Industry Insight: Joe O’Rourke

Building on the legacy: Joe O’Rourke – Vice President and General Manager, Victoria Shipyards

It can’t be easy taking over from one of the most well-known and respected characters in B.C.’s maritime industry, but that’s exactly what Joe O’Rourke did. In replacing Malcolm Barker as Vice President and General Manager, Victoria Shipyards, Joe considers himself “lucky” to have inherited a very good team with a strong and efficient operation that has a reputation for high quality. As Joe notes, if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. Having said that, the departure of a key figure will have an impact on any company, and indeed, any industry. Joe’s strong skill set and experience, coupled with a personable, professional approach to business, is proving to be a successful combination in propelling Victoria Shipyards through this exciting time for B.C.’s ship repair industry.

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