Oregon State University, 1963, MSc, Soil Science/Chemistry
UBC, 1966, PhD, Plant Physiology
Harold Etter was born in Louisville, KY, in 1939. His first degree was a BSA (Major in Soil Science) in 1961 from UBC. Recollections of student life at UBC include filling in applications for summer work he did at the Agassiz, Summerland and Vineland, Ontario, experimental stations. “Aggie summer students had a unique opportunity to have a year-round learning experience that was not available in many faculties”, Harold recalls.
Graduate work led to the awards of an MSc (Soil Science/Chemistry) from Oregon State University in 1963 and a PhD in Plant Physiology (Biochemistry Major) from UBC in 1966. Later he obtained qualifications in securities and financial planning in 1989 and 1991, respectively, from the Canadian Securities Institute, Vancouver, and the Canadian Institute of Planning, Toronto.
Dr Etter has had two main careers, one as a consultant on scientific and environmental matters, and the other as a financial planner. His first professional position was as a Research Scientist with the Canada Department of Fisheries and Forestry, which led to a position as a Protection Biologist with Environment Canada. Consultancy work followed with various agencies and companies including Thurber Consultants Ltd, BC Hydro and Power Authority, Manitoba Hydro and CP Rail. Later, as a financial planner, Dr Etter served with C M Oliver Financial Corp., Maitland Magee Management and Seaboard Life.
Dr Etter has published numerous consulting reports and scientific papers and his memberships of professional and scientific societies have included: the American Society of Plant Physiologists, Ecological Society of America, Agricultural Institute of Canada, BC and Manitoba Institutes of Agrologists, and the Canadian Mined Land Reclamation Society. He resides in Surrey, BC, with wife C. Miriam, RN and they have two sons (Harold Paul and Mark Clinton).
Dr. Etter has also maintained an active role in the Baptist Church and has served as President of the Gideon Camp in White Rock, BC.