Diploma in Marine Engineering System
(Marine Institute of Memorial University),
Certificate in Occupational Health & Safety
(University of New Brunswick)
With 12 years of preparedness and emergency response experience, Dave Champagne brings extensive expertise in a wide array of fields:
Dave is fluently bilingual in French and English and based in St. John’s, NL.
Dave has responded to many incidents throughout his career, such as the train derailment near Lac Mégantic and the pipeline rupture into the North Saskatchewan River. During the Lac Mégantic spill, Dave conducted an oil assessment for the Chaudière River by logging more than 50 hours of flying time during the first two weeks of the response. This information was valuable to direct on-water operations and provide situation updates.
Dave has completed oil spill response plans, sensitivity mapping, and site-specific shoreline and tactical response plans across Canada.
Dave has led the planning and development of multiple full-scale and smaller exercises as well as many training sessions for first responders and oil-handling facilities (OHFs).
Interesting career fact
During the North Saskatchewan River spill, Dave conducted Shoreline Cleanup Assessment Technique (SCAT) surveys with the help of a dog. This technique is referred to as K9 SCAT where the dog is trained to locate traces of oil. Dave worked closely with the dog and its handler to identify and assess the degree of oiling along the riverbanks. This team approach was very valuable in finding and evaluating small amounts of stranded oil along the shoreline.