Director, Canadian Ice Service
Weather and Environmental Prediction & Services, Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment Canada
David is a graduate of the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney NS, receiving his diploma in Nautical Sciences in 1981. After spending the next 10 years in the CCG Fleet, based in Dartmouth NS, and gaining his Ocean Navigator 1 (ON 1) certificate of competency, he took a stint ashore in the National HQ subsequently working in the Fleet group defining the navigation equipment suite for the Canadian Coast Guard fleet (CCG).
In that position, David was heavily involved at the International Maritime Organization (IMO) and International Hydrographic Organization (IHO)/International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB) in the development of Electronic Chart Display and Information Systems (ECDIS) carriage regulations and S57 data development.
After a time as National Oil Spill response officer, where he was project leader for the development of Response Organizations in Canada, he moved to the Marine Navigation Services group serving as the Navigation and Strategic Advisor to the Director General for many years before taking up the position of National Icebreaking Program Manager for the Coast Guard.
David managed the Icebreaking Program for 10 years before accepting his current position with Environment Canada’s Meteorological Service of Canada as Director of the Canadian Ice Service.
Presentation Abstract Marine transportation requires timely and accurate ice and meteorological information to operate safely in ice-infested polar waters. This is even more important when operating in or near areas where icebergs and/or multi-year ice is present and/or there is fog, freezing spray or blizzards. This information becomes critical for year-round operations, especially when engaged in emergency operations such as search and rescue or oil spill containment and recovery. Examples from the operational support given by the Canadian Ice Service will show where weather and ice information has made a difference.
The Canadian Ice Service is Canada's leading authority on sea ice and icebergs in Canadian waters, as well as operating Canada's national oil spill detection and tracking program, and provides mariners with a full panoply of services in order to maintain safe and effective operations.
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