After graduating from high school in Port McNeill in the late ‘80s, Chris followed his passion and enrolled in North Island College’s auto mechanics course. But “the timing wasn’t right” – the course was postponed. Chris heard of a job opening at Ibec and was immediately hired.
And so his aquaculture career began. The money he saved to go back to school was used instead for a trip to Australia. “I’ve loved tinkering with machines since I was a kid but I realized quickly that on the farm I was where I was meant to be,” Chris said. Until he made the move to Klemtu in May, Chris managed a variety of sites in the Broughton, most recently Sargeaunt’s Pass.
Chris was born in Toronto and his family moved to Vancouver Island when he was a toddler. After time spent in Shawnigan Lake, he settled in Port McNeill, where he’s been for several years with his partner, Darcy. They have two girls.
When asked “what’s the best thing about working for Marine Harvest”, Chris’ response comes quickly. “It’s the sense of family and knowing there’s always somebody looking out for you”. He also speaks of the sense of pride that comes with the harvesting of fish he’s put such time and energy into; fish that people say is the best they’ve ever seen. “It doesn’t get any better than that,” he says.
Chris enjoys riding quads and exploring the backroads of Port McNeill on his days off.
By Gina Forsyth