IYT’s founders represent 50 years of seafaring and yachting leadership and experience. This expertise has been adopted and endorsed by the world’s leading regulatory authorities (MCA, USCG, The Marshall Islands, PADI), representing the gold standard for professional and recreational marine training and accreditation.
Mark is a 20-year veteran Captain with over 300,000 miles at sea and is the founder of International Yacht Training, which operates in 56 countries. He has been a member of the MCA Yacht Qualifications Panel for 19 years and a consultant for many different governments, establishing safety regulations and nautical qualifications for their mariners. He is a guest speaker at maritime conferences worldwide.
Jennifer has 17 years experience with a Fortune 500 apparel company including product management, marketing and product licensing. Her role required liaising with university athletic departments, MLB and NFL Properties and required extensive domestic and global travel. Jennifer developed International Yacht Training and IYT Worldwide's operations, administration and finance processes.
Advisory Board of Directors
Before moving to the private sector as a Defense and Security Consultant, Martin was British Consul-General for Western Canada. He has had over 20 years of experience in international diplomacy with the British Government.
Mark’s 35-year career in marketing communications & brand strategy includes working with major worldwide advertising firms. The Advertising Industry honoured Mark with a lifetime achievement award in 1999 for his many lifelong contributions.
Craig G Bell
Craig holds a Master 3000 ton and is an IYT Instructor and Examiner. With over twenty years in the yachting industry and several years in the business community in various fields, Craig has been fortunate to gain a unique set of skills which he brings to IYT as Advisory Director. With a passion for the ocean and a welcoming disposition he is a natural born instructor and examiner. We are fortunate to have Craig on board as Advisor and Maritime Expert.
Bruce was a member of the International Board Sailing Association (IBSA) including the Olympic class, an international sailing judge for eight years, sat on international sailing juries including the Singapore Yachting Association and the Secretary of the Board Sailing Association of Singapore, as well as the National Coach for the Singapore windsurfing team. In 2000, he was the recipient of the "Australian Sports Medal" for contributions to sport.
Philip (Phil) Lancaster
Phil has joined IYT as project coordinator for our E-Learning programme and will also manage our QMS/ISO processes. Phil also leads a successful technology company focused on global security research, working with international industry partners. He has had an extensive career in law enforcement and security, working internationally in diplomatic protection for governments and VIPs. He has previously served as part of a marine drugs task force in the Caribbean.
Backed by 19 years of experience as a full cycle bookkeeper, Dani takes great pleasure in managing all aspects of business accounting. Working with small companies, to large (300+) private sector firms, and non-profit agencies has provided Dani with a clear picture of the company values that drive her. She is committed to serving companies that share these values. Holding various certificates and diplomas, Dani firmly believes in continued education. She is currently finishing up an accounting focused Diploma in Business Administration; she is also poised to start year 3 of a BBA Degree.
Outside of the office, her penchant for bicycles of any type and love of the outdoors play a role in maintaining a healthy work/life balance.
Anastasia has a degree in Hospitality Recreation and Tourism and in HR Management. She was in the human resources business in Toronto for five years prior to moving to Kelowna and joining IYT. Anastasia also has experience in bookkeeping and marketing and speaks fluent Russian, Ukrainian and English.
Danielle has worked in the marine industry for the past eight years. Her roles involved General Manager for a sales and service dealership, Operations Coordinator and Warranty Manager for boat manufacturing. She holds diplomas in Legal Administration, Business and Accounting. A variety of volunteer activities keep her involved in the community.
Bo holds a Bachelor, English Degree and Community Support First Aid Level 1 Certificate. Prior to joining IYT, Bo held positions with the Canadian Mental Health Association as Mental Health Support Worker and Pathways Abilities Society as Employment Developer. From 2008 to 2016 Bo held various office administration positions and has extensive volunteer experience supporting charity organisations.
Shelby holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. Prior to joining IYT, Shelby held a position with Cole International preparing customs and import documents for vehicles and general administration and customer service. She was also a lab aid assisting the blind to learn course materials at Simon Fraser University. Shelby has held other positions as cashier and sale associate and she has done volunteer work with Emergency Support Service in Surrey B.C. and for Project Equal raising funds for communities in Sierra Leone and serving meals at local shelters.
Jessica was born and raised in Adelaide, South Australia. In 2015 she moved to Canada in search of snowy mountains and turquoise lakes. After falling in love with the country Jessica became a Canadian Permanent Resident in 2018. Jessica holds a Bachelor of Visual Art and Design with a major in Photography. Previously Jessica worked as an audio-visual technician in hotels, convention centres and in television. Seeking a career change she moved to Kelowna and joined the IYT Team.
John is a down-to-earth mariner with a great sense of humour. He is renowned for his original 'plain language' teaching & examining methods. After going to sea under sail at the age of 12 and becoming a Chief Officer in the merchant navy, he then ran his own sea training school (sail & power) for 30 years – passing on his innovative navigation and seamanship techniques to many thousands of sailors. His training films and practical articles in national boating magazines have earned him worldwide recognition and a Fellowship of the Royal Institute of Navigation.
Spilios was born and raised in Aigio, a small coastal town located in Western Greece by the Corinthian gulf. He soon fell in love with the ocean and moved to Paros Island where he became a Scuba Diving and a Sailing Instructor. He has lived in many places around the world, including the breathtaking Caribbean and before joining IYT, Spilios has worked as a Training Manager for several companies in the yachting and diving industry. He holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and speaks fluent Greek, English and French.
David manages our operations in Ireland promoting IYT certification. David is founder of Field Turf, Ireland, which he continues to own and operate.
With 12+ years of Development, Consultation experience, Amit has successfully delivered quality work on projects for clients ranging from small startups to large enterprises Oracle, Finacle, Infosys and Spice Telecom. To quote Amit, “Converting innovative ideas to quality driven software services for end customer is what my life's work is all about!”. Amit possesses strong analytical, problem solving and strong programming skills.