Hailing from the small town of Springdale, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Mark has always enjoyed the great outdoors. Living in a province known for its stunning scenery and recreational tourism, outdoor activities are a way of life. Not only does Mark’s family serve the area’s recreational vehicle market but his best memories of growing up in Springdale are of fishing trips with his Dad and his brothers at the family cottage.
Mark started working in the family business after high school but soon decided to take on more formal education to sharpen his skills in electronics. After graduating with an Electronics Engineering Technician’s Diploma he was immediately offered a position with a local radio communications company. Within two years of working in that field, Mark realized he was ready for a new challenge. He learned about the field of Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV) from a friend and was instantly intrigued by the idea of exploring ocean depths and seeing things rarely observed by others. Mark completes his ROV training at the Marine Institute of Memorial University in May 2010 and is extremely eager to join the Institute for Exploration’s expedition team this fall.