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’s ability to transition between disciplines is one of his best attributes when it comes to managing the entire Vancouver office. He is constantly looking for opportunities to develop individuals to be more than a typical engineer, but to look at projects and challenges from a new perspective to find a reasonable solution.
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
Wade Carson, Vice President of Business Development, has considerable experience in the company, starting off his career as a Junior Naval Architect at Vard Marine, working at STX France Lorient as a Proposal Department Manager, and transitioning into the Business Development Manager at Vard Marine after more than a decade working as an engineer. Wade holds a Naval Architecture degree from the University of British Columbia but his greatest asset to the company lies in business development and customer relations. He currently develops market and business strategies, explores new avenues of growth, and plans to continue driving the company forward in the coming years.