Past Meetings

Marine Electrical Systems: Current Developments and the Shocking Truth

Tuesday, June 25th 2019

Leah Chaudari - Electrical Engineer, BMT

An overview of how electricity is used on ships and what considerations are made to ensure safe and reliable operation of marine electrical systems
Leah Chaudari is an Electrical Engineer at BMT with over 10 years of experience working in the field of marine electrical engineering. She is a Professional Engineer with a Bachelor of Engineering from Carleton University. Leah has completed an array of engineering work involving the analysis and design of marine electrical systems on ships and submarines within the Royal Canadian Navy, Coast Guard and Australian Department of Defense. 

SCHOTTEL updates, predictive and preventive maintenance system

Monday, September 24 2018


In this presentation, Mr. Robitaille will explain the advantages of predictive maintenance over preventive maintenance on Propulsion Systems, through case study examples, and present the very innovative and intuitive solutions that SCHOTTEL is bringing to the market.

Sylvain Robitaille joined the marine industry more than 17 years ago, where he started with the company Techsol Marine as a technician, doing installation, project management, and made his way up to the operations, management and business development. He joined the SCHOTTEL family in 2016, founding the Canadian subsidiary, taking the position of Regional Manager – Canada. He handles business from sales to coordination of service, across the country and the Great Lakes area. In 2017, he was appointed as Chair of the Industry Committee within the CFA. Sylvain holds technical degrees in electrodynamics as well as in instrumentation and automation.

SNAME Eastern Canadian Section Event

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

1st presentation

Smart Marine Ecosystem Innovations

Presenter: Mark Keneford


We are all seeing a very significant shift in the marine industry in demands for new technologies for alternative energy sources to reduce the use of fossil fuels. This manifests itself into new solutions being developed to adopt new fuels in vessels, reduce emissions and enhance digital technologies. Wartsila has made a significant investment in building our capabilities to react to the market disruptions we are seeing today and in the future. The addition of companies such as Transas, Guidance Marine, Eniram, etc, combined with the additions in E&A in the past 2 years, allow Wartsila to innovate and bring to market advanced technologies. This presentation will discuss Wartsila’s focus on the Smart Marine Ecosystem and the innovations we are developing in response. Samples of these technologies include wireless inductive charging, autodocking systems, remote operations of vessels, advanced vessel positioning technologies, integration of battery, hydrogen fuel, shore charging, and other energy solutions, etc, will be presented.

Mark spent 27 years in the Canadian Navy as a marine systems engineering officer and project manager. He sailed in ships and had operating tickets (Navy equivalent) for steam, diesel and gas turbines. Since 2008 he has been employed in Wartsila in Services as Canadian Government service support and then as Wartsila Canada Marine Solutions sales responsible across Canada to represent Wartsila solutions to shipowners, ship design companies and shipyards, in all vessel segments. Mark is a member of CIMARE (St. Lawrence branch) and also SNAME (Eastern Canada section).

2nd presentation

Detecting corrosion under insulated material on carbon steel ship floors

Presenters: Guy Fournier and Joe Renaud


Guy Fournier and Joe Renaud introduced Eddify Technologies and discussed the details of detection, sizing and characterization of surface breaking cracks in carbon steel weld seams above and below the water line. They gave a brief comparison of features and benefits of the Sharck array and TSC ACFM pencil probes. Then they gave a demonstration of Eddify Lyft Pulse Eddy Current for detecting corrosion under insulated material on carbon steel ship floors.

Guy has been a Sales Manager at Eddyfi for the past 3 years and is responsible for Eastern Canada and North Asia. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Sherbrooke University and speaks French, English and Spanish. He has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing in the non-destructive testing and telecommunications business sectors working for Eddyfi Technologies, R/D Tech, Olympus NDT, EXFO and Comlab Telecommunications.

Joe has been involved in eddy current probe design, manufacture and inspection development since 1995 working with Westinghouse Canada, Eddytech, R/D Tech, Zetec, Atomic Energy of Canada Limited and, since 2013, with Eddyfi. Joe has a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Science from Queen’s University and has previously held CGSB Level II certification in eddy current.

Post Presentation Networking


Fuel Consumption Reduction Technologies

Tuesday, May 1, 2018


Nearly 70 percent of all electrical energy goes to powering electric motors. Motors are the workhorses of business, from pumps moving fluids to fans moving air to compressors, conveyors, and every type of machine that depends on rotational force to get its job done.

Fuel expense accounts for over 60% of total fleet operational expenses.

High competition, strict environmental regulations make fuel consumption reduction a priority for ship-owners.

Motors are the key to help reduce energy use and CO2 emissions.

ABB offers a wide portfolio of fuel consumption reduction technologies. One of these is low & medium voltage variable speed drives (aka VFDs) designed to run motors based on actual demand rather than running motors at full speed and trying to reduce output using mechanical controls like throttles, dampers or gears.

