As a volunteer-based organization, our people are our greatest strength.
The RCMSAR Team
With strong governance and management supporting the power and dedication of our volunteers, RCMSAR contributes to the safety of people in British Columbia and in the communities which support our stations. From teachers and accountants to ex-coast guard and commercial mariners to indigenous community leaders and retired professionals, our team of volunteers and staff are making a difference to public safety in British Columbia.
Board of Directors
A volunteer Board of Governors holds the legal corporate authority and responsibility for RCMSAR. While many are current or past station volunteers, the Board actively recruits candidates for their experience in governance and their skills in areas such as law, accounting, and business management.
Tracy Lakeman is Chair of RCMSAR’s Board of Directors, and she was a dedicated crew member of RCMSAR Station 10 in Richmond in 2013/15. In her Board Chairs’ role, Tracy sits on the National Canadian Coast Guard Auxiliary Board as Secretary. As former CEO of Tourism Richmond, she was responsible for the strategic planning and financial and administration management providing critical strategic direction for all areas within the association’s mandate for tourism marketing, sales, visitor and partner services and community, government and industry relations. Tracy’s additional not for profit board experience includes Easter Seals BC/Yukon where she became the Board Chair as well as stepping in as Interim CEO for six months. A skilled leader, Tracy brings sound practical good governance and best practices to the organizations she leads. Tracy and her husband Ken share their time at home in Richmond and their property in East Sooke.
Current Vice Chair and Development Committee Chair, John McCoach joined RCMSAR Station 2 North Vancouver in 2017 before becoming a member of the Board. A dedicated crew member John is also an independent director of two publicly listed companies and former President of the TSX Venture Exchange, a role he held for seven years. More recently, John was a director of the Capital Markets Authority Implementation Organization which was tasked by the Government of Canada, seven provinces and one territory to create a pan Canadian securities commission. John is a proud husband, father and grandpa.
Bruce Hayne is an accomplished business owner with an extensive marketing and advertising background. A former Councillor in the City of Surrey, Bruce is currently the Executive Director at the Boating BC Association representing the recreational boating industry across British Columbia and advocating its on behalf to all levels of government. Bruce joined RCMSAR’s Board of Directors in 2019 and presently sits as the Secretary and member of the Development Committee.
Scott Palmer FCPA, FCA
Finance Committee Chair
Scott first joined the Board in 2018 and serves as RCMSAR’s Finance Committee Chair. He is passionate about our oceans and lakes and the importance of safety whenever we are out there. He raced sailboats competitively for 15 years. He made the switch to powerboats and cruising our coast for the past 35 years with his wife and two daughters who all share Scott’s love for our waters. Scott is a FCA/FCPA and spent his entire business career in the public accounting and audit world. He was a founding partner of a successful local accounting firm that operated for 14 years before merging their practice with Ernst & Young where he finished out his career. He has served on several boards including a term as President of the Vancouver Aquarium and coached high school basketball for many years. Scott lives in North Vancouver.
Tim is a well-established Sooke real estate agent who has contributed to his community for nearly two decades. His governance board and committee work include many years with the Victoria Real Estate Board including a term as President. He championed outreach, chairing the several committees including Community and Government Relations. Nationally, Tim was a director of the Canadian Real Estate Association and the chair of its Technology Council and Federal Affairs Committee. Presently Tim serves on the Board of the British Columbia Real Estate Association and will be its Chair in 2024. He also was active crew at RCMSAR Station 37 for six years. Tim first joined RCMSAR’s Board in 2019.
A career in law enforcement for more than 30 years, Linda Blake currently is the Deployment Commander for the Prime Minister Protection Detail with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Linda is currently a board member of the Pulling Together Canoe Society where she has volunteered since 2008 (former President for 5 years) and she was a past President and Board Member of the Aboriginal Youth Education and Wellness Society. She has experience working for the Vancouver Police Department, the United Nations and the RCMP which included a post as Constable General Duty in Lax Kw’alaams (Port Simpson) in the early 2000s. Linda has an educational background in Criminology and Business through Kwantlen University and the University of Fraser Valley and is a Force Options Instructor with both Vancouver Police Department and RCMP. Linda is also an accomplished Martial Arts Instructor of 30 years and a Skipper (Bowsman) for large First Nations Canoes since 2002. Linda joined RCMSAR as a board member in 2021.
