John McCanna started his career in Nondestructive Testing (NDT) in 1983. For the next 21 years, he completed his military career as a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, specializing in NDT where he achieved ISO-CGSB Level-3 certification in Eddy Current Testing, Ultrasonic Testing, General and Aircraft Structures Radiography Testing, Penetrant Testing and Magnetic Particle Testing.
Upon completion of his military service, John was offered a management position at Ontario Power Generation (Nuclear) looking after the Piping and Components Division. From here John was seconded to Durham Technical College/University, to set up and deliver a full (all methods) three year NDT training course in conjunction with the Mechatronics Program.
John then moved on to Sandvik Steel, where he was appointed as the NDT Manager for the Canadian and USA operations in the stainless and duplex tubing mills.
An opportunity arose which enabled John to move into the "Off-shore Oil & Gas Industry", providing Automated Ultrasonic Inspections on newly constructed pipelines. This allowed John exposure to differing cultures in such diverse regions as United States, Mexico, Europe, United Kingdom, Ireland, Norway, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Thailand, Indonesia, Africa, Singapore, Australia, and others.
Upon completion of this chapter, John moved into the Canadian Oil Sands Region in the Fort McMurray location working for such esteemed companies as Canadian Natural Resources, Suncor, etc. It was during this period that John switched back from the Client side to the service industry when he accepted the position of Vice President of NDT Technology with IRISNDT.
With potential retirement on the horizon, John wasn’t quite ready to settle down and call it a day, as he felt he had more to contribute to the NDT industry. Therefore, when the opportunity arose to create a new NDT company "Global Integrity & Specialty Services" GISS for short, he eagerly accepted. The hallmark of this new organization was leading edge technology with a focus on such values as Integrity, honesty, nurturing Client relationships, competency of our people, and creating value for both GISS and our Clients. John currently holds the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
Mr. Weber began his career in the NDE-NDT industry in 1989 at Canada West Inspection (Later Canspec and later yet Acuren) in Edmonton, Alberta. He progressed up to the Assistant then Senior NDT Technician ranks at several additional companies such as; Russell Technologies, RTD Quality, Chinook Energy, Aitec Western, and finally Smartpipe Canada & USA. All the while increasing his level 2 status to include UT, AUT, LRUT, PAUT, TOFD, ET, MP, PT, RFT, IRIS and lastly Pipeline Integrity.
Mr. Weber used these skills to ascend to various levels of supervision and management positions such as; Integrity Project Manger, Edmonton Branch Manager, Integrity Services Manager, General Manager Red Deer Region, Corporate Level III & Marketing Manager culminating in a well-rounded NDT career.
In 2004 Mr. Weber along with 3 partners formed Coast to Coast USA NDE Services, LLC located in Portland, Oregon (A niche Pipeline Integrity & NDE Company) and as an equal partner in Coast to Coast, became the Sr. Vice President of several divisions and helped to build this company covering Canada, Mexico and the United States. In addition, Mr. Weber achieved ASNT NDT Level III certification #110680 in several methods and CSWIP LRUT levels 1, 2 and 3 #56822. Mr. Weber obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management equivalent in 2011 from AETS in Florida, USA.
In Dec 2011 Mr. Weber decided to leave Coast to Coast for IRISNDT Corp in his hometown of Edmonton, AB as the Quality Manager for Canada. In Sept 2014, Mr. Weber was promoted to the Corporate Quality Director for all IRISNDT companies globally. While at IRISNDT Mr. Weber achieved level 3 certifications in NRCan (CGSB) Level III UT, MT, PT #5502, CSWIP LRUT level 3 #92206, PCN-PED Level III UT, MT, PT #5502 and PCN Level 3 UT, PAUT and TOFD # 316341.
Mr. Weber joined GISS (USA) Management, LLC in 2016 as the President and Chief Operating Officer. He manages all GISS operations as well as administrative, management, and technical staff globally. In addition, as an original founder Mr. Weber performs business development and NDT training for GISS. Mr. Weber has begun his Executive MBA at Athabasca University Jan 2016, majoring in International business.
Mr. Raycraft upon graduating from Farwell High School, MI in 1981 joined the United States Navy where he was assigned to the USS Samuel Gompers and the USS Kitty Hawk. While aboard the USS Samuel Gompers his primary job was valve and pump repair. When transferred to the USS Kitty Hawk his primary job was maintaining and operating the 3000 psi air compressor which supplied air to the Liquid Oxygen and Nitrogen Plant. He received two Sea Service Ribbons and two Battle "E" Ribbons for ships operational readiness.
In 1986 Mr. Raycraft was hired into the residential and commercial construction field within his home state of Michigan. He quickly moved up to Construction Supervisor overseeing many residential and commercial projects. In 1995, Mr. Raycraft attended Ferris State University, whereas he received his Associated Degree in Applied Science (AAS).
