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The credibility of the Green Marine certification process relies on external verification of participants' results.

Professional verifiers accredited by Green Marine help to ensure that the certification process is rigorous and transparent.

To obtain the Green Marine certification, each participant must agree to following external verification conditions:

  • The company must submit its results to third-party verification every two years by using a Green Marine accredited verifier (refer to the list below).
  • An initial verification must be done within the first two years of joining the program.
  • The certification and permitted use of the “Green Marine certified” logo are awarded only after the successful verification of results.
  • The verification process includes on-site visits and verification of the company’s documented proof/justification in support of its self-evaluation.

All verifiers have additionally received training to fully understand Green Marine’s evaluation, verification and certification process to be able to proceed with the verification of participating companies in accordance with Green Marine’s specific requirements and standards.

Required experience of verifiers

Green Marine accredited verifiers have been selected with the help of a third party based on the following criteria to ensure objectivity:

  • Sector experience: with vessel operations and/or marine facilities
  • Verification accreditation/experience: with ISO 14001, ISM Code, etc.
  • Environmental expertise/experience: through work, academia or specific training


Alicja Rudzki

Location : Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Language : English (also fluent in Polish)

Experience : Alicja Rudzki is an environmental professional who has dedicated the last 20 years of her career to policy development, environmental management, and environmental auditing, primarily in the marine sector including shipboard and land-based operations. Alicja has a solid background in environmental sciences and she demonstrates in-depth understanding of administration, planning and operations in both the public and private sectors. She applies her experience and knowledge to identify and solve environmental and technical problems and demonstrates her strong relationship building skills.

Alicja’s other areas of expertise include:

  • Canadian and International environmental regulatory framework
  • Pollution control technology assessment
  • Inventory of Hazardous Materials in ships (classification society-trained HAZMAT Expert)
  • Project Management
  • Public outreach and education

Phone:  +1 (250) 415-3334

Email : rudzki@gmail.com

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Andrew MacKay

Organization: Envirochem Services Inc.

Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Language: English

Experience: Andrew currently holds the position of Manager of Environmental Management Systems Program at Envirochem Services Inc., working as an environmental consultant for numerous marine terminals and BC coastal forest products manufacturing with marine operations such as barging, solid and liquid product transfer, dredging and over-water fuelling systems. As a registered Environmental Site Assessor, he has 20 years of experience in environmental management. He is also a certified ISO14001 auditor with experience of over 200 audits related to environmental compliance, ISO14001 and waste management for various industrial clients. He has also developed EMS for over 30 industrial sites.

Phone : 604-986-0233

Email: andrewm@envirochem.com

Brian C. Lesinski

Organization: EA Engineering, Science and Technology, Inc., PBC

Location: Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.

Language: English

Experience: Mr. Lesinski is Senior Vice President and Director for EA’s Environmental, Health, and Safety (EH&S) Compliance service line. He specializes in assisting clients to recognize, understand, manage, and improve the business and technical aspects of their EH&S management programs. He serves as trusted advisor for government agencies, as well as Fortune 500 clients involved in manufacturing, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, aerospace and defense research and development; telecommunications; transportation; and energy sectors. He provides over 30 years of experience in EH&S business process improvement, regulatory analysis, EH&S compliance management and auditing, project management, and integrated management systems’ design, implementation, and continual improvement, and sustainability. He has worked throughout the United States, United Kingdom, and Mexico. Brian is an Exemplar Global and Board of Environmental Auditor Certification certified Environmental Lead Auditor who has assisted over 30 organizations achieve certification to leading third party schemes such as ISO 14001 and Responsible Care, and over 30 clients design, implement, and sustain integrated EH&S management system approaches.

Phone : 401-287-0367 Cell : 401-742-4758

Email: blesinski@eaest.com


Denis Bernier

Languages: French, English

Experience : Mr. Bernier is an engineer and also holds a Master's degree in Environment. Since 2002, he has been certified by the Quebec Environmental Auditing Association as a Certified Environmental Site Assessor (CESS®) and Certified Environmental Auditor (CEA®). As a result, after more than 25 years in the business, he has conducted dozens of environmental compliance audits and environmental assessments. He is a certified auditor by Green Marine.

