Claire Martin (meteorologist)
Martin at a CBC open house in 2010
Claire Martin Morehen is a former national television weather presenter with CBC Television in Canada. She is a niece of Barbara Edwards, who in 1974 became the BBC's first female weather presenter in the UK.
Education and career
Before emigrating to Canada, Martin worked for the UK Met Office as a forecaster, responsible for South West England. She received a Higher National Certificate with distinction in Mathematics, Statistics and Physics from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom while on day release from her job. She was later transferred to the Central Forecast Office in Bracknell, UK
She moved to Canada in July 1990 and worked in a support position for Environment Canada's Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC) including positions as weather observer in Lethbridge, Alberta, and Fort Resolution, Northwest Territories. She attended the University of Alberta in Edmonton from 1993 until 1995, completing her Bachelor of Science with specialization in Meteorology. She worked on the "media bench" for Environment Canada's Northern Alberta Weather Centre.
She was identified as a surplus employee during the federal government cuts in 1995. Martin took a job as a staff meteorologist and weather presenter with CITV in Edmonton in August 1996. In 2005, she moved from Edmonton to join CBC Television's news operations in Toronto. CBC introduced nationally televised weather features at that time for its news programs The National and Canada Now. In 2007, she moved to CBC's Vancouver station CBUT to host regional weather forecasts. Martin was heavily involved in assisting with weather forecasts for the Vancouver Olympics in February 2010. In September 2012, the CBC senior management consolidated weather services, and moved Martin to CBLT in Toronto to work on the local supper-time and 10 PM national newscasts.
She became a member of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) in 1993, of the American Meteorological Society (AMS) in 1994, of the International Association of Broadcast Meteorology (IABM) in 1996, of the UK Royal Meteorological Society (RMetS) in 1998, and of the National Weather Association (NWA) in 1999. She was Chairman of the International Association of Broadcast Meteorology from 2007 to 2011, and is currently Vice-Chairman.
Awards and recognition
The International Weather Festival awarded Claire Martin the honour of "Best Weather Presenter in the World" in 2000, 2001 and 2003. The festival was produced annually by meteorologists and broadcast weather presenters from various nations and has been supported by the World Meteorological Organization.
The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) gave two citations to Claire Martin, one in 2011 for her excellence in producing Radio and Television Weather presentations especially hosting of two CBC Radio hour-long weather programming specials which were instrumental in educating the public in the science of meteorology and forecasting. In 2004 she received a CMOS citation for showing outstanding skills in bringing day-to-day weather and its impacts to people in a clear, simple and entertaining manner on Global TV in Edmonton AB.
Entering into politics
Martin ran for election as the Green Party of Canada candidate for the riding of North Vancouver for the 42nd Canadian federal election which occurred on October 19, 2015. Martin challenged the seat held by Conservative MP Andrew Saxton. Martin came in third place, losing to Liberal candidate Jonathan Wilkinson, who won with over 50% of the vote.
|Canadian federal election, 2015|
|New Democratic||Carleen Thomas||5,015||7.79||-9.07||–|
|Total valid votes/Expense limit||64,354||100.0||$218,801.55|
|Total rejected ballots||218||–||–|
|Liberal gain from Conservative||Swing||+23.81%|
|Source: Elections Canada|
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- Marc Weisblott (20 February 2014). "CBC meteorologist Claire Martin quits the weather". canada.com.
- "Minutes: 2007 AGM" (PDF). International Association of Broadcast Meteorology. 3 October 2007.
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