Mr. Geoff Cairns has over 39 years of experience in manufacturing, production processes, product standards application and the implementation of various quality programs for a broad base of custom and non-custom engineered products.
Mr. Cairns began his career in 1964 with Harland & Wolff a large ship building company in Belfast Northern Ireland. On coming to Canada in 1975 he worked for Howden & Parsons and then SKF Canada. In 1978 joined Ontario Hydro (OH), now Ontario Power Generation (OPG). His career in OH/OPG spanned 27 years. He spent 23 years with the Nuclear Supply Chain in Supplier Quality Assurance for the CANDU Nuclear Power Plants. He held various positions including performing source surveillance inspections and has audited and evaluated suppliers for compliance to various quality program standards such as ASME, N286., CSA N285, 10CFR50, NQA-1, ISO9000, CSA Z299 including, Peer to Peer assessments. He has extensive experience with a number of regulatory and jurisdictional codes, standards and specifications.
In 2003 he was appointed Manager, Supply Chain Quality Services – Nuclear supply Chain with accountability for the management and maintenance of the Approved Supplier List, Qualification of external suppliers, Source surveillance inspection with up to 600 external Source surveillance and completion of more than 200 audits per year.
In 2006 he joined the Owners Group as the Program Manager – CANDU Procurement Audit Committee. He managed the CANPAC Operating Program for the performance of supplier audits and maintenance of the CANPAC Supplier List.