July 30, 2019 – North Vancouver, BC – Seaspan Shipyards today announced that John Turner will join the company as Vice President, Government Relations on August 19, 2019. Mr. Turner will be based out of Seaspan’s Ottawa office that was recently opened in May of this year and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Seaspan Shipyards relationships with the federal and B.C. provincial governments.

Mr. Turner’s appointment follows changes to Seaspan’s senior leadership over the past 12 months, including appointments of Mark Lamarre as Chief Executive Officer, Jari Anttila as Chief Operating Officer, John McCarthy as Chief Program Officer and Tony Winter as Vice President, Project Delivery.

Mr. Turner joins Seaspan from Newfoundland and Labrador based PAL Aerospace where he has worked since April 2017, first in the role as Vice President Operations and more recently as Senior Vice President Business Development. Prior to that, Mr. Turner served as Associate Deputy Minister (February 2015 to March 2017) and Assistant Deputy Minister (Materiel) (December 2012 to February 2015) at the Department of National Defence. Mr. Turner holds a Master of Strategic Studies from the US Army War College, a Master of Business Administration from Queen’s University and a Bachelor of Engineering Management from the Royal Military College of Canada.


“We are very pleased to have John join the Seaspan team. As we continue our strategic supplier role under the National Shipbuilding Strategy to recapitalize the fleets of the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy and to provide long-term refit, upgrade and maintenance services to Canada’s west coast naval fleet, it is important that we have a person of John’s experience and calibre based in Ottawa to facilitate and further strengthen our relationship, engagement and communication with our Federal Government customers.”
– Mark Lamarre, Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan Shipyards

“Seaspan Shipyards is a great company with a very dedicated and talented team. I am thrilled to be joining Seaspan Shipyards at such an exciting time which includes the recent delivery of the first large vessel built under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the launch of the second Canadian Coast Guard Offshore Fisheries Science Vessel and the long-term commitment by the Government of Canada for Seaspan to build an additional 16 vessels for the Coast Guard. I look forward to doing my part to help ensure a strong and collaborative relationship – based on open communication and constructive engagement – between the company and its Federal Government customers as the important work of building ships for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy continues”.
– John Turner


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Seaspan Shipyards is a leader in Canada’s shipbuilding and ship repair industry. With modern facilities and a dedicated workforce of 2,300 in North Vancouver and Victoria, the company has proven itself to be a reliable partner on a range of complex projects for both government and the private sector.

Seaspan Shipyards is proud to be Canada’s chosen non-combat shipbuilder under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). In this capacity, the company is building state-of-the-art ships in Canada for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. Through its NSS-related work, Seaspan Shipyards is creating jobs, generating economic benefits and rebuilding Canada’s shipbuilding and marine industries.


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