Norm has been involved with security operations since 2006 but worked his first big concert with Shadow Security in 2008 for Ozzy Osbourne. Since then, Norm has enrolled in various Shadow Security in-house training programs as well as a basic weekend tactical course. Accordingly, Norm quickly rose through the Shadow ranks to become supervisor for Amherst, Nova Scotia events. In 2011 he became senior supervisor of major events like Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival and FredRock Festival. Norm also worked at other events throughout Nova Scotia and New Brunswick featuring over 1000 celebrities, athletes, and bands, such as Metallica, AC/DC, U2, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Elton John.
Norm is currently a 5th degree (Godan) blackbelt in Shotokan karate and has completed and won medals in many local and national competitions. He started his martial arts training in 1999 and received his Shodan (1st degree black belt) in Shotokan karate from International Master Teruyuki Okazaki in 2002. In that same year, and while attending Mount Allison University, Norm opened the Mount Allison University Shotokan Karate Dojo with his wife, Jolene Robitza, as assistant instructor. Norm is also a B-level international judge, a D-level International Karate Daigaku (IKD) Provincial Instructor, and a D-level examiner, in addition to his role as webmaster and member of the multimedia department for IKD. Presently, Norm is working on his C-level instructor and his examiner’s license. Norm’s passion for karate lies within self defense and weapons defense. As such, Norm combines his tactical training and karate by spending many hours analyzing kata moves for self defense, some of which he passes the techniques on to his guards for the day it may be needed on the job.