Interesting Cocktails | With Jonathan Whitworth From Seaspan

Topic: How Seaspan Implemented A $170M Capital Expansion Project On Time And Under Budget

Join AmCham Canada - Pacific Chapter for their upcoming event with an inspiring guest speaker, and a chance to network with like-minded business professionals.

Speaker: Jonathan Whitworth, CEO, Seaspan

Date: 18 February 2015

Time: 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Pacific Time

Place: Hyatt Regency, Grouse Room

Host: No-Host Bar (Guests pay for their drinks); Hors D'oeuvers served

Cost: Members:$20; Non-Member: $50

RSVP: Please complete and return this registration form to AmCham Canada - Pacific Chapter via email at events@amchampacific.com or call 855.542.6623.

[Note: Tickets will not be mailed; we will confirm your purchase by email and names will be confirmed at the door.]

RSVP Deadline: Monday, February 16, 2015

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About Jonathan Whitworth:

Jonathan Whitworth joined Seaspan in 2009 as Chief Executive Officer, bringing over twenty years of seagoing, shoreside, strategic planning, management and leadership experience to Seaspan. 

Seaspan has the largest fleet of tugs and barges in Canada, owns a fleet of ferries which operates between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland, and operates three shipyards. Seaspan traces its roots in the Port of Vancouver back to 1886, and the appointment of Jonathan as CEO is the first time a mariner has held the top job since Captain James CF Stewart held the position almost forty years ago. 

Seaspan has recently gone through a number of transformational events, including in 2011 winning the largest Federal Government contract ever awarded in British Columbia.

Jonathan is a second generation mariner, and he started his sailing career when he sailed to South America on a tramp freighter at the age of 11, without his father or any other family member. His last voyage as a ship's officer took him around the world aboard a chemical carrier which commenced and ended in Singapore and spanned over 130 days.

Jonathan not only has a love of the ocean and ships, but also the business of shipping. After obtaining his MBA, he decided to end his sailing career and had the opportunity to focus on the finance, logistics and the strategy behind what makes a shipping company work and succeed. He held a number of management positions at ExxonMobil and Vancouver's very own Teekay Shipping. He later became CEO of Maritrans Inc., the largest publicly held U.S. flag tug/barge and tanker operator in the US. 

With the help of an outstanding team, the stock price for Maritrans grew over 300% in three short years before being sold to the second largest publicly held tanker company in the world, Overseas Shipholding Group.  Jonathan left OSG in 2009, at which time he was hired by Seaspan and moved his family to beautiful British Columbia.

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Who Should Attend:

Business owners, CEOs, senior executives, decision makers, entrepreneurs and business professionals in the import/export arena will find this of particular interest. This event is open to all Canadian and U.S. businesses, large and small with a vested interest in cross-border trade and forming new business relationships.

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What Is "Interesting Cocktails"?

"Interesting Cocktails" is AmCham Canada - Pacific Chapter's monthly networking event, featuring a guest speaker with expertise in foreign exchange. Speakers bring insightful presentations on various business topics and current business challenges.  It is a casual evening and a great opportunity to network and ask questions of industry professionals.

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Adriana Petty

Her career in the international trade industry began almost 8 years ago while she simultaneously worked her way to earning a Marketing Management Certificate from Kwantlen Polytechnic University's (KPU) School of Business in 2018 and most recently an Associate Certificate in Graphic Design With Distinction from British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Having reached her goal of amalgamating her fields of study to become a Marketing & Graphic Design powerhouse, Adriana spearheads the organization’s education program, external speaking engagements and internal staff events all while providing support to the Graphic Design team. The education program and industry events at which we speak focus on teaching importers, exporters, carriers, and the like, the importance of customs compliance while moving commercial goods across international borders. Our messaging boasts efficiency, accuracy and compliance above all else with the least amount of exposure to delays. In 2015, she joined the Marketing and Events Committee for The American Chamber of Commerce – Pacific Chapter where she volunteers her time at events from inception to take-down. A creative at heart, she loves challenging herself, and thus is consistently known for growing her multi-disciplined training, responsibilities, and expanding her knowledge.

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