Tell us about your career.
I've been with Irving Oil since 2005. Before joining the Operation Falcon Turnaround Team, I was the Area Maintenance Manager for Central Process. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Université de Moncton and my Masters in Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick in Saint John in 2013.
Where is your hometown?
I am from Grand Barachois, NB.
Tell us about your family.
I am married. My wife Kristy and I have a daughter, 3, and a son who is a year old.
What is your favourite food?
Growing up near Shediac, of course it would be seafood - lobster, crab, anything!
What are your hobbies?
Sea kayaking and whitewater kayaking. I also enjoy woodworking and small projects around the house.
What is the best part of your job?
The best part of my job is seeing the results and accomplishments at the end of the job or project.
How is working a turnaround different than day-to-day work?
It's a different pace. It's a 24 hour operation with quick decision-making and reaction time. It is complex due to the sheer volume of work and the resources in a small duration of time.
My biggest mentors were my uncles and their great work ethic.
What was your biggest accomplishment?
Finishing my MBA program. I was juggling a new job; we just had a baby (our daughter) and I was working on my MBA. It was a challenging time.
What are your reasons for working safely?
I work safely so that I can go home to my wife and kids every day, and I don't like to get hurt...
Any closing remarks you'd like to share as we begin to wrap up Operation Falcon?
This is my tenth year with Irving Oil and this is definitely the largest and most complex turnaround that I've worked. It's amazing to see the years of planning and the different aspects of the project tie together. Everything from supplies, logistics and resources to the scope of work all wrapping into one project executed in just 45-50 days.