Our Team

Knowledgeable in a range of disciplines, including professional marine engineering, naval architecture, marine law, marine surveying and marine operations, the LeeWay team offers a powerful combination of innovation and execution on any project.

Management Team

Jamie Sangster

Jamie Sangster

P.Eng, MSc, CD

Jamie is the founder of Leeway Marine. Prior to Leeway, Jamie 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.

Mark Decker

Mark Decker

VP, Fleet Readiness

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.

Greg Veinott

Greg Veinott

CAPM, B.Mgmt
Director, Strategic Initiatives & Marketing

A graduate from Dalhousie University’s Bachelor of Management program and native Haligonian, Greg is an experienced marketing and business development professional who has worked in both the private and public sectors.

His previous roles have included business development, market research and branding for a high-growth tech startup in the agricultural sector, marketing in telecommunications, and marketing for foreign direct investment at the Nova Scotia provincial government.

Greg has completed his Certified Associate in Project Management certificate in addition to his degree from Dalhousie.

Steve Girard

Stephen Girard

VP, Innovation

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.

Don Grant

Don Grant

B.A., B.ED, J.D.
EVP, Corporate Affairs

Don has 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 a comprehensive understanding of corporate and marine law.

Julie Zinck

Julie Zinck

Business Manager

Julie has come to Leeway with extensive experience in Document Control and Administration spanning the past 15 years. Julie has worked within a private engineering company and a local shipyard which brings her the experience and comprehensive understanding of the marine industry. In her work experience she has formatted publication for DND, as well as worked in configuration management and project management. 

Julie comes from a small fishing community just outside Halifax and has always loved the water and marine life.

Rick Wallace

Rick Wallace

Engineering Manager

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. 

Bill Boyle

Financial Manager

After spending 7 years in the Royal Canadian Navy, Bill left to begin a career in the financial services industry with a major Canadian bank. During his 14 year banking career Bill has been responsible for managing the treasury requirements of Commercial and Corporate bank clients across Atlantic Canada, with specific expertise in creating operational efficiencies and maximizing cash flow from operations.

Bill holds a Bachelor in Business Administration from the Royal Military College, and has a Certified Treasury Professional designation.


Captain Derrick Green

Derrick Green

Captain, LeeWay Odyssey

Derrick received his Master Mariner CoC in 1997, while serving as Chief Officer for Secunda Marine on their two cargo vessels. (J.D. Mitchell and Len Speer) He transitioned to dynamically positioned vessels while working with Secunda on the Balmoral Sea, where he was 2nd Officer. Moving to C-Mar Canada in 1999, Derrick served first as Chief Officer and then Master with several major offshore companies, including Stolt Offshore, Torch International, Cal-Dive, OTSL and CCC Underwater Engineering.

In September 2007, while Master at CCC, Derrick was offered the position of Marine Superintendent, and later Marine Operations Manager, where he was responsible for all aspects of the CCC fleet, including manning, technical and operational management of the vessels, dry-docking, and budgeting. He also served as relief master when required.

In 2016 Derrick returned to Canada and in 2017 Derrick joined McKeil Marine as a Vessel Manager for their transportation fleet and later transitioned back to a seagoing position as Mate and Master.

Derrick joined LeeWay Marine as Master, LeeWay Odyssey in 2018.

Danny Rowe

Danny Rowe

Captain, LeeWay Striker

Originally from Parsborro, NS, Danny grew up operating fishing vessels in the Bay of Fundy and was a ship carpenter’s assistant. He 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.

Danny brings a wealth of pragmatic seamanship experience and creative solutions to the LeeWay team.

Geoff Ryan

Geoff Ryan

Deck Foreman - AB Bridge Watch

Geoff is a Marine and Industrial Rigger, and is also a member of the CCGA. He also holds a level 3 rigging inspector certification. Geoff has over 15 years of operational experience in the Middle East, Asian Pacific, and the Caspian Sea offshore construction industry. Geoff worked through the ranks on offshore cable-laying ships and DLB barges, and PLB barges in various major projects as an employee of J. Ray McDermott M.E. He brings a tremendous amount of the experience and expertise to the operation of LeeWay Odyssey's deck equipment.