Marine engineer building satisfying career in aquaculture

April 18, 2012

By Gina Forsyth

For Matt Clarke, Marine Engineering Manager, the long-term goal of contributing to the aquaculture industry using his unique combination of practical experience and formal education became reality sooner than he ever expected. And that’s just fine with him!

“I’m responsible for the major things such as cage moorings that are critical every day to the job we do,” explained Matt. Now that

Matt Clarke

Marine Harvest has voluntarily adopted the mooring standards followed by the Norwegian industry, a current focus is continuing to gather site-specific information such as water current data and weather trends. This data ensures that anchoring needs, which vary from site to site, are taken into account.

Born and educated through grade 12 in Port Hardy on the North Island, Matt began playing hockey at age six. This road eventually led to two seasons playing defense for the Campbell River Storm hockey team, which he describes as “a hugely positive experience”. Following a year at the University of Northern BC in Prince George, Matt attended UBC, graduating in 2006 with a Bachelor of Applied Science in Integrated Engineering.

 After graduation, diverse job opportunities came Matt’s way, including designing dry suits for search and rescue as well as military applications and a year spent as an Officer in the Army Reserve. Through industry contacts gained while working in the freshwater side of aquaculture at Georgie Lake, Matt recently found his way to his current position.

During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Matt met Heather, a Toronto native who is working towards her designation as a Chartered Financial Analyst. Wedding bells will ring in September for the couple. “We’re looking forward to everything Campbell River and its quality of life offers,” he said. The couple’s new puppy, Zeus, a Terrier/Poodle cross, is an active addition to their household.