BCIT Foundation Bursary Recipient…

Congratulations to BCIT Nautical Sciences Cadet Mark Orehov on being chosen as the recipient of the BCIT Foundation First Year Achievement Award for 2020. Monies for this award are made up from interest generated by the BCIT Foundation as well as from donations made to the NPESC.

The presentation of our cheque and certificate were made to Mark by our secretary/treasurer Captain Joachim Ruether (on the left) while following Covid-19 protocols.

“In silent sorrow we drop our salted tears”…RIP Captain Brian Silvester

It is with great sorrow and sadness that we report the passing of a founding member and long time supporter of the NPESC and its aims. We learned earlier today that Captain Brian Silvester had passed away last Friday, November 6th, after a long and brave battle with cancer. Captain Silvester was a strong advocate for providing both financial and active support to those who were pursuing or advancing a career at sea and maintained a strong connection with our organisation right up to the time of his passing whether it was taking part in directors’ meetings, vetting student applications for bursaries and other awards, or to attend at colleges to make presentations, in person, to students.


To honor Captain Silvester’s efforts to help further the education of Canadian Mariners we would like to announce that a bursary, in his name, will be created by the NPESC. Further details regarding this bursary will follow in due course. In the meantime, if you would like to make a donation to such an award then CLICK HERE for more details

Spring Bursaries 2020

Applications are now invited from qualified students for the spring 2020 NPESC bursaries.

There will be two C$1,500 bursaries awarded to applicants enrolled in Nautical Science or Marine Engineering  courses of a minimum length of 250 hours at a training institution approved by Transport Canada and registered with the British Columbia government.

These bursaries have been made possible by the generous contribution of Captain Harry Allen and also from other endowment funds Income

To make an application, CLICK HERE

Please note that the deadline for applications is April 30th 2020

There will very likely be another competition in the fall of 2020 with more Bursaries being offered. If you are not successful at this spring event, we encourage you to re-apply in the fall.

As always, the successful candidates are required to write to the Society after one year, to inform us of their progress and how the award was used. Such letters may be used in the Society’s newsletter or website”.