Marty Larabie (he/him)
I was born/grew up in: Ottawa, Ontario
I now live in: Ottawa, Ontario
I completed my training/education at:
Algonquin College of Applied Arts - Chemical Technology with specialization in Biochemistry
What I do at work
I perform radiation safety inspections of persons who use nuclear material. This includes people who use nuclear materials for nuclear medicine and for industrial uses. During an inspection, I use nuclear detection equipment. I use math to assess dose situations and determine people's safety. I use my understanding of radioactive materials to stay safe and keep other people safe. I use my science base to assess if people are working safely, and in accordance with regulations. Without a foundation in STEM, I would not be able to perform my job effectively or safely.
My career path is
My career started with an enthusiastic high school chemistry teacher, who took time to show me the possibilities if I put in the effort to learn. My diploma as a technologist was just the first step in a career of technical learning. In my first position, I did pre-work on the Mars missions. On that job, I learned how to use my formal education to solve real world problems.
I moved on to a position where I contributed to a team that developed lithium rechargeable cells, or batteries, used in many products today. All this experience prepared me to use real-world knowledge and problem solving to become a regulator.
I am motivated by
Using science to keep people safe is very satisfying. A great aspect of my work is meeting other science-based people who do incredible and fascinating things based on the rules of science. I’m particularly interested in people using nuclear material in novel ways. Through my inspections, I meet engineers, chemists, physicists and other technologists. I enjoy learning how applying scientific knowledge helps us all in our everyday lives.
How I affect peoples’ lives
My work is fulfilling because it bridges fundamental STEM knowledge and real world safety. My work helps keep people safe. It also ensures that people who use radioactive material do it safely.
Outside of work I
Outside of work, I enjoy advanced recreational scuba diving. It is a great way to spend time. I have trained to become a Divemaster, which gives me the chance to help more junior divers reach their goals.
My advice to others
Every opportunity you have to learn before age 25, results in a lifetime of doors opening for you.
- Computer Science
- Liked helping people
- Organized activities for my friends
- Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
- Never wanted to be in the classroom
- Learned best “by doing”
- Didn't really care about grades
- Liked to take things apart to see how they worked
- Liked to design or build things