After spending a couple years working for various construction companies and steel fabrication companies utilizing his designing and Project Management skills, Mr. Raycraft joined Mears Group in 2005 as Operations Manager overseeing and managing the equipment for Pipeline Inspections. At the same time, he also was made Project Manager whereas he worked with various clients on creating scopes of work, proposals, and execution of pipeline inspections. The list of clients consists of Spectra Energy, Alabama Gas, DTE/Michcon, Baltimore Gas, Washington Gas and Linde BOC. Mr. Raycraft also has NACE CP1 Certification.
Mr. Raycraft joined Global Integrity in July 2016 as General Manager for US Operations. His main role will be overseeing several offices within the US along with providing Project Management Services and Client Communications for the Pipeline Integrity Division of Global Integrity.
Ms. Dodson graduated from Farwell High School in 1981. In 1984, was enrolled in an emergency medical technician course through a local hospital. Through this course a Michigan EMT test was administered and successfully passed with her becoming one of four individuals to successfully station an Ambulance service in one of Clare County Michigan small towns. Through the EMS system she accomplished successfully passing a licensure level of EMT-Specialist. Throughout this time, she became a CPR and First Aid Instructor and conducted several classes throughout Michigan. While working with the American Red Cross, she was able to conduct classes out of state. Throughout her career as an EMS provider on weekends and holidays, she also was employed in other capacities for other employers.
In 2013 Ms. Dodson received her Associate Degree in Applied Science from Mid Michigan Community College. She has worked in various office settings, which allowed her to gain knowledge in Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable, Payroll and collections. In addition, she also had responsibilities that included inventory of supplies and purchasing.
Ms. Dodson joined Mears Group in 2013 as a Data Analyst. The responsibilities that are associated with this position include: receiving direct examination pipe data from field crews that worked with various clients. The data would be compared and analyzed for accuracy. At the same time, she would create databases to be used to support documentation. A final document would be prepared for the client and sent via mail, email or FTP site.
When not at work, Sandy enjoys time spent with her husband and their three dogs. Along with other activities that include earning a blue belt through Gateway Martial Arts, kayaking and walking.
Dennis is an experienced Safety and Training Manager with expertise in enterprise wide safety programs at national and global levels and over 20 years of diverse Environmental, Health and Safety experience, Training Curriculum Development, Implementation and Course Presentations. His experience has crossed over the US Navy, Semiconductor Assembly, Telecom, Commercial construction, Non-Destructive Examination, O&G Pipeline, and Chemical Gas Reclamation plants. He has worked for large Upstream and Midstream segments of the Gas and Oil Industry in senior positions requiring expert decision making skills. As the lead EHS professional for Drilling and Completions in a Midsize E&P Operator, he implemented and managed a "Best in Class" Contractor Safety Management and Audit Program resulting in greatly reduced Incident Rates and superior Safety processes throughout the highly complex activities he was assigned to manage.
Additional long term career accomplishments include senior level positions for several Large and Mid-size companies including Global Safety Officer, Director of Safety, HSE Field Operations Manager, Safety and Training Officer and numerous Coordinator and Lead functions. Dennis is certified as a Utilities Safety Administrator (CUSA) by the National Safety Council.
Being the son of an airline pilot, Mr. Grippin has always had a love of flying. After graduating from Keller High School in the top five percent in 1979, two years at The University of Texas Arlington in Pre-Aero Spacing Engineering, 2 years as a Motor Controls Electrician, 6 years at Texas Instruments as Requested and Building Maintenance Supervisor, Ray finally got his Single Engine Land Commercial Pilot License through American Flyer's Flight Academy in 1989. In January 1990 he was off to Alaska to be a Bush Pilot!
Five years in Alaska contracted to Alyeska Pipeline Service Company as a NDE Technician and Corrosion Field Engineer, chasing external and internal wall loss, gave Ray the foundation for his current profession. While in Alaska, plenty of "Bush Pilot" stuff and the granting of a United States Patent for his invention of Fiber Optic Camouflage.
Returning from Alaska in January 1995, Ray took on several new challenges including Air Test and Balance Technician for an engineering company certifying new Walmart stores, Hazardous Waste Coordinator for an electronics manufacturer, owner of an Aircraft Maintenance business on 9-11, Hurricane Relief work after Katrina, contract pilot flying a Cessna Caravan, and Professional Poker Player.
In 2007 Ray returned to the Pipeline Integrity business as a "Bell Hole Technician" for a Survey Company, building their Direct Examination Program from the ground up, ending up as Business Development and Technician Manager. Unfortunately, that business was bought out and the parent company folded after 3 years. Ray went on to form his own company with partners, Bell Hole Integrity Services. When the partnership dissolved, Ray was recruited by an Engineering Consulting company to build their "Bell Hole Technician" (Pipeline Integrity Technician) program.
Mr. Grippin is now with GISS-USA. He is NACE certified CP2, CIP1, and Internal Corrosion Technologist. ASNT Level II in UT and MT and just recently certified as a GWT level 1.