IIMS Canada Conference Vancouver


06/03/2020 - 07/03/2020    
All Day


The Lonsdale Quay
The Lonsdale Quay Hotel, North Vancouver

Event Type

IIMS Canada would like to invite you to the 2020 Canada Branch Conference and AGM in the Lonsdale Quay Hotel in North Vancouver on Friday 6 March and Saturday 7 March 2020. Join us real time or as an online only delegate.

The conference will be a two-day educational event with subjects and topics appealing to all disciplines of marine surveying. IIMS CEO, Mike Schwarz, will be in attendance and will host the event.

The list of confirmed speakers (always subject to amendment) is:

Thursday 5th March: Evening meet and greet

Day 1 Friday 6th March

0800 Opening and welcome presentation by Mike Schwarz leading into a 30 minute review of IIMS, the member benefits and current HQ initiatives
Mike has been CEO of IIMS and MSA since January 2014. Not a technical man, Mike came with a business background gained from 30 years in publishing and event management. During the past few years, Mike has had the vision to re-purpose the Institute and has been behind a number of initiatives to freshen up the organisation using technology to do so.

0830 Standards and the Marine Surveying Practitioner Scheme by Mike Schwarz

0915-1000 Multiple Echo Thickness Measurements and GRP Inspections by Jon Sharland (live by video link)
Jon Sharland has been specialising in Ultrasonic Thickness Gauges for over 20 years. Before that he was involved in inspections and measurements using lasers and microscopes. He has a background in aircraft engineering obtained whilst serving in the Royal Navy.

1000-1015 Coffee

1015-1130 Design and Construction of a Quadruple Screw Shallow Draft Truckable River Tug by Jonathan Naude, Capilano Maritime Design Naval Architects
Jonathan graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria. He gained an interest in the marine industry through the co-op program where he completed two placements at the Department of National Defense Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton. Jonathan further built his skill set and experience by completing his Masters of Engineering in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program at the University of British Columbia.

1130-1230 InspectX, Survey Report Writing Software by Craig Norton
A second generation marine surveyor, Craig Norton is the President of InspectX. A SAMS® Accredited Marine Surveyor, RYA 200 ton Yachtmaster Offshore and MCA Y3 Chief Engineer, he decided he was fed up of duplicating his work when writing his reports. The result is InspectX, software designed for surveyors by surveyors.

1230-1300 Lunch

1300-1415 Protecting Boats with the Latest Technology by Sean Battistoni, Barnacle Monitoring systems
Barnacle Systems has created the product BRNKL (pronounced ‘barnacle’). BRNKL is an award-winning ‘home security boat system’ built by people who know security. Whether you’re at the dock, at home, or half-way around the world you can check on your vessel using the onboard camera while also monitoring critical systems such as battery banks, bilge pumps, shore power connections, global positioning, etc.

1415-1430 Coffee

1430-1530 Errors & Omissions Insurance for Surveyors and Limiting your Liability by John King, Senior Vice President Commercial Risk Solutions, Aon Reed Stenhouse Inc.
John has been doing marine errors an omissions insurance for over 30 years and currently has over 400 marine surveyor clients around the world. As his father was a marine surveyor, John has been going up and down ships with him since as long as he can remember. He owns a number of boats and spends his spare time sailing, fishing, scuba diving or boat building.

1530-1700 Common Marine Electrical Deficiencies to Look For in Small Craft by Jeff Cote, Systems Design Engineer, Pacific Yacht Systems
Jeff is an avid boater, entrepreneur, the author of the monthly column “Tech Talk” in Pacific Yachting Magazine and “Hotwire” in Northwest Yachting Magazine, as well as regular yacht club and Power Squadron presenter. His company, provides boaters with easy to use, reliable solutions for marine electrical and electronics.

1830-2100 Cocktail and buffet dinner (included in the delegate fee)

Day 2 Saturday 7th March

0700-0800 Breakfast, coffee and Annual General Meeting for Members only

0800-0815 Opening remarks by Ed O’Connor, IIMS Canada Branch Regional Director

0815-0945 Atmospheric Hazards and Protecting the Marine Surveyor by Capt John M. Malool
John has taught for over 30 years at Rutgers University in New Jersey. He has vast experience in the field of safety having a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection and a Master of Science degree in Occupational Safety. Ten years ago, he opened his own business as a Marine Surveyor, and is a SAMS® Accredited Marine Surveyor.

