A St. John’s businessman and sitting member of the offshore petroleum board is facing trial on driving and assault-related charges.


Ed Drover. (C-NLOPB)

Ed Drover, 66, is charged with failing to stop his vehicle after being involved in an accident, with intent to escape civil or criminal liability.

Drover also faces two counts of assault with a weapon — a motor vehicle.

He has pleaded not guilty to all three charges.

The alleged incident took place in August 2010.

The charges were stayed in May 2012 at the request of Newfoundland and Labrador’s attorney general, but recommenced at the attorney general’s request in December.

The trial is scheduled for next week. It is expected to last two days.

Drover has been on the board of the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board since January 2009.

He became acting chairman of the C-NLOPB in October 2012, serving in that role until the appointment of a permanent chair and CEO became effective in late February.

According to his C-NLOPB bio, Drover is an "active entrepreneur" with interests in commercial real estate, rental properties as well as recreational and tourism development. He is the majority owner of The Wilds Golf Course and Resort at Salmonier River.

Drover also chairs the finance committee of the Eastern Health board of trustees, and is a key fundraiser for the provincial Progressive Conservative party.