Mr. Bernier was a member of the Board of Directors of the Port of Quebec from 2008 to 2017. In this capacity, he chaired the Environment, Health, Safety and Maritime Security Committee of this organization. This involvement resulted in the acquisition of significant experience in crisis management, emergency planning, and stakeholder relations.

Phone : 581-307-5102


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Iqbal Kazi

Organization:  Pacmarine Service LLC

Location: Houston, Texas, USA

Language: English

Experience: Iqbal has more than 36 years of experience in the marine industry. He has served as a Master Marine mariner (Captain), Operations Manager, Marine Surveyor, SIRE (OCIMF- Ship Inspection Report Editor), OVID (Offshore Vessel Inspection Data), and is accredited by DNV and  Rightship, Australia for Inspection. He is a certified lead auditor for ISO: 9001 and ISO 14001. He is also a third party Internal and Live navigation auditor for shipping companies, performing Management and Safety audits (ISM & ISO assessment) and providing training on board Oil Rigs, P&I condition inspections on vessels to identify deficiencies and short comings for cargo safety and environment. He provides recommendations, conducts risk analysis, hazard description and consequence. He is presently serving as a Marine Consultant (Quality, Safety, Security and Environment) and also Quality Assurance Manager.

Phone:  281 447 9595

Email: ikazi@pacmarine.com

Jay R. Jahangiri


Organization: TRE Consulting, Inc.

Location: West Coast (California): San Francisco Bay Area with East Coast, Midwest, South East and Gulf Coast Coverage

Languages: English, Persian, Italian, Spanish and Afghan

Experience: Jay Jahangiri has over 36 years of proven track record in environmental, health, safety, sustainability, resiliency, planning, engineering, construction and program management (CM/PM) for ports, marine, airports, power, renewable energy, commercial, real estate, and industrial sectors.  Jay began his ports and maritime career on the waterfront as a marine terminal operator labor/baggage and cargo handler (at cruise and airport terminals) while attending full time college.  As a former Port environmental director for a major west coast port, Jay’s unique qualifications come directly from inside of the port and marine industry.  Jay has conducted numerous independent green marine verifications, ISO 14001/45001 (formerly 18001) EHS/sustainability audits and developed award winning programs for ports (west coast, east coast, gulf, great lakes, and international), marine terminals, shipping lines and maritime related facilities.  Jay holds a M.S degree in Environmental Engineering and Sciences from Virginia Polytechnic Technic Institute and a B.S in Comprehensive Sciences: Biology/Chemistry from State University of New York.  Jay holds over 10 professional registrations/certifications in the fields of sustainability, environmental, health, safety, and CM/PM. 

Phone: 209-601-7048

Email: treconsulting@comcast.net / www.treconsult.com

Jean-Marc Léger

Organization: Terrapex

Location : Montreal (Qc, Canada)

Languages: French, English

Experience: Jean-Marc Léger has worked for 25 years in the fields of environment, health and safety (EHS) management and natural resources conservation. Early in his career, Jean-Marc worked on biodiversity management initiatives in Canada, South America and West Africa for government and international non-government organizations. In consulting for the past 22 years, Jean-Marc developed an extensive knowledge in environmental and social performance by supporting small and large businesses across different industries including transportation, mining, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, chemical, energy, waste and the defence sector.

Since obtaining his accreditation as a certified environmental auditor (CEA) from the Quebec Association of Environmental Auditing (AQVE) in 2007, he has directed or participated in over 250 EHS compliance assurance, management system or integrated management system audits.

Jean-Marc received his Green Marine verifier accreditation in 2015. In addition, he is a recognized lead and mine technical auditor by the International Cyanide Management Institute; a certified risk manager (ISO 31000) by PECB, a Toward Sustainable Mining (TSM) verification service provider by the Mining Association of Canada. Finally, he also received training to audit the following standard or Environment Social Governance (ESG) programs: GHG validation and verification by the Canadian Standard Association (ISO 14064:3); Together for Sustainability (ESG of chemical supply chains), CHWMEG (Responsible Waste Stewardship) and IRMA (Initiative for Responsible Mine Assurance).

Phone: 514.826.6233

Email: jean-marc.leger@terrapex.ca

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John A. Foster

Organization: SNC-Lavalin Inc.

