From: Brown, Laura (Pacific)
Sent: 2015–December-14 1:23 PM
Hello everyone, please pass this message on as you see fit.
Graham Gillespie will retire from DFO after more than 30 years of service. Although his official retirement will be at the end of March, Graham’s last day of work is this week, December 17th, 2015 (coincidentally, just in time for the Annual Annex EggNog party).
Graham has worked as a Research Technician, a Research Biologist, Section Head, and Senior Science Advisor, in the areas of salmon, groundfish, and invertebrate Science. In the last three years Graham has worked as a Science Advisor and coordinator for DFOs Pacific World Class Tanker Safety program (WCTS); Graham has developed and implemented the Benthic Habitat Mapping projects that are key to the success of the WCTS.
During his career Graham worked in stock assessments, biodiversity issues, marine ecosystem projects, aquatic invasive species projects, and a host of others. Graham has supported Departmental priorities by providing over 100 Science advice documents and reports and primary publications.
Graham has demonstrated the highest level of dedication to the Department and the Public Service, and to the aquatic resources for which DFO is responsible. He supervised and mentored numerous staff and has provided training in the areas of biology, fisheries population science, invertebrate biology and taxonomy, survey design.
Graham has also been an excellent role model for staff with regards to the excellence of his science, but also for professionalism and integrity in working with client and stakeholder groups internal and external to DFO, including industry and First Nations. One of Graham’s most notable achievements in the area of client support is the deep and enduring relationship he has built with the Royal BC Museum; this will benefit DFO for a long time.
Speaking personally, I have really enjoyed working with Graham over the years, and have come to rely on his wisdom, experience, friendship and his great sense of humour. Don’t ever try to compete with Graham over puns – you will lose! I will miss Graham a LOT, and therefore I am delighted that we were able to persuade him to stay on as an Alumnus – at least he will be around part of the time.
There will be more information in the New Year about an official celebration to send Graham on his new path. Meanwhile, please take a moment this week to drop by and wish him well in this new stage of his career.
All the best, Graham, and thank you so much for supporting me and so many others in DFO.