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November 2013

How to Lead a Revolution “You say you want a revolution?” - John Lennon

In this issue How to Lead a Revolution. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Goodman Ladder. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 60 Minutes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Karen Tobin: Family, friends, and fulfilling work. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 (Not so) Undercover Boss. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 We must never lose focus. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Autumn rewards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 In a Jam . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Of course there’s an app for that!. . . . . . . . . . . 5 Silver medal for the Flying Dutchman. . . . . . 5 Thank You!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Did you Know? The following were invented in Canada: peanut butter, trivial pursuit, instant replay, IMAX, insulin, plastic garbage bags.

Trivia time! What was the name of Canada’s flag before the Maple Leaf? Answer on Page 4

Comments about this Newsletter? Please email comments, articles and ideas to Ian Roberts, Communications Manager at

“We will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance or insignificance By Dean Dobrinsky, will spare one or Director of another of us. Human Resources The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down … in honor or dishonor … to the latest generation.” - Abraham Lincoln First the industrial revolution then the green revolution: now the Blue Revolution – and they asked us to lead it, what could be cooler than that? This for me is about changing the world in which we work and live – changing them for the better. For me it’s about “doing the doable”. To LEAD the Blue Revolution means that we must first be leaders ourselves: •

Industry leading wages, benefits and pensions help attract and keep the best of employees.

Training - topnotch technical, leadership and development training will give our people the skills, and the best opportunity to LEAD the Revolution.

Ensuring safe working environments and developing safe practices will allow

us to focus on delivering high quality salmon. To LEAD the Blue Revolution means we must communicate. We must communicate often, in many ways, consistently and transparently to ensure that our objectives are clear so that we all take ownership in our piece of the vision. To LEAD the Blue Revolution means that we must embrace change. Revolutionary companies are dynamic. We must accept, embrace and encourage change because change means opportunity. To LEAD the Blue Revolution means that we must listen. We must strive to engage our company at all levels in a constant interactive dialogue. We must listen and accept the ideas wherever they originate because it is through constant dialogue that we find the earliest signs of trouble or opportunity. And we must recognize those who provide useful ideas. Finally, we must celebrate! It’s important to celebrate every achievement, every time – high-five every goal achieved on the way to the Stanley Cup. Celebration fuels the momentum and recognition is the reward for great work. This is a really fantastic time for our company. We have the chance to do something great – who else goes to work every day knowing that?

Goodman Ladder

By James Rogers, Health and Safety Manager

Have you ever fallen off a dock and into the water? Have you ever tried to crawl back on deck while the cold water is taking the strength from your muscles? This concern has been expressed by many employees who work daily on our net pen systems, and when we look at the common response to this concern - the old rope and plastic re-boarding ladders – we can conclude that it’s not an ideal solution. Last year, a new re-boarding ladder that vastly improve one’s ability to quickly climb out of the water was sourced by Marine Harvest colleagues. Technician Mike Goodman found a stainless steel ladder available through

60 Minutes The CBS show “60 Minutes” visited Marine Harvest operations in October. 60 Minutes was interested to learn how we raise our salmon in British Columbia and were toured about a freshwater and marine farm by Ian Roberts, Communications Manager. Hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the show is set to air early next year.


Ocean Pacific and then worked with Keith Petrie in purchasing to get the best pricing. James Pohl, Broughton Maintenance Manager, modified the ladder so it would attach firmly to the Marine Construction and Wavemaster cages. The ladder sits on the cage out of the water until a person pulls on the bottom rung and then it deploys, allowing a person to easily climb out without the ladder swinging under the cages. Now all sites in the Broughton area have sturdy, stainless steel ladders that allow a person to easily re-board the cages should they fall in the water. Lots of people talk about doing their 50%; some people action it too.

Karen Tobin: Family, friends, and fulfilling work Karen was born and educated in the Newfoundland community of Baie Verte. She and her brothers grew up in Fleur de Lys, a town near Baie Verte where Karen’s father worked in the asbestos mine.

Karen Tobin, Primary Lead Hand By Gina Forsyth

Karen Tobin, Primary Lead Hand at the Port Hardy processing plant, traded one coast for the other and built a solid life on Vancouver Island. While her job responsibilities are primarily monitoring and scheduling as many as 47 colleagues, Karen also does daily data entry of orders into the computer and even pitches in on the processing line on particularly busy days.

It was in Newfoundland that Karen met her husband, Len, who now works at Fox’s Disposal in Port Hardy. “We’ve been together since I was 16,” said Karen. They’ve been married for 13 years and have a daughter at nursing school and an avid 14 year old hockey-playing son at home.

years, Karen has involved herself with company events. “I’m a people person so I enjoy spending time giving back to the community,” she said. Karen often serves barbeque salmon or collects money when the Marine Harvest barbeque trailer raises money for various non-profits around the North Island. “People ask about aquaculture during our barbeques and it’s personally rewarding to be able to be on hand to give them the facts,” she added.

