November 27, 2020
International Women’s Day – Celebrating Women in the Marine Sector
In honour of International Women’s Day, join Ships2Shores as we celebrate the extraordinary women in Canada’s sailing and marine community! We’ll be sitting down with panelists who have diverse experiences. They will shed light on their experiences, challenges, the progress that has been made for women, and the various opportunities available. This is a chance to take stock of the important role women play in pushing our marine sector forward.
Beatriz SimasChief Petty Officer 2nd Class, RCSCC CHAUDIERE, Milton, ON
CPO2 Simas cadet career started in 2012 as a Navy League Cadet at NLCC REVENGE in Mississauga. During her time as a Navy League Cadet, CPO2 Simas took on many opportunities and participated in many trips. She also participated in Squadron competitions and won 1st place in Drill and 2nd place in the Drill with Arms Competition. She also led a corps-wide 1812 Drill Display Team during their Annual Inspection. She rose through the ranks and achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class and Coxswain of NLCC REVENGE.
In 2015 she graduated from the Navy League Cadet program and moved on to the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps HAIDA. While at RCSCC HAIDA, CPO2 Simas participated in the Inter-Provincial Drill Competition and achieved 2nd place status. In 2017 CPO2 Simas transferred to RCSCC SCARBOROUGH in Scarborough, Ontario. When she arrived at RCSCC SCARBOROUGH at the rank of Leading Cadet, CPO2 Simas helped to recruit and retain cadets. She ensured communication flowed to and from the officers and was loyal to both her superiors and her subordinates. She quickly achieved the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class and at that rank she sat and passed the Coxswain’s board, and was appointed Coxswain of RCSCC SCARBOROUGH. During her time as Coxswain of RCSCC SCARBOROUGH, CPO2 Simas also volunteered as a Cadet Instructor with NLCC COMPASS ROSE in Acton, ON.
In 2019, CPO2 Simas transferred once again to RCSCC CHAUDIERE in Milton, Ontario. Since moving to RCSCC CHAUDIERE CPO2 Simas took on the position of Guard Commander and led her Guard during the Remembrance Day ceremonies at Milton’s Town Hall. During the pandemic CPO2 Simas got promoted to the rank of Petty Officer 1st Class and subsequently on to her current rank of Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class, serving as Chief of Training. While tending to her job at RCSCC CHAUDIERE, CPO2 Simas is a founder Sea Cadet member and instructor of the new NLCC ADVENTURE, a Navy League Cadet Corps for cadets ages 9-12, located in Milton.
Some of the awards CPO2 Simas received are: The Navy League of Canada Cadet Long Service Medal, 2 Gold and 1 Silver Award from the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board Mathematics Competition, Top Marks in Mathematics with an average of 99.9%, Honour Roll for all 4 consecutive years, Top Debater in Toastmasters, received the Youth Leadership Program Certification from Toastmasters and 2 letters of commendation for community service from Mr. Parm Gill, Member of Provincial Parliament for Milton. She also won the HMCS YORK Leadership Award, Best Drill Member, Top Shot Award, and the Award of Recognition from HMCS YORK.
CPO2 Simas lives in Mississauga with her parents, her brother and a big black cat named Sherlock. She is currently finishing her High School studies and hopes to pursue a degree in Arts and Art History at the University of Toronto this September.
Cdr Suzanne AppletonCommander, Royal Canadian Navy
Suzanne is a Commander in the Royal Canadian Navy in the Naval Technical Officer occupation. Her love for the sea and the marine environment was fostered at a young age but really solidified during her time as a teenager with the Toronto Brigantine tall ship sail training program. Throughout her career, Suzanne has had the privilege of gaining extensive technical leadership experience through numerous projects and programs on topics such as engineering support, technical trials, HR, Environment, IT and innovation. This professional path contributes to ensuring that RCN sailors have the equipment and systems they need to protect and secure Canada’s three coasts. Some of her career highlights include operations at sea, representing Canada at NATO fora, advancing women and BIPOC in STEM, and being part of an award-winning project team.
Danielle DoggettManaging Director & CEO, SAILCARGO, INC.
Growing up just north of Kingston, Ontario, she began her sailing career with the St. Lawrence II, moving onto larger ships at age 16: Swan fan Makkum.
Founder of Topsail Rigging Ltd., she has focused her attention in recent years to gaining knowledge of the build stage of large scale projects, including working alongside Sailmaster B.V. in the Netherlands. She is an adviser to the Caribbean Sail Training Association, and was Captain of the flagship of Barbados, sailing cargo schooner Ruth for the rigging, launch, and sea trials.