Meet Our Crew!
Mike Burns, CPYB - Port Credit Office - President
Some of Mike’s earliest childhood memories are boating on Lake Ontario aboard his family’s 1949 Chris-Craft Sedan Cruiser. At a relatively young age, he also developed a passion for sailing and began dinghy racing in a variety of different classes.
As a teenager, Mike gained much experience touring the Great Lakes aboard Sail Training Vessels where he learned ship handling, navigation and marlinspike seamanship.
Sometime later, he signed on as a Watch Leader with the 150’ British Sail Training Schooner’s the Sir Winston Churchill and the Malcom Miller, on voyages that took him to ports in many European countries bordering the North Sea, including an eventful voyage from Denmark to England in a Force 10 gale.
This experience combined with a two-year course in Marine Technology helped Mike earn certification in Coastal Navigation, Celestial Navigation and D.O.T. Marine Emergency Duties.
After a brief stint managing a Charter Boat operation on Manitoulin Island, Mike agreed to deliver a 1947 48’ Elco Motor Yacht from Toronto to Florida via Chicago, and the Tombigbee and Mississippi river systems.
What was supposed to be a one-month delivery turned out to be a three-year, 20,000 mile adventure up and down the eastern seaboard and through-out the Bahamas. It was during this time in his early 20’s that Mike acquired his USCG 100-Ton OUPV Masters license.
As time went on, Mike eventually made a transition from Captain to Yacht Broker, and then business owner.
Today, Mike is well recognized in the marine industry by fellow yacht brokers, business associates and boating enthusiasts. He serves on the Certification Advisory Committee for the Certified Professional Yacht Broker program, is a past member of the Board of Directors for the Yacht Brokers Association of America and Boating Ontario Dealers, and also serves on an advisory committee for the Toronto International Boat Show.
Mike is also a contributing writer for several national boating publications, including Power Boating Canada, and is a past producer/host for a regular segment on Power Boat Television – testing and reviewing pre-owned yachts.
During the ‘off season’, Mike prefers to head south to escape the cold whenever he can and has been enjoying sailing and skippering charters in many areas of the Caribbean including Belize, the British Virgin Islands, St. Martin, and many other areas of the West Indies.
Rocco Barca, CPYB - Orillia Office
Rocco will tell you that boating has always been his destiny – after all Barca means ‘boat’ in Italian.
As a seasoned boater for over 30 years, Rocco has logged thousands of ocean miles as both charter captain and live-aboard cruiser. He delivered his first boat single-handed from South America to the U.S. and later spent five years cruising the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean with his wife and two children.
Rocco graduated with honours in Sales & Marketing from Niagara College and has a Business degree from UWO. He spent most of his early career in Finance & Banking and then for 10 years as owner/operator of a successful manufacturing firm with over 40 employees. Rocco’s background brings forth a professional and diversified skill set that enables him to effectively serve his clients in every aspect of their boat purchase or sale.
Rocco has earned the distinction of being designated as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker, by the National Yacht Broker Certification Program.
Rocco was formerly with Clift's Marine Sales/now North South Nautical Group. He started in 1997 and has been the company's Top Producer since then. With almost half of his business being repeat customers and referrals you can depend on Rocco’s honest, dedicated approach to help you find a yacht that fits your needs.
Don Allin, CPYB - Port Credit Office
Don was first smitten with boating when traveling on his family’s Chris-Craft Cruiser in the Bay of Quinte and through the Thousand Islands. It was after graduating from Queen’s with a Master’s in Education and establishing his teaching career in Peel Region, that Don was introduced to sailing at the Port Credit Yacht Club. He purchased his first sailboat, an Ontario 32 named Salut, with the intention of sailing offshore to the Caribbean. From very humble beginnings, as Don says, "not knowing the pointy end from the flat end"; he has managed to sail Salut over 35,000 nautical miles including all the Great Lakes (except Superior), the Caribbean including the Windward/Leeward Islands, the Bahamas, and the Northeast coast of the USA with stops that included the Chesapeake, Long Island Sound, Nantucket, Martha's Vineyard and Cape Cod.
