Aug. 24, 2018 -Alion Canada is pleased to announce that they are sponsoring a new youth program at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic in Halifax, through the Canadian Heritage Maritime Foundation. Building Boats, Changing Lives will allow young people to build a Beven Skiff and will teach them marine craftsmanship, problem-solving and leadership skills.

Alion Canada’s one-year funding support will contribute to empowering youth to engage actively with their maritime heritage and develop life skills to support their pursuit of rewarding careers.

“My early experiences building a boat with my grandfather and father led me to follow in the footsteps of my father’s marine engineering career,” says Chief Operating Officer Bruce Samuelsen. “Through Alion Canada’s support of Building Boats, Changing Lives, we hope to create that spark in young people and show them the rewarding shipbuilding careers possible as the National Shipbuilding Strategy is implemented.”

John Hennigar-Shuh, President of the Canadian Maritime Heritage Foundation, says, “We’re grateful for the support of Alion Canada for this exciting program. Building Boats, Changing Lives will have a powerful impact on the lives of young participants from marginalized communities. Alion’s contribution is a difference maker.”

About Alion Science and Technology, and Alion Canada

At Alion, we combine large company resources with small business responsiveness to design and deliver engineering solutions across six core capability areas. With an 80-year technical heritage and an employee-base comprised of more than 30% veterans, we bridge invention and action to support military readiness from the lab to the battlespace. Our engineers, technologists, and program managers bring together an agile engineering methodology and the best tools on the market to deliver mission success faster and at lower costs. Based just outside of Washington, D.C., we help our clients achieve practical innovations by turning big ideas into real solutions. To learn more, visit 

About The Canadian Heritage Maritime Foundation

The Canadian Heritage Maritime Foundation supports the ongoing work of local museums and the Nova Scotia Museum and carries out programs that advance the education of the public about the maritime heritage of Nova Scotia, Atlantic Canada and Canada. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is the oldest and largest Maritime Museum in Canada. The original concept of the Museum can be credited to a group of Royal Canadian Navy officers who envisioned a maritime museum where relics of Canada’s naval past could be conserved.



Donna Charapich

Alion Science and Technology



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John Henningar-Shuh

The Canadian Heritage Maritime Foundation