Career – Declan began working with unmanned vehicle technology in 2002 as a founding director and former CEO of Universal Wing Geophysics Corp (“Universal”). Before its sale in 2012, he led the company through the research & development phases of Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) commercial operations with a focus on the mining sector. During this time Universal developed & tested several payloads including AeroMagnetics, LiDAR, Infra-Red and High Resolution Photography. The company flew missions throughout Canada, including beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations in the Arctic.
UAV Associations – Declan joined the Board of Directors of Unmanned Systems Canada (Formerly – UVS Canada) in 2008 and has been involved with the association ever since. Following his third term on the Board, Declan stepped down as vice chairman from the executive but continues as an Ex officio board member. In 2016 Declan was awarded the Pip Rudkin individual achievement award for his contribution to the UAV sector.
Regulation development – Since 2010, Declan has been a member of the Canadian Aviation Regulation Advisory Council (CARAC) Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) Systems Program Design Working Group. This group was established in June 2010 to make recommendations for amendments to existing regulations and standards and to introduce new regulations and standards for the safe integration of routine UAV operations in Canadian airspace.
Events and education – Declan has been heavily involved in the promotion of UAV technology to the commercial sector. He initiated, organised and chaired the Civil / Commercial workshops at each year’s Unmanned Systems Canada conference from 2011 to 2015. In 2016 he co-founded Drone Fair and ran educational events in Vancouver, Calgary and Oshawa featuring the positive applications of UAV technology. The focus of each event was to promote the safe use of UAV’s for commercial and recreational users of this technology through presentations, demonstrations and networking.
Declan now operates as an independent consultant developing pilot projects and commercial operations advisory services to companies and corporations seeking to adopt and implement unmanned vehicle technology into their particular industry sector.