Marine services company Seaspan announced June 13 that Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Whitworth has been named 2016 British Columbia CEO of the Year by news publication Business in Vancouver.
Each year Business in Vancouver and its partners seek nominations for British Columbia’s most outstanding business people in private and public sector companies to honor them for their achievements.
Seaspan’s Whitworth has been named the winner of this year’s Enterprise Category, the largest of all the awards. The category is open to companies with annual revenues of $500 million and above.
Upon arriving with Seaspan in 2009, Whitworth has helped transform the 130-year old company by modernizing its fleet and facilities, maturing its operations to meet international standards, and investing in technology to drive efficiency.
In addition, the Government of Canada formed a partnership with Seaspan’s Vancouver Shipyards in October 2011 to build non-combat vessels for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy.
Vancouver Shipyards is expected to build up to 17 vessels, worth $7.3 billion Canadian, over the next 10 to 15 years.
“Thanks to his past history as an officer in the Merchant Marine, Jonathan is one of few vessel owners/shipyard leaders in North America who has sailed at sea and commanded a vessel,” Seaspan Chairman Kyle Washington said. “His unique experience, combined with a highly strategic approach and passion for the industry has enabled him to focus on the tactical steps to safely and efficiently run a multi-dimensional company such as Seaspan.”