Maritime Way Team


Martin L. Taillefer, CD, B.Sc.(RRMC), M.Sc.(UVic) 
President & Managing Director

Martin Taillefer is the President & Managing Director of Maritime Way Scientific Ltd. which he founded in 2010. Martin has been working in the fields of oceanography, hydrography, ocean acoustics and underwater warfare for over 25 years. A naval officer for over 20 years, the latter 10 years were spent as an Underwater Warfare Director and Fleet Oceanographer for the Pacific Fleet. Mr. Taillefer oversaw the implementation and operations of decisional systems, acoustic modeling and operational systems that process gigabytes of data and create operational products to the fleets. He also oversaw the routine creation and production of real time oceanographic and acoustic products for operational purposes and fleet uses – often in high tempo naval and military operations. Mr. Taillefer has extensive operational experience in applying his subject-matter-expertise and knowledge in the oceanographic tactical domain. He spearheaded operational oceanography, acoustic modeling and decisional technologies with DND, General Dynamics Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada since the early 1990s.

Dr Ronald Kessel, B.A.Sc. (Waterloo), M.Sc. (Waterloo), Ph.D. (UVIC)
Chief Technical Officer

Dr. Ronald Kessel has over 16 years’ experience in maritime defence science and technology, including 8.5 years at the NATO Centre for Maritime Research and Experimentation (CMRE, Italy), and 6 years at Defence R&D Canada. His experience draws on a strong base in earth science (Post Doc), physics (PhD & MSc) and engineering (BASc), with much applied research focusing on underwater acoustic and sonar performance modeling. He has started and led many projects for improved maritime capability in response to NATO and Canadian future capability requirements, including concept development and experimentation, operations research, technology demonstrations,  and modeling & simulation. He has led and participated in many experiments at sea involving military assets



Deb has over 20 years’ experience in the administrative and financial fields.  She started her career in Logistics & Administration supporting the Dept. of National Defence North Warning System infrastructure (purchasing & inventory).  Followed by six years at the Canadian Blood Services, re-establishing document protocols after the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada, more commonly referred to as the Krever Inquiry.  After her time at the CBS, Deb returned to DND. She helped implement the AMEX Travel Card nationally for DND personnel.  She was then promoted as a Budget and Finance Officer at the offices of the Assistant Deputy Minister (Infrastructure & Environment) at DND.  She joined Maritime Way in Jan 2017 and quickly became adept at all office, budget and administrative matters of the company.  She has also assumed the role of Sales and Marketing Coordinator for Seabed Mapping and Analysis.

Douglas W. Bancroft, OMM, CD, MSc
Manager Pacific Operations & Business Development

Doug Bancroft joined the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSc), Environment Canada in 1981, and then served progressively in several weather centres, including Officer-in-Charge of the west coast Meteorology and Oceanography Centre.  After several positions at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Doug returned to MSc in 2006, as the Director of the Canadian Ice Service, and Co-Director of the Canada-United States North American Ice Service.  Promoted to Director General of the Canada Center for Remote Sensing with Natural Resources Canada on April 6, 2010.  On 21 June 2013 Doug retired from the Public Service and is transitioning to the Private Sector.  In addition to his civil service career, Doug was a member of the Royal Canadian Navy (reserve) for thirty eight years.  He has commanded six HMC Ships for various periods at sea, Port Security Unit Four and HMCS CARLETON (Canada’s largest naval reserve division). 


Craig Hamm, B.Sc. (Dalhousie), M.Sc. (Memorial)
Acoustics Specialist and Manager

Craig Hamm has 25 years of industrial experience with emphasis on systems engineering, underwater acoustic modelling, and sonar related development. He obtained a Master of Science degree in Physical Oceanography (Memorial) with a thesis in acoustic measurement of sediment transport. Craig then worked six years in a small research and development firm where he designed, non-linear (parametric) sonar systems for use in a wide variety of applications ranging from buried object detection, benthic fauna studies, riverine fish migration, aquaculture, and various military needs. He worked at General Dynamics Canada (GDC) as a Systems Engineer for 13 years, starting first on the Swedish stealth frigate program, Visby, then taking responsibility for developing an in-house acoustic modelling capability

Gary Brooke, Ph.D. 
Acoustic Modelling and Tactical Decision Aids

Dr. Brooke has nearly 35 years of experience in underwater acoustics with emphasis on propagation model development, application, and, more recently, incorporation into the design and development of tactical decision aids.  His employment has been derived primarily from the military industry and includes stints with Canadian DND (Defence Research Establishment Pacific, 1978-1994), US defense contracting (Integrated Performance Decisions and Anteon, 1995-2005), Canadian defense contracting (General Dynamics Canada Ltd, 2006-2009).  Dr. Brooke has extensive experience with the use and development of acoustic propagation models (parabolic equations, ray theory, normal modes, and integral transforms) in a variety of programming languages and developers environments including Fortran, C, Visual Basic, IDL, and Java. 

