ICS Canada Branch – Annual Chairmen Report



Chairman Annual Report 2014-15








Dena Ranz,

ICS Canada Branch Chair

Student’s Pub Night in Vancouver 

An appreciation event for the students who completed exams this April was held in Vancouver on May 28th. Canada Branch Members and industry professionals gathered to meet ICS students at Blackbird Public House and Oyster Pub.

ICS Canada Branch Chair Dena Ranz and Student Liason Director Kay Afghahi thanked all attendies for supportuing Institute and wished students success in their studies.

It was excellent opportunity for the students to meet industry professionals and network.



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The ICS Canada Branch held a luncheon talk on Wednesday, May 27th in Montreal. The topic was “Subjects & the Formation of Maritime Contracts” and our speaker was David Colford, Partner at Brisset Bishop and National Vice-Chair of the Canadian Maritime Law Association.

David addressed a number of key issues including different types of subjects, the importance of the conduct of the parties, what is meant by bargaining in good faith and English vs American Law. He also highlighted some important cases and gave some helpful advice. As with so many things in shipping, something that seems rather straightforward can become quite involved but this of course is part of what makes it so fascinating!

The talk was well-attended with good participation from the audience. With lunch, a bit of networking and an insightful talk, we hope that all participants found it a worthwhile way to spend their lunch hour. We also wish to thank the Shipping Federation of Canada for the usual great support in providing a very pleasant venue for our talks!

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ICS Canada Field Trip to the Seaspan Shipyard

On May 15th Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers  Canada Branch was excited to bring ICS Members, Students and industry professionals for the tour around Seaspan, the largest shipyard in Vancouver.

Almost 30 people from various companies as well as Marine Campus students joined us for this tour.

Upon arrival at the facility visitors were greeted by Jonathan Whitworth, CEO of the Seaspan who prepared detailed presentation on the history, development and future outlook of the shipyard.

After loud cheering of Jonathan Whitworth visitors split in two groups and being guided by shipyard employees Mr. K. Dunn and Mrs. L. Stewart went around the shipyard.

Seaspan is relatively small but a modern shipyard. It is designed to build special purpose and coastal vessels. Dry dock can accommodate up to panamax size tonnage for the repairs.

Visitors were explained and demonstrated where modules of the future vessels are built, how they are put together.  Everyone appreciated how well shipyard is organized and equipped.  It was a discovery tour for the most of the visitors.

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“Ship Arrest” – luncheon Talk in Montreal

The ICS Canada Branch held a luncheon talk on Tuesday, May 12th in Montreal. The topic was “Ship Arrest” and our speaker was Ms.Andrea J Sterling, Partner at law firm Robinson, Sheppard, Shapiro.

Andrea addressed key aspects of ship arrest as well as shared much of her personal experience in the field. We also had wonderful participation from the audience both in terms of questions and comments. We all came away with a better appreciation of this important but very specialised and complex topic.

ICS also thanks RSS for the use of their beautiful boardroom.

The next ICS luncheon talk in Montreal will be on Wednesday, May 27th 2015. The topic will be “Subjects and the Formation of Maritime Contracts ( Does the duty of good faith constrain bargaining strategy?)” and our speaker will be Mr. David Colford, Partner at law firm Bishop Brisset. Hope you can join us!

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