Location: British Columbia, Canada

Language : English

Experience : John A. Foster, PhD, RPBio, QEP, EP(CEA), EP(EMSLA), CHSMSA Senior Management Systems Specialist – Certified Green Marine Auditor. John is a Registered Professional Biologist, a Certified Environmental Compliance Auditor, a Certified Environmental Management System Lead Auditor and a Qualified Environmental Professional with the Institute of Professional Environmental Practice (US/Canada). John is also a Certified Towards Sustainable Mining Auditor and an ISO 45001 and Certificate of Recognition (COR/OSSE) Safety Management System Auditor (Trucking Safety Council of BC and the BC Manufacturing Safety Association). John has been a Consultant based in BC for over 30 years and has worked nationally and internationally for a wide variety of private and government clients. He has a long history of environmental and safety work in the marine industry, including offshore oil and gas exploration and development projects, tanker traffic and undersea pipelines, oil spill impact assessment and emergency response planning. In the past 12 years, he has specialized in auditing large terminals and marine service operations for safety and environmental performance.

Phone: (604) 788 1479

Email: johnafoster@shaw.ca

Katharine Sweeney

Organization:  Compliance Maritime

Location: Seattle, Washington, USA

Language: English

Experience: Capt. Sweeney became a GM Verifier in 2016 and has over 35 years of experience in the Maritime Industry. After a career sailing as Master (Unlimited) for Matson Navigation in the Hawaiian and Far East Trades, in 2009 she came ashore to start Compliance Maritime, a company providing 3rd party and internal auditing, as well as investigations and expert legal witness. Lead Auditor certifications in: ISM, ISPS, ISO 9001 and ISO 14001. Well versed in Safety, Health, Quality, Security, Environmental, and Energy management systems, Capt. Sweeney has conducted over 400 audits and verifications to date. While very knowledgeable in current industry standards and best practices, Capt. Sweeney understands systems must be tailor made to fit the client. Captain Sweeney holds a current USCG Master. Any Gross Tons, Oceans license with full pilotage on Puget Sound, All Waters.

Phone : 206-755-3254

Email: captsweeney@compliancemaritime.com

Michael W. Herald


Organization : Blackbird EHS Consulting Services Inc.

Location : British Columbia, Canada

Language : English

Expérience : Michael W. Herald, EP(EMSLA), EP(CEA), CRSP has been leading, participating and managing hundreds of environmental, health and safety (EHS) audits and management system assessments world-wide for over 30 years. He has worked with many industries and federal, provincial and local government agencies, and recently assisted a shipping terminal in developing a comprehensive environmental management system (EMS).  He also assisted Port Authorities in improving their health and safety management systems. He has conducted ISO 14001 registration and surveillance audits for an international registration body.  Mr. Herald is an Environmental Management Systems Lead Auditor EP(EMSLA), Compliance Environmental Auditor EP(CEA), and Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) in Canada, and a trained US EPA Asbestos Building Inspector and Asbestos Project Designer. He is also currently on the Board of Directors of the Auditing Association of Canada (AAC), and past president of the Environmental Managers Association of BC (EMA of BC).

Phone: 604-353-2473

Email: mherald@blackbirdehs.ca

Neil Allen

Organization: Envirochem Services Inc

Location: British Columbia, Canada

Language: English

Experience: Neil Allen, M.Sc., P.G.Dipl.Env.Mngt., P.Ag., EP(EMSLA), EP(CEA), CHSMSA, is a senior environmental management system and occupational health and safety management system auditor and accredited Green Marine verifier with Envirochem Services Inc.. He has more than 24 years of consulting experience in Canada, New Zealand, Australia, India, Africa, and the Philippines. Neil is also a dual certified Environmental Management Systems (EMS) lead auditor to ISO 14001:2015 [EP(EMSLA)] and a regulatory compliance auditor [EP(CEA)] (Safety and Environmental) certified with ECO Canada, a GHG verification auditor to ISO 140064-3, and a certified Towards Sustainable Mining (TSM) verification auditor with certification from the Mining Association of Canada. He is also an ISO 45001:2018 lead auditor, and Certified Health and Safety Management System Auditor (CHSMSA) with the Auditing Association of Canada. In addition, Neil is a certified COR/OSSE auditor with two safety associations in British Columbia – the Manufacturing Safety Alliance of BC and Safety Driven. He was also a certified COR auditor with the BC Maritime Employers Association for 10 years until the BCMEA removed itself from the COR program in early 2018.