VSDs enable energy reduction by 50% (in extreme cases up to 90%).

Speaker Bio:  

Oleg Victor Yefremov
Mr. Oleg Yefremov holds the position of Director at ABB Marine Canada; Yefremov is a member of CIMaRE; CADSI (Canadian Association of Defense Industries) and the International Water Desalination Association.  Mr. Oleg Yefremov is graduated with honors Merchant Maritime Engineering Academy and holds a business degree from Concordia University.

SNAME Easter Canadian Section 
ISS Support of Missing Critical Infrastructure by SNC-Lavalin

11 April 2018, Ottawa, ON 


"ISS Support of Mission Critical Infrastructure
by SNC-Lavalin"
Presenter: Clint Laidlaw P. Eng., PMP


Question: What floats, is 1 KM long, and required a Graving Dock, tugs, boats, booms, barges, anchors, anchor cables, pontoons, to construct it in 200 feet deep of water, and was designed and built without the use of naval architects or marine engineers?

Answer: The William R. Bennett Bridge in Kelowna. Proving that “floating, upright, and vertical” has meaning to a civil engineer, too.

Mr. Clint Laidlaw will offer a peak inside Canada’s largest Engineering Procurement Construction Firm, SNC-Lavalin, showing how the floating bridge was constructed (by Civil Engineers) then focussing on the 30 year in-service phase of the bridge and highlighting the commonality of processes applied across Mission Critical In-Service Support of: Naval vessels; Bridges (not just floating ones); Highways; Light Rail Transit; Community Mailboxes; in both Public Private Partnership (PPP) models and in Alternate Service Delivery (ASD) models. I will conclude with a brief discussion on how the latest industrial revolution – Digital - is pressuring change and innovation to occur in order to stay competitive in both the engineering procurement construction phase and bridging of the data to the support phase.


Clint Laidlaw P. Eng., PMP

Mr. Laidlaw is a Senior Manager responsible for Business Development of Defence and Logistics pursuits for SNC-Lavalin Operations and Maintenance. He started with SNC-Lavalin 19 years ago as the Engineering Manager for in-service support of naval vessels on the Minor Warship and Auxiliary Vessel In-Service Support Project. On this project, he has had roles as the Deputy Project Manager, Operations Manager, Proposal Manager, QEH&S Manager, and has been Project Manager for a Frigate Refit and for an ex-Destroyer disposal.

Prior to joining SNC-Lavalin, he was an officer in the Canadian Navy, followed by a five year career as a marine engineer working as a design consultant in the Maritimes. He joined SNC-Lavalin after completing the mid-life-refit of the CFAV QUEST, for which he held roles as the Engineering Manager, Configuration Manager, Senior Systems Engineer, and Subcontracts Manager.

Clint Laidlaw renovates houses as a hobby. He actively competes in archery. He lives in Ottawa, ON with his wife, Shelly, and their two university aged children, Marilyn (19) and Jonathan (18).

Digital Twin and Life Cycle Management

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Digital Twin and Life Cycle Management

5 December 2017, Ottawa, ON 

Digital Twin and Life Cycle Management
Presented by Leonard Pecore

      Genoa Design International has historically focused on new vessel design, but emerging global trends are creating opportunities to more fully utilize our 3D models as the hub for life cycle management. 

Leonard Pecore’s Bio

      Leonard Pecore is the Founder of Genoa Design, as well as Chair of the Board of Directors and Chief Business Development Officer.

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Solutions and Benefits of Electric Power & Propulsion Systems

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Solutions and Benefits of Electric Power & Propulsion Systems

5 December 2017, Ottawa, ON 

Solutions and Benefits of Electric Power & Propulsion Systems
Presented by Kamen Stoykov of MAN and Michael Bonga of AKA


     MAN and AKA will present an overview of the benefits of hybrid propulsion. They will show examples of installed hybrid arrangements and quantify the advantages. With the push for more environmentally friendly propulsion solutions hybrid energy systems are a viable option for a wide range of ship types. AKA is well established in this market and Canada has a great potential to become an important player and support and grow the technology. 

Kamen Stoykov’s Bio
     Kamen graduated the Naval Academy in Varna, Bulgaria in 2001 as a marine engineer. He worked in the commercial fleet on bulkers, containers, car carriers as 4th, 3rd and 2nd engineer. He came to Canada in 2005 and continued to be involved in the marine business. He worked in Montreal for Liebherr, as a technical writer for their maintenance and repair manuals, and L-3 MAPPS as sales support and proposals engineer.
In 2010 he joined MAN. Kamen has been involved in the AOPS, JSS and other projects from NSS along with commercial opportunities, two and four stroke applications.

