Lions Guest Speaker: Scott Youngblut
During the 2014 Franklin Expedition, Scott Youngblut was the Hydrographer-in-charge with Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Canadian Hydrographic Service. As Hydrographer-in-charge, Youngblut was responsible for planning and leading the multi-disciplinary arctic mapping mission conducted aboard the Canadian Coast Guard icebreaker Sir Wilfrid Laurier.
Using state-of-the-art technologies, Youngblut and his dedicated team of experts scoured the arctic seabed to gather and analyze data regarding ocean depths and bottom topography. This gathered information was also used to provide confirmation of the identity of Sir John Franklin’s HMS Erebus as the sunken ship along the ocean bottom located by Parks Canada’s archaeologists in Queen Maud Gulf.
During the expedition, Youngblut’s highly trained team collected substantial amounts of bathymetric, topographic and tidal information to contribute directly to navigational charts and the enhancement of marine safety in Canada’s arctic.
Currently working at the Canadian Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington Ontario, Youngblut graduated from Laurentian University in 2000 with a degree in Geography and successfully completed the Canadian Hydrographic Service’s multi-disciplinary career development program.
In 2008, Youngblut was promoted from a senior hydrographer to a Hydrographer-in-charge and works on a variety of hydrography projects throughout the Great Lakes, in the St. Lawrence Seaway system and across the Canadian Arctic.
He is a native of Goderich, Ontario and currently resides in Burlington, Ontario with his wife Kelly and their three children. The Goderich Lions Club would like to extend the invitation to any interested residents who want to attend this meeting and hear his intriguing story.