Stephen completed a Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) from Memorial University of Newfoundland (MUN) in 2008 and immediately joined the Ocean Technology sector. His first position was with a then start-up called Blue Oceans Satellite Systems, whose mainstay product/service at the time was a satellite-based Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS). Their first major contract was with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and for the simplex and duplex monitoring of fishing fleet activity. The system was later made more sophisticated and fostered new applications which required Stephen to travel within Canada and the U.S. to market and sell it.
Since then Stephen worked in Fredericton, NB for an Aquaculture Feed manufacturer and in the storied Waterloo, ON tech sector. He earned his Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Wilfrid Laurier University (WLU) in 2012 and moved back to Newfoundland in 2013. For the last five years Stephen has held the position of Area Sales Manager (Canada) for Kongsberg Digital Simulation Ltd. The Canadian arm of the Norwegian Parent company is the world’s leading provider of maritime simulation software. Products include but are not limited to; Bridge, Engine Room, Dynamic Positioning and service markets such as Post-Secondary Marine Schools, NATO Navies, Merchant Marine, Offshore Operators and more.
Stephen has traveled the world selling these systems, speaking at conferences and attending exhibitions, all the while gaining valuable insight into how some of the most respected marine companies in the world prepare and execute operations in the challenging conditions off our coasts. Stephen is passionate about the ability for marine simulation to improve safety, operational effectiveness and management efficiency.
Stephen is proud to call Newfoundland home and happy to see a flourishing network of local Ocean Technology companies with an increasingly global reach.