Where We Work
WCMRC is headquartered in Burnaby, B.C., with a head office and main warehouse on Burrard Inlet. Our mandate covers the entire 27,000 kilometers of Western Canada’s coast line and extends to the 200 nautical mile limit. The organization’s response area also includes all inland navigable waters in B.C.
Our field operations are broken into three regions:
Based at our headquarters in Burnaby, the south-coast operations cover marine activities north of the U.S. Border in the waters surrounding Metro Vancouver, in the B.C. Interior and up the Sunshine Coast.
Based in Duncan, B.C., our Vancouver Island operations cover the Juan de Fuca Strait north of the U.S. border, including all of Vancouver Island and the B.C. coastline from Johnstone Strait, north to Shearwater.
Based in Prince Rupert, B.C., our north-coast operations cover the territory south from the U.S. Alaskan border around Haida Gwaii, and the B.C. coastline south to Shearwater.
WCMRC’s workforce is growing both in the field and our corporate offices. Here are a few of our team members.
Spill Response Technician
“Growing up in Prince Rupert and working for the Department of Fisheries & Oceans Canada as a Marine Science Technician for seven years has provided me with the necessary skills and knowledge to join an experienced WCMRC team in the north. I spend my winters skiing the coast mountain range. For the last four years, I have been building handcrafted skis and snowboards with two friends for our company Divide Rides. After completing my Master 150 Gross Tonnage certification, I was hired at WCMRC’s north coast base as a Spill Response Tech. The marine industry is very dynamic and interesting and I’m excited to be a part of it. ”
Response Readiness Coordinator
“Prior to coming to WCMRC, I worked as a Geographic Analyst, doing data collection and coding for a major navigation software company. My work in WCMRC’s Response Readiness Department involves exploring new response technologies, systems and services which can improve WCMRC’s ability to respond to a spill. Currently, we are looking into vessel tracking, aerial surveillance and trajectory modelling. Our biggest undertaking at the moment is the Coastal Mapping Program. The program involves identifying coastal resources that would be at risk during a spill and then developing protection strategies for those areas. Our department is also responsible for maintaining the organization’s certification with Transport Canada. My work at WCMRC is diverse and spontaneous. One day I’ll be working out on the water with our spill response techs and the next day I’m testing cutting-edge technology back at the office.“
South Coast Area Manager
“I have more than six years of spill-response experience with WCMRC, but I’ve been working on the water for more than 23 years, including along the B.C. coast with Fisheries and Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, as a chief officer on Caribbean cruise ships, and around the world as chief officer on an ocean-going tug. At WCMRC, my wheelhouse is building and maintaining relationships with First Nations, government agencies and the communities surrounding spill response and drill areas. The Incident Command System (ICS) is critical to our spill response system at WCMRC, and I manage ongoing initiatives as operations section chief.“
Response Readiness Coordinator
“Before WCMRC, I worked at Malahat First Nation in Social Development. There I coordinated social programs, events and managed the administration of social assistance. Now with WCMRC I am working as a Response Readiness Coordinator on Vancouver Island. My primary role is to provide a biological perspective in all areas of our response readiness work. Specifically, I will be mapping out environmentally sensitive areas along the coast, helping the organization to better understand these sensitivities. In the event of a spill, I will be joining the environment unit acting as a liaison between WCMRC, communities, First Nations and government. What I enjoy most about my job is the opportunity to be on the water, surrounded by nature, helping to maintain our beautiful coastlines integrity.”