Milestones and memories: Glenn Case retires

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It wasn’t surprising to anyone who knows Glenn Case that the President of the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission took time during a public meeting in Port Hope last November to recognize Glenn’s long-standing contributions in the field of environmental and radioactive site remediation.

During a career that has spanned more than four decades, Glenn – who retires from his role as the PHAI’s Senior Technical Advisor in April – has earned a reputation as the “Go-to-Guy.” He has traveled worldwide to investigate and clean up sites in South Africa, Madagascar, the Northwest Territories, Alberta, British Columbia and throughout Ontario.

In Port Hope, Glenn is now known as the face of the PHAI, having come to the area in 1976 to work on the initial cleanup of historic low-level radioactive waste, after which he and his wife decided to make the town their family’s home. He’s very proud of his contributions to the process that took community concepts for the cleanups in Port Hope and Port Granby and turned them into reality.

Doug Chambers, Vice-President of ARCADIS, has worked with Glenn for more than 40 years, first when Glenn was a student, then a colleague, and now a client. “Glenn has always shown great dedication to ensuring his work, and that of his colleagues, is of the highest quality,” he said.  

Glenn is particularly proud of the investigative work he undertook on what would become known as the Northern Transportation Route, along which ore was transported through the Northwest Territories and Alberta on its way to the Eldorado refinery in Port Hope from the 1930s to the 1950s.

“What started out in 1991 as a contamination survey of an abandoned boat and wooden dock in Great Bear Lake led to the investigation of the 2,000 kilometre water-based route used to transport the uranium/radium ores from the mine site at Port Radium to the railhead in Fort McMurray,” Glenn said. “For the next three years I investigated the route by helicopter, fixed-wing and float plane, runabout and jet boat, ATV, car and truck to identify the 15 locations where the ore had been spilled during transit.”

Asked to describe him, Glenn’s past and present colleagues use words like problem-solver, patient and accessible. Craig Hebert, General Manager, Historic Waste Program Management Office, adds “Mr. Safety” to that list. “Glenn sets an example at the office and on job sites everyday by living the words “Safety of the public, workers and the environment are our Number One priority.”  

Sharon Pickering has worked with Glenn on the Port Hope cleanup since the 1970s. “Always the voice of reason, a strong mentor, a supportive manager, co-worker and friend, Glenn’s historic knowledge and our daily interactions with him will be missed greatly by his colleagues,” she said.

Craig Hebert echoed those sentiments. “Glenn probably knows more about the historic waste in this area than anyone. He has big shoes to fill. However, he has made subject matter experts of everyone he has worked with and has passed on the knowledge required to help make the project a success. We thank Glenn for a job well done and wish him and his wife Cathy nothing but the best in retirement,” he said.  

As for his future, Glenn plans to take that long overdue vacation, beginning with a visit to the East Coast for Canada’s 150th birthday. Although next year will mark Glenn’s 40-year anniversary with the Port Hope Fire Department, he’s not leaving that post quite yet. “I will still have those important responsibilities to keep me busy.”

April 21, 2017