Captain Philip McCarter

Title:    Associate Dean, Marine Campus
Affiliation:    British Columbia Institute of Technology
Location:    North Vancouver, BC

Captain Philip McCarter has 30-plus years in many different facets of the shipping industry. His past roles that have spanned government (Canadian Coast Guard), academia (The Marine Institute), commercial (Canship Ugland Ltd.) and domestic shipping (BC Ferries). 

Captain McCarter graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Zoology in 1980 from the University of British Columbia and enrolled in the Coast Guard College in Nova Scotia and worked his way up from cadet to master over a 10-year period on a number of different vessels. He worked on ice breakers, search and rescue vessels and was part of the team to lay fibre optic cable across the Transatlantic. He was also involved with recovery efforts in the Air India crash and was on one of the ships first in the area to locate debris.  

After 10 years and the achievement of his Master Mariner’s Certificate of Competency (still valid), Captain McCarter came ashore in Newfoundland for a ten-year teaching post at the Marine Institute and an opportunity to attend Cardiff University for his Master’s in Marine Law. Captain McCarter then spent twelve years working in the private sector as a shipping company’s safety manager.  He then spent five years with BC Ferries as a senior manager for Bridge Simulator Operational Training before joining BCIT as Associate Dean of the Marine Campus.