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Mark Potter, Babcock’s Vice President Marine, Elected to the ABCMI Board

January 13, 2022 – Babcock Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Potter to the board of the Association of British Columbia Marine Industries (ABCMI). His appointment was officially announced on December 8th, 2021 at the ABCMI annual general meeting.

Mark Potter is currently the Vice President of Marine for Babcock Canada. He served in the Royal Australian Navy for 29 years before leaving the service to pursue a career opportunity with Babcock Australasia (Babcock Pty Ltd); firstly as General Manager for Naval Ship Management and then relocating to Adelaide to initially lead the Babcock Maritime Business Unit as General Manager, Submarines prior to assuming the role of Managing Director Marine.

Mark enjoyed a rewarding Naval career, beginning with training on various HMA Ships, qualifying as a Submariner in 1993, completing the Collins Conversion Training, then going on to assume command of both HMAS Waller and HMAS Farncomb between 2004 and 2005.

Highlights during Mark’s career include being selected for the Canadian Submarine Squadron Exchange Program and serving as Operations Officer on HMCS Ojibwa, completing the Submarine Commanding Officers Course (Perisher) in the Netherlands, completing the United States Navy’s (USN) Prospective Commanding Officers Course (PCO) and serving as the Director Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) with the USN in San Diego, California.

Upon returning to Australia, Mark was selected to Command the Royal Australian Navy Recruit School at HMAS Cerberus, where he was notably awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross (CSC) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours’ List of 2007 for his work at the Recruit School. In 2010, Mark was promoted to Captain, where he assumed the role of Acting Director General Submarine Capability (DGSMC) in Canberra, followed by the posting of the Commander Australian Submarine Force (COMSUB).

Mark assumed the role of VP Marine in Babcock Canada in August 2019 and now lives in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia.

Mark hopes to leverage his expertise of the marine marketplace to help strengthen the marine sector in British Columbia.


The association was created to further represent the interests of the industrial marine sector and its supply chain. The group works to strengthen the industrial marine sector of British Columbia and it will create a positive environment in which our industry can prosper and our people can grow.

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