A Burnaby emergency communications expert, whose work has improved emergency planning and response worldwide, is among the 13 British Columbians being appointed to the Order of British Columbia, Lt.-Gov. Judith Guichon announced recently.
Among his many achievements, Peter Anderson developed a tsunami-warning toolkit for coastal communities and AMECom, a mobile, telecommunications research laboratory for communications support during an emergency, which was deployed during the Fraser Valley's avian influenza outbreak and at Whistler during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games, states a media release.
During the Okanagan fires of 2003, Anderson supervised the protection of mountaintop telecommunications repeaters.
His extensive work in his field has garnered the attention of provincial leaders. "The Order of British Columbia is the province's most prestigious accolade and is an official part of the Canadian honours system," Guichon said in the release. "It is an opportunity to publicly recognize those who have dedicated themselves to bettering the lives of their fellow citizens. These recipients exemplify the positive difference one person can make in a community and are an inspiration to all British Columbians."
Anderson also played a pivotal role in developing a system to bring medical information to the South Pacific, a communications system in war-torn Sudan, computer Internet systems for U.N. disaster relief operations and an emergency warning system for Sri Lanka.
He designed and implemented an internet-based system to facilitate civil emergency planning among the 22 countries of NATO's Partnership for Peace program. He's currently working on a new rapiddeployable communications system for use across Northern Canada.
He works with community organizations in B.C. on disaster risk reduction activities, including improving the effectiveness of West Coast tsunami warning in the aftermath of the October 2012 Haida Gwaii earthquake.
Anderson's contribution to the application of telematics in space flight has resulted in communication solutions and innovative technology for planetary and lunar explorations.
His expertise is sought around the world, yet he generously helps search and rescue and other community organizations throughout B.C, the release states.
"The Order of British Columbia recognizes remarkable accomplishments by extraordinary British Columbians," said Premier Christy Clark in the release. "This year's recipients have each made a difference in their communities and to the province. On behalf of all British Columbians, I want to thank them for their dedication - and all they do to make B.C. better."
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