Captain Philip McCarter may be new to BCIT however, his 30-plus years in many different facets of the shipping industry provide for a wealth of experience that will serve the Institution well. As the Associate Dean for the BCIT Marine Campus, Captain McCarter will draw on past roles that have spanned government (Canadian Coast Guard), academia (The Marine Institute), commercial (Canship Ugland Ltd.) and domestic shipping (BC Ferries) to name some of the highlights. While much of his work has been on the East Coast of Canada, McCarter’s ties to the West proved irresistible, and although his first posting in B.C. was with BC Ferries, the opportunities afforded by his new role were too much to pass up — especially when it’s a job you’ve had your eye on for a very long time.
McCarter graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Zoology in 1980 from the University of British Columbia. “I spent my teen years here in B.C. and have always wanted to come back to work here,” he said. “And funny enough, I had always had it in the back of my mind that I would have liked to work at what was then called Pacific Marine Training Institute.”
Instead, McCarter enrolled in the Coast Guard College in Nova Scotia and worked his way up from cadet to master over a 10-year period on a number of different vessels. He worked on ice breakers, search and rescue vessels and was part of the team to lay fibre optic cable across the Transatlantic. He was also involved with recovery efforts in the Air India crash and was on one of the ships first in the area to locate debris.
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