IYT’s founders represent 40 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.
Alina was in Human Resources, System Operations, Payroll and Accounting with Hudson's Bay prior to joining IYT. Alina also has experience in insurance and mutual funds. Alina’s financial planning and risk management background helps her to provide exceptional service. Alina was born in Transnistria and speaks fluent Russian and English.
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.
Anastasia 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.
Anna holds a Bachelor of Management Degree and was Customer Service Rep with TD Canada Bank prior to joining IYT. Prior to this she held several positions strengthening her office administration skills. Anna also has experience in the clothing retail industry and speaks fluent English and Russian.
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.
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.
Roger owns and manages "Harrison Maritime Associates," a specialist superyacht consultancy firm, in Cannes, France. Roger has worked with IYT for 11-plus years representing us in Europe and the Mediterranean, inspecting IYT partner schools and promoting IYT.
David manages our operations in Ireland promoting IYT certification. David is founder of Field Turf, Ireland, which he continues to own and operate.