Michael Bonga’s Bio

     Michael Bonga is a mechanical engineer based in Saint John New Brunswick, Canada.  His focus is improving the reliability, efficiency and productivity of rotating (and static) equipment in Industry.
     Michael’s involvement in reliability has evolved in step with machinery condition monitoring and management technologies.  As new technologies appeared in the early 1990s, Michael established vibration monitoring programs in industries and used the best tools available to model vibration characteristics and improve operating conditions. Michael was an early member of the Canadian Machinery Vibration Association and was its President in 2006, 2007.
While an early adopter of Vibration and Condition Monitoring practices, Michael has broadened his scope to include all technologies and practices that effect machinery performance.  He has assisted industries to deploy maintenance and operations excellence programs by incorporating an array of reliability methods. 
     With the digital industrial revolution, machinery performance will continue to improve by the incorporation of all measurements and comparison through analytics and shared data on a global level.  AKA is incorporating the next generation of machinery analytics and performance outcomes into its designs, resulting in highly reliable and measurable hybrid power plants.  As machinery performance enhancing methods and tools become available, Michael will lead these into the AKA product as well as marine and land based clients’ industries.

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Smart Galley Designs

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Smart Galley Designs

15 November 2017, Ottawa, ON 

Smart Galley Designs
Presented by Chef Wayne McKay


    A challenge in employing technology into Galley design today requires culinary experience culminated with the understanding of how to introduce land based cooking equipment into a traditional marine galley environment. Current designs include such technical solutions as Rational Ovens from Germany offering user friendly multi- functional cooking. Induction surface cooking on a magnetic field have afforded smart – safer galley cook tops that do not get hot on the surface while cooking on full heat. The planning approach with experienced ergonomic positioning equipment involving the consideration of galley crew, their menus, cooking style combined with the inclusion of the engineer’s insight of the vessel’s nuances generates an end result that is second to non. In my presentation, I will present the guiding principles that generate a smart galley that provides technological - user friendly functionality while creating buy-in by the vessel’s crew deeding their complete ownership and satisfaction of the final galley design.

Chef / Galley Designer – Wayne McKay's Bio:

    Chef Wayne McKay, is the founder of “Smart Galley Designs”, Moncton N.B. Born and raised in Ontario taking the career path of a chef attending Algonquin College, Woodroffe Campus in Ottawa. His specialty field, “working on business end of the business of kitchen management and menu design”. He was troubleshooting as an Executive Chef for 25+ years with Delta Hotels, World Trade and Convention Centre in Halifax before being scouted by KPMG transitioning his talents into the marine profession as corporate F&B Cost Controller / Galley Designer for Marine Atlantic’s 16 vessels. In his position with MAI he successfully introduced a complete “galley make over” that delivered efficiency that allowed the reduction of 50% of the crew saving hundreds of thousands while increasing the crew’s onboard quality of work environment, reducing food cost and increasing the quality ofthefood. WiththeprivatizationofMAI,hestartedhisprivateconsultingpracticein1997furtheringhismarine galley design skills working with clients such as Maritime Marine Services, Coastal Transport, Canadian Coast Guard implementing smarter use of technology. The customization of ergonomic galley design work stations and efficient layout design is his current achievement. He has also built the first independent menu cost accounting cloud software service in North America with the support of corporate McCain Foods used today internationally by foodservice operators.


Conventional Submarine Converted to Carry Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (SSKU)

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Conventional Submarine Converted to Carry Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (SSKU)

15 November 2017, Ottawa, ON 

Conventional Submarine Converted to Carry Unmanned Undersea Vehicles (SSKU)

LCdr J. Ben Thomson, RCN
LT Matthew E. DiVittore, USN
LT Benjamin W. Parker, USN
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Mechanical Engineering


    Given recent improvements in submarine technology, such as air-independent propulsion , improved energy storage technologies, and Unmanned Undersea Vehicle (UUV) capabilities, it is worth considering augmenting the current fleet of nuclear-powered submarines with modified conventional attack submarines (SSK) which can act as specialty ships for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, covert deploying and retrieval of UUVs, and special operations forces support.
      This study shows that modifying a modern European-built SSK to incorporate UUV deployment and recovery is feasible and provides considerable advantages. Additionally, that the modifications can be achieved with little change to trim and overall stability of the submarine. These findings are expected to apply to other SSKs as long as the weight ratio of torpedoes displaced to Large UUVs (LUUV) embarked is equivalent. We have shown the feasibility through the modification of a VICTORIA Class submarine currently in use by the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN).
The VICTORIA Class was selected as it has already been adapted for USN weapons and sensors, and technical data is readily available. It must be understood that this project is meant to show the feasibility, through engineering analysis, of converting a modern European-built submarine such as the platforms considered for the recent COLLINS Class Replacement Project and to be implemented as a design change prior to construction. Implementation specifically on the VICTORIA Class was used only to validate the design.

