Ken is a ‘Qualified Person’ (QP) licensed by the Department of Environment in Nova Scotia since 1998. He has extensive experience in wetland delineations and wetland alterations and is certified to perform these activities. He has received some of his formal wetland training from Humboldt College in Steuben Maine, was formally on New Brunswick’s list of Wetland Alteration Specialists and is recognized by the Nova Scotia Department of Environment.
Ken has a Master of Arts from Saint Mary’s University and a PhD (abd) from Dalhousie University, concentrating on environmental legislation in Nova Scotia. These degrees primarily focus on environmental topics including the form and function of wetlands.
Ken’s Master’s thesis, entitled ‘The Aero Tech Park as a Model for Industrial Development from an Environmental Perspective’, was adopted by the Nova Scotia government as a model for large-scale development from an environmental perspective.
Much of Kens’ PhD course work and research centred on the environment of the region. This thesis concentrated on Early Forest Legislation in Nova Scotia and tracks the development of Nova Scotia’s forestry legislation from 1749 to 1930. Wetlands, watercourse, and native plant life all were relevant to the research. From this thesis, a book was published called “Nova Scotia Through the Trees - 1761 to 1930”. It is used in various universities across Canada.
Ken keeps up to date with current policies pertaining to wetland through frequent courses and seminars in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Ken is a past director and current member of the Nova Scotia Waste Water Society and is an appointed member to the Nova Scotia Onsite Advisory Board. Both of these associations regularly address wetlands policies and practices in Nova Scotia.