Team

Jamie Sangster, P.Eng, MSc, CD
CEO

Jamie specializes in complex marine project management. He has served in the Royal Canadian Navy for 20 years as a marine systems engineering officer and naval architect, and has extensive sea experience aboard Canadian major warships. Jamie has spent his career on the operational waterfront and at sea in various technical and operational leadership roles. These positions include engineering officer aboard a Canadian patrol frigate in domestic and international operations, east coast fleet maintenance manager, east coast fleet senior naval architect, technical director for a major submarine refit project, and detachment commander and technical lead for new ship construction at Irving Shipbuilding.

Jamie originates from Pictou Landing and holds a degree in mechanical engineering from Royal Military College as well as a master’s degree in naval architecture from the University of London UK.

Don Grant, B.A., B.ED, J.D.

Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Don comes to Leeway with extensive experience in business development and law.  Don has worked in private practice and as in-house counsel with a large multinational corporation and through those experiences has developed a comprehensive understanding of corporate and marine law.

Don is from Halifax, Nova Scotia, but has lived for prolonged periods of time in Australia, Japan and Central America.

Mark Decker, RSE, CSS, MCPM, CD
Vice President, Fleet Superintendent

Mark retired from the Royal Canadian Navy after serving 23 years as a marine engineer and radiation safety specialist. The Newfoundland and Labrador native has extensive training in marine diesel engines and was awarded his marine diesel inspection qualification by the RCN.  Mark’s expertise at sea and alongside ensured the correct operation of many systems, such as main engines, gearing, shafting, generators, hydraulics, air, lube oil, fuel and domestic water.

Mark earned his master’s certificate in project management from Saint Mary’s University and has achieved certifications as 3rd class power engineer, Red Seal (inter-provincial) industrial mechanic (millwright), and Nova Scotia Construction Safety Association supervisor.

Rick Wallace, CD1
Director, Fleet Maintenance and Certification

Rick was born in Hamilton, Ontario and grew up around the marine industry in southern California. As a member of the Royal Canadian Navy for almost 30 years, Rick reached the rank of chief petty officer before moving to the private sector as a project manager for large-scale, commercial and government vessel maintenance programs.

Rick was a chief engine room artificer aboard Canadian patrol frigates, managing complex marine systems in all operational conditions. Rick holds a project management certificate from Dalhousie University, a NACE level one certificate, and a Marine Engineering Certificate 4 (Engineering Charge Ticket) from the RCN. He is also a certified industrial mechanic (millwright) with certifications as a machinist specialist and diesel inspector.

Geoff Ryan

Odyssey Crew: Deck Foreman

Bio Pending

Wayne Shaddock, CD1

Managing Director, Leeway Defence

Bio Pending

Grant Heddon, MSc, CET, CD

Director, Marine Surveying

Grant’s extensive marine surveying experience began as a hull technician with the Canadian Military. He left the military as a chief petty officer second class after 28 years of service, forgoing a promotion to chief petty officer first class in favor of accepting a position as a hull surveyor with the provincial government. Grant is currently a marine surveyor with the Department of National Defence.

Grant graduated with merit from North West Kent College in the UK and was awarded his diploma in marine surveying. He recently completed his MSc in marine surveying through Middlesex University (UK). Adding to his credentials are a project management certificate from Algonquin College, Tech Nova engineering technician certification, NACE level II certification and rigging inspector level II certification. As a sailing enthusiast, Grant has achieved his Canadian Yachting Association intermediate navigation and advanced cruising skipper designations.

Stephen Girard MET EET
Director, Sub Sea Operations

With over 14 years of field experience in various global off-shore companies, Steve has become a renowned subsea robotics specialist, tackling the most difficult subsea tasks for extremely high-value assets: oilfield construction, intervention, survey, inspections and routine installation for operations in Canada, USA, UK, Angola, Ghana and Nigeria.

Born in Toronto, Steve has spent the majority of his career in the Maritimes including his time at the Nova Scotia Community College-Institute of Technology. He specializes in electronics, hydraulics, high voltage electrics, various tooling packages, acquisition sensors, computing and software.  Steve heads the technology division at LeeWay Marine, with a focus on subsea operations and lifting and handling solutions.

Richard (Rick) Ross, CD
Director, Fleet Electrical Systems

Rick is a Red Seal industrial electrician with a 20-year service record in the Canadian Armed Forces. Rick is a QL6B marine electrician and is currently working toward his Red Seal millwright certification.  Other provincial and federal certifications that Rick has achieved include arc flash, fall arrest, articulated boom lift, crane, lifting appliance operator, Class F license and ISO 9001:2008.

In his military service, Rick was deployed throughout the world as a marine electrician/technician, diver, security team operator/supervisor, integrated machinery maintainer, technical inspector and safety administrator.  He has also worked with Cummins Eastern Canada LP.

Danny Rowe, CD1

Odyssey Crew

Danny has over 3,000 operational sea days, both as a senior naval chief in the Royal Canadian Navy and a >60 ton qualified ship’s master.  In his 35-year career with the navy, he served in various high profile seamanship and leadership roles and became renowned as one of the most competent and valued sailors in the fleet.  Danny was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada in recognition for valour under duress after he single-handedly saved HMCS Athabaskan from running aground.

Originally from Parsborro, NS, Danny grew up operating fishing vessels in the Bay of Fundy and was a ship carpenter’s assistant.  He brings a wealth of pragmatic seamanship experience and creative solutions to the LeeWay team.