Dean Zimmer, AScT

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Dean Zimmer, AScT

Director , Monitoring & Liaison Program

  • Classification: Applied Science Technologist
  • Discipline: Forest Engineering
  • Current Employer: BC Oil and Gas Commission
  • Position: Director, Compliance & Enforcement
  • Post Secondary: Athabasca University/College of New Caledonia
  • High School: Lakes District Secondary School

Career Experience

For 25 years I have been working in British ColumbiaĆ¢??s oil & gas, and forest sectors, with both industry and government. For the last ten years I have been employed with the BC Oil & Gas Commission in a variety of roles, initially as a Natural Resource Officer, then Operations Manager, and Director, Compliance & Enforcement, to my current role as Director, Monitoring & Liaison Program. My current duties involve being responsible for the development and implementation of the Commissions First Nations Liaison Program (FNLP). The FNLP provides training, mentoring, and equipment to individuals within First Nations for the purpose of participating with Commission regulatory staff in the monitoring and regulatory oversight of in oil and gas developments, as well as integration of First Nations in emergency responses. My role has since been expanded to include and lead multiple agencies in the Natural Resource Sector to assist in developing a broader Aboriginal Liaison program for First Nation communities encompassing input and resources form across government. As Co-Chair of the NRS Aboriginal Liaison Program this has been achieved by working closely with the NRS steering committee to help inform and resource the establishment of multiple Liaison Programs, and by working with regional government working groups to help inform their operational development.

Why I Became A Technology Professional

  • I grew up in a household that was supported by the forest industry, my father was a small business logging operator. I wished to pursue a career in the forest sector and attended the College of New Caledonia's Forest Resource Technology Program.

Career Highlights

  • Resource Technologist - Prince George Forest District 1991-2003 MacKenzie - 2005
  • Floorhand - Precision Drilling 2004
  • Operations Manager - BC Oil & Gas Commission 2005 - Present

Professional & Community Activities

  • Member of the Association of British Columbia Forest Professionals