It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Thomas Charles Ward on May 7, 2021. Born in Liverpool, England, Tom’s career in the local maritime industry began in the 1960s with his first job in Vancouver as a Naval Architect with Robert Allan Limited. He joined Seaspan International in 1971 as Construction Manager, and was then appointed first Operations Manager and then General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of Seaspan’s subsidiary, Vancouver Shipyards. In 1993, Tom was appointed Senior Vice-President, Engineering, and later President and CEO of the British Columbia Ferry Corporation. In 1999, Tom took the helm of his own company, International Marine Consultants Limited, based in North Vancouver. Tom served two terms as Chairman of the Canadian Maritime Industries Association and was a Past President of the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering and of the Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers. In 2013, he was awarded that year’s Medal of Excellence by the Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering.