Farewell to our Past Chair – Rick Barlow

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It is with tremendous sadness that we announce the passing of Richard (Rick) Barlow on January 28, 2024, after a brave battle with cancer over the last several years. Rick is most well known as the founder of Colley West Shipping where he served as President and CEO from 1993 until he retired in 2014.  Rick started his shipping career as an agent at Kingsley Navigation and then joined International Chartering Services as their Operations Manager, before venturing on his own with Colley West.  Rick has always given back to the marine community by dedicating countless hours to various activities, consultations, and the boards he served including the Chamber of Shipping, the Pacific Pilotage Authority, and the Vancouver Grain Exchange. During his time on our Board and as Chair between 1992 and 1994, he was actively involved in shaping the marine pollution and prevention regime that exists in Canada today. Rick’s love for golf was well known and on most weekends you would have found him at the Quilchena Golf and Country Club. Our deepest condolences go to his family and many friends. He will be greatly missed.

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