Executive Development in the Maritime Sector

Short Description/Aims

The theme of the course draws on the international executive experts in maritime administration and from the examination and critical assessment of various national maritime administration/navies and coast guard models around the world. The course will review in an interactive manner the role and skill sets of middle to senior managers relating to leadership and management responsibilities, organizational management, crisis and conflict management, and negotiating and consensus building. It will also focus on contemporary challenges of senior managers and competency development and accountability management.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, students will:

  • Provide for an update on current executive management development as it relates to the current challenges relating to safety, security and environmental management in the maritime sector
  • Examine their own corporate challenges, in an interactive manner, and how they are being influenced by global change
  • Examine executive development and human resource management strategies to address workplace issues of conflict and crisis management
  • Assess and examine the role of leadership, mentoring and coaching employees

Course Outline

  • The role of executive management and current challenges in the global maritime sector
  • The changing roles and functions of public/maritime administration
  • IMO and its maritime conventions and their effective implementation
  • Leadership and organizational management theories, and their application to current challenges/issues in the maritime sector
  • Crisis and conflict management, negotiation and consensus building in a maritime organization
  • Accountability, transparency, values and ethics in a maritime organization

Teaching & Learning Methods

  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Group exercises
  • Group/individual presentations and critiques (dependent upon class size)

Who should attend

• Middle to senior managers in maritime administrations, coast guards, navy and environmental agencies • Maritime educators, postgraduate researchers, NGO representatives

Course length

5 days

EC Credit

2.5 EC


Neil Bellefontaine

Professor Neil Bellefontaine has been Vice President (Academics) at WMU since April 2011. He previously held the Canadian Chair in Marine Environmental Protection from October 2006 to April 2013. He was formerly a senior executive with the Canadian Fisheries and Oceans Department with broad professional experience in maritime administration, fisheries and marine aquaculture and coastal and oceans management.

Bernard M Leonard

Mr. Leonard received his Masters of Education degree from Loyola University of Chicago and a Diploma in Nautical Science Technology from the Marine Institute in St. John's NL.

He has worked in both the private and public sector with the Governments of the Northwest Territories, and the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador. He was a member of the Canadian Public Service for more than 30 years, retiring from the Executive Group in 2005.