On September 23, 2013, we said good-bye to our co-workers and friends, Captain Marc Thibault, Daniel Dubé, and Dr. Klaus Hochheim.
Through their dedication to public safety and scientific knowledge, these men provided a brave and noble service to Canadians. They will be missed by all who knew them, and they will be forever honoured by the Canadian Coast Guard. Our thoughts, prayers and deepest sympathies are with their families and friends.
As they lay to rest, on behalf of Coast Guard employees, the ArcticNet team, the University of Manitoba, and all Canadians, I extend my heartfelt appreciation to these men and sincerest condolences to their families. May they rest in peace.
Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard
Captain Marc Thibault
Canadian Coast Guard
Captain Marc Thibault was born in l’Islet, in the Chaudière-Appalaches region in 1965, in the same little village where the great Northern Explorer, Captain Joseph-Elzéar Bernier was born.
Between 1984 and 1987, he studied at the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Nova Scotia, where he obtained a Watchkeeping Certificate of Competency.
In 1987 he became a Navigation Officer with the Canadian Coast Guard, where he served as a third, second and first officer, and finally as captain. He obtained a Master Mariner certificate in 2010. Over the last 12 years, he had taken command of seven different Canadian Coast Guard vessels and made 19 trips in the Arctic where he participated in the CASES international scientific mission, which lasted 13 months. His current mission coincided with the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the CCGS Amundsen.
Born in 1957, in the Abitibi region, helicopter pilot Daniel Dubé graduated from the Centre québécois de formation aéronautique (CQFA) flight training school.
He worked in the private sector before joining Transport Canada in1985. He was qualified to fly three types of Canadian Coast Guard helicopters and had accrued over 10,000 hours of flight. Every year, he travelled to the Arctic as part of his duties.
An experienced helicopter pilot, he was recognized for his leadership and his ability to mentor his colleagues. He was married and the father of four children.
Dr. Klaus Hochheim
Centre for Earth Observation Science
Dr. Hochheim was a respected researcher with the Centre for Earth Observation Science (CEOS) at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg. He received his Bachelor degree (honor) from the University of Winnipeg, his Masters and PhD degrees in respectively 1995 and 2003 from the University of Manitoba. He was a long-time researcher with CEOS, dedicating himself in recent years to the study of sea ice and it's role on the climate system. He was veteran of High Arctic field campaigns. He was 55 years of age and leaves behind his wife and three children.
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