Lions Guest Speaker: Scott Young­blut

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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.

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