Board of Directors
Jamie Webb, President
Jamie Webb is a third generation Victorian whose grandfather sailed in the famed clipper Thermopylae in the 1890’s. In 1988 Jamie completed a four-year apprenticeship in Rigging and Sailmaking and later a BComm in entrepreneurial management at Royal Roads University.
He has served previously on the boards of the MMBC Society and Foundation, Navy League of Canada, and Beacon Hill Little League. Jamie was a founding Director of the Victoria Tall Ships Society and was very involved in the 2005 Tall Ship festival in Victoria. In 2010 Jamie helped found the Victoria Classic Boat Society to ensure the long-term viability of the Classic Boat Festival. Jamie recently served on the Victoria Foundation’s community engagement committee which annually distributes more than $3 million in grants to non-profit organizations.
Jamie and his wife Chantal owned and operated the Flag Shop, a downtown retail and manufacturing business, for 14 years. Over the years Jamie has initiated many fundraising events for the MMBC, his favourite being the long-running Massive Marine Garage Sale.
For the last 20 years he has worked for the Royal Canadian Navy and is currently their Senior Protocol Officer. Jamie has been a naval reserve officer and instructor with the Sea Cadet programme since 1983.
Wendy Moreton, Vice President
I am originally from Vancouver, but have called Victoria home since 1996. My educational background includes diplomas in Marketing (BCIT 1980), Interior Design (Pacific Design Academy 1997) and I have held a license in Residential Real Estate from the Sauder School of Business since 2000. I worked in the wholesale grocery industry and was a partner in a cabinet manufacturing company while in Vancouver, and I have worked as a residential realtor for the past 21 years in Victoria. I have an extensive background in volunteering and with non-profit entities, including 14 years with the Victoria Real Estate Board, with 6 years on the board as a director and officer. I had leadership, governance and media training during that time, and chaired various committees, including Community Relations, Professional Standards and Professional Development. I also worked more than 10 years on the organizing committee for the Victoria Classic Boat Festival. I was a member of the group that formed a society to carry on when the VREB and Black Press sponsorship ended, and I wore many hats during my time on the festival committee and society board. I am currently serving on the board of the Victoria Jazz Society, and volunteering with Victoria Hospice.
Ian Poyntz, Treasurer
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.
Rhian McKee, Secretary
Rhian was born and raised on a boat and spent many years cruising on the BC Coast. She has crewed on vessels locally and internationally, and worked in various positions within the Canadian Coast Guard for the past 20 years.
Having spent most of her life on the BC Coast, maritime and coastal history has always been a big draw, and being part of the board of the Maritime Museum for the past 5 years has been an amazing experience.
Robert Abernethy, Director
Robert Abernethy is the owner/operator of Abernethy and Gaudin Boatbuilders, in Brentwood Bay, BC. He was born in England, then immigrated to Canada as a child. While working in the family clockmaking business, he discovered a love for working with wood. He pursued his passion at Sheridan College studying Fine Woodworking and Furniture Design, before attending the Northwest School of Wooden Boatbuilding. For several years Robert continued to learn the art of boatbuilding with builder and naval architect, Paul Gartside.
By 1999, along with Jean Gaudin, he launched Abernethy and Gaudin Boatbuilders. Today they operate a successful boat building and restoration business, with seven employees. They’ve received local and international awards over the years, including the International Classic Boat Award for top restored sailing vessel over 40-feet.
Robert has contributed to the preservation of classic boats through lectures and serving as both committee member and judge of the Classic Boat Festival since 2010. As a husband and father of two, he enjoys cruising the local waters of Vancouver Island, sharing his passion for the water.
Clay Evans, Director
Clay Evans is a Past Chair of the Maritime Museum of B.C. who served with the Canadian Coast Guard for over 35 years, primarily in search and rescue along the British Columbia coast – during which time he was the Commanding Officer of the historic Bamfield Lifeboat Station for 17 years – where he organized an international maritime historical symposium to coincide with the station’s centenary in 2008.
Clay is also a maritime historian specializing in the international history of lifesaving at sea and has several publications to his credit including Rescue at Sea; An International History of Coastal Life-saving, Rescue Craft & Organizations published by the U.S. Naval Institute Press in 2003 and numerous articles in Canadian and international journals and magazines. He holds a history degree from the University of Victoria and a Masters degree in Maritime Law from the University of Wales, Cardiff.
