John joined Vancouver Shipyards (VSY) in February 2017 as Vice President – Operations, following 15 months of providing direct consulting support, including project reviews and recommendations, for Seaspan.
John’s shipbuilding career is in its 50th year and he takes great pride in the role he is playing in coaching and mentoring the next generation of Canadian shipbuilders. Over the past 49 years, he has participated in well over 150 sea trials, as part of the construction and delivery of 97 ships of all types and sizes (including combat and non-combat vessels). He began his career at 16 years old as an Engineering Apprentice with Scotts Shipbuilding Company in Greenock, Scotland. In 1981, he moved to Lockheed Shipbuilding Company in Seattle, Washington where he served as a Steel Erection Manager, Ships Superintendent and Shipyard Manager. In 1988, John was recruited by NASSCO in San Diego as a Steel Assembly Manager. He held a variety of positions at NASSCO throughout the years, eventually becoming Director of Ship’s Management. John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture in 1973 from the Paisley College of Technology in Scotland. He also completed postgraduate work in Shipyard Production Technology and Industrial Management at the University of Washington.
As Vice President – Operations, John is responsible for the oversight and direction of all operations, manufacturing, ship construction, performance improvement and Accuracy/Quality control in support of new vessel construction while meeting cost, schedule, quality, safety and environmental goals. He will also provide leadership to production trades and is also responsible for the profit and loss performance for VSY’s vessel repair business.