Rebuilding an Industry

Mark Lamarre, who has spent his life in shipbuilding, is leading a Canadian shipyard in an era of great growth.

Mark Lamarre

Shipbuilding is a family affair for Mark Lamarre ’83 BA (PSc). He began his career at Bath Iron Works in Maine, where both his father and grandfather had worked. He spent 24 years there, serving in increasingly senior roles in procurement, production engineering, planning, and operations. The experience, he says, “provided me with a well-rounded perspective on the complexities of shipbuilding.”

Since July, Lamarre has been CEO of Seaspan Shipyards, which is comprised of three yards in British Columbia, Canada. The appointment builds on his work as CEO of ASC Shipbuilding in Australia. During his three years there, he led the turnaround of a $600-million shipbuilding division, engaged in the engineering, construction, activation, and post-delivery support of warships for the Royal Australian Navy. That job, and his work at Bath, involved important strategic partnerships with government — experience he brings to Seaspan.

In the current post, Lamarre leads the effort to build a new generation of ships for the Canadian Coast Guard and Royal Canadian Navy. In this case, he joins a company in no need of turnaround. Seaspan, he says, is dominant among shipbuilding and ship repair companies in Western Canada — “rebuilding an industry at home,” he says, “and successfully competing abroad.” One key? A talented, driven workforce, recruited from around the world. “Seaspan,” he concludes, “is living proof that ‘teamwork builds ships.’”

This article appeared in the winter 2019 print edition of Maxwell Perspective © Maxwell School of Syracuse University. To request a copy, e-mail