Project Supervisor:

     CAPT Joe Harbour Title: Professor of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering

Ben Thomson’s Bio:

    After graduating from RMC in 2001 with a degree in Computer Hardware Engineering, Ben Thomson completed his training as a Combat Systems Engineering Officer in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) serving in the Canadian Patrol Frigates HMCS Charlottetown and HMCS Ville de Quebec. After joining the submarine service in 2004, he served as the CSEO of HMCS Corner Brook. More recently, he completed a double Master’s Degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture at MIT. Remaining with the RCN, Ben is currently assigned to the Submarine Naval Architect position within ADM(Mat) DGMEPM. 

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CNC Machining of Propellers to better than class S tolerances

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CNC Machining of Propellers to Better than Class S Tolerances by Slobodan (Bodo) Gospodnetic

26 September 2017, Gloucester, ON 

Bruce Cutler during the introduction.

      Producing class S propellers and water jet impellers presents serious challenges for propeller manufacturers. To overcome these challenges and consistently manufacture propellers with superior quality, an integrated approach was adopted when developing and implementing a process for Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machining of propeller surfaces. Highlights of this process are: (1) CNC machining of all blade surfaces; extreme surface blending, (2) CNC machining to final form & finish without hand grinding and (3) high precision, better than class S. This paper will describe various challenges encountered in the production of CP propeller blades and how these challenges were overcome in order to produce accurate CP propeller blades, which exceed class S tolerances.

The audience view of Slobodan's presentation.

       Bodo Gospodnetic is a Professional Engineer and Technical Manager with a wide range of experiences in manufacturing and scientific applications. Mr. Gospodnetic is a graduate of Carleton University’s Electrical Engineering Program. Prior to his founding of Dominis Engineering Ltd., Mr. Gospodnetic worked on computer applications in the fields of computer communications, radar modelling, and image processing. At Dominis Engineering Ltd., Mr. Gospodnetic has been involved in the development of new manufacturing processes and CAD/CAM applications for the machining and measurement of propellers and turbine blades.

From left to right: Bruce Cutler, Slobodan Gospodnetic and Glenn Walters

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SNAME ECS - Rimouski Student Section - Submarine Meet & Greet

SNAME Easter Canadian Section - Rimouski Student Section
Submarine Meet & Greet

25/26 August 2017, Rimouski, QC 

       SNAME ECS leveraged the opportunity of having several SNAME members travelling to Rimouski, Quebec on the weekend of 25-27 August 2017 for the 50th Anniversary since the commissioning of HMCS ONONDAGA in 1966. SNAME ECS leadership worked with the Submarine Association of Canada (SAOC) to mesh with their key events over the weekend. On Friday evening, 15 students from the freshly stood-up SNAME Student Section at L'institut maritime du Quebec (IMQ) were invited for a guided tour of ONONDAGA by SNAME members who had served in the submarine. The students were then invited to join the more than 100 assembled submariners at the evening reception. In addition to being introduced to the leadership of the SAOC, the students also met David Soule, an SAOC member and the new Executive Director of the Naval Association of Canada (NAC). In providing a tour to the IMQ students, we all confirmed that even when referring to submarines, “the best ships are relationships!”

      For those who have not had the privilege of visiting the submarine, lighthouse and the Empress of Ireland Museum, which are all located at the Pointe au Pere Historic Site; I highly recommend a visit should you be in the Rimouski area (or passing by on the Trans Canada to/from the Maritimes). ONONDAGA, now in its third year as a land-based display, has averaged over 75,000 visitors per year. To put this in perspective, the Governor-General’s residence in Ottawa has approximately 120,000 visitors per year. For those who toured the submarine, we all commented on the cleanliness and completeness of the display. With a sense of nostalgia, we all felt she was “Ready in all Respects” with the call for "Habour Stations, Harbour Stations" imminent.

       On the Saturday morning, a tour was provided of the IMQ by William Champagne (Student Section Member, IMQ) and Innovation Maritime by Patrick Fortier-Denis (SNAME ECS member). The Innovation Maritime tour included the Submarine Escape Trainer. Louis Hebert enthusiastically presented the current escape equipment and the world class novel way that Innovation Maritime was able to leverage their expertise in teaching commercial diving and has risen to the occasion to provide realistic training for navies of the world for escaping from a distressed submarine.

       Summary: The weekend provided a great opportunity for the first reach out to the revitalized IMQ SNAME Student Section. Should any know someone who is passing through or visiting Rimouski, please encourage them to reach out to the SNAME members in the area, including the possibility of presenting what you do to support the marine community.

       For consideration, Innovation Maritime is looking for additional staff and support resources. Please contact Patrick Fortier-Denis should you wish more details.

