Capilano Maritime Design Ltd. has established a strong team of marine engineers and naval architects. The core team combines many years of seagoing and shipbuilding practical experience in the commercial marine industry, backed up by very strong design and analytical capabilities.  
The company’s focus is on providing engineering services for projects involving all manner of workboats including tugs, barges, crew boats, research vessels, and ferries.  Capilano Maritime is committed to Canadian operators, Canadian shipyards and vessels which operate in Canadian waters. 
CMDL employs 12 staff at the main office in North Vancouver, British Columbia. All professional staff members have engineering degrees and/or post-graduate degrees. Both company principals are Registered Professional Engineers. 

Richard Wagner, Capilano Maritime

Mr. Richard Wagner, P.Eng., Manager of Engineering


Richard gained early exposure to the West Coast maritime industry through his family’s prominent marine steering gear company. Richard graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, and has most recently worked in the Technical Department at Vancouver Shipyards Ltd.

Shauna Behr, Capilano Maritime

Ms. Shauna Behr, Office Manager


Shauna joined Capilano Maritime with many years of experience in all manners of office management and support.  Her skill set is varied and her ability to learn new systems and adapt to any situation makes her a valuable asset at CMDL.

John Hungtingford, Capilano Maritime

Mr. John Huntingford, Senior Structural Designer


John gained experience in the maritime industry as an Outfit Designer for Kvaerner Masa Marine where he worked on design projects for the State of Maine and Alaska, as well as patrol vessels for Australia. John graduated from the Landing School of Boat Building and Yacht Design in Maine, USA and has most recently worked as a Designer and Technical Liaison for Vancouver Shipyards Ltd. where he worked on many commercial work vessels including ferries, tugs and barges.

Tyler Davenport, Capilano Maritime

Mr. Tyler Davenport, P.Eng., Project Mechanical Engineer


Tyler graduated from the Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering program at the University of British Columbia. He gained his experience in the maritime industry first as a Marine Mechanic for SeaCrest Marine Services Ltd., and then as a Marine Mechanical Engineer at Crescent Custom Yachts/Worldspan Marine in Maple Ridge, British Columbia.

Ralph Webster, Capilano Maritime

Mr. Ralph Webster, Structural and Outfit Designer


Ralph has many years of experience as an Outfit and Structural Designer for projects including ferries, patrol vessels and mega yachts, and joined CMDL from Vancouver Shipyards where he held a position as Senior Outfit Lead Designer in the technical office.  He graduated from an Industrial Drafting program and a Naval Architecture program at BCIT.

Massimo Vanfretti, Capilano Maritime

Mr. Massimo Vanfretti, EIT, Project Naval Architect


Massimo graduated from the University of Trieste, Italy, with a Master's of Engineering in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program. He gained valuable experience in Wave Nowcasting and Gas Carrier Ship Design during his work-term experiences in Trieste. Massimo joined CMDL in 2012 as Project Naval Architect.

Dwight Organ, Capilano Maritime

Mr. Dwight Organ, Senior Marine Engineering Technologist


Prior to CMDL Dwight was with Robert Allan Ltd., and has held design positions at Peter Hatfield Ltd, Allied shipbuilders, AMFELS, and TransOcean Drilling. Dwight has a BTech. from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Diploma of Technology in Marine Systems Design from the Marine Institute of Technology, and a BSc in Molecular Biology/Biochemistry from Simon Fraser University.

Neil Dobie, Capilano Maritime

Mr. Neil Dobie, EIT, Project Mechanical Engineer


Neil graduated from the University of British Columbia in Mechanical Engineering, with a focus on Thermofluids. He entered the Naval Architecture world through a student group, UBC Sailbot, designing and building racing robotic sailboats. Neil began as a summer student and now works as a Project Mechanical Engineer.

Jonathan Naude, Capilano Maritime

Mr. Jonathan Naude, EIT, Project Naval Architect


Jonathan graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Victoria. He gained an interest in the marine industry through the co-op program where he completed two placements at the Department of National Defense Fleet Maintenance Facility Cape Breton. Jonathan further built his skill set and experience by completing his Masters of Engineering in the Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering program at the University of British Columbia.

Reza Tavakoli, Capilano Maritime

Mr. Reza Tavakoli, Senior Naval Architect


Before joining CMDL, Reza worked for a Denmark-based company (ERRIA) for six years in different Chinese shipyards as the Owner’s representative, where he supervised all construction phases from steel cutting to delivery of chemical tankers and tug boats. He also worked for different shipyards and design companies in Iran for ten years. He graduated from Sharif University of Technology with Bachelor and Master of science degrees in Naval Architecture.