Tim Janzen Biography

Tim Janzen is the Hydrographer-in-Charge with Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Canadian Hydrographic Service assigned to the 2015 Western Arctic mission. As Hydrographer-In-Charge, Mr. Janzen is responsible for planning and leading the multi-disciplinary Arctic mapping missions conducted aboard both the Canadian Coast Guard’s icebreaking vessel CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier (using the launches CSL Kinglett and CSL Gannet), the Parks Canada launch Investigator and the Royal Canadian Navy’s HMCS Moncton.

Using state-of-the-art technologies, Mr. Janzen and his dedicated team of experts are systematically examining the Arctic seabed to gather and analyze data regarding ocean depths and bottom topography – information that it is hoped will be used to provide confirmation of the identity of the sunken HMS Terror, of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition, should it be detected in the 2015 survey. During the mission, Janzen’s highly trained team will collect substantial amounts of bathymetric, topographic and tidal information to contribute directly to navigational charts and the enhancement of marine safety in Canada’s emerging Arctic transportation corridors.

Having graduated from the University of Manitoba with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, Janzen joined the Canadian Hydrographic Service in 1992, and was promoted to Hydrographer-in-charge in 2002. He has practiced in several areas, predominantly relating to harbour engineering and hydrographic surveying, and has led ship, land and ice-based hydrographic survey programs in the Arctic for nearly three decades, as well as survey programs spanning the Great Lakes and Lake Winnipeg. Mr. Janzen holds a commission with the Association of Canada Lands Surveyors and is a registered member of Professional Engineers Ontario.

Mr. Janzen is a native of Clarkleigh, Manitoba and currently resides in Burlington, Ontario with his wife and three children.

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