As a boy, growing up with three brothers in Essex, Ontario, Don Orton wanted to be a zoologist. He probably envisioned himself working with animals that don’t live in water; but you get the sense from talking to the newly promoted Assistant Manager that even if childhood dreams don’t work out precisely, life can still be sweet.
Don started with Marine Harvest in June 2006, after starting with Heritage Aquaculture, now Mainstream, where he was a farm technician for three years. Deciding it was time for a change, he learned of a vacancy with Marine Harvest through the ‘Net, “probably at aquaculturejobs.com,” Don related.
He spent time at Koskimo, Mahatta East and Monday Rocks before settling at Althorp. Now that the former lead hand has been promoted, a site move is in the works. Don will be Assistant Manager at Shaw Point and Althorp.
“I always try to put myself into positions of leadership and responsibility.” he said, adding that he’s seen a great number of improvements to the industry in six years and “I like being part of them [positive changes].”
A graduate of Sir Sanford Fleming’s aquaculture program, Don had originally set his sights set on a construction career until a friend told him about a fish and wildlife program that included a brief introduction to aquaculture, something he particularly connected with. He made the switch from houses to net pens and doesn’t regret it at all.
A fan of the outdoors, Don enjoys riding his bike and camping and fishing. Of camping, he comments, that“it’s freeing to be out there away from technology.”
By Gina Forsyth