Chairman - Nanaimo
In 2007, Richard dreamed of starting a yacht brokerage based on Trust and Integrity, with a passion to serve people living the fabulous boating lifestyle. In 2008, that dream evolved into reality, starting with Richard and his Sales Assistant, Akiko, in one office.
By God’s grace, Calibre has grown to 5 offices on Coastal BC with 21 staff, including an executive team preparing for future growth. As one would expect, everyone on the Calibre team holds the same values as Richard.
Richard and the entire team are grateful for the loyalty their customers have shown Calibre. Without them, Calibre could not be where it is today, nor preparing for where it is going tomorrow.
If you have not experienced the Calibre difference, Richard welcomes you to try it and see for yourself. You will soon know why so many boaters insist that Calibre Yacht Sales is their brokerage of choice, when either buying or selling a boat.
Executive Officer - Maple Bay
John Gardner, founder of Aqua Lung Canada, is a senior executive specializing in business development, operations and finance. Excelling in vendor and customer relations, John was instrumental in Aqua Lung becoming Canada’s leading supplier of diving and water sports products to the recreational, professional and military markets. During his 25-year tenure as President and CEO of Aqua Lung Canada, John also successfully transitioned the company into a highly respected supplier in the outdoor and sporting goods market.
Chief Finance Officer, HR Manager, Yacht Broker - Maple Bay Marina
Tony has logged over 40,000 miles on high-speed power vessels as a Transport Canada Commercial Skipper and over 30,000 miles offshore on sailing vessels. He retired early as Aqua-Lung Canada’s Financial Controller, and has also held executive positions with large multi-national corporations. In 2012 he skippered a Beneteau 50’ with a crew of 7 in the Vic Maui yacht race, and during the summer of 2018 he participated in the Pacific Cup International Yacht Race from San Francisco to Hawaii. He recently returned to Victoria from a 14,000 mile multi-year South Pacific sailing odyssey with Karin, his wife and absolute best mate.
Tony is a certified CRYA Power and Sail Instructor and an Offshore Yachtmaster. He has been active on the water for over 60 years and has designed, built and rebuilt several substantial and successful vessels. As past Vice-Commodore of the Bluewater Sailing Association, Tony continues to volunteer; he truly enjoys interacting with people and loves encouraging, educating, and mentoring mariners to mobilize their dreams.
His family crest bears the motto: “Integrity Before All Else” and so it’s no wonder that he truly believes Calibre Yachts (“Trust, Integrity, Lifestyle”) is the best place to be!
Director of Marketing
Ross’s first boat was a Bertram 21. He currently owns a Hourston 17’ for commuting to his family’s recreational property on Gambier Island. He’s a man with a little boat, if you will. As a marketer, Ross has spent most of his career working agency side. At Calibre Yacht Sales, he is enjoying working client side, with a very clear understanding of branding, strategy and execution.
Ross has worked with clients in a wide variety of sectors including aviation, transportation, real estate, education, hospitality, manufacturing, retail, marine, not-for-profit, plus publicly traded and privately held businesses of all descriptions. His client list includes The Canadian Cancer Society, BC Hydro, Boston Pizza, YVR, City of Vancouver, Lions Gate Entertainment, BC Place, TransLink, Taymor Industries, LaGuardia Airport, Pharmasave, BCAA, Quail’s Gate Winery, GoldCorp, Genome BC, Simon Fraser University, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Panago Pizza, Delta Hotels, Grey Monk Wineries, among many others.
Director of Operations - North Vancouver
Akiko started working with Richard as his assistant right from the beginning when Calibre opened for business in 2008
Her responsibilities have steadily increased and working from the Head Office in North Vancouver, is assisting Richard in managing operations over all 5 of Calibre’s offices throughout BC.
With her past experience in numerous Executive Assistant Roles, including Assistant to 2 different CEOs and a VP of Sales both in Japan and in Canada, she is well equipped and suited to her expanding role.
The company feels very blessed having Akiko on board and nurturing the Calibre team/family culture while working to exceed customer expectations.
Yacht Broker - North Vancouver
Calibre Yacht Sales is delighted to have aboard Jeff Crowter as a valued crew member. He will cover your boating needs on the North Shore, the Sunshine Coast and Powell River areas.
Jeff was born and raised on the North Shore and now splits his time between his home on Savary Island, the gateway to Desolation Sound and his other home in North Vancouver. Jeff has been a lifelong boater. He is looking forward to helping people into the boating lifestyle, and also those looking to sell their existing boats.