IMQ SNAME Student Section with submariner tour guides Glenn Walters (SNAME RVP and SAOC Member), Derek Hughes (SNAME Member and SAOC Member) and Memphis Don (SAOC Member) in the ONONDAGA reception centre after the tour.
IMQ SNAME Student Section with submariner tour guides Glenn Walters
(SNAME RVP and SAOC Member), Derek Hughes
(SNAME Member and SAOC Member) and Memphis Don (SAOC Member)
in the ONONDAGA reception centre after the tour.

Caption: Louis Hebert (Innovation Maritime) demonstrates the latest submarine escape suit used by many western navies. To the right, also from Innovation Maritime and the coordinator for the visit is Patrick Fortier-Denis (SNAME ECS Member, IMQ and ETS graduate).
Caption: Louis Hebert (Innovation Maritime)
demonstrates the latest submarine escape suit used by many western navies.
To the right, also from Innovation Maritime and the coordinator for the visit is
Patrick Fortier-Denis (SNAME ECS Member, IMQ and ETS graduate).

Tour of the submarine escape trainer; from left to right:
Glenn Walters, Memphis Don, Derek Hughes, Louis Hebert (Innovation Maritime),
David Soule, William Champagne (IMQ SNAME Student Section) and Rick Duff.


HMCS ONONDAGA (50th Anniversary)
at sunset 25 August 2017, Pointe au Pere Historic Site, Rimouski, QC

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SNAME Easter Canadian Section
Application of New Scanning Technology on Existing Canadian Coast Guard Fleet

16 August 2017, Ottawa 

The Integrated Technical Services group in the Canadian Coast Guard is in the process of expanding their knowledge on existing technology to support their efforts in maintaining and extending the life of in service vessels. The technologies being examined include handheld and long range 3D scanners as well as Automatic Ultrasonic / Phased Array scanning. Different classes of ships were used for the testing, and include the oldest ship in the fleet and the most recently procured class of vessels.

       The objective of the presentation was to show the preliminary application of the technology in the marine field as well as the limitations of the equipment in this field.

       The deliverables were presented along with their envisioned applications for the Canadian Coast Guard . 


From left to right : Denley Rumbolt, Bruce Cutler, Pearse Flynn and Lina Garcias



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MARITECH - Young Professionals and Co-op volunteering for SNAME ECS

21 April 2017, Montreal

SNAME ECS supported the CIMaRE led MARITECH 2017 in Montreal. SNAME ECS thanks Pierre-Charles Drapeau for acting as the SNAME liaison for the Planning Committee, who oversaw the planning and execution of a very successful MARITECH 2017. ECS thanks the following for supporting the SNAME information booth: Bruce Cutler (ECS Vice Chair), Craig Tulk (ECS Membership), Sarah Nikkel (ECS Young Professional Coordinator), Robert Moulton (ECS Treasurer), Eric Bramwell (ECS T&R Representative), Glenn Walters (SNAME Regional VP (Central/Gulf)), Pearce Flynn (MUN Co-op Student interning at Canadian Coast Guard). MARITECH 2018 will be in Victoria, 18-20 April 2018 and MARITECH 2019 will be in Ottawa in the April timeframe. See link


Overseen by Noeleen Wadden (Left: MUN Co-Op Education Coordinator) and Robert Moulton (Right)SNAME ECS Treasurer), Sarah Nikkel (Centre Left: SNAME ECS Young Professional Coordinator) gives Pearce Flynn (Centre Right, MUN Co-op student), a copy of “The Illiterate Naval Architect” in recognition for assisting in the staffing of the SNAME booth at MARITECH 2017. 

Glenn Walters (SNAME Regional VP (Central/Gulf)) pins a SNAME pin and places a SNAME lanyard on SNAME member Alain Garceau (VP Engineering, Federal Fleet Services) in the exhibition hall of MARITECH 2017 in Montreal. 

DND Engagement Plan

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DND Engagement Plan

22 June 2017, Ottawa 

In June 2017, Glenn Walters (SNAME Regional Vice President (Central / Gulf)) presented the SNAME membership certificate to our newest member, Commodore Simon Page. Simon is the Director General Maritime Equipment and Program Management (DGMEPM) in Ottawa and performs the role of Chief Engineer of the Royal Canadian Navy. This meeting also provided the opportunity to develop a Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) / SNAME engagement plan to meet their business needs of the DGMEPM naval engineering leadership team. Also in attendance were Captain (Navy) Dave Benoit (Chief of Staff, DGMEPM) and Chief Petty Officer First Class Colin Brown (Divisional Chief, DGMEPM). The outcome of the meeting was an agreement in principle for the conduct of SNAME led technical workshops to support key challenges within DND and to leverage the SNAME Young Professional construct in the execution of the DGMEPM mentoring program, which includes both engineers and technologists from non-traditional marine universities and colleges.

