Capt. Andrew Rae
Doctor of Civil Law
Captain Andrew J. Rae has enjoyed a successful career over the years. In the early 1960’s, he founded Captain Andrew J. Rae and Son Limited to provide adjustment and repair of magnetic compasses to the marine industry in Atlantic Canada. He then went on to develop a program for the Canadianization of Masters Certificate of Competency for 350 ton vessels for Prince Edward Island (PEI) which led to a high grade certification of those pursuing careers in the PEI ferry service, the Canadian Coast Guard, the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the Private Sector. Throughout the 1970’s he developed a suite of training materials used by marine colleges in Canada and 20 countries around the world. In the 1980’s, the Halifax Shipyards used his Ship construction material for training tradespersons for drilling rig and ship construction. In the early 1980’s with the boom in the offshore exploration business in Eastern Canada, he developed a Distance Education Program, which is now fully interactive (CD — Internet) and used by seamen across the world. Over 8,000 have used the material over the past 25 years. Students who use the Distance Education Program work for international cruise shipping lines, the Canadian Navy, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) Marine Division, Nova Scotia Provincial Department of Highways and Ferry Service, and the Canadian Coast Guard. He also recently developed a managerial control system that is currently being used with great success by coastal shipping companies in Australia and New Zealand. As well, over the years, he has worked with the National Research Council (NRC), Dal-Tech and the Canadian Hydrographic Society (CHS) in developing training simulators. Captain Rae has also enjoyed giving back to his community. He is a philanthropist with many youth programs in Nova Scotia and other community groups, including Street Connection, which is a soup kitchen for low income families in HRM. His hard work and dedication to his industry and community has not gone unnoticed. He has won a number of awards, including the National Award of Excellence in Transportation in 1997.