Thank you for visiting my website. I am currently a proud member of the Prince George, BC City Council. Please read the “news” section of this website to find more current stories. You can read below for more of my bio.
Who am I?
I was born in Bremen, Germany and grew up on a farm on the outskirts of the city. After graduating from high school I learned the trade of “Mechanic for Agricultural and Forestry Equipment” and worked for a time as a licensed mechanic. Later I studied Mechanical Engineering, first in Cologne and then at the Technical University of Aachen. After graduation with a Masters Degree I accepted a 6-year employment contract as Assistant Professor with a Research Institute at the Technical University of Aachen and received my PhD in 1981. Thereafter I was manager of “Reliability and Applications” with a large corpoartion in Duesseldorf.
In March 1985 I fulfilled my dream and immigrated with my wife and our two children to Canada.
During an earlier visit we had decided that Canada would offer us and especially our children the future we envisioned. After a year of employment with a company in Vancouver I started my own Consulting Engineering Company, Tribotec International Ltd. While this company grew rapidly I founded two other corporations, “A & A Tools Inc”. and “The Maintenance Technology & Training Institute of Canada Inc”. We sold both companies after sufficient market penetration.
During our time in Vancouver I registered several patents, including a Multiple Bit Screw Driver and a Saw Guide patent for sawmills. I volunteered as board member of large organizations and taught Reliability Engineering Management as Adjunct Professor at UBC.
The expansion of the Consulting Engineering Company required the establishment of a branch office in Prince George. To start up this office I moved in 1997 with my family to Prince George, but travelled weekly to Vancouver to fulfill my teaching contract with UBC and to maintain contact with my head office and our customers.
Later I assisted with the establishment of the Environmental Engineering Program at UNBC, the university in Prince George, and also taught as Adjunct Professor when the program was in operation.
Beginning of 2004, I sold part of our Consulting Engineering business and invested in real estate in Prince George. At that time I was elected as a board member to various organizations in the Prince George community, including the Chamber of Commerce and became the president of the Chamber in 2008.
In 2010, I founded the “Northern Technology & Engineering Society of BC” and subsequently became its President (www.ntes.ca). Thanks to the society’s lobbying activities the Prince George postsecondary institutions will soon be in the position to offer technology courses at the local college and a full blown engineering education at UNBC, right here in Prince George.
My journey from the small village in Northern Europe to Prince George in Central BC has been most interesting, challenging, enriching and also most rewarding.
Over the years I have served on the following boards since immigrating to Canada in 1985:
|2012 to present
2011 to present
2010 to present
|Board Member of the “Spirit of the North Health Care Foundation”
Board of OBAC (Omineca Beetle Action Coalition)
President of the Northern Technology & Engineering Society of BC
|2010 to present||Board member of Community Futures, Fraser Fort George|
|2010 to 2012||Member of the Barkerville Heritage Trust Advisory Committee|
|2009 to 2012||Board member of the Prince George Symphony|
|2009 to 2010||Member of the UNBC Engineering Advisory Council|
|2009 to 2010||Member of the CNC Engineering Steering Committee|
|2008 to 2010||Board Member and member of the Executive of Resources North Association|
|2008 to 2010||Chair of ATEEC (Applied Technical and Engineering Education Consortium)|
|2008 to 2009||President of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce|
|2007 to 2008||Vice President of the Prince George Chamber of Commerce|
|2006 to 2013||Director of the Yellowhead Rotary Club of Prince George|
|2005 to present||Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany|
|2002 to 2007||Member of the UBC and UNBC Board of Studies|
|2002 to 2003||Chair of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists, Prince George Chapter|
|1999, 2001 & 2003||Director of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of BC|
|1991 to 1992||Chair of the Society of Tribologists, Vancouver Chapter|
|1991 to 1992||Vice President of the German Canadian Congress, Canada|
|1990 to 1991||President of the German Canadian Congress, British Columbia|
|1988 to 2003||Board member of the German Cultural Center Foundation, Vancouver, BC|
|1985 to 1990||Director of the German Canadian Congress, British Columbia|
During this time I have received the following honors and awards:
|2010||Community Leader Award by Resources North Association: Award for dedication and excellent Service to the Association|
|2009||Immigrant Multicultural Services Society: Community Service Award for outstanding service to the community|
|2008||APEEG, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists: Community Service Award, Recognizing outstanding service to the betterment of the Prince George Community|
|2004||Rotary Clubs of Canada: Service Award for Professional Excellence|
|1995||Federal Business Development Bank: Business Excellence Award|
|1992||Federal Business Development Bank: Business Excellence Award|
|1991||Federal Business Development Bank: Business Excellence Award|
|1992||Society of Tribologists, Vancouver Chapter: Outstanding Service Award for Service as Chapter Chair|
|1991||National Research Council of Canada: Award in Recognition and Appreciation of Distinguished Service|
|1982||Technical University of Aachen: Borcher’s Plaque (highest recognition in its class) for “Outstanding Achievements in Research”|