Glenn Walters presents the SNAME membership certificate to Commodore Simon Page:


From left to right, Captain(Navy) Dave Benoit, Commodore Simon Page, Glenn Walters, Chief Petty Officer First Class Colin Brown 

Meet & Greet

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Meet &Greet - Full House

10 July 2017, Ottawa 


Recalling “the best ships are relationships”, SNAME ECS leveraged off the 40 leaders in the marine community that were parachuting into Ottawa for the third workshop for CISMaRT on 11 July 2017. SNAME ECS hosted this evening gathering to provide the opportunity to re-establish old relationships or to create new ones. Given it was summer, the emphasis was come as you are and come if you can. Clearly the message got out with over 50 attending the pre-meeting pub gathering at Deacon Brodies and then over 80 at the Meet & Greet at the HMCS Bytown Mess in Ottawa.

Welcome: Glenn Walters (SNAME Senior Regional Vice President (Central / Gulf)) opened the evening by thanking such a wide cross-section of the marine community for particpating. As a brief overview, there were 8 heads of Companies, 8 heads of Engineering, 10 Young Professionals and 10 Co-op students and everything in between with a good representation from each of Coast Guard, Navy, other Government departments, Industry and Academia.

SNAME ECS: Pierre-Charles Drapeau (SNAME ECS Chair) provided an overview of “What is Happening in SNAME” including an overview of SNAME's global coverage of 82 countries with 41 student sections, of which 19 are outside of North America. Pierre-Charles introduced the SNAME ECS Section Executive and provided an overview of the goals for FY17/18, which include standing up SNAME Student Sections in L'École de technologie supérieure (ETS) de Montréal and at L’institu maritime du Quebec (IMQ) in Rimouski. Students from both schools were at the Meet & Greet and welcomed as new members. Notable SNAME Leadership attendees included: Peter Noble (Past President SNAME), Wei Qiu (Regional VP Atlantic North, SNAME), Glenn Walters (Regional VP Central/Gulf), Jon Mikkelsen (Regional VP Pacific North), Roger Basu (Chair of SNAME Technology & Research Committee for Structures) and special surprise guest Richard Greenwood visiting from the Pacific Northwest Section.

ETS Human Powered Submarine: Jordan Gagnon, Captain of the ETS Human Powered Submarine, provided a brief overview of ETS victorious solution that competed at the 14th International Submarine Races conducted at the David Taylor Basin in Carderock, 25-26 June 2017.

CISMaRT: To ramp up those who have not heard of CISMaRT (Canadian Network for Innovative Shipbuilding, Marine Research and Training) or those who could not participate in the 11 July 2017 workshop, Wei Qiu (CISMaRT Interim Board Chair and SNAME RVP Atlantic North) provided a brief and informal overview of the background of CISMaRT and the next steps    


Looking out in to the sea of people in the Crowsnest


New Members

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New Members

10 July 2017, Ottawa 

Welcoming the new members of SNAME.  


Left to right: Commodore Simon Page, LCdr Peter O’Hagan, Michele Born (SNAME ECS Webmaster), Jordan Gagnon (Captain of the ETS Human Powered Submarine Team), William Champagne (IMQ student), Pierre Charles Drapeau (SNAME ECS Chair). Apologies - LCdr Emil Schreiner. Also noted but not present is Towriss-Jones team member of the University of Waterloo Human Powered Submarine Team


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Canadian Network for Innovative Shipbuilding, Marine Research and Training (CISMaRT)

11 July 2017, Ottawa 

The vision for this national network grew from the identification of technological and training challenges facing the Canadian shipbuilding and marine industry, related to the renewal program for Coast Guard and Navy ships and the rapid changes in the broader Canadian marine industry. The motivation for CISMaRT stems from the belief that the relatively small marine sector in Canada, compared to its global competition, would be stronger for the future with the development of a strategic alliance to improve activities including research and education in Canada.

The primary purpose of CISMaRT is to encourage and facilitate collaborative research and development in marine technology and help improve the state of marine technology education and training in Canada. From the outset, it was considered important that all stakeholders be represented and hence the CISMaRT membership includes representatives from industry, government and academia. Education and training is a key element of CISMaRT and this is the focus of the Ottawa Workshop. Participants will discuss the current state of education and training in Canada’s marine sector and will consider what innovative solutions can be applied for its enhancement.

