First Chair (Industry) - George Pateras

George Pateras brings over 20 years of experience from various Shipowner Associations and Shipping Chambers, a strong and ongoing relationship within NATO's Transport Group (Ocean Shipping) and a permanent position in the War Risks insurance market. He currently runs a family owned ship-management company in Greece and is active in many aspects of the maritime business, including the following:

  • Permanent advisor, (AMSCC), Hellenic Ministry of Defense
  • Chairman: NATO TG(OS), the former PBOS
  • Chairman: Hellinikes War Risk Insurance S.A.
  • Board Member: Hellenic War Risks Association
  • Chairman: Bahamas Shipowners' Association
  • BSA representative on the International Chamber of Shipping

In addition to his business activities, he brings a significant and diverse academic background, including the following:

  • BSc (Marine Engineering) - University of Newcastle upon Tyne
  • MSc (Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering) - MIT, Boston
  • Diploma (Maritime Law) - World Trade Institute
  • Pending PhD (Internal Logistics, Supply Chain and Shipping Management) - Plymouth University.

Second Chair (Military) - VACANT

President - David Stone, MA MSc CMAS CAS - MSM

David Stone is the Director and Owner of Pyrrias Consulting Services Ltd based out of London, UK and Mombasa, Kenya. Pyrrias provides one-stop consultancy and procurement solutions for Defence and Security establishments. It also specializes in providing expert support services to the various Defence and Government Sectors through its UK and global network of associates.

His academic background includes:

  • Kings College – Master of Arts, Terrorism, Security and Society
  • Trinity College – Master of Science , Computer Science
  • Anti Terror Accreditation Board (ATAB) CMAS (Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist)
  • Anti Terror Accreditation Board (ATAB) CAS (Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist)
  • Anti Terror Accreditation Board (ATAB) CAS - MSM (Certified Anti-Terrorism Specialist - Maritime Security manager)
  • ISPS qualified CSO and PFSO

Within the maritime sector, David has been a leader in the maritime security community, through his efforts against the illegal proliferation of small arms and light weapons. David has also been active in the development and vetting of maritime security courses that include a broad theoretical base and front-line tactical training for maritime security operators.

David has also worked as an independent consultant for various countries on counter proliferation of Arms, Narcotics, Human trafficking and Terrorism.


Beechams Encyclopaedia of Terrorism: Co-Author with Mathew Maavak “The Arms of Terror” published 2011. An intense look at illegal arms used in the world and the way they are moved around to suit the terrorist’s needs.

David is also a Company, Port and Marine Facility Security Officer, certified in accordance with Transport Canada.

Vice President - Debborah Donnelly, BSc, MA, ABCP

Debborah Donnelly has more than twenty years of Emergency Management, Security, and Disaster Response experience resulting from a diverse career that saw her in extensive international operations as a former Canadian Naval Officer including both NATO and UN deployments, and subsequently as an archaeologist, emergency, environmental and security manager, and as an industrial executive. She has developed extensive experience as a public speaker and as an instructor during her tenure at the Naval Officer Training Centre, and subsequently in international relations, security, and emergency management for various institutions including George Brown College, York University, and the University of Toronto

Secretary / Treasurer - Gordon Foot, MA MSc CMarTech FIMarEST SFIIRSM FinstLM AFNI IntET

Gordon Foot is an offshore company vessel representative for Total E & P Nigeria on their EGINA OML130 operations. This involves company representation on in-field operations on construction and hydrographic survey vessels.

Gordon is a retired Weapons Engineering Manager of the UK Royal Navy having served a 19 year career in nuclear submarines on special operations.

His academic background includes:

Leicester University - MSc Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management

Coventry University UK – MA Maritime Security

IAMSP – Certified Academic Fellow

He is also:

Fellow and Chartered Marine Technologist – Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

Specialist Fellow – International Institute of Risk and Safety Management

Fellow – Institute of Leadership and Management

Fellow – Institute of Administrative Management

Associate Fellow – Nautical Institute

Member – International register of Engineering Technologists

Member – Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology

ISPS qualified CSO and SSO including anti-piracy training

Retired Naval diver and now sports PADI Divemaster

Chief Learning Officer - Allan McDougall PCIP CMAS CISSP CPP PSP

Allan McDougall is the principal of EvSec Canada and has over 15 years experience in the Asset Protection and Security communities in the public and private sector. Within Canada’s Public Service, he has served as the Manager (technical functional authority) of Physical Security, the Senior Inspector for Ports and Maritime Facilities with Transport Canada’s Marine Security Operations, one of the two senior Compliance Auditors for Security and technical security experts for the Canadian Coast Guard and the National Coordinator for Security Policy and Projects at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. He has also served on the Government of Canada’s Advisor Council on Physical Security (ACOPS) and has been recognized for both his accomplishments in the Physical Security program management and technical domains. He is also a veteran of Canada’s combat engineers.