Jeff has a corporate executive background in one of the biggest and most respected companies in BC, with responsibilities that included research and development, customer satisfaction measurement and sales and marketing. Combine these skill sets with his passion for boats, his values and integrity, his propensity to help people and his comfortable and professional style and we have yet another person well suited to match you to your next boat and to sell the vessel that you may currently have. We believe that you will find Jeff a delight to work with as part of the Calibre Crew.
Yacht Broker - Victoria
Robert has been an integral part of the Calibre team since 2012. He began his interest in boating at an early age. The passion expanded into crafting and building his first boat at age 15. The years following have taken Robert through numerous, very successful management positions in a variety of industries with a focus on photography, outdoors and design. After moving to Vancouver Island in 2011, the desire to work in the marine industry led him to meet up with Richard Evans, the owner and founder of Calibre Yacht Sales. The opportunity to expand and grow the Nanaimo branch was offered to Robert. Since then he has become one of Calibre’s top salesman. He is now proudly offered the position of opening our new branch in Victoria British Columbia.
Robert’s passion for outdoor adventure, photography, scuba diving and soccer has attributed to his amazing active lifestyle. Robert shares his love for the water and the outdoors with his lovely wife, Sue. Accompanied by their two dogs, LeeLoo, a Cairn Terrier, and Poppy, a Pomeranian, the adventures continue.
Wilderness boating off the waters of Haida Gwaii, British Columbia, Costa Rica and Borneo are a few of the locations their adventurous lifestyle has taken them.
Whether you are buying or selling, we know you will enjoy working with Robert. His love for people, for boats, the outdoors and his caring professional approach has led him to a very successful career with Calibre Yacht Sales.
Yacht Broker - North Vancouver
Doug’s introduction to the water happened very early in his life. He was a Navy League Cadet at HMCS and then moved up to Sea Cadet. Here he learned the rules of the water and was introduced to sailing Flying Juniors in Coal Harbour.
Doug has owned several boats in his lifetime, his favourite was a beautiful classic wood yacht. Hours and hours were spent making the brightwork sparkle. The family loved cruising the Pacific Northwest and visiting the outstations of RVYC. The boat was a beauty and now resides in San Francisco.
Prior to entering the yacht sales industry, Doug spent 38 years in the financial services industry rising to the executive level through dedication to his team and customers which has dovetailed into the yacht brokerage role perfectly – Trust and Integrity along with dedicated client service are his mantra!
When not working with his clients, Doug can be found golfing, boating, hiking and walking his dog Painter on the Ambleside dog park.
Yacht Broker - Maple Bay
Alex grew up on B.C.’s west coast, smitten by nautical life. Whether spending summers sailing in the Gulf Islands aboard his parents wooden sloop, sailing a 44’ Moody Ketch in the Caribbean, or crossing the Atlantic in a 30’ Nonsuch the oceans always beckoned. The winds of time blew him into Maple Bay where he and his partner, Heidi, currently moor their CS 33 Masthead Sloop.
A natural in customer relations throughout his life, Alex decided to pull himself up from the anchor of landbound labour. He understands the finer details of helping clients find the best yacht for their lifestyle. His dream of selling yachts came true when Calibre Yachts opened their office in Maple Bay.
Come by our new office in Maple Bay and meet Alex. He is looking forward to helping you find the best fit for your boating needs so you can live your dreams too!
Yacht Broker - Nanaimo/North Vancouver
Justin Mede grew up in several coastal communities situated around the Salish Sea. His passion for boating began as a young child cruising on his grandparent’s power boats on the lakes of BC. As a young teen he learned the basics of sailing aboard a friend’s boat and fell in love with wind power. Later as an adult Justin became a hobby paddler, and he has even competed in and won medals in several Dragon Boat regattas.
Today Justin’s favorite moments revolve around the time he spends with his wife Christy and their two daughters exploring BC’s coast on their family sail boat.
Justin has an entrepreneurial spirit and a long history of success in sales and leadership roles. He also possesses a keen interest in volunteer emergency response, having volunteered with the federal victim services program, served as an auxiliary constable with his local police force, and has performed as a volunteer firefighter and a medical first responder. Although he’s new to yacht brokering, Justin knows that his heartfelt dedication to honesty and integrity will help him in exceeding his client’s every expectation.
Yacht Broker - Maple Bay
Born in Grande Prairie, AB, Wes was raised in the world of farming, trades, and forestry. Raised with blue collar entrepreneurs as his role models, he began both trucking and farming businesses as a youth and moved on to receive his Red Seal Welding certificate at the age of 17.
Among these achievements, Wes’s life has also included working as VP of Operations in Oilfield Manufacturing, buying a cattle ranch, owning welding shops, numerous road trips including one to Brazil, and six months volunteering with his church youth outreach in Nova Scotia.
