Darryl Hansen joined the Canadian Forces in 1970 and upon graduating from the Royal Military College in Kingston, he continued his training to earn his Naval Engineering Certificate of Competency Level II, before being selected to attend the master’s degree (M.Sc.) program in marine engineering at the Royal Naval Engineering College in the UK.

After returning to Canada he was appointed chief engineer officer of HMCS Huron. On promotion to the rank of Commander, he was made the Leadyard Commander for the construction of the Canadian Patrol Frigate Halifax class vessels. Following this appointment, he was Squadron Technical Officer for the navy’s Pacific training fleet, and then the Deputy Chief of Staff for Ships Systems Readiness and the Senior Staff Officer responsible for environment protection in Maritime Forces Pacific.

Upon leaving the Canadian Forces in 1993, Mr. Hansen was responsible for creating a new in-service support contractor for the navy’s new Kingston class vessels. In 2003, he served as the first Chief Executive Officer of a newly created subsidiary shipyard and fleet maintenance organization for BC Ferries, Deas Pacific Marine Inc. In 2008 he assumed his most recent employment as Chief Engineer for Babcock Canada Ltd. supporting Canada’s fleet of Victoria class submarines.

Mr. Hansen is a professional engineer, a Fellow of the Canadian Environmental Auditing Association and has been a long-time member of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering.