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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
JUNE - JULY 2009/VOLUME 12/NUMBER 3
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From the wheelhouse
A NEW GENERATION TAKES UP THE REINS AT THE
RESOURCE MANAGEMENT BRANCH
Patrick Vincent

 

The Resource Management Branch is a relatively young organization. Created in 1980, it will turn 30 next year… a youngster, in other words! A number of Branch employees had the opportunity to play an active role in the new organization’s creation and subsequent growth. You have to admit, this kind of opportunity does not arise often.

Together, these employees now hold quite an impressive range of experience. In addition to acquiring a great deal of knowledge, these managers have over the years built a network of active and dynamic contacts in maritime communities, both within the fishing industry and among people working for other public or private-sector organizations. Unfortunately, that experience comes at a cost… an aging workforce!


IT’S A TEAM EFFORT

We are now at a pivotal moment in our history where the pioneers must hand the torch on to the upcoming gene-ration. The entire team has a role to play in meeting this challenge. For example, at offices in the maritime areas, 12 new employees and managers have been recruited in the last few years. The situation is similar at the regional office in Quebec City, where 4 new advisors have taken up their duties since November 2008. When over 25 percent of an organisation’s staff are new members integrating the team, training and transferring expertise become priorities for everyone.

The newcomers know they can count on the support of experienced managers, which makes the transition period much easier. This situation, very stimulating for everyone, generates highly interesting discussions, with new ideas and ways of doing things compared to methods and visions that have proven their merits. As Pierre Couillard, senior advisor for crustaceans and molluscs, so often says, “It’s fascinating, we always manage to find new challenges.”

The Resource Management Branch has become a crossroads where experience and youth intersect; but one thing will never change, the desire to work together to ensure sustainable and prosperous fisheries.

New appointments at the Quebec regional office
Senior advisor, Crustaceans and molluscs Bernard Morin is currently paired with Pierre Couillard.
Senior advisor, Policies and licences Raynald Gosselin is currently paired with Jean-Marc Nadeau.
Senior advisor, Pelagic fish and marine mammals of the St. Lawrence Mathieu Bergeron is currently paired with Raynald Gosselin and Jean-Marc Nadeau.
Senior Advisor, Sustainable development Cédric Arseneau holds this newly created position.

Patrick Vincent
Regional Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Management Branch