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Conrad A. Bérubé

890 Eberts St.; Nanaimo, BC; V9S 1P6; (250)754-1155

Skills synopsis and career highlights

Technical

  • Review the engineering reports and work of professional engineers and provide advice related to compliance plans of clients.
  • Develop innovative ideas and methods to improve productivity and overall effectiveness of the Govenment and Compliance section.
  • Develop action plans to resolve non-compliance at high risk sites and am accountable for enforcement strategies which may include legal actions and facility shutdown.
  • Negotiate with senior industrial executives in order to prepare agreed-upon schedules for attaining permit compliance and for continuous improvement of waste facilities.
  • Negotiate directly with Mayors and Councils and Senior Administrators regarding the provision or upgrading of treatment and disposal facilities and development of Waste Management Plans where substantial technical or economic considerations are involved
  • Co-ordinate inspections and travel arrangements to increase effectiveness and efficiency of field work.
  • Provide expert professional engineering testimony at appeal hearings * Have acted as a statutory decision maker on behalf of the Director (while serving as Acting Section Head).
  • Prepare the ministry position and represent the ministry at appeal hearings and public information meetings.
  • Have directed and reviewed the engineering work of professional engineers working under my supervision (while serving as Acting Section Head).
  • Provide administrative and technical support to staff and monitor for accuracy and conformity with policy and legislation.
  • Develop compliance assessment plans. * Assisted in hiring, plan training and delivered technical and administrative training to section staff.
  • Resolve complex engineering and technical problems in a scientific manner using sound judgment and experience.
  • Accountable for the preparation and approval of technical reports and recommendations prepared for statutory decision makers regarding the issuance or refusal of Permits, Approvals, Waste Management Plans, Approval in Principles, Certificates of Compliance and Orders.
  • Resolve administrative matters by interpretation of policies, Acts and regulations.
  • Develop personnel performance planning and technical competency training planning
  • Provide professional engineering advice to the Ministry executive and professional engineers and other Qualified Professionals.
  • Review the engineering submissions of external professional engineers and other Qualified Professionals. * Develop ministry standards and policy to be used by other Qualified Professionals.
  • Maintain a thorough knowledge and understanding of legislation, industrial and municipal waste management processes and treatment technologies.
  • Represent the Regional Manager or Director at public information meetings and hearings and at Appeals before the Environmental Appeal Board.
  • Conduct technical assessment of compliance and permit applications.
  • Prepare terms of reference for environmental impact assessments and participates in a technical review of the subsequent studies submitted for approval of new projects.
  • Prepare Minister’s briefing notes and responses to Minister’s letters for Regional Manager approval. * Assists with the development of regional positions and recommendations on program related issues and proposals, such as objectives, guidelines, regulations and procedures.
  • Represents the ministry on projects under review by the Environmental Assessment Office.
  • Act as Section Head, Government and Compliance Section as required.
  • Conducted needs and capacity assessment and developed integrated pest management (IPM) program for the parasitic weed Striga in maize, produced training materials and conducted extension and training appropriate for rural Ghanaian farmers.
  • Conducted needs and capacity assessment for rural apicultural delopment, produced training materials and conducted extension and training appropriate for rural Ghanaian farmers.
  • Provide technical and regulatory support (review scientific data relevant to applications to discharge waste under the restrictions of provincial regulations, write waste discharge permits, ensure compliance to permits and regulations pertinent to waste discharge) in the administration of the Environmental Management Act and other pertinent provincial legislation for the BC Ministry of Environment.
  • Conducted needs and capacity assessment for rural apicultural delopment, produced training materials and conducted extension and training appropriate for rural Haitian, Guinean and Ghanaian farmers.
  • Conducted needs and capacity assessment and developed integrated pest management (IPM) program for the parasitic weed Striga in maize, produced training materials and conducted extension and training appropriate for rural Ghanaian farmers.
  • Provided technical and regulatory support (reviewed scientific data relevant to applications to use pesticides under the restrictions of provincial regulations, wrote pesticide use permits, ensured compliance to permits and regulations pertinent to pesticide use, proctored and evaluated pesticide certification exams, provided extension information on pesticide use and integrated pest management to professionals and the lay public) in the administration of the pesticide control act and other pertinent provincial and federal legislation for the BC Ministry of Environment.
  • Conducted seasonal monitoring/consulting programs in integrated pest management for potatoes, berry crops (cranberries and strawberries) and field crops (carrots and cole crops).
  • Conducted surveys of mortality factors of the jumping gall wasp, Neuroterus saltatorius, on Garry oak (Quercus garriana) for Forestry Canada.
  • Conducted collections of Yellowjackets (Paravespula vulgaris, Paravespula germanica, and Dolichovespula maculata ) for the preparation of pharmaceutical products and of their natural enemies for use in the biological control of wasps.
  • Gathered ground-truthing and rotation data for GIS (digitized computer mapping) crop database for the British Columbia Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
  • Compiled data on biological control and integrated pest control for IPMIS on-line database.
  • Conducted diet-incorporation and foliar bioassays with Bacillus thuringiensis microbial insecticide.
  • Reared insects (Stagmomantis californica, Encarsia spodoptera exigua ) for scientific research and biological control program.
  • Experienced apiculturalist, familiar with all common large scale apicultural systems for tropical, subtropical and temperate zone honeybee management.
  • Acquainted with most common analytical laboratory equipment.
  • Experienced in information retrieval and library research.
  • Published technical illustrations and graphics in internationally distributed magazines and journals.
  • Practiced user of IBM, MS-DOS, CPM, and MacIntosh micro-computers and software

