I was born in Hubli, India of Anglo/East Indian heritage – My parents, two sisters, brother and I returned to England very shortly after India attained independence.
We were raised and educated in the Southampton, Hampshire area.
Barbara my Wife is a UK State Registered Nurse (SRN)
We have 2 grown children Benjamin and Abigail
Our family of 4 immigrated to Canada from England in 1993
Our first home was in Sidney and we moved to our present home in Cobble Hill in 1999.
We also have 5 grandchildren -- Zoe, Harrison, Oliver, Owen and Pierce
Our son,Benjamin (Ben) is a Computer Engineer (UVic) and his wife, Kate is an RN (UVic), Nurse Educator at Royal Jubilee.
Ben and Kate have 2 children, Owen and Pierce.
Our daughter, Abigail (Abby) is an Emergency Room RN at Victoria General and her husband, Doug runs his own home renovations business.
Abby and Doug have 3 children, Zoe, Harrison and Oliver
Mike is fully retired now and his entire career has been in the British Merchant Service starting with P&O Cruises as Radio/Electronics Officer and then at Cable and Wireless Communications as Radio/Electronics Officer after which he became Chief Cable Engineer, Digital Fibre Optics.
Cable and Wireless Communications’ policy dictated that senior officers were offered experience in business. Mike was assigned to company head office in London for a two-year period where he requested to work in the business division to broaden his work experience.
Here he gained experience in contracts, negotiation, planning, finance and public relations. After the two-year period, Mike returned to where his heart was: “at sea - at the sharp end”, where the international projects were most intense.
In 1999, Cable and Wireless Communications was in the process of being taken over by outside interests and at that point Mike resigned and formed Pacific International Cable Consulting Inc.
His clients were various worldwide submarine cable companies, owners and organizations where he was involved in the planning, surveying, installation and maintenance of transoceanic long and short-haul, high-capacity, digital fibre optic systems from conception to in-service completion. His involvement with these organisations has also included preparing and conducting training courses for their personnel in various aspects of the industry.
Mike has continued his long standing association with the following organisations in scientific cabled submarine observatories:
THIS IS A SHORT VIDEO OF A 'NODE' DEPLOYMENT OPERATION DURING THE PIONEERING 'NEPTUNE' UNDERWATER CABLED SCIENTIFIC OBSERVATORY INSTALLATION.
THE 'NEPTUNE' SYSTEM WAS DESIGNED AND MANUFACTURED BY: ALCATEL SUBMARINE NETWORKS (ASN) GREENWICH, UK (R&D) AND CALAIS, FRANCE (MANUFACTURING)
MIKE'S ROLE: SHIPBOARD PROJECT MANAGER (SPM)
(N)orth (E)ast (P)acific (T)ime-Integrated (U)ndersea (N)etworked (E)xperiments
OCEAN NETWORKS CANADA (ONC) - http://www.oceannetworks.ca/