Phone: 778 839 2089

Email: neil.allen@envirochem.com

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Randolph C. Helland

Organization : R.C. Helland Consulting

Location : Greensboro, North Carolina, U.S.

Language : English

Experience : Randy is an experienced Green Marine verifier who has conducted verifications since 2012 throughout the U.S. and Canada. Prior to that he had over 32 years of experience with the U.S. Coast Guard where he held senior executive positions at the national, regional and local levels in the areas of marine/port safety, security, environmental protection and waterways management.  He has extensive experience in ship and facility safety and environmental inspections. He is currently self-employed at R.C. Helland Consulting providing maritime safety, security and environmental regulatory inspection, guidance, planning and exercise services to U.S. Government, the maritime industry and academia.

Phone : 440-541-6463

Email : Randolph.Helland@yahoo.com

Ross Szwec

Organization: EEM Gestion ESS / EEM EHS Management

Location : Montréal, Québec, Canada

Languages : French, English

Experience : Senior consultant and partner at EEM EHS Management since 2000, Ross has over 20 years of audit experience and is registered as a certified environmental auditor with both ECO Canada and the Quebec Environmental Auditing Association (AQVE). He has conducted over 225 EHS management system, regulatory compliance, and standard-specific audits of which 40+ have been Green Marine external verifications in all three program areas. 

Ross is also a recognized Verification Service Provider (VSP) for the Mining Association of Canada’s Towards Sustainable Mining initiative and is an approved lead auditor for the International Cyanide Management Code.  

Ross is fluently bilingual (spoken and written) with excellent communication skills. Versatile, diligent, and solution-oriented with a positive, courteous, and easy-going attitude, he is recognized for his capacity to simplify complex subjects and to interact with ease with persons at various levels of an organization.

Ross est parfaitement bilingue (oral et écrit) avec d’excellentes compétences en communication.  Polyvalent, diligent, axé sur les solutions et disposant d’une attitude positive, courtoise et franche, il est reconnu pour sa capacité à simplifier des sujets complexes et à interagir avec aisance avec des personnes de différents niveaux au sein d’une organisation.

Cell: (514) 250-4474

Email: ross@eem.ca

Said Nassif

Organization: Canadian International Bureau of Shipping Ltd. (CIBS)

Location : Ontario - Québec - British Columbia

Languages: French, English

Experience: Said has over 30 years of experience within the marine industry. Upon completion of 14 years in the sea career as Chief Engineer, he joined the Canadian government as a marine inspector, rose through the ranks and held several management positions including Manager OH&S to Operations Director Marine Safety and Security. His experience is inclusive of consulting, training, auditing, risk assessment, gap analysis, development and implementation of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, OHSAS 18001, ISO 28000 and C-TPAT. He also works as QMS & EMS Auditor for a Registrars certification body. In addition, he is nominated and accredited by various Flags Administrations and classification societies; as flag inspector and Lead Auditor in ISM, ISPS and MLC-2006. He is also accredited by the Chemical Distribution Institute as a CDI Port/Terminal Inspector. Mr. Nassif is nominated Deputy-Registrar for many Flag States Administration for Ship Registries. He is approved as Instructor by Transport Canada and other Flags Administration to deliver many STCW training. www.cibsmarine.org

Cell : 613-790-7260

Email: snassif@cibsmarine.org


Tony Di Nino

Organization: Envirochem Services Inc.

Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Language: English only

Experience: Tony is a professional engineer and currently holds the position of Manager of Auditing Program at Envirochem Services Inc., working as an environmental consultant for marine facilities including marine terminal operations and other various coastal industrial operations which have marine activities. He is a certified environmental and ISO14001 auditor. He has been seconded by registrar to conduct ISO14001/OHSAS18001/ISO9001/ISO50001 and electronic stewardship audits of hundreds of industrial operations across North America (Canada, US, and Mexico). He is also a COR (safety) certified auditor with BC Maritime Employers Association and GHG validation and verification auditor for Pacific Carbon Trust. Since 1995 he has conducted over 300 audits related to environmental compliance, environmental management systems, waste management, and energy audits at various industrial clients.

Phone: 604-986-0233

Email: tony@envirochem.com


To obtain their certification, the Green Marine participants must demonstrate continual measurable improvement year after year, and respect all the stages of the certification process, i.e., the annual self-evaluation, external verification, and publication of results.