Canadian “Alumni” Night at World Maritime Technology Conference a Smashing Success!

Posted Nov 16, 2015

Allawater attended the triennial World Maritime Technology Conference (WMTC), held in conjunction with the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) Maritime Convention (SMC), in beautiful Providence, Rhode Island. This gathering of the world’s premiere Maritime Technical Associations, with members involved in the specification, design, operation and maintenance of all things marine, met November 3-7, 2015.

With captivating technical presentations and learning opportunities throughout the venue – from classroom settings to innovation sessions and demonstrations – and an internationally-focused expo covering all reaches of the maritime industry, the event was a phenomenal success.

For many of the Canadian attendees not participating in the Sailing Regatta the following day, the event culminated in a Canadian Alumni pub night, organized by Dan McGreer (Vard Marine) from SNAME’s Pacific Northwest Section. Thirteen students from the University of British Columbia and six from Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador came out to the event. They had a great chance to network with industry leaders and SNAME executive members. Joining the students were:

  • SNAME Past President: Peter Noble, the only Canadian to hold the position
  • 7 SNAME Fellows: Peter Noble, John Keast, Dan McGreer,  Wei Qiu, Kevin McTaggart, Richard Greenwood, Scott McClure, Chris McKesson
  • 4 Regional SNAME VPs: Glenn Walters, Wei Qiu, Dan McGreer, Scott McClure
  • 2 SNAME Section Chairs: Michael Doucet, Jon Mikkelson
  • SNAME Industry Advisor to the Student Steering Committee: Angela Porter
  • Former Chief Engineer of the Royal Canadian Navy: Rear Admiral (Retired) Richard Greenwood
  • 7 Young Professionals: Working at Babcock Canada, BMT Fleet Technology, Alion, Seaspan, Robert Allan
  • Small business owners
  • Future employers of co-op and graduate students

A great time was had by all! To wrap it up, the Canadian Alumni night was a great evening out to round off a spectacular week at WMTC 2015. We look forward to the next “alumni” event at SMC 2016 in Bellevue, Washington

About SNAME:

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers was organized in 1893, to advance the art, science, and practice of naval architecture, shipbuilding and marine engineering.  For over a century members have included commercial and governmental practitioners, students, and educators of naval architecture, shipbuilding, and marine and ocean engineering.

SNAME encourages the exchange and recording of information, sponsors applied research, offers career guidance, supports education, and enhances the professional status and integrity of its membership.