Paul Kropp, AScT

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Paul Kropp, AScT

Pipeline Operations Manager

  • Classification: Applied Science Technologist
  • Discipline: Gas & Petroleum Engineering
  • Current Employer: FortisBC
  • Position: Operations Manager, Pipeline
  • Post Secondary: BCIT, Gas Technology Institute
  • High School: Ashcroft Secondary School

Career Experience

After working several years the construction and HVAC industry I joined FortisBC (formerly known as Terasen Gas) as a Distribution Mechanic constructing natural gas mains and services then into a Service Technician role maintaining customer stations and meter sets. After 13 years as a technician I moved into management with the past 8 years as the Operations Manager, Pipeline. In this role I lead a team of Technicians charged with the safe, reliable and environmentally responsible operation of the high pressure natural gas transmission system throughout the interior of British Columbia. I am accountable for emergency response plans, capital projects and maintenance programs while ensuring compliance with standards, codes and regulations. I liaise and maintain relationships with internal and external stakeholders, municipal and government agencies, land owners and First Nations on both regulatory and policy matters.

Why I Became A Technology Professional

  • I have always had an interest in technology which started in high school when I earned the top technology education award upon graduation with a focus on drafting and building design. My father worked in the Gas Industry which gave me valuable insight into the midstream/downstream natural gas business. My extended family also managed a small HVAC company and I was called upon to assist with gas appliance, piping and venting installations.

Career Highlights

  • Gas fitter/HVAC technician, BMD Enterprises
  • Distribution Mechanic, BC Gas Utility
  • Service Technician, Terasen Gas Inc.
  • Operations Manager, Distribution. Terasen Gas Inc
  • Operations Manager, Pipeline. FortisBC Energy

Professional & Community Activities

  • Certified Coating Inspector – National Association of Corrosion Engineers
    ATV/UTV Instructor – Canada Safety Council
    First Responder Level 2 – Justice Institute of BC
    Western Energy Institute Executive Planning Committee Member - participant in planning and implementation of the 2011 Operations Conference.
    Past volunteer firefighter and member of the Canadian ski patrol.