Consultant, Earth Observation
Douglas Bancroft joined the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC)—a division of Environment Canada—in 1981 and then served progressively in several weather centres. He eventually became officer-in-charge of the west coast Canadian Meteorology and Oceanography Centre.
From there, he accepted a promotion to Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO) in 2000 as a senior science advisor. In 2003, he was named national DFO director of Oceanography and Climate Science.
Bancroft returned to MSC in 2006, as the director of the Canadian Ice Service and co-director of the North American Ice Service. He was then promoted to director general of the Canada Center for Remote Sensing with Natural Resources Canada in 2010.
In 2013, Bancraft retired from the public service and transitioned to the private sector and academia. Today, he is president of EO DVC LTD (an earth observation consulting company based in Victoria, BC), business manager with the Canadian Scientific Submersible Facility, and serves on three boards of directors. He is also a visiting scientist/sessional instructor at the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences, University of Victoria.
In addition to his civil career, Bancroft was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy (reserve) for 38 years. He has commanded six HMC ships for various periods at sea, HMCS Carleton (Canada’s largest naval reserve division), and Port Security Unit Four.
Bancroft holds a BSc in physics, a specialised undergraduate diploma in meteorology, and an MSc in physical oceanography.