It is with heavy hearts that we say farewell to David S. Rogers who, throughout the decades, passionately taught environmental safety programs to DND personnel, government employees and those in the private sector. As the founder of BCHAZMAT Management Ltd., Dave’s goal was to provide clients with the knowledge and skills required to comply with all dangerous goods and hazardous materials regulations through safe, effective, and ethical policies and professional services.
Dave began his career in the Fire Service, rising to position of Chief. As Fire Chief, he was responsible for all hazmat, safety and environmental training to the team of fire fighters in his command. He advanced his career by attending Simon Fraser University in Burnaby BC, earning an MBA and then relocating his family to Victoria BC in 1980, working for a major airline. In 1983 he attended trade school and became qualified as an International Air Transport Association Dangerous Goods Training Coordinator. With increased responsibilities, he managed all environmental safety training, including Transportation of Dangerous Goods and WHMIS for an airline in both British Columbia and Washington State.
He continued advancing safety, valuing the role of stakeholder relations, education and professional development in this industry by mentoring and teaching environmental safety programs for over 30 years. Ten years ago, Dave was appointed as an instructor for the University of Victoria’s (UVic) online Certificate Program in Environmental and Occupational Health. Here he touched the lives of hundreds of adult learners in course topics such as Health Protection Technology, Hazardous Waste Management and Safety Program Management. Dave’s commitment to his students and his passion for personal safety and the safety of those who serve in this industry is continued practice.
Surpassing his professional passion was his commitment to family. Dave was such a valued and respected member of the UVic Continuing Studies family and will be missed for his professional and passionate approach to safety education. Our condolences to Dave’s wife, Rebecca, and his students, family and friends.