Starting in a British Columbia shipyard in 1973, Paul MacGillivary has worked 48 years in the maritime industry, 34 of those spent in technical, safety and project management. He is a certified Chief Engineer and holds a Master of Science degree in Maritime Management from Maine Maritime Academy. Highlights of his career include engagement as vice-chair of the board, Mission to Seafarers – Vancouver, involvement in the final Ships of Shame Inquiry (1998), inauguration of the National Seafarers’ Welfare Advisory Council as a founding director, and participation with the team that ratified the Maritime Labour Convention in Australia, including its representative at the ILO. Paul has led MLC implementation workshops and taught numerous MLC Train the Trainer courses at the ILO’s International Training Centre in Turin, in addition to other organisations, most recently in October 2020. Originating from his role as ISM lead auditor with DNV in the 1990s, Paul is a long-term advocate of seafarers’ rights.