Meet Darren MacDonald, Supply Chain Management Leader at Irving Shipbuilding

The National Shipbuilding Strategy is providing hundreds of Canadian businesses from coast-to-coast-to-coast opportunities to be part of building ships for the Royal Canadian Navy and Canadian Coast Guard. It is a Canadian program that is revitalizing the Canadian shipbuilding industry and building Canadian expertise.

Darren MacDonald is Director of Supply Chain at Irving Shipbuilding in Halifax and has been involved in Supply Chain and major capital projects for more than 30 years. Darren was recently awarded the Supply Chain Management Professional (SCMP) designation by Supply Chain Canada. Each year, Supply Chain Canada nominates a limited number of supply chain executives into the designation in recognition of their career accomplishments.

A Dalhousie University graduate originally from Dartmouth, Darren also earned an MBA in Executive Management from Royal Roads University and holds a professional designation in Logistics (P.Log.). Darren returned to Nova Scotia in 2020 after 13 years in Calgary.

“It’s great to be home and in a role that can help create professional and business opportunities for the region and the country through Irving Shipbuilding programs.”

As a Supply Chain leader, Darren has been a Supply Chain program instructor and most recently was a guest instructor with the University of Calgary’s Master of Management program.

Congratulations Darren on your Professional Designation!

The Supply Chain team at Irving Shipbuilding is comprised of 58 people, who procure goods and services for the new construction of Canada’s next generation combat fleet and the maintenance of the Royal Canadian Navy’s current fleet. Over 325 Canadian businesses are involved in the National Shipbuilding Strategy for the future fleet.

Our Supply Chain is currently recruiting for eight additional roles as we ramp up for the construction phase of the Canadian Surface Combatant program. Check out the latest opportunities here:


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