Message from the Chair

As April examination session approaches, our students find themselves at the beginning of another academic year.  These next few weeks can be challenging but also invigorating!  Examination time provides the opportunity for young professional to be curious about this vast and complex industry that they are studying.    I believe that ICS students appreciate the benefits realized from those long hours of study, investigation and exploration that aid in the successful completion of their ICS exams – a little pain for a lot of gain!

My advice is perseverance – the satisfaction of completing these studies and applying for that ICS Membership is well worth the effort – both personally and professionally.

Best of luck to all on these upcoming exams!


Dena Rantz, FICS

Chair, Canada Branch

ICS Luncheon talk in Montreal – April 8th 2015

The ICS Canada Branch held a luncheon talk on Wednesday, April 8th in Montreal. The topic was “Maritime Litigation, Arbitration & Mediation” and we were honoured to have as our speaker, Mr. John Weale, Senior Vice-President – Risk Management, Fednav International Limited.
We had a full house from across the shipping industry. Mr. Weale gave a wonderful explanation of the basic differences between the various forms of dispute resolution, highlighting some a number of cases from his experience and giving the kind of practical advice that once doesn’t find in textbooks. Altogether, it was a very useful way to spend a lunch!
ICS thanks the Shipping Federation for lending us their boardroom as usual.
The next ICS luncheon talk in Montreal will be on Tuesday, May 12th 2015. The topic will be “Ship Arrest” and our speaker will be Ms. Andrea Sterling, Partner, Robinson, Sheppard, Shapiro. Hope you can join us!




ICS Field Trip in Montreal – Tour on the Port of Montreal – April 13th, 2015

The ICS Canada Branch organized a tour of the Port of Montreal on April 13th 2015.

The weather was beautiful and we had a solid turnout of 12 members of the shipping industry including a number of students.

Thanks to our guide Capt Ivan Lantz of the Company of Master Mariners of Canada and our driver Cindy Fairhurst of the Mariners House, we got a very nice insider’s view of both the operation centre as well as the many container, dry bulk, general cargo and tanker terminals. Without a doubt, everyone came away with a better appreciation of the size and complexity of port activity and the 24/7 nature of the shipping business!

ICS thanks Capt Lantz for giving us such a colourful tour as well as Carolyn Osbourne and Cindy of Mariners House for providing their bus! We look forward to organising more such field trips in the future.













  • April 20, 20152015 April Examination Session: April 20th - 30th
  • May 15, 2015 13:00VANCOUVER: Seaspan Shipyard Field Trip
  • June 18, 2015 12:00VANCOUVER: ICS Canada Branch BOD Meeting
  • June 18, 2015 15:00VANCOUVER: ICS Canada Annual General Meeting
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