Board of Trustees

The Vancouver Maritime Museum is governed by a Board of Trustees. An Executive Director manages the operation of the museum and implements board policy. 

The Vancouver Maritime Museum Society is a registered non-profit.

PETER G. BERNARD, Q.C., PRESIDENT

After obtaining his law degree from the University of British Columbia, Peter joined the long established Vancouver Maritime Law Firm of Macrae Montgomery Hill & Cunningham. He was a Partner in the firm from 1969 to 1982. During that period of time, he gained extensive experience in all areas of the Maritime Law practice. In 1982, Peter joined the Vancouver firm of Campney & Murphy where he was a Partner until 2002, when he became on of the founding members of Bernard & Partners.

Peter’s practice has enveloped a very broad spectrum in the field of Maritime Law over a period of more than 40 years, where he has represented ship owners and charterers in both international and coastal shipping, terminal operators, P&I Clubs, Hull and Machinery Underwriters, ship builders and various worldwide financial institutions.

Peter has been a leading influence in the maritime community, particularly in western Canada. He has been the Director of the Chamber of Shipping, the International Maritime Centre, the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Maritime Law Association, and Vancouver Maritime Museum. In 1991, Peter was appointed Queen’s Council and is listed as a leading lawyer in Canada and in the maritime world in Who’s Who Legal, Best Lawyers. Peter was recently given the honour of the Best Maritime Lawyer in Vancouver, British Columbia for 2011

TOM BEASLEY, VICE PRESIDENT

Tom’s practice includes representation of employers and employees in all aspects of the employment relationship with an emphasis on human rights, employment standards, harassment, judicial reviews, and wrongful dismissal matters. His employment law representation also includes workers’ compensation and labour relations (management side) matters. Tom acts for professionals in complaints before their regulatory boards and members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in employment matters.

Tom’s practice has included litigation in all levels of Courts in British Columbia, the Federal Court at trial and appellate levels, and the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as participation in arbitrations and mediations as counsel. Tom regularly appears before the Human Rights Tribunal of BC, the Canadian Human Rights Commission, the Employment Standards Branch of BC, and the Employment Standards Tribunal of BC.

Tom has written articles on human rights, judicial review and employment law for the Continuing Legal Education Society of BC for many years, and is a regular speaker at other professional continuing education conferences. Tom is also a frequent speaker on underwater archaeology, diving and maritime history in BC and beyond.

DAVE DUNGEY, TREASURER

Dave is an experienced financial manager responsible for Business Development at the Amix Group with extensive business, accounting and operational involvement in manufacturing and consulting. As a committed member of the senior management team he offers strength in overall business management from a financial perspective and believes strongly that all business areas impact overall organizational performance and success. He is passionate that all departmental stakeholders should be invited to participate in decision making, and in including all team members in evaluation of current business standards as well as planning and implementation of change is the key to success.

As part of his business development responsibilities he oversees all aspects of the properties portfolio including owned and leased properties (as both landlord and tenant), sales and purchases, Crown leases and licenses, business and operating permits, civic permits, environmental studies and Port Metro Vancouver leases. He is responsible for the development of properties and works closely with all divisions of Amix on developing business opportunities including marine based (tug, barge and cranes), import/export and other businesses owned by The Amix Group. This includes and New and Used Steel Sales Business and a Concrete Ready-Mix Plant and docking facilities in Surrey, New Westminster and Prince Rupert. He also works closely with the Accounting and Admin staff on annual accounting review engagements of the companies and assists in coordinating outside legal, insurance and accounting resources for the companies

Past roles have included Director, Finance & Administration at Schnitzer Steel; Controller and Director, Finance & Administration at Amix Salvage & Sales Ltd., Financial and Senior Accountant at the Great Little Box Company Ltd, and Accountant for Arcas Consulting Archaeologists Ltd.

Dave is currently completing final courses of C.G.A. certification and has a BA from The University of Western Ontario, and a Political Science degree with a minor in Economics.

DONNA SPALDING, SECRETARY

Donna Spalding joined the Cruise Lines International Association - North West & Canada, a non-profit association representing the major cruise lines operating in the Pacific Northwest – British Columbia, Washington State, Oregon, Alaska & Hawaii; and in Atlantic Canada and Quebec in August 1999.

She plays a significant role in the Vancouver-based team that undertakes government and industry relations on behalf of the member cruise lines and represents them on a variety of community, government and industry boards and committees. She is responsible for the day to day administration of the Association.

In addition to experience within the resource, financial, regional government and legal sectors, Donna brings over 10 years previous experience in non-profit management, marketing and planning to CLIA-NWC. Prior to joining CLIA-NWC she held the position of Executive Director for several construction related associations in the lower mainland. The CLIA-NWC office is located in Vancouver, BC, Canada with affiliate associations based in Alaska, Fort Lauderdale and Hawaii.

