The Canadian Institute of Marine Engineering (CIMarE) was created in 1976 to advance and promote the science and practice of marine engineering, naval engineering, naval architecture, and other associated professions. Membership in the CIMarE allows marine engineers and those in Canada's marine technology industry to meet, correspond and exchange information and ideas. Our Branches offer technical meetings as well as various social events.
We help foster the next generation of marine engineers by offering greatly reduced student membership rates as well as scholarships and awards provided through the various educational institutions.
CIMarE hosts an annual technical conference, Mari-Tech. New research papers are presented, key note speakers address the current issues and panel discussions promote lively debates. There is also a large exhibit hall where companies supporting the marine field can display their products.
This year's Mari-Tech was hosted by the Newfoundland and Labrador Branch in St. John's in May 2016. Next year's will be hosted by the St. Lawrence Branch and will be held in Montreal, April 20 - 21, 2017.
2016 Medal of Excellence Recipient:
At Mari-Tech 2016, National Chair Bert Blattmann announced that this year's winner of the CIMarE Medal of Excellence was Kenneth Harford.
Ken grew up in BC and graduated from UBC in 1970 with a B.A.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering. He started his career as a consulting acoustical engineer. Through that, Ken began a long association with the BC tugboat industry. He led a detailed study of noise levels aboard tugboats which resulted in new noise control regulations, and fostered a passion for ensuring that tugs are designed to be as quiet and vibration-free as possible.
In addition to his work responsibilities, Ken has contributed at several levels within the marine industry for many years. He is an active member of CIMarE and of SNAME, writing a significant number of papers to both organizations, earning the prestigious ABS Capt. Joseph Linnard prize for best paper presented to the SNAME Annual Meeting in 2010.
Ken has also been an active member of the ABS Small Vessel Rules Committee for the past 5 years or so, providing guidance from an industry perspective to the rule-makers. He has also been active within the Association of Professional Engineers of BC in reviewing and interviewing applicants for Professional registration in this Province. In addition, Ken has dedicated much of his time to mentoring the younger generation of engineers within Robert Allan Ltd in the fine details of sound marine engineering.