|Michael Davies - Senior Director, Marine Development, Trans Mountain Expansion Project Kinder Morgan Canada
As senior director, marine development, Michael is working with the maritime community, government, first nations, and coastal communities to ensure the safety and efficiency of crude-oil transportation continues beyond the Trans Mountain system.
Michael has worked in the energy sector since 1991 when he joined Terasen Gas. Michael serves on the board of Western Canada Marine Response Corporation. He is a past member of the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee for CSA Z662 governing pipeline design and operation in Canada and has served various leadership roles in engineering, operations and commercial development with Kinder Morgan and its predecessor companies.
A Professional Engineer, Michael was raised in the Tri-Cities, earning a Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of British Columbia (1991)and a Master of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University (2001).
Captain Kevin Obermeyer – President and CEO, Pacific Pilotage Authority
Kevin Obermeyer hails from South Africa and has been intimately associated with the sea since early childhood. He served in the South African Navy before moving on to the Merchant Navy, sailing worldwide for the South Africa Marine Corporation (Safmarine).
He has held a number of positions in various ports from Richards Bay, South Africa to Prince Rupert and Nanaimo, British Columbia. In August 1999, Capt. Obermeyer joined the Pacific Pilotage Authority as Director of Marine Operations, and was appointed Chief Executive Officer in April 2006.
Captain Obermeyer’s many years of deep sea shipping experience and marine management have given him a vast amount of practical experience in the marine and administrative fields, especially where vessel safety and operations are concerned. He holds a Master Mariner’s Certificate as well as a Bachelor of Commerce degree.
Rod MacVicar – Environmental Leader and Educator
Rod MacVicar is a master mariner and a 40-year veteran environmental leader and educator.
For over 30 years, Rod has lead numerous research projects involving fish and marine mammals, and stewardship projects in which volunteers help restore habitat in British Columbia's coastal marine environment. Among other accomplishments, Rod has served as Director of Reed Point Marine Education Centre, was a co-founder of Mossom Creek Hatchery, and is the current Director of the Pacific WildLife Foundation.
As a master mariner and teacher, Rod has shared his love of the natural world directly with generations of young people and also with teachers interested in sharing nature with children.
Rod has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Murrary A. Newman Award for Excellence in Education in Aquatic Science, the Prime Minister's Award for Excellence in Teaching Science, Technology & Mathematics and the City of Port Moody's Environmental Award.
Scott Wright - Director, Response Readiness, Western Canada Marine Response Corporation
Scott Wright is Director of Response Readiness at Western Canada Marine Response Corporation (WCMRC). In this role, Scott is responsible for the implementation of industry best management practices including Incident Management, Logistics, equipment and capital programs, as well setting operational standards for equipment and responder training. Scott first joined WCMRC in 2002 as South Coast Area Manager and was responsible for the operational readiness of responders and equipment in Southern British Columbia. Under the Incident Command System, Scott is qualified to act as Operations Section Chief and Spill Response Manager.
Over the course of his 22-year career, Mr. Wright has responded to over 500 spills, including the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. His career began with Eastern Canada Response Corporation in 1992 as a Trainer and progressed through to Operations Supervisor.
Scott is a graduate of Lambton College, with diplomas in Environmental Engineering Technology and Chemical Technician. Scott also completed an Environmental Entrepreneur Program at the University of Western Ontario.