Management Team

Executive Team

Louis Martel

President and Chief Executive Officer

Louis Martel joined Canada Steamship Lines as a Naval Architect in 1997 and transferred to CSL Americas where he became Vice-President, Technical Operations. In April 2012, Mr. Martel was appointed President of Canada Steamship Lines and in 2014 was promoted to Executive Vice-President, CSL Group / President, Canada Steamship Lines. Mr. Martel was named President, CSL International in 2015, and, on April 1, 2017, took the helm of The CSL Group as President and Chief Executive Officer.

Allister Paterson

Executive Vice-President and Chief Commercial Officer

Allister Paterson joined CSL as President of Canada Steamship Lines in January 2015. In 2017 he took on the role of Chief Operating Officer, and in April 2019 was appointed Chief Commercial Officer, CSL Group.

Nathalie Sykora

Chief Global Operations Officer

Nathalie Sykora joined CSL in 1998 as Project Engineering Assistant on the Forebodies Project team. Following a series of promotions, she was appointed Vice-President, Global Technical Services in 2014 and Vice-President, Technical Operations and Environment for the Canada Steamship Lines fleet in 2016. In January 2017, Nathalie was promoted to Vice-President, Global Fleet Management and further promoted in April 2019 to her current position.

Jeff Barnes

Chief Financial Officer

Jeff Barnes began his career with CSL in October 2008 as Director of Finance/Controller of CSL Americas. In 2011, he was promoted to Vice-President and Managing Director of CSL Europe in 2012. In 2014, Mr. Barnes returned to CSL Americas where he led commercial operations until his promotion to Chief Financial Officer of The CSL Group in 2020.

John Sypnowich

Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer

John Sypnowich joined CSL in December 2008 as Director of Legal Affairs and was appointed to his current position in January 2012.

Stéphanie Aubourg

Chief Human Resources Officer

Stéphanie Aubourg joined CSL in 2016 as Director and Business Partner, Human Resources. She was promoted to Chief Human Resources Officer in September 2019.

Commercial Operations

Canada Steamship Lines

Chantal Picard

Vice-President, Commercial

Chantal Picard joined CSL Group in November 2009 in the Corporate Finance team and held various roles including Director, Financial Planning and Analysis, Commercial and Senior Director, Business Finance. In October 2021, Ms. Picard was promoted to Vice-President, Commercial for Canada Steamship Lines.

CSL Americas

Henrik Friis

Vice-President, CSL Americas and Pool

Henrik Friis joined CSL Americas in September 2009 as Director of Pool Management. In 2013, he was appointed Senior Director, Marketing and Pool Management, and in 2014, he was promoted Vice-President, Commercial and Pool Management. Mr. Friis took over leadership of the Commercial team at the U.S-based division as Vice-President, CSL Americas and Pool in 2020.

Jakob Hansen

CSL Europe

Jakob Hansen

Senior Vice-President, Commercial and Transhipment

Jakob Hansen joined CSL in 2009 and has played a leading role in CSL's operations in Asia, Europe and transhipment. In January 2017 he was appointed Vice President, Commercial for CSL Europe and Transhipment and Senior Vice-President in 2022.

Allen Dobie

CSL Australia

Allen Dobie

Vice President, Commercial

Allen Dobie joined CSL Americas in July 2016 as Director, Business Development. In January 2017, Mr. Dobie served as interim Head of Commercial, Canada Steamship Lines, and in 2018, he was appointed Vice President, Commercial for CSL Australia and Asia.

Business Development

Jonathan White

Vice-President, Business Development

Jonathan White joined CSL in July 2011 and spent his first two years as a member CSL’s newbuild team. In 2013, he transferred to CSL Europe as Technical Operations Coordinator, and in September 2015, he was promoted to Manager, Strategy and New Business Development. In September 2016, Mr. White transferred to Canada Steamship Lines as Director, Transportation Services before joining CSL Americas in November 2020 as a Regional Director, Commercial. He was promoted to his current position in October 2022.

Global Operations

Björn Bijma

Senior Vice-President, Global Fleet Management

Björn Bijma joined CSL Europe in 2015 as Senior Manager, Technical Operations. In 2016, he moved to CSL Australia where he was promoted Senior Director, Technical Fleet Operations. Mr. Bijma was appointed Vice-President, Global Fleet Management in June 2021 and was named Senior Vice-President, Global Fleet Management in October 2022.

Frederic Jauvin

Vice-President, Global Technical Services

Frédéric Jauvin joined CSL in February 2016 to lead the Global Technical Services department, bringing with him over 25 years of operational and business experience.

Jean Fahmy

Vice-President, Digital

Jean Fahmy joined CSL in 2021 as Senior Director, Information Technology. In October 2022, he was appointed Vice-President, Digital, responsible for CSL’s business applications, data and information systems.