Clay continues to work in the commercial marine sector both with the Pacific Pilotage Authority and as a professional consultant while continuing to support the preservation of our collective maritime heritage and in particular a more stable future for the Maritime Museum of British Columbia.
When not out exploring the B.C. Coast, Clay and his wife Gail, live and work in Victoria, B.C.
Angus Matthews, Director
Angus recently retired from a business career divided equally between the entrepreneurial and charitable sectors. Eleven years in management with the Oak Bay Marine Group shaped his early career. He later became General Manager of the largest theme park in Canada followed by 13 years as Director of Development and Administration at Pearson College in Metchosin. Angus was the founding Executive Director of the award-winning Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre in Sidney leading fundraising, construction, marketing and operations. He directed a series of successful fundraising campaigns for Pearson College, the Ocean Discovery Centre, and Camosun College. Angus and Sandy Matthews are avid sailors and supporters of maritime heritage. They owned the SV Dorothy from 1974 to 1983, a decade before she became part of the museum’s collection.
Captain William Noon, Director
Recently retired after a 38-year career in the Canadian Coast Guard, a career with many significant highlights, including Salvage of cruise ship “Clipper Adventurer” in Canadian Arctic, and as Master of CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier in the searches and subsequent discovery of the Franklin expedition ships Erebus and Terror.
He presently chairs the Victoria Classic Boat festival after 35 years of involvement with the festival. He is a long-standing member and past skipper of the Thermopylae Club of Victoria, named after the famous China clipper.
A 40-year member of the MMBC, having served previously six years on the board of trustees. He is one of the latest MMBC beaver medal recipients for his contribution to maritime heritage on the BC Coast.
His ongoing commitment to our heritage is the ongoing 20-year project of restoring and cruising aboard the 75-year-old mission boat Messenger III featured at Classic Boat shows for near to 40 years.
He now wishes to focus his time helping put the MMBC on an long-term course for the future.
Jelena Putnik, Director
Jelena’s love of the sea and maritime history of the West Coast started in her youth. She learned to sail and navigate as a Sea Cadet, honing her skills on the Salish Sea and the fjords of Desolation Sound.
While completing her degree in Canadian Studies, Jelena spent her summers working aboard the 92’ wooden schooner Maple Leaf, journeying the waters from Vancouver, BC to Juneau, Alaska. These journeys, often in partnership with indigenous and non-indigenous coastal communities, opened her eyes to the history, richness, resilience and diverse-yet-often-similar maritime experiences of coastal people. Today Jelena shares her love of sailing with her daughters and partner, and is a proud member of Fairwinds Sailing Association, BC’s oldest sailing co-operative.
Jelena’s professional career has spanned areas of health regulation, social services and housing. She has 20+ years experience in program/project management, stakeholder engagement and community building, and currently works in Regional Housing at the Capital Regional District. As a volunteer she has served on various boards, most recently as Chair of the Victoria Compost Education Centre as well as Queerly Victoria arts collective.
If not sailing or volunteering, Jelena can be found growing food and flowers in her garden or organizing local fundraising music and food events.
Photo coming soon!
Bonnie Stacy, Director
Bonnie retired in June, 2010 after a 37-year career in education; 32 years were with the Sooke School District. The last 17 years of her career were as Vice-Principal and Principal. She participated in and chaired several curriculum implementation and professional development committees. In 2005, Bonnie was given the responsibility of opening a new elementary school. Bonnie’s organizational skills would be an asset as a board director.
Upon retirement, Bonnie became a dedicated volunteer with MMBC. She volunteered with many aspects and initiatives at the MMBC including fund raising, volunteer coordinator and front desk receptionist. She has also served on the Classic Boat Festival Committee.
For many years, Bonnie, and her beloved, deceased husband, John West, sailed and explored the coastal waters of Vancouver Island and the mainland; first on the 1952 wooden cruiser, Scaup, and then on the 40’ Laurent Giles ketch, Kwasun. Because of John’s passion for BC’s maritime history and for the MMBC, as well as a visit to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, Bonnie was deeply motivated to become an involved, active member and volunteer of the MMBC.
Captain John Clarkson, CD FNI CMILT, Past Chair