Archie Dickson has received Transport Canada’s Marine Safety Award, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Canadian marine safety. The award was presented at a ceremony held in Ottawa today at the biannual meeting of the Canadian Marine Advisory Council.
“I am pleased to recognize Mr. Dickson as this year’s award recipient,” said Canada’s Transport Minister John Baird. “His vision, accomplishments and exceptional dedication to seafarer training make him very deserving of this prestigious award.”
For over two decades, Mr. Dickson was instrumental in developing and delivering high-quality training for seafarers at Georgian College’s Great Lakes and International Marine Training Centre in Owen Sound, Ontario, where he consistently provided students with the best possible tools for their careers.
In response to the challenges of changing technology, Mr. Dickson led an ambitious and unprecedented move to state-of-the-art marine simulator training. As a result, the College now has the most technologically advanced marine simulator training centre in North America. Graduates of the centre are equipped to meet the demand for seafarers with the highest qualifications, which contributes to the safety of marine operations in the Great Lakes shipping industry and beyond.
The Canadian Marine Advisory Council is Transport Canada’s national consultative body that represents individuals and parties with a recognized interest in boating and shipping concerning safety, navigation, recreational matters, marine pollution and response, and marine security. Meetings are generally held twice a year in the spring and fall, both nationally in Ottawa and in each region.
The Transport Canada Marine Safety Award was established in 1997 to promote awareness of marine safety in Canada and to recognize people, groups, companies, organizations, agencies or departments that have contributed, in an exceptional way, to this objective.