Having grown up on Vancouver Island, Jon has always been drawn to the sea and the communities around it. He has worked in many sectors of the marine industry from yacht clubs and search and rescue to commercial diving and manufacturing, and is well-suited to the position of Wharfage Manager at Canoe Cove.
“Visiting marinas has always been a highlight for me and I am really excited to be part of the team at Canoe Cove!”
Operating a 75 ton travel lift is not a task taken lightly. Fortunately for us, Dereck stepped into the role with a cool confidence and he hasn’t looked back. With a unique passion for both cruising in power boats and sailing, it’s no surprise that he loves hauling boats and working in the yard.
“I love my job; I get to be outside and work with machinery. There is a great community of people here and they keep things interesting and fun.”
A long time live aboard at Canoe Cove on his 42’ sailboat, Ralph had a varied career as an Airline Pilot, Oil Company Executive, Small Business owner, and now our ambassador manning the office on weekends. Ralph grew up in the Netherlands but has lived in British Columbia for 52 years. On his retirement, Ralph sailed single handedly from Canoe Cove Marina around the world which ended up being a seven and a half year journey covering 70 thousand nautical miles.
Jacob grew up in the Deep Cove area of North Saanich and has been working at the Cove for the last year as a TraveLift Assistant. Prior to joining us he worked in construction on Saltspring Island, spent some time working on computers and he has experience at another boatyard.
“I like working around machinery and being outside and I really like to pressure wash boats!”
Cadence was raised in Nanaimo but recently moved to Brentwood Bay and came looking for work in the marine environment. Cadence likes the variety that comes with his position and is keen to learn new things every day.
“I like the energy I get from other staff, customers and marina tenants.” He is getting very used to saying “Good Afternoon!” as everyone is so friendly!
This handsome yellow lab puts a smile everyone’s face who crosses his path. A retired service dog, he was sponsored as a puppy into the service program by FIDO, the telecommunications company, and the name stuck. He comes to work with his dad, Dereck Keenan, every day and enjoys lazy afternoons in the boat yard… and the occasional treat!