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2022_CCG Graduating Class

Canadian Coast Guard Welcomes 51 New Graduates Into Its Fleet

Released: June 4, 2022

Sydney, Nova Scotia – Since 1965, the Canadian Coast Guard College in Sydney, Nova Scotia, has been providing internationally recognized training to personnel of the Canadian Coast Guard.

Today, during its first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019, the College is bidding fair winds and following seas to 51 graduates from its Officer Training Program. These new Officers have completed the 45-month program, which is delivered in both official languages and offers a choice between Navigation and Marine Engineering streams.

These graduates have persevered through ongoing disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, and are now ready to serve Canadians by helping mariners in need, protecting marine ecosystems, and ensuring safe passage through Canada’s waterways.

In a year full of celebration for the Canadian Coast Guard’s 60th anniversary, the arrival of 51 new officers into our fleet is one more reason to celebrate. We extend sincere congratulations to all graduates, who will join their colleagues in making a positive impact in communities across Canada.


“Today’s Coast Guard graduates are joining an esteemed organization that continues to serve Canadians with pride. You will serve an increasingly important role in protecting the environment and helping those in need. Congratulations on all that you have accomplished, and welcome to the Canadian Coast Guard. ”

– The Honourable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“The Canadian Coast Guard is proud to welcome these 51 new officers into our fleet. Having gone through the program at the Canadian Coast Guard College myself, I know how much hard work and perseverance each of you has put in. Congratulations and welcome aboard!”

– Mario Pelletier, Commissioner, Canadian Coast Guard

“On behalf of the entire College faculty, staff and administration, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to all Graduates of the class of 2022. Your transformation from Officer Cadets to Officers over the last 45 months has been a pleasure to observe. I have the highest confidence that the future of the Canadian Coast Guard is in good hands for years to come. I know that you will serve your communities with integrity and make us all proud – well done!”

– Dena Richardson, Executive Director, Canadian Coast Guard College

Quick facts

  • This year’s graduates will be posted to Canadian Coast Guard Regions across Canada:
    • 15 graduates going to the Atlantic Region
    • 18 graduates going to the Central Region
    • 18 graduates going to the Western Region
  • All Canadian Coast Guard College students receive free tuition, a training allowance, and free room and board.
  • Graduates of the Officer Training Program receive a Bachelor of Technology (Nautical Sciences) Degree from Cape Breton University and a Diploma from the Canadian Coast Guard College. Navigation Officers receive a Transport Canada Watchkeeping Mate Certificate, and Marine Engineering Officers receive a Fourth Class Engineering Certificate from Transport Canada.

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2022 CIMARE / NSCC Award Recipient Tiffany O’Donnell

The Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering- Atlantic Branch is pleased to announce that this year’s student recipient of the Atlantic Award is Tiffany O’Donnell. The one thousand dollar ($1,000) annual award is presented to deserving students attending the NSCC Nautical Institute at Port Hawkesbury NS. The award challenges students in their final year of study, who best demonstrate scholastic achievement, mechanical aptitude and extraordinary leadership skills. Congratulation Tiffany!

In her words, “This award will surely help me financially as I have student debt for the first time. It was a difficult decision to leave my corporate job and steady paycheck every two weeks but with bursaries like this, it helps leaps and bounds. Awards like this not only help financially but they are so motivating to keep going and keep giving it my all. This program is a huge time commitment and sometimes it can be overwhelming but being recognized and awarded for my efforts makes this all worth it. Times like these, with all the negative news in the world, some positive news is very welcomed.” – Tiffany

To see the official announcement and read more about Tiffany’s journey, click here.


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In Memory of – Thomas Ward

Dear Membership,

We are sad to share with the membership that on May 7th 2021 Mr. Thomas Charles Ward passed away. Tom served the Canadian maritime industry in various capacities throughout his career including president of CIMarE, received the Medal of Excellence in 2013, and countless other achievements. He will be sorely missed. CIMarE executive committee and members would like to pass on our condolences to all Tom’s family and friends.


