Mike Maurice is an integral part of the Canadian Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Change (CANDAC) team in Eureka, Nunavut.
As an Arctic research technologist, he is in charge of monitoring atmospheric science instrumentation that provides data related to climate processes, transport of pollutants into the Arctic and the recovery of the ozone layer. He completes specialized tasks for world-renowned researchers and troubleshoots various discrepancies that arise from harsh polar conditions. His work is vital to scientists, researchers and policy makers who work to protect the health of our planet.
“My current role at CANDAC involves supporting operations for several programs that help detect atmospheric change in Eureka, Nunavut – an isolated northern environment. I also help with the logistics for Arctic expeditions.
Before taking the Environmental Technology program, I didn’t have a solid path. I had a university degree in geography/environmental studies, but required more education and experience to move forward in my career. Georgian College provided me with the important technical knowledge base and extraordinary co-op experiences I needed to get the job I wanted.
The intensity of the program helped me develop the work ethic required in this industry. The faculty and staff were friendly, supportive and professional. By the time I left Barrie, I felt like I was leaving some roots behind.
Georgian taught me that if you believe in yourself and work hard, dreams can come true.”
Mike was nominated for a 2015 Premier’s Award.