For more than 17 years Darren has met with shipbuilders around the world, developing an in-depth understanding of industry challenges and global best practices. In response to shipbuilders’ call for true concurrent engineering capabilities, he co-invented the company’s Database Driven Relational Object Modeling software technology, now at the heart of SSI’s products. Today, he brings a rare blend of technology expertise and industry knowledge to bear on SSI’s sales, marketing, and operations activities.
Denis has been internationally recognized for his published blogs, articles, and papers and continues to provide insights on innovative solutions for the marine industries. He has worked hand in hand with industry partners and SSI’s clients around the world to solve their most difficult business and technology challenges. This depth of understanding of both the current and future state of technology and the business of shipbuilding serve Denis well as he leads SSI towards the delivery of innovative products and services.
Deborah is responsible for all “behind the scenes” internal operational requirements including the Human Resources and Accounting departments. Deborah has over 25 years of business experience in an operations role. She has had great success in growing businesses involving high levels of information technology including organizations in the airline and on-demand publishing industries. She also has an appreciation of the critical factors involved in software development. Deborah holds a BCom degree from the University of Saskatchewan and consistent with embracing change, is committed to ongoing education personally and as part of the corporate culture.
SSI (then Albacore Research Ltd.) was founded by Rolf Oetter in 1990 as an outgrowth of his research at the University of Victoria in the late 1980s. From the beginning, Rolf implemented a mixture of vision and practical reality. Rolf saw the potential to commercialize CAD/CAM software for shipbuilding applications by leveraging commercially available, off-the-shelf technology so that it was optimized to meet industry specific needs.
Rolf recognized that change was a constant in technology and that he would need to collaborate with global industry leaders to ensure that clients could capitalize on emerging trends and adapt to evolving requirements. In pursuing his vision, SSI adopted the Autodesk and Microsoft SQL Server platforms for development. Rolf also nurtured a culture that embraced change and was committed to maintaining an open architecture solution that could be integrated with other business applications and processes. This strategy enabled Rolf to grow SSI into a multi-million dollar, multi-national enterprise. Rolf stepped down as CEO in 2010, but SSI is still guided by his vision.
To support and deliver increased productivity for the world’s shipbuilding industry by bridging the gap between tradition and technology.
We are committed to upholding the following values throughout our organization in all our interactions with our customers, coworkers, suppliers, and partners.
We strive for flawless execution, to learn from our mistakes, and work towards continuous improvement.
We will provide deliverables to our clients, employees, and partners as and when promised. To remain agile and adaptable so that all stakeholders know they can rely on SSI to deliver a solution when and as needed.
We are each personally accountable for the highest standards in behavior, openness, fairness, and honesty in all aspects of our work. We strive to maintain an environment where “doing the right thing” is a way of life.
We have the desire and ability to venture in to new and emerging areas of opportunity, to adopt open and flexible approaches towards the needs of our customers by listening and respecting their views and staying ahead of emerging trends and potential technological breakthroughs. We are committed to nurturing an environment of questioning, suggesting, constructive involvement and continuous improvement.
We are committed to serving our workplace community and our own communities. We respect the need to balance dedication to the workplace with personal and family responsibilities. We embrace a spirit of caring and respect for our clients, employees, communities and environment.