Our Crew

Richard Evans

Chairman - Nanaimo

Office:250-716-2022 - EXT 105


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.

John Gardner

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.

Ross Hales

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.

Akiko Kageyama

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.

Robert Ksyniuk

Yacht Broker - Victoria

Office:250-716-2022 - EXT 401


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.

Jeff Crowter

Yacht Broker - North Vancouver

Office:604-929-0651 - EXT 204


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.

Tony Roberts

Chief Finance Officer, HR Manager, Yacht Broker - Maple Bay Marina

Office:778-597-2628 - EXT 302


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!

Alex Denny

Yacht Broker - Maple Bay

Office:250-597-2628 - EXT 301


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!

Doug Gartland

Yacht Broker - North Vancouver

Office:604-929-0651 - EXT 203


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. 

Justin Mede

Yacht Broker - Nanaimo/North Vancouver

Office:250-716-2022 - EXT 102


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 sailboat.

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.

Trina Holt

Yacht Broker - Victoria

Office:250-716-2022 - EXT 402


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.

Mark Kelly

Yacht Broker - Nanaimo

Office:250-716-2022 - EXT 104


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.

Darrell Jolly

Yacht Broker - Comox, BC

Office:250-716-2022 - EXT 107


Born in Winnipeg Manitoba Darrell spent a lot of his youth plying the waters of the Whiteshell Provincial Park and Lake of the Woods area of Northwestern Ontario. Darrell and his wife Linda moved to Victoria in 1982. He immediately took up scuba diving and went on to become a scuba instructor and one of the owners of the premier diving center in Victoria “Frank White’s Scuba Shop”. This of course meant spending many wonderful hours on, in and under vessels of every type.

Darrell has owned several other businesses and as a result has become very well versed in identifying client’s needs and wants.  He put that together with a highly reputable company like Calibre Yachts, sourcing quality boats, top notch service and striving to find the right match for his clients to maximize their enjoyment of the water. It’s really all about hard work, trust and service.

Blair Chatters

Yacht Broker - Campbell River

Office:250-716-2022 - EXT 108


Born and raised on the West Coast, Blair has been nurturing his love for boating from an early age. He brings decades of sailing, motor vessel cruising and keelboat racing experience to Calibre—from Mirror dinghy racing as a boy with his family all over BC to Martin242 racing the Southern Straits and multiple Swiftsure International yacht races. With years of private-sector customer service and sales experience, Blair believes that if you do what you love, you’ll never work a day in your life.

Based in Comox, British Columbia, Blair can often be found cruising the Salish Sea in his boat with his family and his dog Juno. The only thing better than being out on the water is getting someone else out on the water, and Blair looks forward to guiding those looking to buy their first boat and those ready for an upgrade through the Calibre experience.

Rob Richardson

Yacht Broker - Vancouver

Office:250-716-2022 - EXT 206


Rob comes to Calibre Yachts with an extensive marine and management background; serving ten years with the Canadian Navy, owning a marine adventure company, and as a senior executive within the high-end consumer industry.

Growing up on the West Coast, and seeing firsthand many of the world’s oceans, has instilled within him a deep passion for both our oceans and the marine community.

Rob has excelled at building life long relationships with his clients by ensuring that each and every customer receives “best-in-class service”.

Whether you are looking for the ultimate fishing machine, that perfect sailboat to cruise the islands at will, or a luxury yacht to travel the coast and beyond, Rob is sure to use his experience, skill set, and maritime relationships to connect you with the vessel of your dreams!

Craig Hemmes

Yacht Broker - North Vancouver



Craig’s life on the water started when he was 10 sailing dinghies. There was no stopping this passion for water, owning and skippering yachts (sail and power) throughout Craig’s life which included spending time in the water in and around the Cape coast of South Africa, Western Canada, Mauritius and the US Virgin Islands.

One of Craig’s most memorable experiences in his yachting life was building from plan and sailing a Samoa Van De Stadt 47 with his father who was also a passionate yachtsman.

After spending most of his life in an executive corporate environment, Craig has decided to live out his passion for boats by building new relationships with customers and helping them find their dreams on the water.

Other interests include mountain biking, hiking, wakeboarding and snow skiing with family and friends.

Jodie Harris

Sales & Marketing Administrator, Nanaimo



Working in the background for Calibre Yachts, is where you’ll find Jodie, our Sales & Marketing Administrator. Jodie is a talented multi-tasker who brings with her heaps of experience in sales and marketing and nothing motivates her more than a challenge and seeing the job accomplished and seeing others happy. Jodie recognises the value and trust that our clients place in Calibre and she ensures that every day she strives to exceed their expectations.

Having moved to Canada with her family in the summer of 2021 from England, Jodie has integrated successfully into the Calibre family and her new life. Living on beautiful Vancouver Island has been a dream of the Harris family for a number of years,  she loves to go off exploring the island with her husband, two children and their Border Terriers, Poppy & Betty. She can also be found frequenting the local rugby clubhouse on a weekend and cheering loudly on the sideline of the football, sorry “soccer” pitch in all weathers.