Wes’s core beliefs include Truth, Integrity, Respect, Love, Christ. This is evident by his relationships, especially with his wife, Kim, of 20 years and his 3 children.
Wes is proud to be part of a workplace that lives these values and excited to get to know you while helping you find or sell the “Yacht of your dreams”!
Yacht Broker - Campbell River
With over twenty years of corporate sales and customer service under his belt Mark’s introduction to power boating happened before he was born. His mother was six months pregnant with him when his father purchased their first motor boat. Mark has been boating ever since. Originally from Montreal via Toronto, Mark and his wife Julia, son Lennon and two Wired Hair Pointing Griffons aka Waggy & Molly and a cat with an attitude now reside on Vancouver Island. Mark is also an avid NHL fan, plays guitar, loves live music and fishing. Combined with Julia’s love of travel, Mark always makes sure he gets to fish wherever in the world his wife drags him to on vacation.
YACHT BROKER - VICTORIA
Whether working, playing, or living on them, boats have been the focus of most of Trina’s adult life. She’s worked aboard elegant cruise ships, a grungy research vessel, and with the Coast Guard. She’s instructed and certified boaters with their PCOC licence, been a working Divemaster, and wrote a commercial boating manual, and managed several marinas. She and her cat lived aboard a Cal 2-29 sailboat for seven years, and now she lives on a beautiful Island Packet 40 with her husband. Their plan is to go offshore sailing. Meanwhile, they enjoy the spectacular waters that is their own backyard.
Boating, however, is Trina’s number two passion. What matters to her most are relationships. She genuinely cares about and is interested in the people she meets. From her sailing club and the Bluewater Cruising Association to a writer’s group and a photography group, Trina is a strong volunteer in her community. She spent ten months training and then volunteering as a citizen-counsellor. She holds an MSc in social psychology, and has professionally ghost- or co-written several memoirs, honing the skills necessary to listen and really hear what people say.
Given her interests and experiences, Trina is well-positioned to bring people together with boats. She has the kind of passion, trustworthiness, and integrity that one can expect from any of Calibre Yacht’s crew.
Yacht Broker - Nanaimo
Don is passionate about his life, his friends, his mentors and his business activities.
As a professional broker in many product categories, as well as a professional speaker on business development and customer satisfaction; Don is no stranger to putting in the effort it takes to accomplish the goal of delivering a customer experience to be remembered.
An Entrepreneur at heart; Don has always been a student when learning from his mentors on how to be the best at whatever he puts his time and effort into. These attitudes and perceptions have earned him various awards such as #1 Retailer of the Year from Jaguar Land Rover Canada, Emerald Speakers Award, and Directors award for VHBA.
Living on Vancouver Island for over 45 years, Don has always had a passion for boating. Don has chartered boats for family vacations in Florida Inner Coastal waterways as well as on Shuswap Lake.
Don has a humorous side and you will catch him cutting it up or joking around to keep life FUN and light, but yet can get serious when it comes to delivering on his word.
Don looks forward to many great moments with helping buyers and sellers achieve their dreams.
Yacht Broker - Farallon, Panama
Warren is originally from the Peterborough area in Ontario. His summers were spent enjoying his boat on the Kawartha Lakes. After a career in financial services he and his wife Jennifer moved to both London UK and Panama where he spent time working in Real Estate. Some of the best moments of his travels were spent enjoying boating in the waters of Panama, France and Spain. Warren joined Calibre Yacht Sales to help others experience those moments. Warren is client focused and is ready to help. Warren is now based in Panama and would be happy to meet you!
Yacht Broker - Nanaimo
Mark grew up on the east coast of the United States and spent much of his life on or in the water. His first boat was a 1970’s sailboat which he lived on and sailed out of Vancouver over 20 years ago. Since then, he has owned both powerboats and sailboats, new and used and has explored beautiful destinations including the Broughton Archipelago, Barkley sound, Gulf Islands and San Juan Islands. Early on he experienced the benefits of working with a yacht broker and will ensure the purchase or sale of your boat is handled professionally and the process is as enjoyable as possible.
Prior to joining Calibre Yacht Sales, Mark was a senior product manager at Mountain Equipment Co-Op. During his tenure he was known for his dedication to the customer’s experience and ability to deliver positive results. He is a stickler for details and has a natural passion for analyzing, comparing and evaluating products for purchase and sale.
Mark currently lives on Protection Island with his wife, two small children and dog Angus. They commute to Nanaimo daily by boat and can be found year-round on the water enjoying the islands, beaches and marinas of this beautiful part of the world.
Please call, e-mail or come see Mark in Nanaimo and he will do his best to help you with your boating needs.