About David



Royal Military College                                                M.Eng. Nuclear Engineering (1989)

Royal Military College                                                B.Eng. Mechanical Engineering (1986)


Mr Cole is currently an independent contractor providing specialized radiation safety and radiation protection services.  He has been responsible for successful completion of a wide range of projects in the areas of health physics, radio-ecology and radiation science.  He has managed projects valued at up to approximately $2M and project staff of up to 22 individuals.

He has experience in all aspects of the licensing, acquisition, storage, use and disposal of radioactive material.  He has extensive hands-on experience working in areas contaminated with radioactive material; both for characterization and decontamination.  He is experienced in the acquisition, calibration and use of a variety of radiation detection instruments, such as hand-held instruments, laboratory spectrometers and vehicle portal monitors.


David Cole and Associates

(2007 – present)

Mr Cole has been involved in a number of projects related to radiation safety, radiation protection, and health physics.  These projects are typically related to demonstrating that facilities meet regulatory requirements for hazards during normal operations, upset conditions and accidents and emergencies.  Examples of these facilities include liquid waste storage and hot cells.

Additional specific projects include:  delivery of radiation safety training for uranium exploration crews; evaluation of CT scan doses; criticality safety assessment of liquid waste; and a long term safety assessment of engineered facilities to store uranium-contaminated soil.

Mr Cole has also planned and performed radiation surveys to detect and characterize near-background quantities of radioactive material.

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC Canada)

(1994 – 2007)

As the Program Manager for SAIC Canada’s Nuclear and Radiological Engineering Program, he was responsible for all aspects of the Program, including business development, contract award and execution, and quality assurance.  His Program had annual sales of approximately $1M and an impeccable record of on-time and on-budget project completion.

Mr Cole managed a number of projects in the field of radiation safety and radiation protection.  He has extensive experience in the use of field survey instruments to detect, identify and quantify surface contamination.  He has developed a detailed set of plans and procedures that cover all aspects of radiological decommissioning including surveying, sampling and analysis.  He oversaw the decommissioning and decontamination of approximately 100 facilities.

Mr Cole also has experience in performing safety analyses of nuclear facilities seeking licensing from the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission.  Examples of these facilities include the low-level radioactive waste facility in Port Hope, Ontario; the modular above-ground storage facility in Chalk River, Ontario and the NRU research reactor at Chalk River.

He has extensive experience in the collection and analysis of environmental samples to identify and characterize trace levels of radioactive contaminants in the environment.  Skills include the development and implementation of environmental monitoring programs, collection and preparation of environmental samples (food, water, soil, etc.), analysis of samples by gamma spectroscopy and reporting results.  He has also been involved in a number of projects related to airborne gamma spectroscopy.

Mr Cole also provided program management support for a $20M project to manufacture and install vehicle radiation portal monitors for the Exploranium division.

Mr Cole initially developed and implemented SAIC Canada’s ISO 9001-registerd quality management system.

Director General Nuclear Safety (Dept of National Defence) (1991 – 1994)

Mr Cole conducted a number of technical studies related to the safety of radioactive material within DND.  Mr. Cole also performed regulatory inspections of licensed users of radioactive material to ensure compliance with license conditions and applicable regulations.

Naval Officer (Dept of National Defence) (1989 – 1991)

Completed the qualifications to act as the Chief Engineer on a Canadian Naval vessel.  Served as Assistant Chief Engineer inHMCS Protecteur, including while deployed to the Persian Gulf during the Gulf War.  Oversaw the operation, repair and maintenance of all systems associated with a steam boiler plant including: feedwater, fuel management; HVAC; power generation and distribution (normal and emergency); main and auxiliary steam systems, cooling systems and lubricating oil.  Conducted various machinery tests and trials.  Supervised approximately 30 mechanics and technicians, including training activities.  Developed and participated in numerous shipboard emergency exercises and responded to a number of actual emergencies (fire and flood).


