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Chief Operating Officer

Freeman Ralph, Ph.D., P.Eng., Chief Operating Officer

Freeman Ralph was appointed as C-CORE's Chief Operating Officer on 1 April 2017, bringing a strong record of initiating, negotiating and stewarding large-scale R&D projects and addressing technical challenges from both operations and research perspectives.  Formerly Executive Director of C-CORE's Centre for Arctic Resource Development (CARD), Dr. Ralph lead a team of seasoned research engineers and rising research stars to complete and expand CARD's 5-year research program investigating challenges to environmentally responsible, sustainable and cost-effective operations in Arctic regions.

Prior to this, as C-CORE's Director of Ice Engineering, Freeman worked extensively on ice loads and ice management for developments off Canada’s East Coast, the Shtokman program, the Kashagan Field in the Caspian Sea and several Arctic regions under consideration for oil and gas exploration and development. He also played a key role in initiating, developing and executing the multi-year Subsea and PipelineIce Risk Assessment and Mitigation” programs (SIRAM and PIRAM), the joint-industry program on Integrated Ice Management, and several programs for modelling icebreaking performance and investigating station-keeping in ice.

 A proud three-time graduate of Memorial University, Dr. Ralph holds undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Ocean and Naval Architectural Engineering. Having joined C-CORE in 1999 after completing his M. Eng., he has since been dedicated to solving problems and reducing the risks faced by oil and gas development in harsh environments, in the context of the industry’s rigorous safety requirements.

In 2011 the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland & Labrador (PEGNL) acknowledged Freeman’s contributions to arctic engineering and his community leadership with their Early Achievement Award. From 2011-14, with C‑CORE’s blessing, he took educational leave to pursue a doctoral degree focusing on the Probabilistic Design of Ships for Arctic Operations.