Irving Shipbuilding and Acadia University Announce

OTTAWA, June 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Acadia University and Irving Shipbuilding Inc. (ISI), in partnership with the International Association of Maritime Safety Professionals (IAMSP), are pleased to announce the creation of a new Professional Certificate in Security (PCMS) will be offered by Open Acadia starting in the fall of 2022. Announced at CANSEC, Canada’s global defense and security trade show, on June 1, the PCMS consists of two components: credit and non-credit university courses offered by Open Acadia and specialist courses offered by IAMSP, based in London, UK.

Acadia University President Dr. Peter Ricketts believes the new program is timely given the growing threats and concerns about maritime security, including climate change, cybersecurity, environmental risks, supply chain, political unrest, criminal activity, legal risk and governance, and other aspects of maritime infrastructure security. “There is an urgent need for professionals working in the various sectors of the maritime domain to have a more comprehensive understanding of security issues,” says Ricketts. “The Maritime Security Professional Certificate combined with the IAMSP Accreditation Program will provide the essential academic education and practitioner training needed to deal with the complexity of the security risks and threats they face and contribute in a significant contribution to the professionalization of maritime safety expertise.

“Irving Shipbuilding is pleased to support this new program with an investment of over $650,000,” said Kevin Mooney, president of Irving Shipbuilding. The Canadian Surface Combatants (CSC) we will begin building in 2024 will bring higher levels of security requirements. The partnership with Acadia University offers a unique “made in Canada” program that is recognized by the world-renowned International Association of Maritime Safety Professionals.

Dr. Michael Parkes has been hired as a project manager to oversee the development of the professional certificate program with the goal of getting the program started in the fall of 2022.

Dr. Parkes is an expert in security and coastal and maritime environmental risk management and, since 2004, has offered an Executive Course in Strategic Leadership in Government and Corporate Security/Emergency Management in Ottawa. “In addition to the traditional understanding of maritime security in the context of lawful behavior at sea, protection against hostile acts such as terrorism, piracy and geopolitical conflict and competition, maritime security also includes a strong emphasis on environmental protection,” says Parkes.

The IAMSP provides its members with the tools, guidance, training and development necessary to achieve, maintain and demonstrate the professional status required in the maritime field. The Acadia certificate will be linked to the Maritime Security Accreditation Program offered by the IAMSP to maritime industry professionals working anywhere in the world.

Al McDougall, IAMSP’s lead designer/instructor, says, “Acadia University has a rich academic history, including its early days of teaching navigation. Working with Acadia on this opportunity, made possible through the generosity of the Irving Shipbuilding program, will help establish and maintain a maritime safety capability that rightfully belongs to this community. The Association is both grateful for the opportunity presented by this endeavor and proud to have played a key leadership role in its realization.

Contact Irving Shipbuilding:

Mary Keith
Communications Vice President
Office: (902) 484-2435
Cell: (506) 650-8209
[email protected]

Contact Acadia:

Ian Murray
Executive Director, Communications and Government Relations
(902) 698-0148
[email protected]

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