Jamie Sangster, P.Eng, MSc, CD
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.
Stephen Girard MET, EET
Director, Sub Sea Operations
With over 15 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 has worked in Halifax with various engineering and design firms before heading offshore. He specializes in mechanics, 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.
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