Seaspan is building ships for the Canadian Coast Guard and Navy as Canada’s west coast shipbuilding partner under the National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS). Seaspan’s projects under NSS are valued in the $8 billion to $12 billion range.
In his presentation, Mr. Whitworth will discuss the National Shipbuilding Strategy and its benefits for Canada, including establishing shipbuilding as a new, vibrate economic sector in Canada with the potential for growth domestically and globally. He will discuss the resurgence of Canada's shipbuilding sector, including the creation of 1000s of high-value jobs and economic impact across the country as well as its role in support of Canada's maritime ambitions and stewardship of its marine habitat and coastal environment.
Chief Executive Officer, Seaspan
Jonathan Whitworth joined Seaspan in 2009 as Chief Executive Officer, bringing over 20 years of seagoing, shore side, strategic planning, management, and leadership experience to the organization.
After graduating from the Texas Maritime Academy, Jonathan sailed for six years as an officer aboard tankers and chemical carriers in the international market. He also still holds an unlimited chief mate’s license, and a 1600- ton captain’s license.
After completing his MBA at the University of North Texas, Jonathan came ashore and held a number of management positions at ExxonMobil and Teekay Shipping. He later became CEO of Maritrans Inc., the largest publicly held tug/barge and tanker operator in the US Jones Act trade. Maritrans was sold to Overseas Shipholding Group of New York, in 2006, and Jonathan was retained as President to continue the strategic plan created at Maritrans.
As CEO of Seaspan, Jonathan is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic plan, making major corporate decisions, managing the overall operations and resources of the company, and acting as the main point of communication between the board of directors and corporate operations.
Outside of Seaspan, Jonathan is involved in the industry and business community sitting on many boards including Industry Training Authority, Marine Transportation Advisory Council, Business Council of BC (past chair), Texas A&M University Galveston, Co-Chair – Board of Trade’s “Greater Vancouver Economic Scorecard”, and has been a member of YPO since 2004.