Training/teaching

  • Conducted numerous training courses (in the U.S., Guinea, Ghana, Nepal, Guatemala, Paraguay, Ecuador and Tunisia) for host country nationals and Peace Corps extensionists involved in tropical apiculture or forestry.
  • Developed and instructed a community college continuing education course in introductory beekeeping.
  • Provided extension services (in apiculture or forestry) to local rural farmers in Haiti, Guinea, Ghana, Nepal, Guatemala, Paraguay, Ecuador and Tunisia through NGO's, Peace Corps or host national agencies.
  • Designed and facilitated sessions in upper-division entomology course (Entomology 111 : insects and human affairs; University of California/Davis)
  • Tutored English to host country medical personnel in Ecuador.
  • Trained the staff of various organizations in the use of IBM equivalent desk-top computers and programs.

Communication

  • Produced extension materials (in English and/or Spanish), for development or regulatory agencies, on various aspects of integrated pest management, tropical beekeeping and forestry for distribution in U.S., Canada, Guinea, Ghana, Guatemala, Haiti, Paraguay, Ecuador and Tunisia.
  • Wrote numerous articles for technical and general publications with international distribution.
  • Participated in organizing and delivering numerous presentations and symposia on various aspects of apiculture and forestry.
  • Conducted all recruitment and interviewing activities for prospective Peace Corps volunteers on the University of California/Davis campus.
  • Writing Once Upon a Hive; Bees and Beekeeping as Illustrated by Folktales from Around the World a book (in progress) regarding bees in fact and folklore.

Administrative/clerical

  • Owner/entomologist/IPM consultant; Island crop management, Ltd. Nanaimo, British Columbia
  • Owner/Operator of Condor Enterprises (Clerical/Computer services); Toronto, Ontario.
  • Forecast budgets, maintained financial records and administered all documentation relevant to operating my businesses.
  • Administered and maintained all personnel records for staff working for my businesses.
  • Developed and maintained electronic databases and spreadsheets (dBase III, Lotus 1 2 3 on IBM equivalent desk top computer) for various client businesses.
  • Coordinated and composed all levels of communication (from a simple reply to a customer complaint to upper management correspondence and technical reports) for various client businesses.
  • Regulated and arranged supply requisition, repairs and services for various client businesses.

Recent Publications/Presentations

Numerous "how to" videos regarding beekeeping particularly as relevant to development

"Beekeeping in Guinea, Part 2: Bee Product Processing and Marketing" American Bee Journal February 2010

"Beeekeeping in Haiti" American Bee Journal January 2010

"Beekeeping in Guinea, Part 1: Learning about its People and Teaching Beekeeping" American Bee Journal January 2010

"Bees for Babar: Peacekeeping through Beekeeping" American Bee Journal September 2009
"Beekeeping in Ghana,on the Road in Africa Doing Developmental Beekeeping Demonstrations" American Bee Journal Part 2: June 2003
" Beekeeping in Ghana,on the Road in Africa Doing Developmental Beekeeping Demonstrations " American Bee Journal, Part 1: May 2003
"Himalayan Ceranaid: Development Assistance to Preserve and Promote Apis cerana Beekeeping in Nepal," American Bee Journal, (September, 1999)
"War and Bees." Dromore Buzzette, (July, 1997)
"Beeginings: the Evolution of the Honeybee ( part 2)," American Bee Journal, (July, 1997)
"Beeginings: the Evolution of the Honeybee ( part 1)," American Bee Journal, (June, 1997) Hivelights (October 1996)
"Health: Propolis" . Hivelights, may 1996
"How the Honeybee Got Her Hum," American Bee Journal, march 1994
"The Bee-Riddled Carcass," Griffith Observer: Journal of the Griffith Observatory, july 1991
"Bees in the Belfry; American Bee Journal july 1989
"The Kenya Top-Bar Hive as a Better Hive in Developing Countries," American Bee Journal, August 1989

Short essays and comics (unpublished)

Employment history

October 2002 to present
Senior Environmental Protection Officer (Environmental Management Branch, Ministry of Environment, Nanaimo; Contact: Baljeet Mann