After retiring from a stellar teaching career of 32 years, Don’s long time friend David de Eyre encouraged him to become a yacht broker with Clift's Marine Sales and the rest is history. Don's honesty and natural enthusiasm for boating and meeting new people has helped him make many of his client’s dreams come true. He is dedicated to matching the right people with the right boat at the right price. Many of his clients have become good friends and he has combined his lust for travel and adventure by cruising with them. In addition to a Trans-Atlantic crossing, Don has been fortunate to have sailed throughout the Mediterranean, the Greek Islands as well as several offshore deliveries to the Caribbean.
Don has earned the distinction of being designated as a Certified Professional Yacht Broker(CPYB), by the National Yacht Broker Certification Program. And enjoys talking about his sailing adventures on behalf of the Ontario Sailing Association.
Don keeps Salut at the Midland Bay Sailing Club and together they enjoy boating on one the best cruising waters in the world, Georgian Bay.
Greg Stratychuk, CPYB - St. Catharines Office
Greg has been an active power boater for over 25 years. Equally comfortable with small runabouts starting at 14’ to large yachts of 40’, Greg has operated vessels on the Great Lakes, Trent System, the Caribbean, and the West Coast.
Greg has been an active member of Canadian Power Squadron for over 15 years, serving in many positions from Commander to Training Officer. But teaching boating is his real passion. He is a recognized provider of the Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) and publishes a regular newsletter to over 350 local boaters.
Greg was educated at the University of Western Ontario, and after a 32 year career in the automotive industry he retired to pursue his real passion - boating. He has earned the distinction of Certified Marine Sales Professional (CMSP) through Georgian College. He operates the North South Yacht Sales' branch office at the St. Catharines Marina, and services the Niagara area and beyond. He has established many clients, contacts, and friends in the process.
Fraser & Annie Campbell, CPYB - Eastern Ontario
Fraser Mobile: 613-218-5035 * Annie Mobile: 613-769-8652
Having lived on the Ottawa River for many years, Annie and Fraser have gained extensive boating experience from having cruised these waters. In addition, they have cruised the waters from Sorel, P.Q. down through the St. Lawrence locks to the Ottawa and made several complete passages through the Rideau Canal to Lake Ontario. Other trips have taken them through the Trent-Severn Waterway to Georgian Bay. They have also chartered in the exotic British Virgin Islands. More recently, they have spent their extended summers as liveaboards on their 38’ trawler, exploring beautiful Georgian Bay and enjoying the company of the many people they have met in their travels.
Prior to retirement, Annie was a successful Real Estate agent and Fraser spent many years in the High Tech Industry with his primary focus on Customer Service and Sales. They are combining their passion for boating and their extensive sales experience to assist new and long-time boaters to realize their dreams of their perfect boating lifestyle.
The primary area they serve extends from Ottawa to Kingston and beyond and generally encompasses Eastern Lake Ontario, the St. Lawrence River, the Ottawa River and the Historic Rideau Canal. Of course, they are not limited to this area and will venture further anytime the occasion arises.
Barry Weaymouth - Eastern Ontario
Barry has been an active power boat enthusiast living on the Big Rideau Lake since 1993. Throughout this period he has had numerous runabouts, fishing boats, centre consoles, bow riders, pontoon boats, cuddy cabins, express cruisers to his most recent love, a Carver 3807 ACMY which is moored at the Ivy Lea Club on the St Lawrence. Barry has had an extremely diversified career.
After leaving school he spent 13 years with the RCAF in the Police/Security/Intelligence fields. He then moved on to the Department of Foreign Affairs as a Senior Regional Security Office, responsible for Security, Personal Safety, Physical Security and Intelligence at our Embassies abroad, Western Europe (1980 to 1984) and Eastern Europe and the Middle Eastern Countries (1984 to 1987).
After leaving Foreign Affairs he established Weaymouth & Associates Inc., a Security and Personal Safety Consulting Firm, conducting Planning, Design, Engineering, Bid Award Assistance and Contract Management of Operational, Electronic and Physical Security Systems for Heads of State, private residential, corporate and government departments and facilities in Canada, the USA and abroad. Barry ran this very successful consulting firm for 21 years.
After retiring Barry continued in the marketing and sales environment by setting up Elgin Equipment Rentals/Elgin Storage Facility/Elgin Garden and Propane Centres.
