Speakers and Moderators

Speakers and Moderators 2018-06-05T18:29:39+00:00

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Speaker Details

POSITION

Director

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

NATO Shipping Centre in NATO’s Maritime Command (MARCOM)

TOPIC

NATO operations, security priorities and concerns

SESSION

TBD

Commander (sg) Ben Lofstad, RNoN

Commander Lofstad graduated from the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy in 1988 and embarked on a career as a Navy Surface Warfare Officer. He has a total of 10 years at-sea service in Royal Norwegian Navy (RNoN) Fast Patrol Boats, Frigates and Coast Guard Cutters. Operations areas primarily the Norwegian Coast, the North Sea, Barents Sea and North Atlantic.

CDR Lofstad was then posted to the RNoN Training Establishment as an instructor, before moving on to the Navy Staff where he was responsible for the development and implementation of the Norwegian Task Group operational concept. This included periods embarked in RNoN and Allied command ships as Chief of Staff. CDR Lofstad also spent two years as a project officer supporting the RNoN Logistic Service in the procurement of the Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates. In 2012 he moved on to the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Defence where he was responsible for to the naval contribution to the 2016 Defence White Paper.

CDR Lofstad has since 2016 had the position as Director of the NATO Shipping Centre in NATO’s Maritime Command (MARCOM) in Northwood HQ outside London.

During his contribution as keynote speaker at the 2018 Interferry Conference CDR Lofstad intends to touch upon following topics:

  • MARCOM and the NATO Shipping Centre mission and functionality
  • The Naval Cooperation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS) Doctrine
  • NATO/MARCOM Security Priorities and Concerns
  • NATO Operation Sea Guardian as an example of a Maritime Security Operation

Speaker Details

POSITION

President and CEO

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

TOPIC

World-class Environmental Stewardship

SESSION

TBD

Robin Silvester

Robin Silvester is the president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, which oversees the Port Vancouver, Canada’s largest port and gateway to the Asia Pacific region.

Prior to joining the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in 2009, Mr. Silvester served as chief executive for the property and facilities management business, United Group Services ANZ in Australia. Before that, he spent a significant portion of his career as a member of the P&O Ports global executive team, with placements in Vancouver, London, and Sydney, Australia.

Mr. Silvester began his career in the chemicals industry in the United Kingdom. He also worked in business management and strategy roles in the steel industry and was involved in British Steel’s acquisition program.

Mr. Silvester is a Chartered Engineer, Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, and a graduate of Cambridge University. He completed a corporate finance program at the London Business School.

Mr. Silvester serves on a variety of boards and committees, including: Association of Canadian Port Authorities (board member, former chair); Greater Vancouver Gateway Council (executive member, past chair); Greater Vancouver Board of Trade (past chair, chair Governance & Nominating Committee, chair Human Resources & Compensation Committee, former chair of Policy Council); Western Transportation Advisory Council (director); Canada West Foundation (board member); and British Columbia Business Council (executive committee member). He is also a member of the Presidents Group, a network of business leaders in B.C. focused on helping increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Speaker Details

POSITION

Director

COMPANY/ORGANIZATION

CSO Alliance – Maritime

TOPIC

Global Maritime Security

SESSION

TBD

Mark Sutcliffe

After six years in the British Army with the Royal Hussars (PWO), Mr. Sutcliffe spent two years working on the docks of Hartlepool and Bristol starting off as a tally clerk. He spent the next 22 years evenly spread working between blue chip companies, Gearbulk, GAC and Wilh Wilhelmsen where he was invited to join the board of Wilhelmsen Lines Car Carries in Southampton.

CSO Alliance was formed to support Company Security Officers facing the dynamic and global threats from piracy and maritime crime. This inspired Airbus to sponsor the development of the Maritime Cyber Alliance (MCA) with it anonymous crime reporting tools. The MCA is now partnering with the industry supported Maritime CERT (Cyber Emergency Response Team) in Singapore. This is designed to support Maritime Company Information Security Officers and their management deal with the global and rapidly evolving cyber threats. Our industry has to learn to report all crime, in real time and work as one, with result that this drives ‘Security though Community’.