Ed is responsible for the two departments of public safety and health at NorQuest College. In his role, he is responsible for developing new courses and programs based on private sector needs, and consulting with the private sector to ensure course offerings are current and fit with what companies and organizations need in new hires. Public safety encompasses training in fire safety, search and rescue, medical response, and more. The health department ensures that learners are prepared for professions in the health care sector. While working as a member of the fire safety development team, Ed was a joint recipient of the NorQuest Innovation Award: Business Development Unit for developing the first program to offer Government of Alberta and National Fire Protection Association certifications for firefighters in Alberta.
His background has well-prepared him for this position. After graduating from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Administration, Ed worked for Imperial Oil for 13 years. While at Imperial Oil, he rose quickly through the ranks to become a Business Analyst, and worked throughout Alberta, Saskatchewan and Ontario while with the company.
Ed is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT, Business and was awarded the Alberta Emergency Services Medal in 2016, an honour bestowed on emergency personnel who have spent 12 years or more giving their time and potentially their lives to providing emergency services in the province. This experience prepared him well for a program officer position at the Emergency Training Centre at Lakeland College prior to his hiring at NorQuest.
On his holidays, Ed enjoys golf and scuba diving. He has been golfing in Florida and Mexico, and scuba diving in the tropics and under ice in Iceland. Ed has a warm sense of humour and a sharp sense of both professionalism and duty, which combined make him a perfect manager of people and of his departments