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Roland DesChamp Retires from Boatbuilding after 68 years

The NSBA salutes Roland DesChamp for his outstanding contribution to Nova Scotia’s boatbuilding industry over the past 68 years. Roland: who would have thought you’d be spending all that time building boats when your first love was building model airplanes?! Congratulations, and all the very best in your retirement, from Tim and the NSBA Crew.

Photo: Roland DesChamp receiving his Lifetime Achievement Award from NSBA’s Glen Aylward, and Tim Edwards in 2015.

Chip Dickison retires after 14 years with NSBA

Chip has been working for the NSBA since 2004, and was consulting for us as far back as 1999. As NSBA’s Training & Certification Coordinator, Chip carried out pioneering work in establishing the Boat Builder and Marine Service Technician trades in Nova Scotia, and related Apprenticeship programs.

Family, friends and colleagues held a retirement party for Chip at the Red Stag pub in Halifax on Thursday, 31st May when he was presented with a plaque acknowledging his valuable contribution to the boatbuilding industry.

Chip Dickison receives a plaque from the NSBA, acknowledging his retirement after 14 years

We wish Chip all the very best in his retirement, and we’ll no doubt see him from time to time in the months and years ahead.

Jan Fullerton has taken over from Chip as the lead NSBA person supporting the Boat Builder and Marine Service Technician trades and apprenticeship programs.

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The launch of the Tari-Ann. Congratulations to Tern Boatworks on the Launch of the Tari-Ann on August 15th, 2018.







Launch of the Vincent Coleman Halifax Ferry. Congratulations to A.F. Theriault & Son Ltd.  on the launch of the Vincent Coleman Halifax Ferry on Wednesday January 10, 2018.






Congratulations to Joe Dicks, Production Manager at ABCO Industries Limited, for recently receiving a special award from the Nova Scotia Apprenticeship Agency for his outstanding contributions to advancing apprenticeship training and trades certification. The presentation was made at the NSAA Annual Industry Day, and Premier Stephen McNeil was there to shake Joe’s hand and have a chat.

L to R: Margie Davidson, NSAA; Premier Stephen McNeil, Joe Dicks, Carol MacCulloch, NSAA