Canadian National Seafarers’ Welfare Board

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The National Seafarers’ Welfare Board (“Board”) is comprised of shipowners, seafarers’ welfare and labour representatives, port representatives and government.  The creation of the Board is aligned with provisions of the Maritime Labour Convention, 2006 (MLC 2006), and the Board has the mandate to advise the Government of Canada on issues related to the welfare and well-being of seafarers, while also enhancing and improving seafarer welfare facilities in Canada, and seafarer access to those facilities and other services that they may require.


The Seafarers’ Welfare Board is composed of:

Board executive


Debbie Murray, Senior Director, Policy and Regulatory Affairs Association of Canadian Port Authorities

Vice chairs (2):

Dan Kimmerly - President, Ships Officers Component, British Columbia Ferries Marine Workers’ Union

Jason Zuidema, Executive Director, North American Maritime Ministry Association


Julia Murphy, Director, Seafarer Certification, Marine Safety and Security, Transport Canada

Scott Weatherdon, Manager of Certification Standards, Marine Safety & Security, Transport Canada

Board members

Seafarer welfare organizations

Capt. Yoss Leclerc, International Sailors' Society Canada

Chaplain Michelle DePooter, Ministry to Seafarers

Deacon Dileep Athaide, National Director for Maritime Ministry, Stella Maris Canada

Ray Hanna, Lighthouse Harbour Ministries

Rev. Judith Alltree, Regional Director, Mission to Seafarers Canada

Seafarer Unions

Albert Batten, Vice-President, International Longshoremen's Association, Atlantic Coast District

Joy Thomson, National Secretary-Treasurer, The Canadian Merchant Service Guild

Karl Risser, ITF Inspector, International Transport Workers Federation – Canada

Nathan Smith, ITF Inspector, International Transport Workers Federation – Canada

Peter Lahay, National ITF Coordinator, International Transport Workers Federation – Canada

Rob Ashton, National President, The International Longshore and Warehouse Union – Canada

Vincent Giannopoulos, Vice-President, St. Lawrence and East Coast, Seafarers' International Union of Canada


Chad Allen, Director, Marine Operations, Shipping Federation of Canada

Clifford Faleiro, Senior Operations Manager North America, Saga Welco AS

Jean-François Belzile, Harbour Master and Director of Marine Operations, Montreal Port Authority

Karen Kancens, Vice-President, Shipping Federation of Canada

Lanna Hodgson, Secretary General, International Ship-owners Alliance of Canada

Paul Topping, Director, Regulatory & Environmental Affairs, Chamber of Marine Commerce

Robert Lewis-Manning, President, Chamber of Shipping

Meeting agendas





Ship Safety Bulletins

Marine Security Operations Bulletins