HECTOR WILLIAMS, PHD, FSA, PAST PRESIDENT

Hector Williams is professor of classical archaeology at the University of British Columbia where he has been a faculty member since 1970. He directs UBC's archaeological excavations at the ancient cities of Mytilene (Lesbos island) and Stymphalos (Arcadia) and has been working on sites in the Mediterranean since 1965. He has done extensive work in maritime archaeology both in the Mediterranean and the North Pacific and has been a member of the Board of the VMM since 1990 and has chaired its collections committee since 1995. From 1981-84 he was director of the Canadian Institute in Greece and has also served as President of the Archaeological Institute of America's Canadian subsidiary. He helped found the Underwater Archaeological Society of BC and has chaired the Underwater Archaeology Committee of the AIA. He is also a Corresponding Member of the Hellenic Institute of Maritime Archaeology. He was raised in Churchill, Manitoba, where he first became interested in the sea.

ROBERT G. ALLAN, P.ENG

Robert Allan is the Executive Chairman of Robert Allan Ltd., the oldest established Naval Architecture Consultancy business in Canada, begun by his grandfather in Vancouver in 1930.

Born in Vancouver, Rob received an honours degree in Naval Architecture from the University of Glasgow in 1971, and joined his Father in the family business in 1973.  Assuming ownership of Robert Allan Ltd. in 1981, he led the business into a position of wide-spread international recognition as a leader in the design of specialized commercial vessels of all types. He is a Fellow of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects and a Registered Professional Engineer in the Province of British Columbia, Canada.

In 2005, Robert Allan was awarded the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Small Craft Group Medal in London "...for his contribution to the field of workboat design, and in particular for his innovative work in the development of tugboats for all types of operation", and the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers David W. Taylor Medal "for notable achievement in naval architecture and/or marine engineering", the only Canadian ever to be so recognized.

Rob is a longtime supporter of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, and has acted as a Trustee from 1987 to 1994, and again from 2006 to present. He is an advocate for the preservation and display of fine examples of the working craft of B.C.

EVANGELINE ENGLEZOS

As the Director, Community and Aboriginal Affairs at Port Metro Vancouver, Evangeline Englezos is responsible for community engagement, aboriginal affairs, project communications, and brand management. Ms. Englezos has more than 20 years of experience working in communications, marketing and community relations in the transportation and telecommunications industries. Previously, she has served as President of the BC Chapter of the American Marketing Association, and served on the Cruise Industry Association of BC and Cruise BC Board of Directors.  Currently, she serves as a Trustee of the Vancouver Maritime Museum Society. Evangeline holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary.

PETER FOX

Peter Fox is the Director of Research and Development at UrtheCast. UrtheCast recently launched two cameras and installed them on the International Space Station. UrtheCast also has a new Web Platform and new model to distribute Earth Observation Data to enterprise and to the public. UrtheCast brings free or affordable imagery to researchers and social media to create an organic community of Earth Observation data users.

Previously Peter has held positions as the Principal Engineer, Kongsberg Mesotch (world's leading subsea sonar firm) and Principal Engineer at MacDonald Detweiller, where he was the Lead Payload Engineer on the commercial worlds most sophisticated Space Based Imaging Radar; RADARSAT-2. Prior to that he was Chief Engineer of Klein Associates in New Hampshire; a company known for the first commercialization of Side Scan Sonar, and instrumental, over many years, in the location of a great number of shipwrecks and lost aircraft.

PETER M. GERMAN

Dr. Peter German is currently the Regional Deputy Commissioner for Correctional Service Canada, responsible for federal correctional institutions and parole offices in British Columbia and the Yukon. Prior to his appointment in 2012, he served for 31 years as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, most recently as the Deputy Commissioner for Western and Northern Canada. During his career, he worked on uniform and plainclothes duties in every province and territory, with postings on urban and rural detachments, security service, professional standards, and commercial crime duties. He was a Detective Inspector tasked with major fraud and corruption investigations in the National Capital Region. Between 2002 and 2005, he was the Director General of Financial Crime, responsible for the Force's commercial crime, market enforcement and proceeds of crime programs. 

A lawyer and member of the Ontario and British Columbia bars, he previously practiced law privately, including as a Crown prosecutor and criminal defence counsel. Dr. German holds graduate degrees in law and political science, including a doctorate in law from the University of London. His dissertation focused on kleptocrats and asset recovery. He is the author of a legal text, Proceeds of Crime and Money Laundering. 

Dr. German is a frequent lecturer in Canada and abroad and has served as a Canadian delegate to various international forums, including the United Nations Convention Against Corruption. He taught at the University of the Fraser Valley and the University of British Columbia, and is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for International Financial Crime Studies at the Levin School of Law, University of Florida. He is the recipient of the RCMP Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, and clasp, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medals, and is an Officer of the Order of Merit of Police.

COLLEEN HARDWICK

A born and bred fourth-generation Vancouverite, Colleen Hardwick was headed for a career in Urban Planning before a twist of fate launched her into a 20-year career in the film industry.

