Upcoming lecture in Parksville on maritime boundaries

Specialist in ocean positioning to speak Feb. 16

“There is still a difference of opinion on Canada’s maritime boundaries” says David H. Gray, an Ottawa-based specialist in geodesy, radio positioning, and maritime boundaries.

On Friday, Feb. 16, VIU ElderCollege is offering a lecture by Gray from 10 a.m. to noon at the Forum in the Parksville Civic and Technology Centre (100 Jensen Ave. East).

The topic of Gray’s lecture is “Whole Canada.” He will talk about Canada’s maritime boundaries, how they came about and what we do to enforce those limits. Gray will also have some stories to tell about court cases involving illegal foreign fishing.

David Gray started Definitive Hydrographic & Geodetic Consulting in 2005 after leaving the Canadian Hydrographic Service, where he spent 34 years providing the same sort of advice to Canadian government officials in several different departments.

While in the public service, Gray computed 1,500 km of the Canada-Greenland boundary with his Danish counterpart. He was appointed technical expert to the tribunal which decided the Nova Scotia-Newfoundland & Labrador offshore resource boundary.

Since leaving government service, he has been the technical expert in four international maritime boundary arbitrations at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.

Gray was a member of the Canadian Team for the Canada/France maritime boundary arbitration. One African, one South-West Pacific and three Caribbean countries have relied on his technical advice on their maritime boundaries and limits and he continues to provide technical advice on maritime boundaries and limits to the Department of Global Affairs in Canada.

He has also been an expert witness in more than 25 fisheries violation cases in court: determining a ship’s position, assessing its accuracy, and locating that position relative to national boundaries or domestic fishing limits.

The cost of admission to Gray’s talk is $10 cash at the door.

More information can be obtained by calling 1-866-734-6252 or at campusevents.viu.ca/whole-canada-presented-david-gray.

— Anne Marie Lafleur news release

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