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.

Captain Marco Ahrens

Senior Vice President

Captain Ahrens joined Oceanex in 2022, bringing over 20 years of national and international shore based marine industry senior management experience. He has a seagoing background having held command onboard supertankers and dynamically positioned shuttle tankers.

Captain Ahrens has a Bachelor of Science degree from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg Sweden.


Diane Reid

Vice President, Operations

Ms. Reid joined Oceanex in May 2007, serving as Inland Manager responsible for all trucking in Newfoundland. In December 2007, she became Terminal Manager responsible for all operations in the St. John’s area. In 2008, she was appointed to General Manager for Newfoundland Operations, which included being responsible for the terminals in Newfoundland, as well as all Newfoundland trucking operations. Ms. Reid is also the President of the St. John’s Shipping Association.

In January 2020, Ms. Reid was appointed to Vice President, Operations. In this position, Ms. Reid is responsible for land-based 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 group and maintenance of all terminal equipment. A business graduate of Toronto School of Business, Ms. Reid started her career in transportation with Midland Transport, where she worked for fifteen years in Operations Management prior to joining Oceanex.

Raj Dewan

Vice President, Marine Fleet Operations

Mr. Dewan joined Oceanex as Vice President, Marine Fleet Operations in March 2020, with over 38 years of multifaceted experience in the marine industry during which he has held several senior leadership roles.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Dewan worked with CSL and American President Line as a Chief Engineer for fifteen years on bulk carriers, chemical tankers, multipurpose and cellular container ships and B.C. Ferries for two years. He held leadership roles at Seaspan Ship Management Ltd during his tenure of eighteen years from 2001 to 2018 including Procurement, Technical Services and Fleet Management responsible for 115 container ships and more recently as Director Fleet Operations where he was directly responsible for the supervision of 60 large container ships. Mr. Dewan was CEO of Viswa Scrubbers based in China in 2019 and developed a business unit in China comprising of design, fabrication, controls and automation systems as well as installation and commissioning of exhaust gas scrubbers on sea-going ships.

Mr. Dewan has a Bachelor of Science degree along with a degree in Marine Engineering.

Deron O’Reilley

Vice President, Sales & 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

Vice President, Risk Management & Special Projects

Karen Snook joined Oceanex in December 2014 as Chief Financial Analyst and in March 2022 assumed the position of Vice-President, Risk Management and Special Projects. Karen has previously held senior management positions in both private and publicly traded companies where she actively engaged in acquisition and divestiture initiatives and managed the finance teams. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Co-operative) Honours degree from Memorial University and has been a Chartered Professional Accountant, CA since 1991.


David Jones, KC

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.