CIMarE Vancouver Branch

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In Memory of – Mr. Richard ‘Rick’ Lowe

Dear Membership,

We are sad to share with the membership that on May 5th 2021 Mr. Richard ‘Rick’ Lowe passed away. Rick was a long time employee of Cullen Diesel Power , a friend to many of us, a great influence in the local maritime industry and supporter of CIMarE Vancouver Branch. He will be sorely missed. CIMarE executive committee and members would like to pass on our condolences to all Rick’s family and friends.


Richard Sai Don Lowe, 66 Years old, Born March 24, 1955 in Kowloon, Hong Kong China. Married to Marianne Lowe (nee Durante) July 24,1976, Children Christopher (Vanessa) & Kyle (Amanda) and 4 grandchildren Kaius, Ryker, Jett, Maddox. Proud recipient of a Diploma of Sales and Marketing from the Sauder School of Business UBC. Rick worked at Cullen Diesel Power (Detroit Diesel Allison BC) for 46 years and retired in 2019 as the Vice President of  Sales. Rick will be truly missed by everyone he met and everyone will remember him fondly.


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St Lawrence Branch Donates to Mariner House in Montreal

On March 24, CIMarE St Lawrence Branch presented a $500.00 cheque to Mariners House in Montreal.  This donation supports the valuable work they provide seafarers which is especially required during the time of COVID 19.

Carolyn Osborne accepted the cheque on behalf of  Mariners House while Zack Papchristou ( Branch Treasurer and Chris King (Branch Chairman) made the presentation on behalf of the St Lawrence Branch.

The work done by Mariners House during COVID-19 is described by Carolyn below:


Since the start of the pandemic, Transport Canada has authorised seafarers to come ashore to either go straight to a centre for their use solely – such as Mariners’ House of Montreal – or to a pharmacy for essential items.  However, very few maritime companies permit their workers to disembark.  Nevertheless, a few have been able to come to Mariners’ House, which is still open five days a week and, as always, free transport is available to and from their ships.


While activities, including fundraising events, have been severely limited over the past year, Mariners’ House and the chaplains from their colleagues, the Ministry to Seafarers, have continued to operate.  Among the services offered to seafarers are SIM cards to access the internet on board vessels which do not provide this service for free, wired money transactions as well as personal purchases on behalf of the crew.


Seafarers have particularly suffered during COVID and Mariners’ House is relieved it has been able to ‘carry on’ assisting and raising the spirits of these essential workers.

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Congratulations National Council Scholarship Recipient for 2020

Congratulations to Guillaume St-Yves, the recipient for the 2020 National Scholarship.  We are excited to support Mr. St-Yves’ education as a mechanical engineer at at l’École de Technologie Supérieure.  Below is the thank you note from Mr St-Yves describing his initiatives.

As a mechanical engineering student at l’École de Technologie Supérieure, I have always been motivated to learn and innovate. It’s for this reason that I quickly got involved within the university’s submarine scientific club, Omer.


It’s during our human-powered submarine projects that I was able to apply the knowledge and theories acquired in class and develop a passion for marine engineering. I aspire to continue to thrive and learn every day, from design adapted to underwater conditions to computed fluid analyses (CFD).

On our latest complete project, Omer 11, I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of optimization. This was the first hybrid submarine in the world championship and it had the chance to display it’s innovation at the eISR and ISR (International Submarine Race). In fact, Omer 11 has two propulsion systems that can be interchange between races. The first system is a standard propeller and is equipped with precambered blades with an electrical variable pitch. It is also equipped with a non-prop system, similar to those used on sea kayaks. This propulsion called mirage has been completely redesigned in order to integrate a scotch yoke system and allow a circular motion to the pedals.

The current prototype, Omer 12, will be powered by a Voith-Schneider system. The design of the system is based on technologies already in the industry, but adapted to the power of two pilots. In addition to leading the team for almost two years, I had the opportunity to improve my knowledge of fluid dynamics. It has been useful in the design of an effective hull geometry and in my actual special project. It consists in optimizing the profile of our fins with biomimetism based on animal fins with bumps.

I would like to personally thank CIMarE for this recognition award! This contribution allows me and will allow me not to worry about my university tuition fees in order to put all my energy in the Omer project. I will understand even more about manufacturing methods and underwater conditions. I will be able to learn through the activities of CIMarE and pass on to my colleagues the possibilities offered by the organization.

These experiences and achievements within this branch of engineering inspire me to follow similar academic paths and opportunities.

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