Board of Directors
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.
Ross Brand, Secretary/Treasurer
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.
Robin Cochrane, Trustee
Robin was born and raised in Victoria and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Victoria. Robin works for the Regional Office of Environmental Coordination with Fisheries and Oceans Canada as well as with the Canadian Coast Guard assisting them with their environmental needs during project planning and implementation.
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 practising 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.
Alan Smith, Trustee
Alan was raised in Victoria and graduated from Oak Bay High School. Alan studied at Victoria College, London School of Economics and Queen’s University where he received a Master’s Degree in Canadian History.
Alan served seven years as a Sub-Lieutenant and Lieutenant in Pacific Command with the RCNR and was employed for 32 years at Capilano college as a Senior Administrator including the role of Executive Director of Planning and Development that included responsibilities for all physical capital development projects from land acquisition, through negotiating with senior government for capital facility and equipment approvals for 70 million dollars of capital construction.
Alan and his wife are retired and living in Victoria
Darren Williams, Trustee
Darren was born and raised on Vancouver Island and is a graduate of Brentwood College, and completed his undergraduate degree and law degree at the University of Victoria. Darren was a commercial fisherman until the age of 29 and continues to be involved with his family’s fleet of six fishing vessels.
Darren has been a practising marine lawyer for 18 years and owns and manages League and Williams, a law firm with 23 staff and lawyers that provides litigation, business and estate planning, and real property and marine asset conveyancing services and provides advice to a wide range of maritime and other businesses, including all levels of government and NGOs on local and international maritime matters.
Darren is currently a Director for the Canadian Transportation Law Association and is also a voting member on the Canadian General Standards Board Committee on Marine Lifesaving Equipment.