In the time that Silva and his fellow MBA interns Greg Walker and Vaibhav Pahwa were at Seaspan they helped format processes needed to help build Canada’s new fleet. Much of this included process mapping – creating documents resembling flowcharts that outline specific activities, who is in charge, the stages required to execute a plan and its proposed outcome.
“We really had to get right into the project from the start, which was amazing,” says Silva. “We were made to jump in straight away and get a feel for the situation and see how to prepare the team better.”
The UBC Sauder students’ time with Seaspan was also about forming local relationships not only for this specific project, but also for the long term, explains Pyron.
“The shipyard itself has been around for over 100 years and with its new facelift completed in 2015 it is the most modern shipyard in North America,” he says. “We see no reason why this shipyard won’t be building quality ships for Canada for many years to come. Investing efforts to cultivate relationships with local schools, with local talent, is consistent with our core ideology. MBA students are proven to deliver high quality on short term projects – perfect for internship positions.”
“We were very pleased with our experience with UBC Sauder interns,” he adds.
“We had budgeted for one. After interviewing three great candidates, we pursued funding to bring all three aboard.”
At the same time, a separate part of the Seaspan operation brought on another four-month MBA intern, Karan Cheema, to develop a pricing strategy for their activities servicing Vancouver’s busy port and harbour.