Having worked in the marine industry for over 40 years, the past 25 in the public service, I am seeking another challenge and would like to give back to the industry the benefit of my varied work experience and knowledge.
1984 - present TRANSPORT CANADA, MARINE SAFETY DIRECTORATE, Currently Director Operations and Environmental Programs.
1982 - 1984 MONTREAL SHIPPING INC., MONTREAL, QUEBEC
Assistant Vice-President, Marine
1980 - 1982 MATTHEW SHIP CHARTERING LTD, MONTREAL, QUEBEC
1977 - 1980 PORT WARDEN’S OFFICE, MONTREAL, QUEBEC
1976 - 1977 ROBERT REFORD INC., MONTREAL, QUEBEC
1964 - 1976 SEA SERVICE
TRANSPORT CANADA MARINE (formerly part of the Canadian Coast Guard) 1984 - Present
Director, Operations and Environmental Programs
Accountable for managing the Navigable Waters Protection Program; managing Environmental Response Systems; managing the registry of ships and licensing of small commercial vessels; the planning and development of national policies, legislation, regulations, guidelines and standards governing the inspection and certification of domestic and foreign ships to ensure the safety of life and property and the protection of the environment on Canadian navigable waters; for managing Canada’s Port State Control (PSC) program; for directing the conduct of investigations of marine accidents and incidents; for managing and coordinating the Canadian ship inspection program; for managing related prosecutions and liabilities; for managing Navigation Safety and Radio Communications; for managing Emergency Preparedness Planning; for the Certification of Oil Response Organizations; for Aerial Surveillance; for the approval of prototype products and equipment in relevant areas of responsibility; for planning and coordinating the Port Warden and cargo associated programs; for providing advice, consultation and services, in areas of accountability, to national and international organizations on marine safety; and for research and development management concerning pollution prevention and associated equipment to ensure the safe operation of ships and the protection of Canadian waters and coastal areas.
Current high profile challenges include: Development of responsible regulations under Canada Shipping Act 2001 and delivery of appropriate training to field inspectors; Delegation to Class; Control of Aquatic Invasive Species and Water Ballast Management; Places of Refuge; Reform of Collision Regulations; Distress Alerting Risk Assessment; South Coast of Newfoundland Risk Study in event of a catastrophic spill; Upgrade and Modernization of Aerial Surveillance Program; Environmental Assessments of proposed LNG terminals; Navigational risks associated with aquaculture sites; Ships leaving Canada destined for recycling; Development of an enforcement MOU with Environment Canada following the entry onto force of Bill C-15.
Acting Director, Policy and Planning - Marine Safety Directorate
Responsible for directing the development of policies, procedures and national plans for the implementation of regulatory requirements for ship registration, tonnage measurement, design and construction, crew training and certification, crew safety, manning and operation, marine cargoes, pollution prevention and the inspection of Canadian and foreign ships. Directly accountable for the planning, implementation and operation of Canada’s Port State Control program for foreign vessels and the operation and maintenance of the databases that support the programs.
Senior Surveyor, Bulk Cargoes and Cargo Equipment, National Headquarters, Ottawa
Planning, developing, recommending and administrating Regulations, Codes and Standards pertaining to the safe carriage of dry, bulk, liquid and general cargoes, safety of containers and cargo handling equipment; implementing cargo related programs; managing research and development programs; coordinating activities by liaising with public and other government agencies; overseeing and supervising marine surveyors and clerical staff and coordinating Port Warden Services at Arctic Ports.
Experience gained as Marine Surveyor at National Headquarters, Ottawa, and at the District Office in St. Catharines, Ontario
Included safety inspections on ships in Lake Erie, Lake Ontario and Welland Canal, which encompassed administering Regulations, Codes and Standards; examining candidates for Master and Mates’ Certificates of Competency; measuring vessels and calculating tonnage; investigating ship casualties, shipboard accidents and oil pollution incidents and recommending amendments to regulations; conducting stability tests on ships; calculating freeboards; examining cargo handling gear; acting as Port Warden; attending at shore facilities to witness tests and maintenance of lifesaving equipment.
Represented Canada at International Meetings:
International Maritime Organization: Maritime Safety Committee – Head of Delegation; Marine Environment Protection Committee – Head of Delegation; Flag State Implementation Sub-Committee – Head of Delegation; Sub-Committee on Cargoes and Containers (BC) - Head of Delegation; Ship Port Interface – Head of Delegation; Delegate to sessions of IMO’s Assembly and Council.
International Labour Organization - Tripartite Meeting and Maritime Conference on International Maritime Labour Standards
International Standards Organization - TC 104, Containers
Port State Control - Paris MOU and Tokyo MOU meetings
NATO Training Sessions
MONTREAL SHIPPING INC., 1982 - 1984
Management and supervision of all marine matters for the entire organization comprising seven offices nationwide. The company engaged in Ship Agency, Chartering and Operating and Container Intermodal.
MATTHEW SHIP CHARTERING LTD., 1980 - 1982
Working for a company with owned and chartered tonnage, involved in worldwide trading. Experience was gained in all aspects of ship chartering and ship management. A portion of the time was spent traveling to coordinate loading/ discharging of vessels, the remaining time was spent at Head Office, operating fleet and planning voyages. Responsible for all safety matters pertaining to ships and equipment directly owned by the company.
PORT WARDEN’S OFFICE, 1977 - 1980
Occupation involved all aspects of marine surveying. Particular expertise in break bulk cargo surveys, deck cargo surveys, inspection of vessels prior to loading perishable cargoes, concentrates and timber on deck. Inspection of vessel and stability prior to and during loading of grain cargoes. Responsible for ensuring vessels not overload or too deeply laden for river transit when leaving Montreal. Authorized to take Masters Note of Protest.
ROBERT REFORD INC., 1976 - 1977
Steamship Agents. General responsibilities included planning and supervision of cargo work on liners and operating tramp vessels entering and leaving
St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes ports. Attained knowledge of all aspects of ship agency work.
SEA SERVICE, 1964 - 1976
Sea going career, Deck Cadet to Master (foreign going) with various U.K. and Canadian companies. Experienced service on general and refrigerated vessels, pulp and paper carriers, bulk carriers and passenger vessels.
Marine Surveyor, Dangerous Goods; Ship Management Personnel Relations, Phase II; Restricted Radiotelephone Operator; Radio Observer and Simulator Certificates; Compass certificate; Fire-fighting certificate; Petroleum tanker safety; Med II and III; Helicopter Survival; Sen; ARPA; Marine Emergency Management; Basic Computer Training; Transport Canada Intermediate Management Transportation; Senior Transportation Management, Budgetary Control, Work Plans and Budgets.
Classed to Canadian Government CBC level in ability to communicate in French
Excellent references will be supplied on demand.
High School and University Degree equivalency
Master Mariner F.G.
Strong Technical background particuarly in the area of ship safety inspections and audits and cargo loading. Good knowledge of international maritime conventions and safety management systems. Current on environmental issues and the challenges to shipping.
The past 15 years have been spent as an executive in the Canadian public service sector developing administrative and management skills. Extensive experience in chairing meetings and representing Canada in the international arena.