Mark F. Collins (President and CEO, BC Ferries)
Mark’s experience in the marine industry spans more than 30 years. Presently he is President and CEO with British Columbia Ferry Services Inc., one of the world’s largest ferry systems. Mark has been with BC Ferries for 11 years, as Vice President, Engineering and most recently as Vice President, Strategic Planning & Community Engagement.
Other posts held by Mark include Vice President, Global Technical Services at CSL Group, a leading international bulk carrier operator based in Montreal. Internationally, he has been President of Rolls-Royce Marine firms in South America and Europe. Earlier he served as Vice President, Marketing & Service for Rolls-Royce Marine Canada in Vancouver, BC.
Mark is active in the development of the marine industry having served as Vice President of the Canadian Ferry Operators Association and Chair of the Shipbuilding & Ship Repair Board of British Columbia.
Mark is a certified Marine Engineer with sea experience aboard container vessels, bulk carriers, offshore support vessels, and tankers. He holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration (Transportation and Logistics) from the University of British Columbia, a degree in Marine Geography from Saint Mary’s University, and a Diploma of Mechanical Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Tim Page (Vice President, Government Relations, Seaspan Shipyards)
Tim joined Seaspan Shipyards as Vice President, Government Relations in August 2014 bringing with him over 30 years experience in positions of leadership and senior management across diverse sectors of the Canadian economy. Most recently, Tim worked as President and CEO of the Canadian Association of Defence and Security Industries (CADSI). Over the nine plus years he spent at CADSI, he grew the membership of the organization by over 250 percent, and the Association’s annual revenue by 500 percent. Today, CADSI is highly respected and recognized by the federal government as the voice of Canada’s defence and security industries; and has earned the credibility of its diverse national membership on defence procurement issues.
A graduate from Carleton University’s Master of Arts program, Tim also holds a BA (Hons.) in History and Politics from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario.
Derek Davis (Principal Naval Architect, BMT Fleet Technology)
Derek is an “Associate” of BMT Fleet Technology, but also aids a variety of other companies and associations. He has a diverse background including considerable stints in project management, engineering, and human resources, much of it gained from his 37 years with the Canadian Navy. This has included work with most of the RCN’s major vessel programs of the last three decades. A Mechanical Engineering graduate of the Royal Military College, his other education includes a Masters in Naval Architecture from University College London and in Business Administration from the Open University. He is an overseas member of RINA, an associate member of SNAME, and a life member of ASNE.
Robert Allan (Executive Chairman, Robert Allan Ltd.)
Since graduating with honours from the University of Glasgow with a B.Sc. in Naval Architecture in 1971, Robert Allan has been designing high-performance commercial workboats of all types, most notably high-performance tugboats for tanker escort and offshore terminal operations. In 1981, he succeeded his father as President of Robert Allan Ltd. and has led the company to a position of international prominence in the field. He is internationally recognized as a leading authority on the subject of tug and workboat design and has received major peer awards for this work. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of BC, and a Fellow of both SNAME and RINA. Mr. Allan has authored numerous papers and several text book chapters on the subject of workboat design. Since selling the company to senior employees in 2008 Mr. Allan has focussed on special projects and on mentoring the next generation of designers within the Company.
Ray Brougham (President, Rainhouse Manufacturing Canada)
Ray started his career in 1981 as a journeyman millwright, initially in BC’s pulp & paper industry then in the sawmill industry. His last posting in this field was maintenance superintendent of Northwood’s Huston plant, the largest sawmill complex in North America. In 1991 Ray returned to the University of Victoria to earn a mechanical engineering degree. Soon after receiving his degree, he founded Prototype Equipment Design (PED) and has evolved his company from a prototype machining job shop into a project focused engineering company. Rainhouse Canada (formerly Prototype Equipment Design) maintains its one stop shop contract manufacturing, CNC machining, and the electronic circuit board assembly business. PED’s main focus is within the defence, marine, and advanced manufacturing sectors. Ray is currently a board member of the South Island Prosperity Project (SIPP) and the Vancouver Island Aerospace Association (VIAA).
Gary Hamata (Vice President & General Manager, Vancouver Pile Driving Ltd.)
Gary Hamata has worked in the marine construction, heavy construction, and deep foundations industries for over 35 years. Gary has developed and directed teams of skilled professionals to deliver complex and challenging projects including: road and rail bridges, marine terminals, floating concrete structures, marine pipelines, outfalls and utilities installations, projects requiring hydraulic and/or clamshell dredging, foreshore stabilization, soil densification and improvement, site remediation, marine habitat creation, and land and/or marine piling. Former appointments include Regional Manager of the BC Division of North American Pile Driving Inc, President of Griffiths Pile Driving Inc, Project Manager at AUSENCO, Project Engineer at Miller Dredging Ltd, and Project Superintendent at Sceptre Riedel Dawson Constructors Ltd. He is a Founding Member of the BC Marine & Pile Driving Contractors Safety Council and a Past President of the BC Marine and Pile Driving Contractors Association. Gary is presently a Director of the BC Association of Crane Safety.
Bruce Kempling (President, Ocean Pacific Marine Supply & Boatyard)
Darren Larkins (CEO, SSI)
Darren Larkins is the CEO of SSI, the makers of ShipConstructor. In that role Darren brings a mix of technology expertise and experience with shipbuilders around the world to bear on the challenges facing the marine industry today. Darren has submitted and presented papers to journals and shipbuilding conferences in all of the world’s major shipbuilding markets and has played a significant role in a number of projects under the US National Shipbuilding Research Program (NSRP). Darren is a longstanding member of SNAME and an associate member of RINA.
Dan McGreer (Principal Naval Architect, Vard Marine Inc.)
Dan McGreer is a Principal Naval Architect at Vard Marine Inc. (VARD) and has worked there for over 24 years. Dan has been involved in all aspects of ship design including; preliminary concept development, contract design, ship performance assessment, computational fluid dynamics, marine system design and ship model testing and trials. Dan graduated in 1983 from the University of British Columbia in Mechanical Engineering with a Naval Architecture Option. Dan has worked on numerous ship design projects while at VARD including managing the design of the Canadian Coast Guard Polar Icebreaker, Arctic Offshore Patrol Ship, the NZ Offshore Patrol Vessels and the USCG Great Lakes Icebreaker.
Dan is a Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers and an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia.
Scott McLean (Director, Ocean Networks Canada Innovation Centre)
Scott McLean, a professional electrical engineer, brings over 21 years of ocean technology development experience to ONC from Halifax, where he worked for eight years as chief technology officer and vice-president of research and development at a high-tech oceanographic company. Scott’s areas of expertise include sensor development, observing system design and sensor integration into observing systems. From his experience in product development from concept through to creation, Scott has the proven ability to turn partnerships and technology transfers from Canadian and international groups into successful commercial products. Scott is also the Business Development Officer for Ocean Observing Technology.