After moving to Port Hardy, Karen heard that the processing plant was hiring. With her experience in a crab processing plant in Newfoundland, Karen was hired immediately. She will celebrate 13 years at the plant in December with the crew she adores. “I love the different personalities and how we all work together”.

Karen also spent three years as team manager for her son’s hockey team. “I drew up rosters, organized tournaments, and phoned parents. “It was a lot of hours in the evening”. She was also the safety person, which meant attending every practice and game to ensure the player’s equipment met or exceeded the minimum safety requirements.

An important part of Karen’s life since moving to the West Coast is volunteering in the community. For more than 10

The family is already anxious for next summer, when they’ll get to enjoy the travel trailer they bought in May.

(Not so) Undercover Boss The hairnet, hearing protection and smock wasn’t enough to hide our Managing Director, Vincent Erenst. This “not so undercover boss” was learning how to grade Marine Harvest salmon at the Klemtu processing plant. Vincent says he enjoyed the experience and learned a lot, but wondered why his back was sore. This photo might clear up that mystery. Mother was right; “Stand up straight!”


We must never lose focus

increase in loss of focus, particularly around the fundamental safety practices, by both contractors and our own colleagues. This is truly a leading indicator. The following has recently been observed: •

Increase in failure to wear basic personal protective equipment (hardhats, lifejackets)

Increase in failure to wear personal protective equipment properly (lifejackets not done up)

Removal of guarding from small tools

Removal of, or failure to, wear seatbelts in forklifts

Failure to wear safety glasses in high risk activities (grinding)

Smoking near fuel containers

By Dean Dobrinsky, Director of Human Resources

Marine Harvest Canada has gone for a long stretch without any serious safety incidents or even very many incidents of any nature. Often times safety activity is heightened when there are more accidents or incidents. After a flurry of activity, problems are fixed, people are focused and accidents decrease. The long term trick, and indeed the premise of Brainsafe, is to find ways to keep that focus. Without focus, the scene is set for accidents to occur. Over the past couple of months we have seen a marked

More concerning; our managers have been observed amongst these occurrences. These situations are not isolated to one site or department; it includes the processing plant, freshwater, and saltwater departments. It is of utmost importance that we re-energize our staff and particularly our managers to pay attention to these details, as they speak directly to our safety culture. We all need to add an extra set of eyes when we are on site to see if these important details are being attended to. People should notice and continue to pay attention. Without reinvigorating everybody to pay attention to these details and to start doing their 50% for their coworkers, we will see a marked increase in incidents and likely one of them will be serious. We can all do our part to prevent this from happening.

Autumn rewards In the April 2013 edition of Wharfside, we featured the donation of fish totes to the residents of Willow Point Supportive Living Society. The totes provide a garden that doesn’t require bending over. As you can see in this photo, the harvest this fall is plentiful.

Answer: Red Ensign


In a Jam After heavy rains in early September caused massive landslides in the Broughton Archipelago region, Marine Harvest staff and contractors were kept busy around the clock helping clear local waterways for boat traffic. Although Marine Harvest farms were crowded by logs, staff were quick to respond and report no damage to equipment.

Of course there’s an app for that!

Log jam at Humphrey Rock salmon farm

Silver medal for the Flying Dutchman Jacob Koomen (Dalrymple Maintenance Manager) has returned from the Huntsman World Senior Games in St. George, Utah, with a silver medal after completing a gruelling 5 km hill climb (4th), 20 km time trial (7th), Criterium (riding on a 2.2 km oval for ½ hr as hard as you can) (5th) and a 50 km road race. Not bad for a guy who’s soon to retire.

Finding that delicious salmon recipe just became really easy, and you can thank our Scottish colleagues for this! The Marine Harvest “salmon recipe app” - developed by Marine Harvest Scotland - is now available for download at the App Store.

It was the first time Jacob had competed at the Huntsman Games. “It was a great experience, and the dry air and altitude definitely played part in my results for the first couple of days,” said Jacob. “The 2 ½ days driving to get down there didn’t help either, but to end up with a silver medal for the road race on our 48th wedding anniversary celebration day made it all worth it!” Jacob appreciates the support from colleagues at Marine Harvest who “…supported me on the Ride2survive cancer fundraiser this summer and I look forward to the 10 year anniversary ride next year.”


Thank you! This past summer, the Marine Harvest salmon barbeque cooked up $30,000 of support for local charities. The support we received from Port Hardy, Black Creek, Port McNeill, Campbell River and the

Comox Valley was incredible thank you! Since 2011, the Marine Harvest charity salmon barbeque has raised $50,000 for dozens of local, deserving

charities and societies. We look forward to serving you again in 2014! Applications for the 2014 season will be available at our website in February.


Marine Harvest Canada Wharfside Newsletter November 2013  

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