For specific information on CISMaRT, please contact Wei Qiu, Interim CISMaRT Board Chair, at

At the Ottawa workshop on 11 July 2017, 23 of the 53 participants were SNAME members - Although CISMaRT is not a SNAME initiative, clearly the issue is important to members of SNAME. The SNAME attendees included: Peter Noble (Past President SNAME), Wei Qiu (Regional VP Atlantic North), Glenn Walters (Regional VP Central/Gulf), Jon Mikkelsen (Regional VP Pacific North), Roger Basu (Chair of SNAME Technology & Research Committee for Structures), Pierre-Charles Drapeau (Chair ECS), Bruce Cutler (Vice-Chair ECS), Eric Bramwell (T&R Coordinator ECS), Craig Tulk (Membership ECS) and the following Members of SNAME: Patrick Denis (ECS), Bodo Gospodnetic (ECS), Bill Jackson (PNW), Andrew Kendrick (ECS), Ravi Kumar (ECS), Jason Mills (ECS), David Molyneux (CAS), Bruce Quinton (CAS), Commodore Simon Page (ECS), Leonard Pecore (CAS), Michel Plamondon (ECS), Joe Rousseau (ECS), Fraser Winsor (CAS) and our newest SNAME Member William Champagne (ECS, IMQ Student) - see how many you can pick out of the crowd. 

The Unveiling of MS ASTERIX

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The Unveiling of MS ASTERIX

20 July 2017, Quebec City 

On 20 July 2017, Chantier Davie Canada Inc. and Federal Fleet Services Inc. hosted a celebration for the progress of the conversion of the MS ASTERIX from a container ship to Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Ship. The Unveiling of “ASTERIX” Resolve Class Naval Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment Ship for the Federal Fleet Services Inc. and the Royal Canadian Navy at the Chantier Davie Shipyard in Lauzon Quebec. After the official welcome and speakers form the federal and provincial unveiling, tours of the ship were conducted of the ship. For more details on Project Resolve, please visit the Federal Fleet services website at or the Davie website at Glenn Walters and Pierre-Charles Drapeau (Chair, SNAME ECS) wish to thank Alain Garceau, Vice President Engineering Federal Fleet Services and SNAME member for the invitations to the unveiling ceremony.  


The unveiling ceremony was open to the public and was attended by many of the Chantier Davie Shipyard workers and families. 

Numerous SNAME members and suppliers also took the opportunity to attend the celebration with Spencer Fraser, CEO Federal Fleet Services serving as the master of ceremonies and providing the welcoming comments. 

From left to right: Brett Johnson (Business Development, Thales Canada), Michael McEntee (Director Naval Programs, MDA), Vice Admiral Ron Lloyd (Commander Royal Canadian Navy), Glenn Walters (SNAME Regional Vice President (Central / Gulf))

From left to Right: Glenn Walters (SNAME RVP), Pierre Claveau (Chief Officer ASTERIX), John Hepburn (President, Hepburn Engineering).

On completion of the official ceremonies, a tour of the ASTERIX was offered. An extended tour was offered by the Chief Officer, Pierre Calveau (a graduate of L'institut maritime du Quebec (IMQ)) to Glenn Walters (SNAME Regional Vice President), John Hepburn (President, Hepburn Engineering Inc.) and Gerry Fedchun (Director Commercial, Hepburn Engineering). Hepburn Engineering designed and delivered the critical Replenishment At Sea (RAS) equipment required for the ASTERIX to perform her new duties as an Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR). 

Visit of HMCS Toronto

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Visit of HMCS Toronto

17 July 2017, Montreal


SNAME Seasoned Professional, Glenn Walters, takes advantage of HMCS TORONTO being in Quebec City to meet with the naval engineering leadership.

“A day onboard any ship makes a good day better, while a visit to a warship makes it an outstanding day!" 

Visit of HMCS Toronto

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Visit of HMCS Toronto

17 July 2017, Montreal


SNAME student member, Eugene Kelly (wearing blue shirt to right).

SNAME student member, Eugene Kelly from Memorial University in St John’s, NFLD, makes the most of his current Co-op term employment with the Canadian naval engineering headquarters in Ottawa to participate in a ship visit to HMCS TORONTO in Montreal. Eugene is working the the naval structures and stability section and is completing some analysis using GHS software. Well done to Eugene for living by the SNAME Young Professional's motto to “Know Your Ships! Know Your Marine Community!” 

This group photo demonstrates the interest students and recent graduates are having in the marine sector. Everyone of them are potential new members for SNAME - so have your SNAME “Elevator Speech” ready. The photo captures the summer students and new hires within the DND Materiel Group who recently visited HMCS Toronto on 4 July 2017 and 12 July 2017 while she was alongside in Toronto and Montreal respectively for the Great Lakes Deployment. A total of 142 personnel visited the last of the 12 frigates to go through the modernization and mid-life refit program. It was an exceptional opportunity to learn about the inner workings of a Halifax Class frigate first hand.  

