Executive Team

Captain Sid Hynes

Executive Chairman

Canada’s first Dynamic Positioning Captain and youngest sea Captain, Sid Hynes cofounded Canship Limited in 1986. Canship owned and managed a range of marine vessels operating worldwide, and later expanded into naval architecture and design and marine consulting services. In 1995, Canship partnered with JJ Ugland A/S of Norway to form Canship Ugland Limited, as owner/operator of the largest and most sophisticated ships in Canada which carried out the transportation of crude oil from offshore oil fields off Canada’s east coast. In late 2007, Sid, as managing partner of South Coast Partners, led the acquisition of Oceanex Income Fund, then owners of Oceanex Inc., an intermodal transportation provider operating in Eastern Canada. Today, Sid serves as Executive Chairman of Oceanex Inc.

Captain Hynes is a graduate of the Nautical Science MOT Program and a Certified Master Mariner, and has served on numerous boards relating to the offshore oil and gas industry. He has received many awards throughout his career, including Honorary Doctor of Laws from Memorial University. Most recently, he has been appointed as Finland’s Honorary Consul to St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.

Matthew Hynes

Executive Vice President

Matthew began his career with Canship Limited as Assistant Marine Superintendent, where he was involved in the day to day shore-based management of a RoRo container vessel operation. Matthew also assisted with the management and administration of transportation and logistics coordination for a major mine site development project in Labrador. While attending university, Matthew formed and operated an IT firm where he gained valuable insight regarding the leadership and management challenges for small business enterprises.

Matthew joined Oceanex in 2008 as the Manager of Special Projects and subsequently held the role of Sales Manager for Newfoundland and Labrador and Pricing Manager before his promotion in 2013 to Vice President, Corporate Development and Executive Vice President in 2015. As Executive Vice President, Matthew is responsible for the company’s Quality Management System which is ISO Certified, the development of new business opportunities in line with Oceanex’s long term business strategy as well as analyzing trends and developing and reviewing existing business practices consistent with the Oceanex program of continuous improvement. Matthew earned a degree in Business Administration from Memorial University.

Glenn Etchegary

Vice President, Operations

Mr. Etchegary joined Oceanex in 1999, serving initially as Terminal Manager responsible for all St. John’s area operations. In 2004, he became General Manager for Newfoundland Operations, which included being responsible for the terminals in Newfoundland, as well as all Newfoundland trucking operations. In 2007, he was appointed to his current position of Vice President, Operations. In this position, Mr. Etchegary is responsible for land-based and vessel operations including terminal operations in Quebec and Atlantic Canada, trucking operations and railway transportation arrangements throughout North America, customer service and dispatch operations, the corporate safety and compliance group, maintenance of all terminal equipment, overseeing the operation of one container ship and two ConRo vessels. Mr. Etchegary provides leadership and management to a team that ensures the on-time and on-budget delivery of transportation services to Oceanex clients.

Prior to joining Oceanex, Mr. Etchegary spent twenty years in the seafood industry, eight of which were with Fishery Products International as Vice President of Fleet Operations. In this position, he managed the operation of sixty deep sea factory and wet fish trawlers. Mr. Etchegary holds a degree in Economics from Memorial University.

Deron O’Reilley

Vice President, Sales and Marketing

Mr. O’Reilley joined Oceanex in 2017, bringing over 20 years of senior commercial management experience in the transportation & logistics sector. A business graduate of Dalhousie University, he began his career in front-line field sales and quickly progressed through various senior sales & marketing management roles in Canada and Europe. Today, in his role as Vice President of Sales & Marketing, he is responsible for leading the commercial team at Oceanex, overseeing all aspects of revenue generation and volume growth.

Garland Oram

Vice President, Finance

Garland Oram joined Oceanex in March 2010 as a business analyst to provide assistance to senior management in assessing business opportunities through financial modelling, strategic planning and performance monitoring. He assumed the position of Vice-President, Finance in September 2012 and is responsible for the management of the finance team. Prior to joining Oceanex, Mr. Oram held various positions in accounting, finance, and senior management positions in accounting firms and in industry. He graduated with honours from Memorial University and has been a Chartered Professional Accountant, CA since 1985.

Kevin Coombs

Vice President, Human Resources & Industrial Relations

Mr. Coombs joined Oceanex in 2013 with over 30 years of national and international experience in all areas of Human Resources. A Bachelor of Commerce graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, he brings a wealth of human resource experience in employee benefits, recruitment, negotiations, compensation and pension design, HR policies and change management in unionized and non-unionized environments. Past positions have included Vice President Human Resources & Corporate Secretary and Director, Human Resources in publically traded and privately held organizations.

Tony Powell

Director, Business Development

Tony joined Oceanex in August 2014 as Director of Business Development with more than 37 years’ experience in the transportation industry. Much of Tony’s career has been spent in various Sales and Operations management roles with a major road carrier providing him with the opportunity to learn all aspects of the road transportation business. Tony’s commitment and dedication to the transportation industry was recognized in 2002 by The St. John’s Board of Trade when he was named “Transportation Person of the Year”.

Karen Snook

Chief Financial Analyst

Since joining Oceanex in December 2014, Karen has provided support for senior management decision making through indepth research and analysis, support for continuous process improvement and has managed the company’s insurance / risk management program. Prior to joining Oceanex, Karen worked as CFO and Corporate Secretary of a fomerly publicly traded company involved in marine technology, manufacturing and engineering businesses. This was a dynamic environment where her periodic involvement in acquisitions and divestitures included business modelling and due diligence and her ongoing responsibilities included management of the finance team, continuous process improvement and corporate governance matters. Karen has also held a controllership position in a travel agency, and accounting/auditing positions at the accounting firm where she obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant, CA designation in 1989. Karen holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) Honours degree from Memorial University.

David Jones, QC

General Counsel

David joined Oceanex in July, 2015 as General Counsel. Prior to that he occupied a number of Senior Executive positions within the Public Service of Newfoundland and Labrador. During his tenure with Government, he also served as General Counsel to a number of Commissions of Inquiry and as a Commissioner in his own right. During this period he also trained as an Access to Information and Privacy Coordinator and acted as a Government and a Court Advisor on such matters. Prior to joining the Government he was in private practice from 1984-1989.

Throughout his career he has gained valuable insight into the practice of law and the management of people and resources.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Memorial University of Newfoundland, a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Dalhousie University, is a Notary Public and a Master of the Supreme Court of Newfoundland and Labrador.