Kevin Sheppard, M.Sc.
Aggregates Supervisor, Ministry of Transportation, North Bay, ON
Kevin Sheppard graduated with both undergraduate and graduate degrees from the Department of Geography – focusing on physical geography, particularly glacial geomorphology and sedimentology. He earned his B.Sc. (Hons) in 1997 under the supervision of Dr. David Liverman and continued his studies with supervisor, Dr. Trevor Bell, graduating in 2000 with an M.Sc. His graduate project focused on past glacial and marine environments of southern St. George’s Bay.
Kevin enjoyed his time as a student in the Department of Geography. He attributes his positive experience to “having easy access to expert faculty, being able to contribute to academic publications and participate in appropriate conferences, small class sizes, and a family-like atmosphere”. Kevin also noted the importance of internal employment opportunities in his field of study (through Dr. Bell), and direct links to adjunct professors from the Newfoundland and Labrador Geological Survey for other employment opportunities. An alumnus for 14 years, Kevin maintains a strong connection to the department and drops in on faculty and staff when on vacation home with family.
Since graduation from the Department of Geography, Kevin has worked for the Ontario Ministry of Transportation in the Geotechnical Section of the Engineering Offices in both Thunder Bay and currently North Bay. “My studies in the department prepared me well for the career I have with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation”, observed Kevin in a recent email.
Kevin’s responsibilities at the ministry include providing technical geological advice on aggregate materials used in civil engineering projects, project management for hydrogeological, environmental, and archaeological reporting by service providers, and stakeholder consultation. Kevin is also an ambassador for the ministry at secondary and post-secondary schools and trade fairs to promote Transportation as a potential employer.