Mike joined the Board in 2022 and is a member of RCMSAR’s Governance Committee and Nominating Committee. An active crewmember of RCMSAR 36 in Sidney since 2019, Mike’s nautical experience goes back 50 years when he joined the Canadian Forces as a reservist in 1972 before receiving his commission as a Naval Warfare Officer in 1974, eventually reaching the rank of Commander Officer of HMCS Tecumseh before his retirement. Mike is founder of Calgary-based MJ Ervin & Associates, an industry consultancy and he has served on several boards, including the Calgary Police Commission and the Naval Association of Canada, and is a long-time member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mike and his wife Karen live in Greater Victoria.
Dr. Nelson Jatel, DSoSc, PAg
A member of RCMSAR’s Board since 2019, Nelson serves as the Water Stewardship Director at the Okanagan Basin Water Board with over 20 years of senior project management experience. He holds a science degree in freshwater science (UBC), a master’s degree (UBC) in water governance, and a Doctoral degree (RRU) researching water governance and social-ecological systems. Nelson is also a board member at St’at’imc Eco-Resources, UBC Alumni and Okanagan College – Water Engineering Technology Program.
Nelson taught water law at Okanagan College and was the Executive Director of the Okanagan Partnership Society – a business-led non-profit focused on collaboration and practical solutions to support a globally competitive Okanagan. Nelson is a certified fishing guide (desertsalmon.ca) and enjoys spending time in Naramata’s family vineyard.
Catherine has served on the board of RCMSAR since 2021. She is General Counsel at MEC, and she leads and oversees MEC’s legal, governance, privacy, and sustainability matters. She brings over 15 years of distinguished legal experience to MEC, and prior to joining MEC, Catherine was Senior Counsel at TELUS and associate at Borden Ladner Gervais, LLP. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) in Finance from the University of British Columbia and a Juris Doctor from the University of Toronto. She currently serves as the Treasurer on the board of the Women General Counsel of Canada. She’s also one of the executive sponsors of the Diversity and Inclusion Steering Committee at MEC. She enjoys giving back to the community and has volunteered with various community groups, including TELUS Victoria Community Board. In her free time, Catherine enjoys biking, golfing and travelling with her family.
In his day job, Cliff is the vice president, infrastructure of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. In that capacity, he leads the port authority’s large infrastructure delivery programs which include road, rail and terminal interfaces as well as off-port supporting infrastructure. He is also responsible for the port authority’s Container Capacity Program including the expansion of capacity at existing container terminals as well as delivery of new terminals.
In addition to RCMSAR, Cliff has served on a number of not-for-profit boards over the years, most recently Green Marine and North Shore Neighbourhood House. He is a professional engineer and a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. Cliff and his wife, Ann, live with their daughter in North Vancouver.
Hans is a resident of Qualicum Beach on Vancouver Island, where he lives with his wife Judi. Hans has been a member of RCMSAR Station 8 in Delta since 2004 and served as Deputy Station Leader, Coxswain and Training Officer. He was the Treasurer, President, and Director of Training on the Delta Marine Rescue Society. Hans served on the Board of Directors under CCGA-P from 2008 through 2014 and was closely involved in the acquisition of the Headquarters’ Sooke property and name change to RCMSAR. Hans moved to non-active status in 2021 after moving to Vancouver Island from Tsawwassen. Hans and Judi are active boaters and have owned sailboats since 1997.
Hans served in various senior management positions in national car and truck rental companies for most of his professional life. He was the President-CEO and part owner of Acorn Wood Designs Ltd in Richmond. Hans had a commercial mariner’s ticket and worked part time in the whale watching industry and pilot transport boats in Vancouver Harbour before retiring permanently in 2019. He rejoined RCMSAR’s Board in 2022.
From leadership to readiness and operations our Headquarters Team provides exceptional marine search and rescue training for hundreds of volunteers to ensure rescue crews are prepared and able to save lives on the water. Our expert team also provides responsible resource management, conducts marine safety audits and support the administration needs of our RCMSAR stations throughout the province.
Readiness & Operations
Operations Assistant Voluneteer
QUALITY ASSURANCE SPECIALIST Volunteer
SAFETY AUDIT LEAD VOLUNTEER
Hundreds of RCMSAR volunteers are standing by, ready to leave their families or jobs to respond to an emergency on the water. The backbone of our service, coastal communities rely on them for quick, professional response during a marine emergency. Together, with the right skills and training our crews can handle almost any marine emergency.
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