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Jody Thomas gained prominence in January 2015 when she became the first female Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard. She takes on the responsibilities of Senior Associate Deputy Minister of National Defence, effective 13 March 2017. She is replacing Bill Jones who has embarked on a well-deserved retirement following a distinguished career in the Public Service. Promoted from his current position as Deputy Commissioner of Strategy and Shipbuilding for the CCG, ­Jeffery Hutchinson will take over as CCG Commissioner.

After eight years of success at the helm of Seaspan ULC, CEO Jonathan ­Whitworth has decided to retire at the end of 2017, using the remaining time to  to ensure a smooth handover. Frank Butzelaar, formerly ­President and CEO of Southern Rail Link (SRY), has been chosen to replace Jonathan; his transition commenced on March 3.
Earlier this year, Seaspan appointed Paul Hilder as Vice President of Marine Operations, accountable for the operational efficiency and safety of all vessels and marine crews. Among other responsibilities, Paul will oversee and monitor ongoing operational and training issues in order to reduce potential risks / liabilities to the company. 

Peter Cairns, ­President of the Shipbuilding Association of Canada, ­“officially” retired 3 March 2017 after more than 20 years – however, Peter’s idea of retiring is making himself available to assist, and is still “very interested” in marine affairs. He ­previously retired from the Canadian Navy at the rank of Vice Admiral, Commander of the Navy after 37 years of service to Canada. 

Scott Davy is now Manager and Senior Advisor to the Director General, Interim Fighter Capability Project at PSPC (Public Services and ­Procurement Canada).

After only one year, Martin Munro has been promoted at DRS Technologies Canada to become Vice-President and GM, replacing Steve Zuber.

BGen Michel Lalumière is Director-General Air Force Development at DND/CAF.

Nortrax Equipment Company, the John Deere Forestry and ­Construction dealer in Ontario, welcomed Mike Geoffroy as the new General Manager of its Timmins and Hearst branches. He is succeeding Des Bisson, who retired after 37 years. 

Peter Studer is the first Canadian Beachhead Advisor mandated to focus on the Aerospace and Defence sector for New Zealand Trade and Enterprise.

Lin Paddock, former Director of ADIANL, recently joined Virtual Marine in the capacity of Business Development Manager for Defence and Coast Guard. 

Invest Ottawa has selected a new president and CEO. Michael Tremblay, formerly vice president, public sector, at Microsoft Canada, started his new position on March 2nd. Invest Ottawa recently opened its new Innovation Centre at the Bayview Yards.

Bernadette Terry has joined Valley Associates – Global Security Corporation as Director of Business Development. Bernadette brings over 15 years of international business development experience and will ­provide support on Canadian and International opportunities, projects and events, across all domains, including cyber security and new technology areas. Valley Associates provides integrated systems to defence and public safety organizations.

Dr. Tim Black, R. Psych., has joined Wounded Warriors Canada on a pro-bono basis to serve as the WWC National Clinical Advisor. As Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology at the University of Victoria, Dr. Black specializes in Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Military to Civilian Transition, and group counselling approaches. He has been working with the Canadian military and Veteran community as a clinician and researcher for 20 years, and has co-developed national programs for Veterans in transition. Alongside retired LCol Chris Linford and his wife Kathryn Linford, Dr. Black co-founded the Wounded Warriors Canada COPE program, which recently received $375,000 from Wounded Warriors Canada to help Couples Overcoming PTSD Everyday (COPE). 

Lockheed officially opens ANZAC training
Completing the first major delivery under the New Zealand ANZAC Frigate System Upgrade Project, prime systems integrator Lockheed Martin delivered the combat system trainer ahead of schedule to the Maritime Warfare Training Centre at the Royal New Zealand Navy base on 16 February 2017.


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