Dave has been with Vard Marine for over 25 years, operating as the President since 2004. He has been integral in pushing into new markets, expanding the operations to Houston and Ottawa, and partnering up to develop some of the most innovative, cutting-edge, concepts in the industry. His capacity to understand and be connected with multiple markets under the marine industry umbrella is one of his greatest assets. When asked where he sees the company going in the next 5-10 years Dave said, “with over 50 of our ships delivered in the last 10 years, and the development of new technology, I can only imagine those numbers growing considerably.”
COO/Vice President Vancouver
Mark brings his strong background in vessel design, construction, project management and customer relations to his role as COO. He has enjoyed his international postings representing the company as project design manager, Owner’s representative and business development. After prising him off of the drawing board, Mark now oversees the production and personnel aspects of the functioning of the company. He is responsible for project performance, overseeing the engineering, design tools and processes and helps drive the continuous improvement and growth of the company.
Vice President ottawa
Andrew, Vice President of our Ottawa branch, is a well-recognized figure in the marine industry and brings with him experiences from all corners of the marine and offshore industry in both the public and private sectors. He is a leading figure in the design and operation of vessels and structures in Arctic regions of the world and was involved in the harmonization of the international requirements for polar class ships at IMO and under the IACS Unified Requirements. He has also been instrumental in the development and implementation of a wide range of maritime environmental and safety standards in Canada and internationally. He has worked extensively for the Canadian, US and UK Royal Navy in ship design, logistics and program management roles.
Vice President houston
Darren’s strong background in project management, structural design and regulatory knowledge for Naval & Commercial Programs combined with his drive and passion to succeed has been invaluable to the company since he started in 2014. He has excelled in managing programs, providing client support and satisfaction, and demonstrating technical expertise within the field. Having served as Technical Manager in the Houston office and Managing Principal Engineer at the American Bureau of Shipping (“ABS”) prior to that, he has developed a versatile skill set that has prepared him well for his current role as Vice President of Houston.
Vice President Business development
Derek Buxton has 32 years of combined service with the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard and is currently spearheading the development of new opportunities for VARD in the global government shipbuilding sector. After completing his engineering degree at the Royal Military College of Canada, Derek started his career in the military serving in many sea-going and shore-based roles. He spent four years on exchange duties in Australia with the COLLINS Class submarine program, and subsequently worked on the acquisition and in-service support of Canada’s VICTORIA Class submarines upon his return to Canada. He then finished his military career in 2007 as the design authority for submarine platform systems. Derek spent eleven years with the Canadian Coast Guard in key leadership roles supporting its renewal program, and most recently was responsible for the requirements definition and concept development for the Coast Guard’s future fleet.