SBDHS Alumni - Dirk Schmid ('87)

Graduated from SBDHS in 1987

School Life:

Graduated in 1987

Elementary: Assiniboine School in St. James

Junior High: Deer Lodge School

Grade 7-9: St. Charles Academy – switched from Deer Lodge

Grade 10-12: St. Boniface Diocesan High School

Post-Secondary Education:

University of Winnipeg:

Faculty of Science – Double Major in Biology and Environmental Science

Graduated after 6 years.

B.Sc. 1993

University of Saskatchewan – Saskatoon, SK

Faculty of Graduate Studies – Applied Microbiology (Environmental)

M.Sc. 1998



Ryerson University – Toronto, ON

Lab Manager, Department of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Environmental microbiology research (biofilms in contaminated lakeshore sediments, and microorganisms in biological wastewater treatment)

University of Toronto – Toronto, ON

Faculty of Engineering, courses to supplement knowledge

Fall 2001:

North/South Consultants Inc.

Biologist and Information Systems Specialist (GIS & Database Related)

Designed and implemented for Manitoba Hydro an information system to integrate biophysical data collected for the environmental impact studies of the Wuskwatim, Keeyask proposed Conawapa, and Pointe du Bois generating stations and two monitoring programs. Dirk also completed several GIS-related mapping projects to document traditional knowledge from several communities across Nunavut Territory. He is currently managing acoustic telemetry data from lake sturgeon monitoring programs in the Saskatchewan and Nelson river systems.

Volunteering and other activities:

Toastmasters International – Bronze Level Communicator and Leadership levels completed in 2017. From 2013 to 2018 Dirk completed 20 speeches to improve and broaden his communication and presentation skills.

Spirit Night – a faith sharing group, committee member from 2009-present. With Fr. John Kracher and Sr. Therese Bilodeau, Dirk has helped organize a number of topics to share, deepen and clarify our Catholic faith.

Stained Glass – a hobby that began in the fall of 2010. After completing the beginner class at the Prairie Stained Glass shop, he continued on with intermediate and design classes to improve and expand his skills. One of the last projects he completed was a Nativity Lantern, which took almost a year to build. This project won the Stained Glass award in 2013 at the annual Prairie Stained Glass show.

Canadian Rockhound – Dirk developed and maintained a unique web-based educational geology magazine (7 years) as a hobby. He began the magazine while he was a grad student in Saskatoon, and published many articles related to the mineral and fossil collecting hobby, until 2005. A copy of this website has been archived by the National Library of Canada.

Dirk has also travelled to Europe, visiting Germany, Italy, Spain. In 2001 he spent two weeks Japan as part of a technology tour. An avid hiker Dirk enjoys camping and hiking the Canadian Rockies in Alberta and British Columbia. To date, he’s completed more than 2000 km of trails throughout all the mountain national parks. In total, he has been to 12 National Parks in Canada, the latest being Prince Albert National Park in Saskatchewan.

St. Boniface Diocesan High School Experience:

Dirk’s overall experience at SBDHS was great. It was a good environment, safe, and respect was evident student to student and staff to student. Since Dirk came from a previous school bullying experience, St. B helped him to build self-esteem which led to a strong year in Grade 12 at St. B.

Dirk was involved in co-curriculars such as the Chess Club with Mr. Boyko, and outside the school, he took piano lessons and completed exams through the Royal Conservatory of Music. Faith was very present in the school and it was a safe place to practice faith with enthusiasm. Dirk finds himself much stronger in his faith these days. He attends adoration and reconciliation regularly, has organized a number of Catholic men’s nights, and helps out with youth ministry as well.

St. B and St. Charles played an important role in his life. According to Dirk, “I don’t think I would be where I am today without those schools.”

Proudest Moment:

Dirk’s proudest moment at his St. B graduation; to his great surprise, he received an award for having the top marks in biology in grade 12.

Best Advice:

St. B has a welcoming community that needs to be known and shared. This school is a great place to perform academically, social and physically in sports. If you can, you definitely should!