Board of Directors

Maritime Museum of BC - Board of Directors, 1950s

Maritime Museum of BC – Board of Directors, 1950s

Don Prittie, Chair

Growing up at Copper Cove and living in West Vancouver for much of his life, Don Prittie began his lifelong love affair with the ocean and all things related to boating as a young person. Starting as a dockhand at Sewell’s Marina in Horseshoe Bay, Prittie’s career has had him working in a number of magnificent locations up and down the BC coast. He worked for many years as the Manager of Young Life’s Malibu Club in Princess Louisa Inlet, then April Point Resort and Marina on Quadra Island, a brief stint as Executive Director of S.A.L.T.S. Sail and life Saving Society, followed by being named Senior Vice President – Operations of the Oak Bay Marine Group in Victoria. Prittie is currently General Manager of Canoe Cove Marina & Boatyard in North Saanich.

His volunteer experience includes being the current President of Boating BC (formerly known as the BC Marine Trades Association), a director of Discover Boating Canada, a member of Victoria Esquimalt Harbour Society and their representative for the Victoria Cruise Industry Alliance. Prittie served as one of the founding directors of the Greater Victoria Harbour Authority for ten years, the last four of those years as Chair of the Board. His leisure time sees him travelling or re-building his ex- commercial fishing boat and getting out on the water. He lives in Victoria with his wife Janice and has three adult children.

Clay Evans, Past Chair

Clayton (Clay) Evans is a historian, author and mariner specializing in the international history of lifesaving at sea. In 2003 he wrote Rescue at Sea; an International History of Lifesaving, Coastal Rescue Craft and Organizations published by Conway Maritime Press (UK) and the Naval Institute Press (USA) and has written several articles for both academic and special-interest journals on the subject of international humanitarianism at sea in subsequent years.

A mariner by profession, he has been involved in search and rescue for over 30 years, having spent 17 of those as the Officer-in-Charge at the historic Bamfield Lifeboat Station and continues to work for the Canadian Coast Guard as the Superintendent of Maritime Search and Rescue for the CCG’s Western Region.

His research interests stem from a degree in history from the University of Victoria, Canada and a Master of Laws (Maritime) from the University of Wales, Cardiff, UK, where he specialized in the international law of maritime salvage.

Ian Poyntz, Vice Chair

Ian was born and raised in Ottawa then educated in Toronto and later Victoria. He is a seaman, Master Mariner, who went to sea for over 15 years on various cargo ships/ tankers and later worked with the Canadian Coast Guard Search and Rescue aboard ship. He has owned half a dozen businesses over the years. Ian owned and operated a small, 1500 ton coastal freighter in the Philippines for four years. For 12 years he worked as a consultant for the U.S., Philippine, and Norwegian governments in the Philippines doing port and shipping feasibility studies.

Ian still owns a crewing agency in Manila that places about 500 Filipino seamen of all ranks on cruise ships worldwide. He presently owns and operates a small restaurant in Victoria as his principal activity.

Leo Gauthier, Treasurer

Leo has worked in the accounting and finance field since 1976 and holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Saskatchewan and a CPA, CMA professional accounting designation. He spent the last 30 years of his career with the federal Public Works and Government Services Canada finance department most recently as a Senior Financial Analyst.

Since moving to Victoria in 2008, Leo has been overseeing the financial budgets of the federal government department’s engineering assets across Canada, including the Esquimalt Graving Dock and Alaska Highway here in BC.

Ross Brand, Trustee

Ross completed a degree in Archaeology at SFU in 1974 and received his Masters of Museology at the University of Toronto in 1976; in 1985 he obtained his Marine Mates Ticket.

He was with the RCN Diving Branch from 1960-67, then moved to the Royal BC Museum in 1973, staying till 2002. During his RBCM experience he was with the Archaeology Division (19733-84); was skipper of the Museum’s research vessel “Nesika” (1983-87); and Manager of Facility and Services (1987-2002).

In 1977-1981 Ross was the Victoria representative for the RNSA ($100.00 Sailboat rade). He was previously on the Board for The Victoria Association for Community Living, and maintained the websites for both the “Tall Ships” and the “Futures Project” events for the Maritime Museum of BC with Bill Barkley.

Dan Downes, Trustee

Dan has lived and worked in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Montreal, Charlottetown and Halifax. In his corporate life, he held senior management and consulting positions focused on E-Business, customer management, strategy development and business improvement within the travel and technology industries.

Currently, Dan is the owner and operator of Tailored Training & Consulting, a company that provides custom and personalized training and seminars to individuals and small business. He is also involved with the University of Victoria mentoring program for the school of business. Dan is the Canadian manager, representing International Training.

Outside the corporate environment, Dan holds an ‘Instructor -Trainer’ certification in the dive industry, where he develops and delivers formal instruction and leads dive expeditions for dive professionals.

In his personal time Dan is an active participant in many recreational activities but his favorites are running, swimming, bicycling, cross country skiing, and curling. During the summer, you will also see Dan and his wife Joni as they travel across North America on their motorcycle. As a diver, Dan dives both open and closed circuit and truly enjoys expeditions to ship wrecks and technical diving. Dan enjoys photography as well as escorting groups to different and exciting dive locations.

Daphne Goode, Trustee

Daphne Goode is the Community Relations and Access Coordinator for Shaw TV on South Vancouver Island. Her career in television production, tourism and hospitality marketing spans 35 years. A facilitator and leader in marketing, business and media, Daphne has presented at Royal Roads University, Camosun College and the University of Victoria. Her volunteer work started early in her teens, and she volunteered for countless organizations over many years. Daphne grew up in a nautical family.  The family boat was moored at Royal Victoria Yacht Club and Daphne took her first sailing lessons at RVYC. She received the Humphrey Golby award in May 2012 for outstanding service to the Swiftsure International Yacht Race over 20 years.

Daphne is married with two grown step-children.

David K. Jones, Trustee

David works as a partner in the law firm Bernard LLP in Vancouver. The focus of David’s practice is maritime law representing ship owners, charterers, insurers and other parties involved in both international and coastal shipping. His practice has included a wide variety of matters including responding to casualties such as groundings, sinkings, collisions and environmental emergencies; cases concerning cargo damage and personal injury; and marine insurance matters. David graduated from the University of Victoria with a law degree, and also earned a masters in maritime law from the University of Wales. David’s interests outside of work include boating, skiing, landscaping and coaching soccer and baseball with his two young boys.

Mark Lindholm, Trustee

Mark is the President of the Lindholm Group of Companies which holds a diverse portfolio of real estate holdings including three marinas in the Victoria area. Mark is now retired (2013) as a lawyer after practicing in real estate and business law in Victoria since 1984. A past President of the Board of the Maritime Museum, long-time member of the Victoria/ Esquimalt Harbour Society and long-time past member of the GVHA Board, Mark is knowledgeable in many aspects of the marine business and has a good knowledge of local Maritime history.

Mark is an avid boater. After racing sailboats for many years he and his wife, Valerie, are now more sedate powerboat cruisers.

Rhian McKee, Trustee

Rhian was born and raised on a boat on the BC Coast. She has worked on various vessels locally and internationally and has been with the Canadian Coast Guard for 15 years. Working from deckhand up to Officer of the Watch, Rhian is currently the Fleet Operations Officer at the Regional Operations Center. Having spent most of her life on the BC Coast, maritime history has always been a big draw, and she looks forward to being part of the Maritime Museum.