Gerry’s professional career spans ship systems operation and maintenance, project management, procurement management in government and industry, engineering design, , and quality system development and implementation. He has extensive experience with technical and engineering support contract and project management for DND, DFO/CCG, TC and other government departments.
He has been an active member of CIMarE since 1981, including Chairman of Ottawa Branch, National Council, and Mari-Tech Conferences.
Senior Event Manager & Founder
Maestro Conference and Event Management Inc.
Marie-Claude is a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) and has 20 years of experience in coordination and management positions and more than 15 years in event management. She has extensive experience in planning and successfully executing a wide range of events in North America, South America and Europe, including annual conferences, members’ meetings, symposiums, and international commemorative ceremonies.
Marie-Claude has in-depth expertise in registration, exhibition, promoting clients’ events to their target clientele, and guiding sponsors to maximize return on their partnership investments.
Marie-Claude is fluently bilingual, which allows her to work in both official languages without hesitation.
Marie-Claude holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing and International Management from Université de Montréal, École des Hautes Études Commerciales, Montreal, QC, as well as an Event Management certificate from La Cité Collégiale. She is an active member of CanSPEP and was vice-chair of the 2016 Annual Conference.
Professor and Lawyer
Jeffrey Smith is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering and a former Royal Canadian Navy Chief Engineer. Before becoming a law professor, he was counsel to the United Nations for law of the sea matters. Jeffrey’s current areas of research include marine safety, ocean environmental protection, and the effectiveness of global shipping governance. He advises marine classification societies on shipping legislation and the implementation of the NATO Naval Ship Code and was advisor to the government of Canada for contract matters in the National Shipbuilding Procurement Strategy (now the National Shipbuilding Strategy). Jeffrey’s recent publications include assessments of the Polar Code for Shipping and reviews of the IMO regime to regulate air pollution.
Walters Marine Engineering and Consulting Inc.
Although many believe the best ships are the one’s that have been built, Glenn is a firm believer that “the best ships are relationships.”
Glenn is an active member of the marine technical community and has served as a SNAME volunteer in many roles and responsibilities, including:
- Co-Chair MARITECH 2019 and Technical Program
- Global Membership Committee Chair, 2018-present
- Regional Vice President (Central and Gulf Region), 2012-2017
- Eastern Canadian Section Chair, 2006-2012
- Co-Chair Ottawa Marine Technical Symposium 2013
- Co-Chair MARITECH 2012, Ottawa
With over 35 years in the marine sector, Glenn has had the pleasure of interesting and challenging projects where leadership through effective program management coupled with sound technical judgement was required.
Glenn served 20 years in the Royal Canadian Navy in surface ships and then as the Marine Systems Engineering Head of Department in HMCS ONONDAGA (Canadian Oberon Class submarine) coupled with time in the engineering headquarters, both on exchange in the UK and in Ottawa. Glenn has over 10 years in industry supporting the Victoria Class Submarines, including the roll out of the Victoria In-Service Support Contract (VISSC). Presently, Glenn is an independent consultant in the role of “Friend of the Government.”
Glenn lives in Ottawa and is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada (BEng, 1987) and University College London (MSc in Marine Engineering and Submarine Design Course (1996)).