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Stephen Leake,
Principal of SWL Consultants, has worked in shipyards and dockyards, design and drafting offices, consulting firms and with the federal government.

His experience includes drafting, design, construction and construction supervision, management from project to senior executive levels, research & development, expert testimony, marketing and marine surveying.

Stephen has worked on a variety of vessel designs including icebreakers, navaids tenders, search and rescue, bulk carriers, container, cruise, ferries, tugs, fishing vessels, submarines and semi-submersible platforms.

From 1994 to date Stephen has continued as an independent consulting naval architect and marine surveyor for both recreational and commercial vessels operating as SWL Consultants registered in Ontario.

Stephen is a Retired member of SAMS – Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors.


  • Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors , Retired Member  (SAMS)
  • American Boat & Yacht Council, (ABYC)
  • Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (USA), (SNAME)
  • Past Treasurer of Eastern Canada Section
  • Royal Institution of Naval Architects (UK)   Past Vice Chairman, GLSLB
  • Chartered Engineer (UK)
  • Canadian Marine Advisory Council
  • Society of Accredited Marine Surveyors – annual technical seminars
  • ABYC standards certification (2009)
  • CCG Life Cycle System Management course, December 2008
  • Transport Canada, 1976-1984, Cost Benefit Analysis, Project Management, Intermediate Transportation Management, Project Development, Fundamentals of Budget Formulation and Control.
  • University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1972, B.Sc. Naval Architecture, with options in Industrial Relations and Shipyard Layout
  • Vickers Shipbuilders, UK 1968 - Apprentice ship draftsman
  • Barrow Technical College, 1966 - Boat building course
  • Ferriby Marine – ISPS Audit Course
  •  Operator manuals and loading guides for general purpose work boats and, barges.
  • Development & management of survey program for Department of Fisheries & Oceans.
  • Canadian conformity ratings of new and used recreational craft for Transport Canada Marine Safety
  • Small Workboat Load and Stability Compliance with TCMS for CCG
  • Passenger, ferry and workboat catamaran designs, steel and aluminum.
  • Development of survey standards and inspection regimen for small, commercial and passenger vessels.
  • Development of construction standards for small passenger and commercial vessels
  • Floating debris recovery vessels designs
  • Structural failure analysis of aluminum catamaran patrol vessels
  • Support for repair of fibreglass boats
  • Jet boat design
  • C.S.R. Developments, Houston
  • Van der Graaf Inc.
  • Heenan Blaikie
  • Transport Canada Marine Safety (TCMS)
  • U-Fab Boats
  • Fisheries and Oceans-Canadian Coast Guard ((DFO-CCG)
  • Hydro One Ontario
  • 1000 Island Seaway Cruises
  • Paul’s Boat Lines
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police
  • Parks Canada
  • O.D.S. Marine
  • DiveBrockville
  • Vard Fincantieri
  • Blue Water Marine Adventures
  • Flotel
  • Parks Canada
  • Stainless Steel Technology
  • Nuttall Welding
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