Multiple milestones mark Clarke's year
November 21 2017 - Campbell River, B.C.
By Gina Forsyth
Rodney Clarke has had a successful year and it’s not over yet. Earlier this year he celebrated 20 years with Marine Harvest, as well as earning his certificate in Professional Project Management from the University of BC’s Sauder School of Business in Vancouver.
He was born in Bishop’s Falls in central Newfoundland and is an only child. His dad was a mechanical engineer while his mom managed an egg grading facility for a local farmers coop.
Rodney completed high school in 1990 and moved onto first year sciences at Memorial University in Newfoundland. That post-secondary education was followed by two years at Holland College in Prince Edward Island where Rodney earned a certificate in each of three distinct areas – shellfish, finfish and aquaculture. “I came away with a comprehensive and broad education,” he says.
“I knew of aquaculture because of my time spent on Fogo Island [Newfoundland] when I was younger,” Rodney says. “I could tell aquaculture would be needed. The cod and salmon stocks weren’t sustainable.”
With four years of education behind him, Rodney joined the National Research Council in 1993 for three years, leading projects in Prince Edward Island. And then came a unique opportunity – to be a manager with a start up company focusing on the commercial culture red drum, a tropical fish – on Long Island in the Bahamas. “I attended a crash course at the University of Miami,” Rodney reveals.
After his year abroad, Rodney returned to Newfoundland and soon after made the move to Campbell River without a job. Within a week of arriving, Rodney had several interviews. He joined Omega Salmon Group in 1997 as a site technician and later as an assistant manager, eventually working his way up to manager responsible for the daily operations of sites well as long term planning, staff development and budgets.
In 2012, Rodney took on the role of Operations Manager for the Port Hardy area and in 2015 his reach was extended to Klemtu. He manages area logistics, workboats, contractors, all the while looking out for operational efficiencies. Rodney also reports monthly and annually on financials and prepares budgets. In addition, he manages about 25 people. This number will increase in 2018 to more than 30.
As part of his ongoing training, Rodney completed “six courses in six months” and completed his Project Management Certification in April. This knowledge provides a base for project planning such as site building and tear downs.
He spends about half of his time in Campbell River, with the balance split between Port Hardy and Klemtu.
Rodney and his partner, who works for West Jet, appreciate the plethora of outdoor activities that the North Island provides, including biking, quadding, kayaking and camping. They also enjoy travel, especially to warmer climates. The couple lives in Comox.