High altitude personnel

Want to work for the provincial government's new climate action secretariat? Well, today was the deadline to apply for a number of positions within that secretariat - including it's head. But that doesn't mean there isn't anyone presently working on the climate change file. For example, the government has already hired Graham Whitmarsh as its chief carbon trading advisor. And who exactly is Mr. Whitmarsh, you may wonder? Well, in a brief interview with Public Eye, the carbon trading advisor confirmed he was once president and chief executive officer of Mercury Scheduling Systems Inc., whose airline software business was purchased by AD OPT Technologies Inc. in 2003. Upon further investigation, Public Eye has learned Mr. Whitmarsh was also a director with software developer and marketer Sourcesmith Industries Inc. and capital pool company Crossroad Ventures Inc.

Consolidated Goldbank Ventures Ltd. made a successful bid to takeover Crossroads in 2002. And Sourcesmith was delisted from NEX, a trading forum for TSX Venture listed companies that have fallen below the exchange's ongoing listing standards, in 2006. The premier's office hasn't yet responded to repeated requests - placed last week - for further details on Mr. Whitmarsh, who was also North America vice-president for Sabre Airline Solutions, a Sabre Holdings Corp. company.


But what does he know about carbon trading? And how much is he being paid?

When you see appointments like this, which should be non-controversial but end up attracting attention and eventual criticisim, you begin to wonder if there aren't some John Pollard thinkalikes working for Gordon Campbell and Martyn Brown.

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