A message from Alex Rueben...
I want to begin by wishing you all a Happy New Year! May the new year be a great one for your business or organization and bring you fulfillment and satisfaction.
I am delighted to begin 2018 as the new Executive Director of the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries (ABCMI). I would like to touch on my objectives for the coming year but first a brief introduction is in order.
Photo above: Alex Rueben (far left) with Leann Collins and the ABCMI board at the recent ABCMI Supplier Workshop (photo: BC Shipping News).
I grew up in North Vancouver, BC and am a marine engineer by trade, having spent much of my working life in the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and retiring in 2012 after 35 years of service. During my time in the RCN, I was fortunate to get various interesting appointments including running a Fleet Operations School, a Fleet Maintenance Facility, and Chief of Staff of the Navy on the Pacific Coast. Upon retirement from the RCN, I established and operated the Industrial Marine Training and Applied Research Centre (IMTARC), serving as Executive Director from 2012 to 2017. I have some experience in the industrial marine sector in the province having founded the West Coast Shipbuilding and Repair Forum and subsequently helped the transition of the Forum into what is now ABCMI. I have also served as the Chair of a British Columbia Workforce Table on the Shipbuilding and Repair Industry and as Chair of the Board of an Industry (apprenticeship) Training Organization for the Resource Sector of British Columbia. I now reside in North Saanich, BC, with my partner, Natalka, and have three beautiful daughters – all now out of the house (or so we think!).
As a member of ABCMI you will know that the Association includes not only the shipbuilding and repair industry but five other industries as well – in striving to represent the industrial marine sector of British Columbia. These industries include small craft marine, marine products, marine professionals, industrial marine services, and ocean science and technology. It will be my mission to learn as much as possible about all of the industries included within the mandate of the Association so that I can work effectively to help those industries to succeed and expand. I am also conscious that the industrial marine sector in British Columbia needs to be recognized as a significant contributing economic entity by federal, provincial, and municipal governments and thus, it will be my intent to gain that recognition with those bodies and have that translate into benefits for our industry and the membership of ABCMI. The same applies to representing the industries, and the businesses that constitute those industries, to national and international business enterprises where an economic benefit to ABCMI members is to be derived.
You will note that all of this requires an effective framework for communication and therefore I intend to work closely with the ABCMI Board in keeping you informed of what the Association and its members are doing and what might be of interest to your organization. I will strive to visit your businesses and get to know what your products and/or services are and what issues are of importance to you. I will also work hard to build the membership of our Association in all of the six industries that are represented so that the industrial marine sector in British Columbia can get the recognition that allows it to thrive and grow. I will work with other associations and organizations, as applicable, in advancing the interests of our industries and the provincial marine sector in general. I also encourage all of the public sector members of the Association to use me and the Association as a source of information and as a way of getting information out to the many businesses that constitute the industrial marine sector of the province.
I look forward to meeting you and hearing from you at any time. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Once again, I wish you all a great 2018!