  • “Radiation Protection Issues Related to Canadian Museum Operations”, EJ Waller, D Cole and TJ Jamieson,Health Physics, 2008.
  • “Release Limits and Decontamination Efficacy for Tritium: Lessons Learned Outside Nuclear Power Operations”, EJ Waller, D Cole and TJ Jamieson, Health Physics, 2007.
  • “Project Management:  An Engineering Contractor’s Perspective”, D Cole, presented at the Project Management Institute (Ottawa Valley Chapter) Annual Symposium, November 2006.
  • “Decontamination Issues Related to Museum Operations”, EJ Waller, D Cole and TJ Jamieson, Canadian Nuclear Society annual conference, 2005.
  • “Experimental and Computational Determination of Neutron Dose Equivalent around Radiotherapy Accelerator”, EJ Waller, TJ Jamieson, D Cole, et al Rad. Prot. Dos., 2003.
  • “Effectiveness of Custom Neutron Shielding in the Maze of Radiotherapy Accelerators”, EJ Waller, TJ Jamieson, D Cole et al, Rad. Prot. Dos., 2003.
  • “A Five Year Summary of Radiological Decommissioning Activities at Canadian Military Facilities”, EJ Waller and D Cole, Proc. of the ANS, Spokane, WA, September 2000.
  • “Chernobyl-4 Post Accident Radiation Monitoring in the Exclusion Zone”, EJ Waller and D Cole, CNS Bulletin, 2000.
  • “An Environmental Radionuclide Baseline Study (ERBS) Near Three Canadian Naval Ports”, EJ Waller and D Cole, Health Physics, 1999.
  • “Reliability Prediction for the SLOWPOKE Demonstration Reactor Building Heating Demonstration”, DJ Winfield, D Cole et al, Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, 1991.


  • European Centre for Technogenic Safety (Kiev and Chornobyl, Ukraine):  Post-Accident Radiation Monitoring (1999).
  • KPMG (Ottawa, Ontario):  Internal Auditing (1998).
  • Harvard School of Public Health (Boston, USA):  Planning for Nuclear Emergencies (1991).
  • Royal Naval Engineering College (Plymouth, UK):  Marine Engineering Applications Course (1987).


Experienced at the interpretation and implementation of standards and regulations, including:

  • ISO 9001 “Quality Management Systems Requirements”.
  • CSA N286 “Design Quality Assurance for Nuclear Power Plants”.
  • Nuclear Safety and Control Act, Regulations, Policies, Standards, Guides and related regulatory documents.
  • CSA N-288.2 “Guidelines for Calculating Radiation Doses to the Public from a Release of Airborne Radioactive Material under Hypothetical Accident Conditions in Nuclear Reactors”.
  • IEC 61508 “Functional Safety of Electrical / Electronic / Programmable Electronic Safety-Related Systems”.
  • Health Canada “Good Manufacturing Practices”.
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act and Regulations.
  • ASTM standards for environmental sampling.
  • NUREG-1575 “Multi-Agency Radiation Survey and Site Investigation Manual (MARSSIM)”.
  • IAEA-TECDOC-1092 “Generic Procedures for Monitoring in a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency”.
  • Federal Standard 205E and ISO 14644 “Cleanroom Monitoring”.


Experienced in the use of the following:

  • ADDAM (atmospheric dispersion and dose analysis method).
  • RESRAD-OFFSITE (release pathway modelling and dose prediction).
  • MicroShield (shielding and dose assessment).
  • CAFTA (computer aided fault tree analysis).
  • FaultTree+ (fault tree analysis).



  • Licensed Professional Engineer, Province of Ontario (1993 – present).  Holder of a PEO Certificate of Authorization.
  • Project Management Professional, Project Management Institute (2005 – present).
  • Member, Health Physics Society.
  • Certified Quality Engineer, American Society for Quality (2001 – 2004).
  • Certified Internal Auditor (1999).
  • Marine Engineering Officer Head-of-Department Qualification (1991).
  • Functional ability in French (reading, writing, speaking and oral comprehension).
  • Recipient of the Kuwait Medal for the Liberation of Kuwait; Gulf and Kuwait Medal; and Canadian Forces Decoration.



  • Running:  completed two sub-four-hour marathons.
  • Sailing:  have sailed in Canada, the US, Caribbean and Mediterranean.
  • Cycle touring: independent bicycle tours in Canada, the US and Europe.


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