Our Directors and Instructors

Quadrant was founded in 1999 by a group of boatyard owner/managers and other recreational marine professionals who began training their own employees in the early 1990’s. Their training program became recognized by the Province of British Columbia, Canada, as the Marine Repair Technician apprenticeship in 1998. The name was changed to Marine Service Technician (MST) in 2011.

Quadrant Directors

Quadrant Directors play an active role in management of the institute, teaching, and consulting in marine industry trades training and workplace competency assessment.

Campbell Black

Quadrant President and founder of Blackline Marine, a leading composites repair, rigging, custom metal fabrication and refinishing facility. Campbell’s specialty is in fabrication and repair of advanced composites structures. He teaches composites technology and business practices.

Peter Dahl

Vice President, technical writer and consultant in adult education, trades training and apprenticeship. Peter is the primary writer of most Quadrant publications in consultation with industry experts.

Ben Gartside

Lifetime mechanical technician and President of Gartside Marine Engines, engine installation and repair facility for pleasure boats and light commercial craft. Ben’s specialty is small marine diesel engines and inboard installations.

Paul Gartside

Internationally recognized designer-builder and marine architect. Owner of Paul Gartside Ltd. Paul has developed the technical materials for the Design section of the program as well as being a major contributor to the Woodworking technical resources.

Drew Irwin

President of Philbrook’s Boatyard one of the Pacific Northwest’s largest yacht building, repair and refit yards, with a lifetime in large project management. Drew teaches in the Business Practices area, especially project management and environmental protection.


Matt Schinbein

MST and Assistant Service Manager at Blackline Marine. Matt is expert in composites repair and refinishing projects and teaches composites technology plus a range of tools and installations topics at Quadrant.


Quadrant instructors and contributors to our learning resources publications are experts with long-term careers and high level skills in the recreational marine industry.

Gord Allan: MST with expertise in electrical and plumbing installations with Bayview Yachts Sales & Service.

Roger BouletMST and Owner/Operator of Pilot Marine Yacht Services, specializing in marine systems and electrical installations.

Paul Gibson: MST at Blackline Marine with expertise in high performance composites, rigging and metal fabrication.

Mark Gilbert: Owner/Operator of MG Yacht Services, specializing in new and used boat commissioning and equipment installations. Over 30 years in the marine industry.

Les Gunderson: Master wood boat Shipwright for over 50 years. Unparalleled expert in wood construction and repair.

Bert Haupt: Wood boat repair and building. Professional woodworking instructor.

Brent Jacobi: Rigging specialist with over 25 years experience in sailboat spars and rigging.

Keenan Laing: Keenan has over 25 years experience in mechanical work, specializing in diesel powered yachts.

Geoff Macklin: Owner/Operator Superstition Boatworks, specializing in composites repair and refinishing.

Paul Magas: FRP Department Manager, Platinum Marine Services, 24 years in the marine industry.

Reed Radziszewski: Shipwright designation through the Marine Repair Technician apprenticeship with many years experience in interior/exterior marine woodwork and wood boat repairs.

Kelly Thody: Owner/Operator of Total Boat Marine Surveyors, specialists in damage assessment and overseeing construction and repairs.