is a dynamic and engaging speaker,
but look for more than just entertainment from him. His strong academics
and work experience will provide you with solid information and skilled
facilitation. As a lifelong learner, he has earned a Bachelor’s degree from Trinity Western University and a Master’s Degree in System Safety from Embry
Riddle Aeronautical University. Additionally, he has availed himself
of any opportunity to learn and has taken courses on facilitation,
communication, and conflict resolution. In 2005, he traveled to Lund University in Sweden to study at a
post graduate level with Dr. Sydney Dekker, author of “The Field Guide to Human
can trust Gerry to effectively lead your workshop as he has led countless
workshops as a Safety Officer with
Transport Canada (TC). He helped develop the Crew Resource Management workshop and the Pilot Decision Making workshop offered by TC. He also helped develop systemic tools for System Safety at TC and was then part of
the team that designed and delivered training for the new tools.
you want to implement new systems in your organization, Gerry has the
experience to help you. He was a key part of the team that implemented
the risk management processes into everyday use at Transport Canada and
trained most of the Pacific Region inspectors. Today, risk management
terminology is part of their vocabulary. When there were complex critical
aviation safety decisions to be made, Gerry was the one on whom managers relied
to facilitate a group through the risk management process. Gerry implemented a Safety Management System for a small Christian mission organization in Saharan Africa.
is a trained and experienced facilitator and has faced the challenge of
numerous high stakes meetings. He is also a trained facilitator for the Strength Deployment Inventory, and
Human Synergistic’s team synergy tools. His calm, personable style helps
defuse conflict, and keeps everyone’s attention focused on the issues at hand.
also has extensive experience in occurrence
investigation. As an investigator with the Transportation Safety
Board, Gerry was a Board approved investigator, and led or participated in over
40 investigations. At TC,
Gerry was appointed as the Minister’s
Observer for over 60 investigations, helping to identify critical issues
for the department, and advocating for change. This experience, combined
with his education, helps Gerry zero in on systemic safety issues at an
organization. In addition he has the ability to identify systems or tools
that will mitigate the issues.
Gerry is the co-author of "Managing Risk; Best Practices for Pilots." He has an Airline Transport Pilot License, an Aircraft Maintenance Engineers license, a Class 1 flight instructor rating, an instrument rating, seaplane rating, glider pilot license, and glider instructor rating.