Remotely Operated Platform for Ocean Sciences (ROPOS) ROV – Doug Bancroft

From Global Science to Recovering Helicopters in the Arctic

Doug is currently President and CEO of the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility (CSSF). The CSSF operates state-of-the-art Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV). It has supported Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), Natural Resources Canada, the Korean Institute for Ocean Science and Technology, and the US NOAA. CSSF has conducted three search and recovery missions for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF), the Canadian Coast Guard, and the National Transportation Safety Board. Doug explores how ROV submersible deployment could transform the new Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) Arctic Offshore Patrol Ships (AOPS) into highly effective deep seabed intervention ships, when the RCN has had no such capability for decades.

Doug was a federal civil servant from 1981-2013. He was officer-in-charge of the West Coast Meteorology and Oceanography Centre, Director of the Canadian Ice Service; National Director of Oceanography and Climate Science (Fisheries and Oceans Canada); and Director General of the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (Natural Resources Canada). Doug was also in the RCN (Reserve) for thirty-eight years, retiring as a Commander. He has commanded six HMC Ships at sea and also HMCS CARLETON Naval Reserve Division in Ottawa, Ontario. Doug holds a BSc in Physics, an undergraduate diploma in meteorology, and an MSc in Physical Oceanography.

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