I am a graduate of Simon Fraser University, with a Bachelors Degree in Applied Sciences (Communication) and a diploma in Management Skills in Advanced Technology (MSAT). I am a graduate of the Canadian Coast Guard’s Marine Emergency Management Program.
I worked for the Canadian Coast Guard for over 19 years in various positions that included Search and Rescue, program development, Public Affairs, environmental response training, oil spill contingency planning and environmental response operations. As Coast Guard’s first Contingency Planning Officer in the Western Region, I was deeply involved in the Industry consultations and work groups that led to the formation of Canada’s present oil spill regime in the mid 1990s.
In 1995, following the implementation of the “new regime” I moved to private industry as Manager, Operations and Maintenance and later, Manager, Response and Operational Standards for Burrard Clean Operations. I was responsible for the purchasing, safe operation and maintenance of 24 response vessels and millions of dollars worth of oil spill response equipment, as well as Transport Canada certification and regulatory requirements.
I responded to my first oil spill in 1973, and since that time have responded to hundreds of spills on Canada’s West Coast, the Canadian Arctic, and the Gulf of Mexico. I have written and presented papers on marine oil spill response training methods, and the Canadian spill response regime.
I have just demob’d from the Deepwater Horizon Incident where I was employed by Polaris Applied Sciences, working in the SCAT program.