Board of Directors
John Schmidt (Chantier Davie)
Chairman of the Board
John is a Certified Engineering Technologist with over 40 years of experience working in the Canadian marine industry, in executive positions with both the private and Government sectors. He began his career as a Field Service Engineer with Canadian Westinghouse, installing and servicing propulsion systems on Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers. He moved into the Government sector where he worked in many departments over 27 years, first as a Life Cycle Materiel Manager with DND, Marine Surveyor with Transport Canada, at PWGSC as Manager of Electrical Engineering and then as Director of Marine Procurement on the very successful Halifax Class Modernization Program.
Mr. Schmidt moved back to the private sector with Fleetway Inc. as their Director of Contracts and then to Halifax Shipyard where he was Director of Government Initiatives and Client Relations as well as Project Manager on the CCG Hero Class ship construction project. In 2013, John helped re-start the Davie Shipyard as their Vice President Commercial and was instrumental in leading the shipyard's resurgence into Federal Government projects and commercial ship repair. Mr. Schmidt also established Davie’s presence in Ottawa and Victoria by leading the business development team for the RCN’s interim Naval Supply Ship contract, for the conversion, operation and lease of the MV Asterix.
Shaun Padulo (Heddle Marine)
Vice Chairman of the Board
Shaun Padulo is the President of Heddle Shipyards. Shaun has more than 10 years of experience in the marine and offshore contracting sectors. Starting his career as a deckhand on tugboats sailing on the Great Lakes, Shaun departed Canada in 2011 and held various commercial roles for the Dutch firms Dockwise Shipping B.V. and Boskalis Offshore B.V.
During his time at Dockwise, Shaun lived and worked in the Netherlands where he specialized in the logistical management of large modules as well as the transportation and installation of offshore production structures. While at Boskalis, Shaun lived and worked in Houston, Texas and focused on offshore installation projects, offshore decommissioning projects and subsea IRM projects. Shaun is an alumnus of the Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and McMaster University in Hamilton. Shaun holds a Masters of Science in Maritime Economics and Logistics.
Lawrence Leahy (Marine Consultant)
Secretary of the Board
For the past forty-five years Lawrence has enjoyed working for both industry and government and has served in the Marine and Oil and Gas sectors. He started his career as a mechanical fitter in the Halifax dockyard. He was in uniform for 11 years and is certified as both a mechanic and weapons technician. He also holds a Commerce Degree. He served in the Middle East conflict with CCUNEFME.
&Lawrence worked for Gulf Oil’s petrochemical plant as a millwright He also worked on the major naval programs. While at Saint John Shipbuilding he worked on the Canadian Patrol Frigate project. In the same program he worked for MIL Systems Engineering. While with PWGSC he was first employed as a Senior Engineering Procurement Officer where he worked on the Canadian Submarine Acquisition Project and the Tactical Command Control and Communications Project. He also gave support to the Mine Countermeasures Project and the Canadian Aerospace Systems Project.nbsp;
Lawrence was appointed to Manager, Ship Repair and Coast Guard Initiatives where he was responsible for all the major ship repair for the RCN, CCG and TC. Lawrence left Government service to return to industry where he is employed as a strategic procurement consultant.
Riccardo Regosa (Point Hope Maritime)
Riccardo Regosa was born in Blacktown, Australia. Before his 2nd birthday, the Family Regosa returned to the Netherlands where he grew up in a small city close to Rotterdam. Prior to joining the shipbuilding and ship repair industry, Riccardo served for 10 years in the Royal Dutch Navy. He was educated as a marine engineer and participated in various management programs and completed the Damen Leadership Development Program at the Nyenrode Business University. Before joining Point Hope Maritime, Riccardo was the Managing Director of GSP Shipyard in Romania, prior to which he enjoyed a 17-year career in various management positions with Damen Shipyard Group. He joined the group in 1998 as Engineer in Damen Field Services where he was responsible for commissioning, technical training of crews and following up guarantee claims of delivered ships. The last 15 years within Damen, Riccardo worked in various project management positions and senior management positions at the Damen yards in the Netherlands, Poland, China, Romania and the United Arab Emirates. Throughout his career, Riccardo has specialized in project management, operations and general management. Riccardo commits to sustainable growth of the activities of Point Hope Maritime while consolidating the firm position of the company as a “one-stop-shop” for ship repair, conversions and refits in the region. When Riccardo is not at work, he enjoys spending time with his wife Liesbeth and their two children, Sophia and Gabriël.
Simon Maltais (Cimota)
Mr. Simon F. Maltais finished his bachelor’s in civil engineering from Laval University in April 2012. He began a certificate in law at the same university in fall 2012 which he completed in December 2014.
Mr. Maltais thus began his professional career at Cimota in April 2012 with a concrete rehabilitation project on a dam as general contractor as project manager. In 2013, Mr. Maltais also became Quality Manager toward Cimota ISO 9001license. In 2015, other administrative tasks were transferred to him along with a new challenge, Business Development Director. Now in 2019, Mr. Maltais has been nominated General Manager for Cimota.
Mr. Maltais is a dynamic person always up for new challenges. He thrives on change and innovative ideas to improve organizational efficiency and management.
Bob Clark (MetalCraft Marine)
After running a retail business for 15 years, Bob entered the interesting world of boat-building in 1991. He was helping out his friend and later partner Tom Wroe. When Bob started in ’91 the Company had 4 employees. In the first year the Company had ramped up to 10 employees and had a very successful year with $600,000 in sales. Bob had a vision and thought that MetalCraft had the designs and knowledge to be a world leader in the industry. Fast forward to today, MetalCraft is the third largest aluminum boat builder in North America, has 90 employees and has won many awards for its designs. It has sold over 800 vessels into approximately 20 countries and is a major defence supplier to the US Navy, USCG and CAD Navy. Bob is still the Contracts Manager and loves the excitement and amazing technology that MetalCraft brings to all of its customers.