Allan holds several certifications, including the Certified Protection Professional (CPP), the Physical Security Professional (PSP), the Computer and Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), the Certified Master Anti-Terrorism Specialist (CMAS) and the Professional in Critical Infrastructure Protection (PCIP). This is in addition to training within the audit community (ISO 28000), as an Information System Security Officer (ISSO) and as a Port / Marine Facility / and Ship Security Officer (CSO / PSO / SSO). He has also been involved in the drafting of standards, including as a member of the technical committees for the ASIS International PSC1 through 4, dealing with the Quality Assurance of Private Security Service Providers. He has been the Chair of the Supply Chain and Transportation Security Council for ASIS International and currently sits on the Physical Security Council.

Allan is the coauthor (with Bob Radvanovsky) of Transportation Systems Security, Critical infrastructure Protection: Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (2nd edition and 3rd edition)  and as a chapter author in the Handbook of SCADA / Control Systems Security. He has spoken at several colleges and universities, including the Master’s of Infrastructure Protection and International Security (MIPS) at Carleton University and as an invited guest speaker at the Information Resources Management College (IRMC) at the National Defense University in Washington, DC. He has also been the key instructor on Transportation Systems Security (ASIS International Annual Seminar in Chicago, IL) and been a session speaker on several topics ranging from piracy to climate change.

Project Chairs

Captain Andrew Korek, MNI

Andrew Korek has had a long and distinguished career in maritime security and over those years he has become a technical expert in many of the disciplines within the maritime industry.

Andrew's military career has included service with the Royal Marines, where he achieved the appointment of CSM. He currently carries that professionalism to the Canadian Forces where he is attach-posted to the infantry in Abbotsford, BC. He has served on a range of deployments around the world and under a variety of conditions.

Andrew also possesses current certifications as a Master Mariner (Unlimited Tonnage), Certified Ship Surveyor and Clearance Diver. He has also successfully completed several courses, including sniping and in close protection services.

He currently operates Pheonix Marine Services, with a specialization in underwater taskings and surveys

Seafarer Representative - Captain Abelardo Pacheco

Captain Pacheco is a Filipino master mariner with over 43 years experience and under some of the most difficult conditions imagineable. A firm and passionate advocate of seafarer rights and the treatment of seafarers, he has become a central figure in the Filipino seafaring community. Captain Pacheco currently operates a maritime consultancy firm in the Philippines where he has provided sage guidance and advice to governments, companies and assoications. He is perhaps best known for his successful and compassionate leadership of his crew during their 162 day ordeal as hostages in Somalia, and the way in which he has used that difficult experience and the lessons from it in support of the seafarers and the maritime industry in general.

Captain Pacheco was cited by the Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) and awarded one of The Outstanding Filipino Seafarer Awards for his leadership and bravery during the period of captivity, including several instances where he offered his own life in return for those of his crew. It is cited that his strength of character was a determining factor in the release of the ship and its crew and its ultimate return home.

Jeff Woodruff CD CAS

Jeff has been in the Police, Security and Emergency Management field for over 24 years beginning his career as a Canadian Forces Military Policeman in 1987. Jeff served in various Police, Investigation and Security roles before becoming a member of Canada's Special Operations Command as an operational support member for Joint Task Force 2 (Canada's Elite Counterterrorism and Special Operations Unit). After suffering an injury, Jeff moved on to become President of the Carleton Group, a service company offering emerggency response for the disaster restoration and recovery industry. After being recruited back into the Government of Canada in 2008, Jeff served in various Security and Audit positions leading projects and developing training for government security, safety, and emergency management before accepting a position as the Departmental (Head) Security Officer for the Canadian Radio Television and Telecommunications Commission. He has three children and a wife of twenty years who have been behind his career.

Core Supporting Personnel

Ioannis Chapsos (Capt (N-retd)) PhD  (Outgoing Vice-President)

Ioannis Chapsos is a Research Fellow in Maritime Security at the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations (CTPSR) at Coventry University.

Ioannis is a Captain (retd) of the Hellenic Navy; he graduated in 1989 from the Hellenic Naval Academy and served most of his career on fast patrol boats. He also served as an instructor at the Security and Strategy Department at the Hellenic Supreme Joint War College from 2008 to 2012.

His academic background includes:

Coventry University – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Candidate, Maritime Security, 2012 – 2014

Coventry University – Master of Arts, Terrorism, International Crime, Global Security, 2008 – 2010

George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies – Certificate, Advanced Security Studies (2007)

Hellenic Naval Academy – Bachelor of Science (BS), Naval Science, 1984 – 1989

He participated in numerous international conferences and his work has been published among others by ‘The Conversation’, ‘The Maritime Security Review’, the ‘Maritime Executive’, NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Center’s (NMIOTC) MIO Journal and the International Security Network (ISN).