Team

Each year, members of the BC Coast Pilots elect an executive team who works with the general manager and staff to set and carry out the organization’s priorities. This year, the elected representatives of the BCCP are:
President: Captain Roy Haakonson
Vice-President: Captain Robin Stewart
Director: Captain Carl Soderberg
Director: Captain Rick Hamner
Director: Captain Peter Koehle 
Captain Roy Haakonson
BC Coast Pilots President

Captain Roy Haakonson

BC Coast Pilots President

With 45 years of marine service under his belt, Captain Roy Haakonson is a seasoned mariner. He is honoured to have served as President and Vice President of the BC Coast Pilots, an organization which he has proudly been a part of for 17 years. His call to sea came at the young age of 15, when he started his journey with the west coast fishing industry, followed by a handful of years spent in Beaufort Sea for oil and gas exploration. This experience eventually led him to study navigation at what is now the BCIT Marine campus in North Vancouver. Though he enjoyed his other time at sea, it was the memory of seeing pilots berthing ships at Alberta Wheat Pool with his father that drove him to submit an application to become what he always knew he wanted to be. “Piloting makes a difference to the people and the environment of Canada every day”, he says. “It is that responsibility that, for me, makes piloting an extremely rewarding career.” When he’s not at sea, you can find Roy spending time with his family or riding his motorcyle.
"Safeguarding the waters of BC is our responsibility"
– Captain Robin Stewart
Robin Stewart
BC Coast Pilots Vice-President

Robin Stewart

BC Coast Pilots Vice-President

Born and raised on the west coast, Captain Robin Stewart feels most at home when he’s at sea. Realizing his passion for the water at a young age, he began his mariner career as a commercial diver and specimen collector for the Vancouver Aquarium at just 17. After graduating high school, he started a new gig as a commercial salmon fisher for JS McMillan and as a packer for the Canadian Fishing Company. Five years later, he switched gears, and spent over two decades navigating waterways on tugs from the Columbia River to Skagway, Alaska, where most trips were meant for moving fuel and self-loading log barges. He was first introduced to the BC Coast Pilots while working for Tymac Launch Service, delivering that generation of pilots to the vessels. He appreciated their level of professionalism and individuality – something which he had not been exposed to in other areas of the profession. Twenty-two years later, he made the life-changing decision to begin a new adventure and apply as a BC Coast Pilot. With a successful application in hand, he officially became a part of the BCCP family in 2000. Robin has served one term as Director at Large for the company, and two terms as President of the BC Coast Pilots. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his five sons, and riding his motorcycle with his wife or other pilots.
"Piloting makes a difference to the people and the environment of Canada every day.
It is that responsibility that, for me, makes piloting an extremely rewarding career."
– Roy Haakonson
Carl Soderberg
BC Coast Pilots Director

Carl Soderberg

BC Coast Pilots Director

Captain Soderberg grew up in the South Okanagan Valley and after working at various jobs came to Vancouver and managed to sign onto a deep sea ship as an Ordinary Seaman. He went to sea and sailed in various Canadian and foreign flag ships and completed his certificates before finally settling on this coast working in general cargo coasters in order to get his time to sit the pilotage exams. Carl has been a pilot for 26 years and is now in his first term as a director. He enjoys spending time with his kids and grandchildren and relaxing on Gabriola Island where fishing and hiking with family easily fill up the days. Travel to Europe and Africa has always been high on the list of activities for he and his wife and family. Piloting ships on the BC Coast is a challenging and rewarding career that is perfect for anyone who wants the best job in the world.
"I started my marine career on a tugboat when I was 15. Everyone starts somewhere, and it’s not all at the same place."
– Steve Stangroom
Peter Koehle
BC Coast Pilots Director

Peter Koehle

BC Coast Pilots Director

Peter Koehle has 30 years of marine experience and 18 years of experience as a BC Coast Pilot. He is currently serving his second term as director. Raised on the west coast of Vancouver Island, Peter was constantly surrounded by its thriving natural environment, home to a wide array of marine animals and species. As someone who has always been drawn to the ocean, he chose to pursue a career in marine pilotage to assist in protecting the natural environment he has come to love and respect throughout the entirety of his life. Peter enjoys his position as a BC Coast pilot because it is both rewarding and challenging. On his spare time he can often be found hiking local trails along the North Shore with his family. He enjoys this because it is a way to take in and share all the natural beauty British Columbia has to offer with those he loves.  
"I have always been drawn to the ocean. I love that I have a job protecting the natural environment I have grown to respect so much."
– Peter Koehle
Rick Hamner
BC Coast Pilots Director

Rick Hamner

BC Coast Pilots Director

Captain Rick Hamner sailed from Horseshoe Bay to Hopkins Landing at two weeks old and has been on or around the ocean ever since. He has had a very rewarding career proudly serving the people of British Columbia for 18 years as a BC Coast Pilot. “As a pilot, it means I am doing my part to protect the environment and contributing to the economy of Canada”.
"When I started on a commercial fishing vessel as a teenager and heard about a career in pilotage, I didn’t know how far I could go. Ask me to tell you a story"
– Brad Taipalus