Industrial Tour of Bronswerk

SNAME Easter Canadian Section
Industrial Tour of Bronswerk

7 December 2016, Montreal



On 07 December 2016, Geoff Maitland (President, Bronswerk Group and SNAME Member), Adam Smith (Director Naval Projects), Rob de werk (Director Project Engineering) and a number of Bronswerk Young Professionals hosted SNAME ECS at their facilities in Brossard, Quebec for a presentation on HVAC considerations, including the sharing of their experiences on the execution of shock trials and discussions on changing current regulations to improve ventilation performance within the vessel. The visit included a tour of the Bronswerk facilities and an overview on the national and international projects currently under design and build. With over 20 participants for this Montreal industrial visit, SNAME ECS intends to build on the success of this event and hold more industry visits outside of the Ottawa area. Bronswerk has been a strong supporter of SNAME by exhibiting at the SNAME Maritime Convention, through SNAME sponsorship and active participation by presenting SNAME papers internationally, nationally and locally.


SNAME Members Meet at CANSEC

SNAME Easter Canadian Section
SNAME Members Meet at CANSEC

31 May 2017, Ottawa



In an event that had close to 10,000 attendees of over the two days, SNAME Members were observed to congregate. From Left to right: Glenn Walters (ECS, WMECI, Ottawa), Jon Mikkelsen (PNW, UBC, Vancouver), Chris McKesson (PNW, UBC, Vancouver), Kai Skvarla (Chesapeake, BMT Design & Planners, Washington D.C.)Darcy Byrtus (ECS, BMT Fleet Technology, Ottawa). 


SNAME Members catch up at CANSEC 2017 in Ottawa. From Left to Right: Adam Smith (Vice President Naval Division, Bronswerk), Geoff Maitland (President, Bronswerk), Glenn Walters (SNAME Regional VP), Rob de Werk (Engineering, Bronswerk)

New member

SNAME Easter Canadian Section
welcomes new member from University of Waterloo Human Powered Submarine Team

 26 June 2017, Ottawa 


Dominis Engineering Presentation - February 2015

The February SNAME ECS meeting was held at HMCS Bytown on February 25, 2015.

Bodo Gospodnetic, CEO of DOMINIS Engineering, gave a presentation titled "CLASS S PROPELLERS: HOW WE GO BEYOND". The presentation focused on the manufacturing techniques employed by Dominis Engineering, and the chanlenges that had to be overcome to be able to achieve the level of accuracy desired on very complicated shapes. 

January 2015 ECS Meeting (T&R)

The January ECS meeting was held at HMCS Bytown on January 28th.  The event was quickly pulled together with 10 days notice from the presenter that he would be able to present while in town.

The presenter was Mikko Forss from Finland, a member of the Western Europe Section of SNAME.  His presentation entitled "Effective analysis of SOLAS 2009 probabilistic damage stability results" was well received by the crowd, most of whom use or used similar tools during their daily efforts.  The audience included members Ottawa, Quebec City, and Montreal  representing the Coast Guard, DND, and private industry.

The night ended with the local members taking their out of town counterparts out to see a bit more of the city.


November 2014 ECS Meeting

The November Eastern Canadian Section meeting was a good start to for the new executive, and a chance for new and old faces to catch up.  The night started with chair Pierre-Charles Drapeau introducing the new executive, and recognizing Jason Mills for his effort as past chair.
This was followed by Leonard Pecore's presentation on Canadian Shipbuilding Research Program (CSRP), which brought a large crowd to the HMCS Bytown, and created a lively Q&A afterwards.  The consensus was that this was a worthwhile pursuit, and one that will hopefully be brought to fruition. 

Fall 2013 CMAC Breakfast


SNAME early birds recently enjoyed a great breakfast at the Bytown Mess early this November! A hearty breakfast and a thought provoking presentation proved a great start to the CMAC (Canadian Marine Advisory Council) Fall Meeting.

Following a short meet and greet SNAME members sat down to a hearty breakfast of egg, sausage, bacon and hash browns provided from the Mess kitchen. A lively din could be heard in the dining hall as friends, colleagues, and contemporaries caught up and discussed the matters of the day.

Mr. Andrew Kendrick of STX Canada was our featured speaker at the breakfast event, and with the conclusion of breakfast began his presentation on LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas shipping). His presentation on the economics of LNG Shipping highlighted the findings of a recent research project undertaken at STX Canada. Following the presentation was a lively discussion on the subject matter between the attendees and Mr. Kendrick. With the end of the breakfast, shuttles were then provided for members to take to the CMAC meeting at old city hall. Thank You to all who came out and made this another great SNAME event. 

Finally, on behalf of the SNAME executive, I would like to especially thank both Mr. Kendrick for giving us his time for such an interesting talk, and to Group Desgagnés for their Gold sponsorship of the event. Community involvement such as this helps keep SNAME possible!