Board of Directors Spotlight Series: Harold Keith Giddens, P. Eng


The Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) is governed by an independent Board of Directors, which is comprised of provincial and federal appointees and a Board Chair. The Board sets the CNSOPB’s policies and programs through strategic, ethical and transparent lenses in the stewardship and regulation of offshore petroleum resources.

In addition to their valued contributions to our Board, our Board of Directors are active members in their communities and dedicate their time, resources and expertise to numerous organizations.

Harold brings over 30 years of offshore health and safety experience to the Boardroom. During his career, he focused on quality assurance and control, safety procedures, safety audits, incident investigations and change management. He consulted on many offshore projects, including an engineering safety audit on Norwegian companies hired to provide equipment to a new semi-submersible scheduled to work in Canadian waters. Harold worked for several years at CNSOPB as a Senior Engineer and Safety Advisor. 

Through his work, Harold travelled the world and conducted offsite engineering and safety audits in many countries including Mexico, Norway and USA.  He is an expert on safe lifting practices and serves as an advisor on global safe lifting practices. Harold is a certified wire rope and lifting gear examiner and has completed his ISO 9000 Auditing Certification. He was instrumental in developing the Offshore Safe Lifting Practices Guidelines now in use today in Atlantic Canada.

Harold received his Bachelor of Engineering from the Nova Scotia Technical College and his Engineering Diploma from Mount Allison University, of which he is a proud supporter. 

Harold is an active community volunteer, sports enthusiast and blueberry farmer.

“I have worked at the CNSOPB in my professional career and now I am proud to serve on the Board of Directors,” says Harold. “I have a deep appreciation for the work done by CNSOPB staff and my colleagues around the Board table. I very much enjoy working with everyone on the team here.”

Harold was appointed an alternate provincial member in 2016. 

We thank Harold for his contribution to our Board. For more information on Harold, read his Board biography.