August 1997 to Ocotober 2002
Senior Pesticide Management Officer (Integrated Pest Management Branch, Ministry of Environment, Nanaimo; Contact: Dick Heath

August 2007 to present
Executive Director (consultant, volunteer); Bees for Babar Society (not-for-profit apicultural development and conservation)

June to July 2009
Technical Trainer/Apiculture (consultant, volunteer); Farmer-to-Farmer, Haiti; Contact: Benito Jasmin

November to December 2007
Technical Trainer/Apiculture (consultant, volunteer); Farmer-to-Farmer, Guinea; Contact: Tanou Diallo

June to July 2003
Technical Trainer/Apiculture & IPM (consultant, volunteer); Farmer-to-Farmer, Ghana; Contact: John Azu

Septermber to October 2002
Technical Trainer/Apiculture (consultant, volunteer); Farmer-to-Farmer, Ghana; Contact: John Azu

March to April 1998
Technical Trainer/Apiculture (consultant, volunteer); Nepal; Contact: Elizabeth Hobson

February 1998 to April 2002
instructor (Beekeeping Basics, Community Education Course); Malaspina University/College, Nanaimo; Contact: Heather Cooling

July 1993 to present
Owner/Entomologist/IPM Consultant; Island Crop Management;Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

January 1993 to march 1993
Teaching Assistant/Entomology; University of California/Davis; Contact: Dr. George andrew Mcclelland

June 1992 to January 1993
Research Assistant/Entomology; University of California/Davis; Contact: Dr. Michael Parrella

September 1991 to june 1992
Peace Corps Campus Recruiter; University of California/Davis; Contact: Dr. George andrew Mcclelland

June 1991 to September 1991
Lab Technician; entotech, inc.; Davis, California; Contact: Dennis Edwards

January 1991 to june 1991
Research Assistant/Entomology; University of California/Davis; Contact: Dr. George andrew Mcclelland

June 1989 to August 1990
Beekeeper/Queen Rearing; Babe's Honey Farm; British Columbia, Canada; Contact: Jose Yi

Peace Corps Consultant (via various contractors)

April 1989 to August 1989
Technical Trainer/Apiculture; Paraguay; CHP international; Contact: Christopher Cushing

October 1988 to march 1989
Technical Trainer/Apiculture; (and computer Guatemala; Miranda and Associates; Contact: Robert Rice

june 1988 to September 1988
Technical Trainer/Apiculture; Paraguay; CHP international; Contact: Christopher Cushing

Technical Consultant/Apiculture; Tunisia; Peace Corps Contact: John Simmons

October 1985 to February 1986
Technical Trainer/Apiculture; Guatemala; Creative Associates; Contact: Robert Rice

August 1985 to September 1985
Technical Trainer/Apiculture; Las Cruces, New Mexico; CHP international; Contact: Curtis Gentry

January 1985 to June 1985
Technical Trainer/Apiculture; Guatemala; Creative Associates; Contact: Robert Rice

September 1982 to November 1984
Rural Forestry and Apicultural Extension Agent; Ecuador; Peace Corps; Contact: Francisco Garces

January 1988 to May 1988
University of Toronto, Department of Pathology; Contact: Sheila Walton

Glavin and Associates; Contact: Liz Sanecki

September 1986 to August 1987
Le Chateau Stores of Canada; Contact: Allan Clark

July 1986 to August 1986
Nightingale Nursing; Contact: Jack Kirsten

Research Aide (Michigan State University)


December 1981 to July 1982
Associate Professional; Biochemistry Department; Contact: Dr. Sheilagh Ferguson- Miller

August 1981 to December 1981
Laboratory Research Aide; Forestry Department Contact: Dr. Phu Nguyen

Education

September 1990 to March 1993
University of California, Davis, California; M.Sc. in Entomology (Apiculture and Integrated Pest Management)

September 1982 to December 1982
Peace Corps Training; intensive fifteen week program which included Spanish, cross-cultural studies and area-specific technical information.

September 1978 to June 1981
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan; B.S. in Forestry

September 1977 to May 1978
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Community Service

Have served (and am serving) as Mentor for Articling Agrologists with the BC Institute of Agrologists; June 2009 to present, member of Nanaimo Search and Rescue, September to June 2001 served as a Mentor through the Big Brothers Nanaimo In-school Program.  Have conducted numerous recent volunteer assignments in integrated pest management and apicultural extension and training (in West Africa and the Carribean).

Background and Interests

Professional Agrologist (BC Institute of Agrologists); Board Certified Entomologist (Entomological Society of America). Fluent in Spanish; fair in French. Enjoy travel and the outdoors. Experienced backpacker and camper. Participate frequently in distance running, swimming and fitness training. Skilled amateur artist (illustration, carving, stained glass, batik-- most of the graphics linked to this site are my own work).

Email: uc779(at)freenet.victoria.bc.ca


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