Dale Ellis, Ph.D.
Acoustic Modeller

Dale Ellis received his B. Sc. in Mathematics and Physics in 1970 from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB, Canada, and his M.Sc. and Ph.D. in theoretical nuclear physics from McMaster University in 1971 and 1976 respectively. He was employed at Defence Research and Development Canada – Atlantic Research Centre (formerly DREA) in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia for 37 years, except for a four-year posting at the NATO Underwater Research Centre (now CMRE) in Italy. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Mount Allison University, Sackville, New Brunswick, and also at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. His current research activities include numerical modeling of shallow-water propagation, reverberation and target echo, and using the predictions to interpret data gathered at sea. He has participated in approximately 20 sea trials, many of them international collaborations, and is a Fellow of the Acoustical Society of America.

Diana McCammon, Ph.D.
Acoustic Modeller

Dr. McCammon holds a Ph.D. in Acoustics and has extensive experience with the assessment and understanding of acoustic models. She began her career as a professor in the Pennsylvania State University’s Graduate Program in Acoustics where she taught underwater acoustic modeling for about 15 years. When she retired in 2001, she was awarded Emerita status by the Dean. She is a fellow of the Acoustical Society of America and was chair of the ASA’s Committee on Women in Acoustics from 1996-1998. Concurrently she pursued a career in scientific research with the Applied Research Laboratory, conducting modeling programs under the sponsorship of NUWC, NADC and ONR. In 1993, she was asked to be a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, Naval Studies Board, to review of all the Navy and ARPA science and technology programs in shallow and littoral waters. In 1997 she was again asked to join the US National Academy of Sciences, Naval Studies Board to study of the impact of technology on the US Naval Forces to the year 2035.


Jean-Philippe Juteau
Hydro Ops Manager

Jean-Philippe recently graduated from University of Montreal, Quebec, as a double major in mathematics and physics. He has been working for Maritime Way Scientific since 2013 as a COOP student and now software developer. During his time at Maritime Way, Jean-Philippe has been involved in research in ocean acoustic theory, signal processing analysis and an in-depth analysis of the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Report No. 209. In the recent year, he has been focusing on the development of MWS’ Acoustic Seabed Classification software and capabilities.


Taylor started at Maritime Way in March 2016. She catalogued all datasets that were received from Quester Tangent Corp after the sales acquisition of the Marine Servicse division. This was a cataloguing exercise of the past 25 years of QTC data, saved on a variety of storage medias. This was followed by the creation of a QTC database at Maritime Way. She then trained to process the 25 years of data and was able to archive all the survey data onto Google Earth. She has become adept at seabed classification processing for multibeam, sidescan sonars and single beam sonar survey data. In September 2017 Taylor began Nursing College at Algonquin College – yet she remains at Maritime Way on a part-time basis.

Jon Preston, Ph.D
Hydrography and Sediment Classification

Jon Preston spent 24 years as a research scientist with the Canadian Department of National Defence, the last half of that time working with high-resolution sonar and positioning systems for mine countermeasures. He joined Quester Tangent in 1998.  In 2012 he become a consultant to Maritime Way Scientific to support the development of a new seabed classification system – to be released in 2014-2015.



Daniel Stephanson has over 20 years experience in software engineering for military and communications applications. He graduated from the Carleton University in 1989, with a BASc in Electrical Engineering. During his career, Daniel has developed software for General Dynamics Mission Systems (GDMS), Nortel Networks, and Lantern Communications. While at GDMS, Daniel worked as a Test Engineer on the Canadian Towed Array Sonar System (CANTASS) and as a Software Engineer on the Swedish Hydra Multi-Sensor Sonar System. He led the Mission Data Recorder System (MDRS) software team as part of the Maritime Helicopter Project (MHP). Dan has also worked as a Software Engineer in the telecom industry for several years at Nortel Networks and later at a startup called Lantern Communications where he built and managed the embedded software team. Dan is now part of the Engineering team at Maritime Way, developing products for Seabed Analysis and Operational Oceanography.


Jacob is a Computer Science Student at Carleton University. Jacob has worked with Maritime Way through 2 COOP contracts. He is developing the GIS visualization for our Seabed Classification Suite.