Robert Turner has been appointed as Vice President, Operations of The Chamber of Marine Commerce, effective January 3, 2017.

Mr. Turner has extensive experience both aboard ships and in federal government regulatory development and policy-making, which will be invaluable to his role managing the Chamber’s activities related to compliance with the many environmental, safety, human resource, and operational regulations and policies that govern all aspects of the marine transportation industry.

Mr. Turner is currently Manager of Navigation Safety and Radiocommunications at Transport Canada and has more than 20 years’ experience developing and overseeing marine safety regulations, policies, standards, guidelines and procedures at the federal government department. He has also represented Canada at International Maritime Organization (IMO) as head of the Canadian delegation for the Sub-Committee on Navigation, Communications and Search and Rescue (NCSR).

Mr. Turner is a certified Master Mariner with nine years of sea time, including as First Mate for Canada Steamship Lines, and as a tug Captain for the St. Lawrence Seaway. He has an Honours Bachelor of Science degree from Western University and a Marine Navigation Technology Diploma from Georgian College.