Dr. James A. Boutilier, PhD - Governor

James A. Boutilier is the Special Advisor (Policy) at Canada’s Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters in Esquimalt, British Columbia. Dr. Boutilier served in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve from 1956 to 1964 as a navigating officer and in the same capacity in the Royal Navy Reserve from 1964 to 1969. Dr. Boutilier taught at the University of the South Pacific in Suva, Fiji, from 1969 to 1971 and at Royal Roads Military where he spent 24 years as department head and Dean of Arts. He was instrumental in establishing the military and strategic studies degree program at the College and taught courses on naval history, contemporary Asia, the history of the Pacific, and strategic issues. Dr. Boutilier is now the current President of MASC.

Rosaline Canessa, PhD - Governor

Peter Chance Commander CD, MNI (Ret’d) - Founder and Patron

Peter Chance completed a 32-year naval career in the Royal Canadian Navy specializing in navigation and as an aircraft controller. He served on 13 ships and commanded a frigate and destroyer as well as fulfilling a number of shore staff appointments. Commander Chance was also the first Executive Officer to the Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School and wrote A Sailor’s Life, Before It’s Too Late. Peter was also the founding President of MASC.


A. Rodney Dobell, PhD- Secretary-Treasurer

Rod Dobell completed his PhD in economics at MIT and taught economic theory at Harvard for five years before returning to Canada as Professor of Political Economy at the University of Toronto. He has served as Special Advisor (Long Range Economic Planning) to the Deputy Minister of Finance and as Deputy Secretary to the Treasury Board in the Government of Canada, Director of the General Economics Branch at OECD, Director of Research for two Parliamentary Task Forces, and a President of the Institute for Research on Public Policy, 1984-1991. In 1991 he was named as the first holder of the Francis G. Winspear Chair for Research in Public Policy at the University of Victoria. He now calls himself a philosophically-inclined, ecological, socio-political economist and is Professor Emeritus of Public Policy at the University of Victoria.


Christopher Jones - Governor


Honorable Roger Kerans,s FCI, Arb - Chair

The Hon. Roger Kerans began the practice of law in 1956. He was a judge for 27 years in Alberta, latterly on the Court of Appeal. Since his retirement in 1997 he has worked throughout Western Canada as a mediator and arbitrator. He also teaches oil & gas law at UVIC Law School.


Ted L. McDorman, B.A, LL.B, LL.M - Governor

B.A. (Toronto) 1976, LL.B. (Dalhousie) 1979, LL.M. (cum laude) (Dalhousie) 1982, called to the Bar of Nova Scotia in 1980. Professor McDorman joined the Faculty in 1985 and was promoted to full Professor in 2001.His teaching areas include public international law, international trade law, international ocean and environmental law, and private international law (conflicts of law). For many years he taught Canadian constitutional law and has also taught Canadian environmental law and comparative Asian law. He has a cross-appointment with the Department of Geography and is an Associate of the Centre for Asia-Pacific Initiatives. Professor McDorman has been a visiting professor at institutions in Thailand, Sweden, the Netherlands and Canada. He has over 100 publications in the areas of ocean law and policy, international trade law and comparative constitutional law. Since 2000, he has been the editor-in-chief of Ocean Development and International Law: The Journal of Marine Affairs. He has undertaken projects for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, including legislative drafting, conducting of workshops and report writing on fisheries and fisheries trade, and written reports for the governments of Canada, Quebec and British Columbia.  During 2002-2004, Professor McDorman was the “Academic-in- Residence” with the Bureau of Legal Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade in Ottawa.  In the spring of 2007, Professor McDorman will be Fulbright Visiting Chair in Canada-U.S. Relations at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

David Thomas - Governor