0945-1000 Coffee

1000-1100 Introduction to IMO and Port State Control by Said Nassif, Canadian International Bureau of Shipping Ltd
Said Nassif holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Maritime Transportation and Master of Business Administration degree with major in Logistics and Transportation from University of Quebec. As an expert in classification societies, flag state inspections, ship registration and as an investigator, many ship-owners requested his help to facilitate the ship to be released from Port State Control Detention.

1100-1200 ISO and Cybersecurity by Dennis Cunanan, CISM, C|CISO President/Owner at Corporate Prime Solutions Inc.
Dennis Cunanan is the President/Owner at Corporate Prime Solutions Inc. based in Vancouver. He is a seasoned information security professional with 18 years of professional experience in Quality, Information Security, Governance, Risk Management, and Compliance. Dennis holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Science from the University of the Assumption.

1200-1230 Lunch

1230-1400 What you need to know about lithium battery technology by Jerry Makarawicz and Huxley Witts, Britmar Marine
Jerry and Huxley will cover: Lithium technologies, difference between lithium technologies, difference between lithium and acid batteries, Short Super b story, BMPs and charging, Super B projects, main product line, new products and a short video about fire test. There is also an opportunity to look at batteries. Jurek Makarawicz trained in the marine electrical department at the Marine Academy in Poland and joined Britmar Marine as technical support and sales representative. He works with lithium iron phosphate batteries on vessels and off-grid applications. He also designs, builds, and installs led navigation lights, panels, and linear led fixtures. Huxley Witts joined Britmar as an electrical apprentice and works on wide range of large marine electrical projects.

1400-1415 Coffee

1415-1515 Environmental compliance monitoring and surveys by Oscar Hopps, Dive Operations Manager Enviro-Tech Diving Inc.
Oscar works with Enviro-Tech Diving, Inc., a Seattle based dive company. For the last 25 years they haves been a leading provider of EPA surveys and underwater services ranging from remote Alaskan locations to the North and South along the Pacific Coast into California. Their experienced team, on land as well as at sea, provides a complete and comprehensive Environmental Impact Report that includes real time positioning of the diver and current conditions on the seafloor, HD imaging and recording, seabed core samples, and comprehensive reporting and mapping.

1515-1600 Non technical tips and advice for writing an effective report by Mike Schwarz

1600-1630 Closing speech and remarks by Ed O Connor.

Evening dinner at a local restaurant at own cost.

IIMS, SAMS, NAMS and other industry professionals are welcome to participate. CPD points are awarded to all IIMS members who attend – non IIMS members please check with your organisation’s policy for CE’s or CPD’s.

The cost for attendance on BOTH days is CA$240 and includes lunch plus the cocktail party and dinner.

Online attendance by video conferencing will also be available to those unable attend in person at CA$200 for BOTH days.

For online registration please use the form below or email info@iimscanada.ca.

Payment can be made via e-transfer to info@iimscanada.ca by credit card, or by cheque payable to the International Institute of Marine Surveying (Canada) and sent to Box 14316, 105-1496 Cartwright Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3Y5.

A special room rate of CA$145 has been offered by the Lonsdale Quay Hotel. Early registration is encouraged as rooms will go quickly. To reserve rooms please contact by email at fd@LonsdaleQuayHotel.com. Travel from Vancouver airport is quick and easy via Skytrain to the Waterfront Station (Canada Line). Take the Northbound exit from the Waterfront Station to take the ferry to Lonsdale Quay. Travel cost is CA$3 and takes about half an hour.

    IIMS Canada Branch Conference & AGM 2020 Reservation Form

    Please reserve my place at the IIMS Canada Branch Conference & AGM 2020 on 6 and 7 March 2020. I agree to pay CA$240 if attending in person or CA$200 if joining as an online delegate
    Will you join us in person or online?


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