Brent joined Seaspan in June 2015 as vice president – human resources (HR). In this capacity Brent led the strategic reorganization of HR at Seaspan – successfully implementing new HR and labour relations initiatives that facilitated rapid growth across the enterprise while significantly improving quality and efficiency.
In his new role as CAO, Brent is accountable for leading Seaspan’s corporate shared services, while continuing to be a key member of the executive leadership team. Seaspan’s shared services consist of all central corporate support services, including business services and technology, human resources, finance and accounting, procurement, risk management and facilities, health, safety, environment and quality, as well as corporate communications.
“I am honoured by this appointment and feel privileged to lead this expanded portfolio,” said Brent. “I am thrilled to help Seaspan continue its rapid growth and success.”
Brent came to Seaspan from the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC), where he served as director, strategic HR and governance. In that role, he drove executive and senior level cultural transformation toward corporate stewardship, higher performance, and business minded decision making with a focus on operating cost reductions.
“I am pleased to appoint Brent to the role of chief administrative officer,” said Frank Butzelaar, CEO, Seaspan. “Brent brings a wealth of diverse experience and we believe his proven ability to build high performance teams will be an asset in all facets of this critical role.”
Brent completed a bachelor of commerce from the University of British Columbia in 1994. In 1996, he obtained a master of industrial relations from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and in 2004 he graduated from an executive leadership program at Simon Fraser University.