Research & Development





With an extensive background in sea survival and helicopter underwater egress training, Dr. Michael Taber has completed industry-based human factors survivability research for clients such as the Canadian Department of National Defence, National Research Council of Canada, Exxon Mobil, EnCana Corporation, Husky, Chevron, and Shell. Dr. Taber holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master of Science in Kinesiology, and a Doctoral degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Psychology, Human Performance, Industrial Engineering). He has also completed two Post Doctoral Fellowships related to cognitive performance in long-term cold exposure and optimal training program design for compressed air emergency breathing systems used during underwater egress.
In addition to his seven years of experience as a helicopter technician in the Royal Canadian Air Force and nine years as a offshore/military/marine instructor, he has spent over 15 years researching influencing factors associated with underwater egress and is currently focusing on issues of human performance in harsh environments. He has published in peer-reviewed journals such as Aviation, Space, and Environmental Medicine, Applied Ergonomics, Safety Science, Occupational Ergonomics, and the International Journal of Industrial Ergonomics. Dr. Taber has received funding from agencies such as the Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Petroleum Research Atlantic Canada, Research and Development Corporation, and Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador.  Dr. Taber currently holds a position as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Kinesiology at Brock University, Adjunct Professor in the School of Human Kinetics at Memorial University, and is the Senior Research Scientist at Falck Safety Services Canada.   He is a voting member on the Canada General Standards Board of Canada for a new offshore immersion suit standard and is a member in the Human Factors and Ergonomic Society and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science. 
Dr. Taber is currently working on two research projects funded by Petroleum Research Newfoundland and Labrador (PRNL) and Research and Development Corporation (RDC).  The projects are designed to investigate the forces required to jettison an S92 in cabin window, and the optimal wave pattern (amplitude and frequency) that can be used during sea survival training in a high fidelity simulation. Combined, the two study specifically address emergency response skill acquisition and retention in an effort to better prepare those who work on, or fly over the water. 


Dana joined Falck Safety Services Canada (FSSC) in January 2013. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology and a Master’s degree in Environmental Physiology.  Dana was a coxswain with the Canadian Coast Guard Inshore Rescue Boat program, which offered experience with life-saving equipment, rough weather situations, public relations work, and boating safety advocacy through search and rescue operations and training.  Dana’s Masters research was related to hypothermia, motion sickness and survival at sea and was completed under a Defence Research and Development Canada Research Fellowship in 2003.
Since 2003, Dana has been involved with the manufacturing of HUET simulators, research, evaluation, and approval of immersion suits, helicopter passenger transportation suits, PFD’s, lifejackets, life rafts and protective clothing using humans, thermal manikins, and flotation manikins.  Dana has worked for clients such as Transport Canada, Department of National Defence, National Research Council of Canada, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, and numerous equipment manufacturers.  He has also been involved in test method development for survival equipment standards with Canadian General Standards Board and Underwriters Laboratories.  As a Research Scientist and offshore survival/HUET/TEMPSC/FRC instructor, Dana now contributes his applied and academic expertise to the research questions with Falck Safety Services Canada.

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