In 2014 Barry continued to expand his knowledge of boats and sales of marine products by joining Pirate Cove Marina as a sales person for new, used and brokerage boats. During his tenure with Pirate Cove Marina he became the Company’s Top Sales Producer enabling the firm to have their best two consecutive years in sales of new, used and brokerage boats for the firm.
Barry is a liveaboard in Ivy Lea, ON and consequently will be servicing clients from Kingston to Ottawa including the Rideau Lakes and Canal System, the St. Lawrence Corridor and beyond. He brings with him an extensive knowledge of marine products and a proven record of sales and marketing.
Barry’s interpersonal relationship skills have allowed him to work closely with clientele on an ongoing and repeat basis. His dedication and attention to detail will permit him to assist you in finding a yacht that will fit your needs.
Cenk (Jack) Yener & Elif Hanhan Yener - Harbour West Marina Hamilton,ON
Cenk: 647-526-3893 | Elif: 647-239-8890
Cenk & Elif hail originally from Turkey where they were the owner/operators of a successful Yacht Brokerage at the Kalamis Marina in Istanbul.
When Elif re-located the family to Canada, Cenk (Jack) who holds a Florida Yacht & Ship Salesperson's License, operated as a professional yacht broker in Miami.
Both Cenk (Jack) and Elif have an extensive background and wealth of knowledge in yacht brokerage along with well-established contacts in Canada, throughout Europe and the United States.
Stationed in the Harbour West Marina in Hamiton, they are looking forward to continuing their successful yacht brokerage career.
Richard Poirier - Quebec | Montreal/Lake Champlain -
Richard has always been a passionate boater.His love for boats dates back to his youth when he crafted fiberglass hulls for Laser sailboats in the Pointe Claire production facility. Now a power boater, his love of all things water is not just a passion but a life long hobby.
Richard’s boating experience is primarily in the Thousand Islands-Montreal corridor. Most currently he is boating on Lake Champlain. Richard has held memberships with the Royal St Lawrence Yacht Club, Marina Sogrive in Longueuil, Marina Fortin and currently Gaines Marina on Lake Champlain.
When not boating, Richard was the VP of purchasing, General Manager of a large automotive chain and most recently a supply chain business consultant. Outside of Quebec, Richard made Minneapolis his home for four years.
Richard is ready to launch the next phase of his career. He considers himself a boating ambassador and wants to provide helpful service to his customers whether they are buying, selling or even window shopping. In the summer, Richard can be found in his 46′ Maxum Sedan Bridge, Samonique on the waters of Lake Champlain.
Richard will be servicing clients in Quebec and Lake Champlain. He brings with him a passion for boating and all things to do with water.
Richard a toujours été un plaisancier passionné. Son amour pour les bateaux remonte à sa jeunesse lorsqu’il a fabriqué des coques en fibre de verre pour les voiliers Laser dans l’usine de production de Pointe-Claire. Maintenant, un plaisancier, son amour de toutes les choses de l’eau n’est pas seulement une passion, mais un passe-temps à vie.
La navigation de Richard se fait principalement dans le corridor Mille-Îles-Montréal. Actuellement, il navigue sur le lac Champlain. Richard a été membre du club nautique Royal St Lawrence, de Marina Sogrive à Longueuil, de Marina Fortin et, à l’heure actuelle, de Gaines Marina, sur le lac Champlain.
Lorsqu’il ne naviguait pas, Richard était le vice-président des achats, directeur général d’une grande chaîne automobile et, plus récemment, consultant en gestion de la chaîne d’approvisionnement, Richard a fait de Minneapolis sa maison pendant quatre ans.
Richard est prêt à lancer la prochaine phase de sa carrière. Il se considère comme un ambassadeur de la navigation de plaisance et veut offrir un service utile à ses clients, qu’ils soient acheteurs, vendeurs ou simplement curieux.
En été, Richard se retrouve dans son 46 ‘Maxum, Samonique sur les eaux du lac Champlain.
Richard le plus récent courtier de bateaux, desservira les clients du Québec et du lac Champlain. Il apporte avec lui une passion pour la navigation de plaisance et tout ce qui a trait à l’eau.