Marine Harvest Canada and their People
Marine Harvest Canada's aquaculture farms, hatcheries and processing plant employ more than 500 people, making us one of the largest private sector employers on Vancouver Island. Our business is part of the communities in which we operate and where the people who are the foundation of our business live. From southern Vancouver Island to Klemtu, our business adds to the quality of life by providing employment to local people and through the purchase of goods and services from local suppliers. Employee profiles written by Gina Forsyth are featured monthly in the MHC Wharfside newsletter. Below are a few MHC employees.
Loni Kidd: Long-time employee embraces a picture-perfect life in Port Hardy
For Loni Kidd, Quality Control Technician at Port Hardy Processing Plant (PHPP), word of mouth is a powerful thing. It was through a friend in 1999 that she learned of a job vacancy at what was then Alpha Processing. Her friend may have moved on but Loni recently started her 12th year of employment. She began on the primary processing line and applied for her current position when a vacancy became available four years ago.
Loni's responsibilities include ongoing monitoring the temperature of the fish, the ice, cooler, and the packaging room. This close attention to detail ensures that customers receive fish that look like they just left the water.
Loni was born and raised in North Vancouver, where she lived for the first two decades of her life. Following that time on the coast, she and her then husband and two girls moved to Quesnel, in BC's interior. "That was where he was able to find work in the forest industry." said Loni.
The best thing about her position is the continuous learning. "I've taken a lot of courses and love having the opportunity to gain new information that will help me do my job better."
Loni's artistic side is something she enjoys making time for, although she admits it can be a challenge.
"I carry a camera just about everywhere I go." She gets particular pleasure from outdoor photography. In the past, Loni took several classes in making and selling Tiffany lamps. Walking her four year old Husky German Shepherd cross keeps Loni busy on her days off.
Chris Bobb: Producing Top-Quality Fish a Thrill for Career Aquaculturist
Life can surprise us in positive ways and nobody knows that more than Chris Bobb, Interim Site Manager at Lime Point in Klemtu.
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.
Daryl Misky: Misky a mentor to many
Daryl Misky is no stranger to aquaculture. As Vessel Skipper for the Campbell River South Production Area, he loves the variety the position offers and always being on the move.
Daryl runs freight to and from sites, helps with harvesting and site set up as well as net washing. Daryl, who has his Master Limited 60 ton vessel operating ticket, was born and educated in Port Coquitlam, near Vancouver. "I found out about a job vacancy in aquaculture while working at a salmon enhancement hatchery," commented Daryl. The position was with Pacific Aqua Foods on the Sunshine Coast and gave Daryl a range of opportunities, from working on-site to site management and hatchery operations.
He relocated permanently to Campbell River in 1991, after commuting between Vancouver Island the Sunshine Coast.
Daryl is quickly approaching his 23rd year with the company. Throughout his varied roles, his attitude has helped others around him to strive to do their best, said James Rogers, Campbell River South Production Manager and long-time friend.
"Daryl is a leader when he's working on a project. He's known to be dependable and unwavering, regardless of the support capacity he's involved in," said James. "His influence on the people around him, including me, has been unquestionably positive," added James.
Daryl and his wife Julia have two kids, a son, who is in French Immersion, and a daughter. As a family they enjoy downhill skiing at Mt. Washington and camping.
Graeme Bull: Love of Salmon leads to gratifying aquaculture career
Some people land in a career more by accident or circumstance than through a conscious decision. But for Graeme Bull, Assistant Manager at Sayward North Hatchery and Vaccination Supervisor, joining the aquaculture industry was entirely deliberate.
Born in Terrace and raised in Abbotsford, where his family lived and worked on a farm, Graeme finished high school in 1986 and completed the Fisheries and Aquaculture program at Malaspina College in Nanaimo two years later.
Being surrounded by a variety of animals on the farm meant that raising them was a natural part of my life, he said. This interest, as well as Graeme's post-secondary education, led him to work in salmonid enhancement in Port Hardy. The non-profit society he worked for had contracts with the province and the federal government to raise steelhead and Pacific salmon. "I've always been a strong advocate for the public recreational fishery," explains Graeme, adding that dwindling resources for salmonid enhancement distressed him.
Graeme made the switch to aquaculture in 2000, when he became manager of Stolt Sea Farm's Georgie Lake net pen sites north of Port Hardy, which until recently raised smolts.
For Graeme, the best thing about working for Marine Harvest is the company's commitment to community involvement, especially as it relates to providing support for salmonid enhancement through equipment and feed donations.
Graeme and his wife of 14 years, Kim, who is a biologist, moved to Campbell River in late 2010 with their two daughters after more than 20 years in Port Hardy. Nicky, the former resident cat at Georgie Lake also made the move with the Bull family.