physical model testing, and “full-scale” investigation. His expertise lies in the engineering design and implementation of marine control systems and computer vision systems.

Chris Meadus

 Senior Model Test Technologist 

Chris is responsible for performing tests that look at ship resistance and self-propulsion, maneuvering in ice, etc. both for offshore structures and ship models.