Board of Directors


Chair – Dena Rantz

Company: West Coast Marine Response Corporation

Title: Project Manager

Dena began her career with Teekay Shipping in 2002 as a summer intern. She has held various positions throughout the Teekay organization, all with a focus on planning and strategic projects.   In 2017, Dena has recently taken on a role of Project Manager with West Coast Marine Response Corporation. She holds a BBA and most recently successfully completed her PMP certification.

Dena has three children and in her free time in involved in the school Parent Advisory Council and volunteers with the Girl Guides of Canada.


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Kay AfghahiVice Chair / Student Liaison – Kay Afghahi

Company: Pacific Basin

Title: Chartering Executive


Kay has graduated in 2011 at the Australian Maritime College and the University of Applied Sciences Bremen in Germany with a Bachelor degree in Shipping & Chartering. He has been since working in operations department of Pacific Basin in London before moving with Pacific Basin in 2014 to Vancouver. Kay is currently working as a chartering executive.

Kay has been actively involved in London at the ICS London Branch Committee as a student representative. He assisted the team to organize events and arranged ship visits for students and members of the ICS.



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JulianEast Coast Canada – Julian Hung

Independent Shipping Consultant


Julian began his career as a management trainee and advanced to a chartering manager at IMC Shipping, a major dry bulk shipping company based in Singapore. Most recently, Julian was Head of Research at Pinguino Events, a shipping industry conference and workshop company he helped set up, and was a regular guest lecturer in shipping economics and management at Singapore Maritime Academy and Nanyang Technological University.   Throughout his career, he has been actively involved with many shipping organisations including the ICS Singapore Branch and was one of the main organisers of the ICS Singapore conference in 2010.

Julian holds a BA from McGill University and an MA from Carleton University, both in economics. He recently completed his Certificate in Marine Transportation issued jointly by the Shipping Federation of Canada and Concordia.

Julian is currently an independent consultant with interests in both commercial and academic aspects of shipping. He is based in Montreal to which he recently returned after many years in Singapore.   He is married with two children and enjoys spending any free time he has with his family.

Phone: 514-586-7004


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KarlTreasurer – Karl Wang

Company: Pacific Basin Shipping (Canada) Limited,

Title: Chartering Executive

Karl started his career in shipping back in 2007 in Shanghai, China, working for a Chinese operator called Crownland International.

Over the last 8 years, he has worked in different sectors of Dry Bulk Shipping including Capesize/Pamanax/Handymax/Handysize.

Immigrated to Canada in 2011, Karl joined Pacific Basin Vancouver office and has been working in both operation and chartering side of the business.

Currently, he spends most of his time on the inbound trade from Far East to west coast North America with dry bulk and general cargo.

Besides his passion for shipping, he enjoys photography and playing basketball/soccer in spare time.

Phone: 604-633-0900


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Secretary – Daryl R. Raibl

Company: CTL Westrans Shipbrokers

Title: Dry Cargo Chartering


General Manager of CTL Westrans Shipbrokers, part of the Cunningham Group and presently Director and past President of the VMAA (Vancouver Maritime Arbitrators Association). For over 36 years he’s been involved chartering primarily dry cargo vessels, of various types and sizes. Based in Vancouver, he’s has lived and worked in both Bergen, Norway and Hong Kong. In Bergen, he worked both exclusive and competitive tonnage as well as 3 months in the Offshore department. He followed that up with  year in Hong Kong, assisting in forming a dry cargo chartering department, in a mainly Contracting and Sale & Purchase shipbroking house. As an aside to those duties, in that year he succeeded in selling over 18 ships for demolition to Chinese buyers. He is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, North American Branch and a Member – Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers. Daryl continues to participate with the Vancouver Chamber of Shipping and is a regular presenter of the Business of Shipping program in various Canadian cities.  When not attending to regular duties he enjoys playing ice hockey and ‘recreational’ golf.

Phone: 604-891-5529


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jonDirector – Jon R. Ciobanu

Company: GFY Marine Group

Title: Managing Director


Port Manager at Inchcape Shipping Services, Operations Supervisor at Norton Lilly International, National Sales Marketing Manager at Kuehn & Nagel

Phone: 604-985-5938



stephenDirector – Capt. Stephen Brown

Company: West Pacific Marine Ltd.

Title: Director


Qualified Master Mariner with a wide range of operational, commercial and business development experience. Trying to harness these strengths to further the interests of the international and domestic marine industry in Western Canada in my current and former position with the Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia.

Phone: 604-980-3735



Director, Student Liaison  – Gemma Chinnery


Gemma holds a Joint Honours BA in Political Science and French from the University of Southampton, and started her career in shipping with CEMEX UK Marine – one of the leading suppliers of marine aggregates to the British and European construction industry. As part of this role, Gemma scheduled a fleet of tramp marine aggregate dredger vessels trading to UK and Europe. She has since been working in the Commercial department at Seaspan Ship Management Ltd in Vancouver, where Gemma is involved in Post-fixture and Chartering operations of the Container fleet.




AndriyWebsite Administrator – Andriy Tereschchenko

Company: Port of Vancouver

Title: Operations Coordinator


Andriy graduated Odessa National Maritime Academy (Ukraine) in 1993 with a Master of Science Degree in Marine Navigation and Engineering and worked as a deck officer on deep sea ships. In 2001 he changed his career to shore job with shipping agency Formag Ltd (Ukraine). After moving to Canada in 2004 Andriy was working for the Orient Overseas Container Line (Canada), Vancouver Fraser Port Authorities and Pacific Basin Shipping Company.

Andriy likes traveling, outdoor activities. Married, growing a charming daughter.



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AlishaCoordinator  – Alisha Randhawa

Company: Chamber of Shipping

Title: Association Coordinator, Events and Communications


Alisha holds a BA in English literature and Political Science from the University of British Columbia, as well as a Broadcasting and Online Journalism degree from BCIT.  She also studied Politics and English at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland.

In addition to her role at the Chamber of Shipping, Alisha is a Video Journalist at Match Strike Films and also works as a writer and digital media specialist.

Phone: 604-681-2351


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