Jim was born and
raised in St. Catharines. He attended
Simcoe Secondary School, where he first learned to scuba dive.
completing high school, Jim was ready to make his mark on the
He opened his own photography business, and taught photography
at Niagara College in Welland. In 1980, he moved to Toronto to
a career in research and development in the professional photo
industry and while in Toronto, was actively involved in the scuba
In 1984, Jim registered Shark
Marine, which now has a world-wide client
base. Jim has become known throughout the oceanographic industry
as an honest and reliable individual with a multitude of talents.
He loves a challenge and never backs away from solving a problem.
Jim has proven his ability as a major manufacturer of high technology
equipment. Along with his consulting skills, his strengths are
not only in
designing and building the
equipment, but in expertly operating the equipment on a job site.
is a member of the Ontario Marine Heritage Committee, the
Technology Society, the Oceanic Engineering Society, and IEEE.
was nominated in 1999 for Casino Niagara's Corporate Citizenship Award
and Niagara's Entrepreneur of the Year.
Jim has done consulting for engineering firms, navies,
governments, search and
rescue, marine biologists and other companies and agencies. He
at trade shows and universities, and has developed training programs
and recovery, underwater vehicles, and sonar systems. His list of
achievements continues to grow with each year that passes.
From Tape Measure to Laser Technology
This program will
review traditional techniques for recording
shipwrecks and progress to an examination of techniques employing
equipment. The speakers will focus on two shipwreck studies
by members of the Ontario Marine Heritage Committee; the first in Lake
Erie during the mid
1980's on the Port Stanley Wreck, and
the second conducted in Lake Ontario on the City of St. Catharines
Millennium Wreck (Tiller
Wreck) off Port Dalhousie more recently.
Our Master of Ceremonies David
Gilchrist will be joining Jim in this presentation.
The Shipwrecks Committee requested that Dave & Jim put this
together as a direct result of feedback obtained from last year's after