2010 November, Pauline King

Pauline King

Airport Traffic Control

On leaving school, I joined the Royal Navy in the Radar Branch, and went on to work in some very interesting fields during my 7 years of service.

My first posting was to an underground bunker called MHQ Pitreavie (known as the Pit), which is not too far from Edinburgh, Scotland.  My shifts were 24 hours long and I never saw daylight during my shift.  I worked 24 hours on followed by 24 hours off, doing Intelligence work for the ‘Flag Officer Scotland and Northern Ireland’.  After only a few months of this, I was thankfully posted to the other side of Scotland, about an hours drive from Glasgow, where I worked at the nuclear submarine base in Faslane (the Polaris school). I thoroughly enjoyed my time here, and when the submarine simulator was moved to Plymouth 18 months later, I was lucky enough to be posted down there with it to work for the 2nd Submarine Squadron.  2 years later, I became submarine free, and was posted to Portsmouth where I was trained as a Helicopter Controller for Type 22 Frigates and Type 42 Destroyers.  I worked in the warship simulators for 18 months doing this.  My final posting was to Northwood in London, where again I worked in another underground bunker (called the Hole), although this time I worked for NATO Intelligence (& no, that is not an oxymoron!).  The shifts were thankfully shorter, and a different feature of this job was working with military personnel from all of the different NATO countries.  I had to go through some pretty rigorous security screening over a period of around 6 months to get the clearances for this job.  It was during this time that I decided that I was going to leave the Royal Navy, so about 6 months into the posting I submitted my 18 months’ notice to leave. About 6 months before my discharge, things became very interesting, as Iraq invaded Kuwait and the Gulf War started.  Intelligence work was obviously highly critical, and my last 6 months flew by.

I left the Royal Navy in December 1990 (2months before the end of the war), and started at the College of Air Traffic Control in Bournemouth, England in January 2001 (almost 20 years ago).  Following 3 years training, I qualified at Terminal Control in the London Air Traffic Control Centre near Heathrow.

I immigrated to Canada in May 2001 and went to work for NavCanada at the Vancouver Air Traffic Control Centre.

2010 October, Morton Fæster

Morton Fæster

The Scandinavian biotech-cluster Medicon Valley and its collaboration with Lifesciences BC

  • Born 1960 in Denmark
  • Worked with ØK (East Asiatic Company) 1980 - 85
  • 1985 - 90  posted In Singapore with Danish Overseas Furniture
  • 1991 - 96  Trade Commissioner with The Danish Trade Council  Vancouver
  • 1997 - 2006  Export Director with Ferrosan Copenhagen
  • 2002 - 2009  Business development Director with Nycomed Denmark
  • Since  2009  LifeScience Ambassedor on behalf of Medicon Valley posted in Vancouver

Morton  is a member of the Scandinavian Business Club


2010 May, David Fung

DR. David T Fung

Dr. Fung is the Chairman and CEO of the ACDEG Group of companies. He has partnerships in forest products, biomass energy, chemicals, electrical power cogeneration, agric-foods, marine equipment, OEM parts manufacturing and packaging wastes recycling in North America, Europe and Asia. He obtained his Bachelor, Master and Doctorate degrees in Chemical Engineering from McGill University and completed the senior business executive program at Queen’s University.

Dr. Fung is currently co-chair of the Members of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, vice chair of the Canada China Business Council, senior fellow of the Asia Pacific Foundation and past president of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering. He is also a member of the national board of directors of Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters (immediate past chair),Canadian Standards Association Group (CSA), Canadian Green Chemistry & Engineering Network, International Science and Technology Partnership Canada (chair of China Subcommittee), CentrePort Canada Inc. and the Western Canadian Transportation System Strategy Group.

2010 September, Patrick Moore

Patrick Moore, Ph.D.

Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the international environmental field for more than 35 years. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace and served for nine years as President of Greenpeace Canada and seven years as a Director of Greenpeace International. As the leader of many campaigns, Dr. Moore was a driving force shaping policy and direction while Greenpeace became the world's largest environmental activist organization.

In recent years, Dr. Moore has been focused on the promotion of sustainability and consensus building among competing concerns. He was a member of British Columbia government-appointed Round Table on the Environment and Economy from 1990 - 1994. In 1990, Dr. Moore founded and chaired the BC Carbon Project, a group that worked to develop a common understanding of climate change.

Dr. Moore served for four years as Vice President, Environment for Waterfurnace International, a manufacturer of geothermal heat pumps for residential heating and cooling with renewable earth energy. He is now a Director of NextEnergy Solutions, the largest distributor of geothermal systems in Canada.

As Chair of the Sustainable Forestry Committee of the Forest Alliance of BC from 1991 - 2002, he led the process of developing the "Principles of Sustainable Forestry" which were adopted by a majority of the industry.

In 2000, Dr. Moore published Green Spirit – Trees are the Answer, a photo-book that provides a new insight into how forests work and how they can play a powerful role in solving many of our current environmental problems.

Dr. Moore currently serves as Chair and Chief Scientist of Greenspirit Strategies Ltd., a consultancy focusing on environmental policy and communications in forestry, agriculture, fisheries and aquaculture, mining, biodiversity, chemicals, energy and climate change.

  • US National Award of Nuclear Science, National Atomic Museum Foundation, 2009
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science, North Carolina State University, 2005
  • Ph.D. in Ecology, Institute of Resource Ecology, University of British Columbia, 1974
  • Ford Foundation Fellowship, 1969-1972
  • Honours B.Sc. in Forest Biology, University of British Columbia


2010 January, Svein Stokke

Svein Olav Stokke

Life for Captain Svein Olav Stokke started in a tiny village in Northern Norway which was to know the Nazi jackboot with Hitler’s invasion of the country in 1940. Young Stokke went to sea with the end of the war during which he worked his way up the ladder of promotion from seaman to chief officer and relief master.

This brought him to British Columbia where he was offered a shore job with a Canadian Transport Company, the shipping arm of forestry giant MacMillan Bloedel. After nine years he was hired by Star Shipping and following up on his idea, the port of Squamish was born. Returning to Canadian Transport he was caught up as an innocent party in the scandal growing out of the CTC’s misguided chartering policies which rocked the very foundation of MacMillan Bloedel and upset many others from owners to operators in the shipping world as well as the investment community.

Appointments with the Seaspan International Organization followed and lead to the circumstances that paved the way for the start up of Seaspan Container Lines, the present day Seaspan Corporation, a world scale container ship leasing company. The subtitle of this book adequately sums up the focus of the Stokke story.

Svein Stokke is now retired but continues to take a great interest in shipping affairs, residing in Pender Harbour, B.C. and sailing his own yacht on the B.C. Coast.

Published by Canada’s specialist publisher of books about ships, seamen and the sea.