Visionary entrepreneur, businesswoman, and urban geographer, Colleen brings a unique perspective to all her endeavours. She has been recognized as an “Influential Woman in Business” by Business in Vancouver Magazine,  as “One of the Most Important People in the B.C. Film Industry”by the Financial Post, she received a “40 Under 40” Award for entrepreneurship from Business in Vancouver Magazine, as well as numerous other awards for her films and for MovieSet.com. In 2010 Colleen founded New City Ventures which is currently involved in the creation of PlaceSpeak.com; a location-based community-consultation platform designed to advance participatory democracy.

JANE MCIVOR

Jane McIvor has worked in the public relations and communications field for over 25 years, focusing on strategic communications, project management, and association management and governance. She established McIvor Communications Inc. in 1998 and provided services to a diverse roster of clients including Cruise BC, Cruise Industry Association of BC and Pacific Rim Cruise Association. In 2011, she launched BC Shipping News, a trade magazine focused on commercial marine activities on the West Coast of Canada. The publication has quickly grown in both popularity and reach with readers across Canada, the U.S. and worldwide.

MIKE LOVECCHIO

Mike LoVecchio is a public relations professional with more than 16 years combined experience providing communications solutions and advice to industry and government. He is currently Director Government Affairs and a qualified train conductor at Canadian Pacific, a transcontinental freight railroad with operations in six Canadian provinces and 13 American states.  

Previously, Mike was spokesperson for Canadian Pacific. He has also been a Communications Manager and spokesperson for the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation, an entrepreneur, an aide to federal Cabinet Ministers, a public affairs consultant, a campaign manager, a media coach and a scuba diving instructor. 

Mike’s strengths include crisis communications, media relations, public relations, event management, issue management, branding, positioning and presentations in a results-oriented environment. He has produced conventions, documentaries, events, marketing tools and scripts for industry and government.

Mike has a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) from Trent University and has earned several recognition awards for public communications. In 2007, his team won a Telly Award for a government of British Columbia video production promoting the Pacific Gateway.

ANTHONY SESSIONS

Anthony Sessions spent his career in the investment industry, running his own firm, A.W. Sessions Ltd. for the last 21 years of his career specialising in fixed income and money markets. He was also a Director of Alpine Helicopters from 1988 until 1999 and a Trustee of the Fraser Institute from 2002 until 2012.

He has always had an interest in the sea and went to HMS Conway in North Wales where he received a tough and excellent sea training. His interest in naval history began as a young boy greatly encouraged by his enthusiastic grandfather. 

Yachting became an early interest culminating with owning one of the most competitive ocean racers of the 1990’s - a Santa Cruz 70 ULDB coming second in the Victoria to Maui International Yacht Race and being one of the first 4 yachts in the TRANSPAC to reach Hawaii from Long Beach in 8 days.

Anthony  has had a lifelong interest in naval history and has become an expert in the field. 
Anthony lives in Point Grey and owns a 60’ sailboat which he enjoys sailing with his daughters and granddaughter around the coast of BC.

ROBYN P. WOODWARD, Ph.D.

As a fourth generation Vancouverite, Robyn Woodward, has a deep sense of community. After studying and working as an underwater archaeologist in Europe and the Caribbean for 15 years, she returned to Vancouver in 1989 and served on the Boards of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, MOSAIC, the Education Committee of the Vancouver Foundation. She was appointed to the first Vancouver Regional Health Board in 1994 and severed as Vice-Chair of the Vancouver Richmond Health Board (VRHB) from 1996-2000 and as Chair in 2001. The YWCA honored her with the Woman of Distinction Award for Volunteer and Community Service in 2000. In her other life, Robyn is an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University and teaches part-time for the Archaeology Department and Continuing Education. She also directs the ongoing excavations of Sevilla la Nueva, the early 16th century Spanish capital of Jamaica and travels extensively lecturing history and archaeology on cultural cruises. She currently serves on the board of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology and the Vancouver Maritime Museum.

Paul Hebson

In August 2013, Paul joined Seaspan as Vice President & General Manager of Vancouver Drydock (VDC), bringing with him over 15 years experience in the ship repair and conversion industries.

He spent the majority of his career at A&P Falmouth in the UK, moving up the ranks to Operations Director. During that time and with responsibility for 50+ refits and drydockings annually plus the upkeep of a 50 acre site, Paul developed and implemented strategies and systems to deliver large returns on sales, implement safety cultural shifts, and revive operations.

Paul holds an MBA from Herriot Watt University and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the University of Birmingham. Following A&P Falmouth and prior to working at Seaspan, Paul founded Marine Business Management Services Ltd., a technical and commercial support company for the marine industry.

As VDC Vice President & General Manager, Paul is accountable for the profitable, productive and safe operations of the yard. In addition, he is responsible for customer satisfaction with all ship repair and conversion projects and business development activities.