Our Team

Mark Gauthier, Administrator of the Fund

Mark Gauthier

Mark Gauthier

Mark Gauthier was appointed Administrator on April 3, 2023 for a one-year term.

Mark Gauthier received a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Ottawa Faculty of Common Law in 1972 and was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1974. He was engaged in the general practice of law from his call to the Bar until he joined Justice Canada in 1982. He practiced law in the Legal Services Unit of Transport Canada as Counsel and Senior Counsel until 2005 and thereafter as the General Counsel of the Maritime Law Secretariat until he retired from the public service in 2011. In March 2012, he was appointed to the Transportation Appeal Tribunal of Canada where he served as a member until April 2018 when he was appointed Deputy Administrator of the Fund and our sister Fund, the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund, for a five-year term.

During his career in the public service, he provided legal services to the marine sector of Transport Canada particularly in the development of Canadian and international maritime law. He acted as legal advisor on a number of legislative projects such as the Canada Shipping Act, 2001 and the Marine Liability Act. He acted for several years as a member and subsequently as Head of the Canadian Delegation to the Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization. He also served as Alternate Head of Delegation to the International Oil Pollution Compensation Funds. While in those positions, he was involved in the negotiation of several international conventions and in their subsequent adoption by Canada and implementation into Canadian law.

He is an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Maritime Law Association and a titulary member of the Comite Maritime International.


Steve Anderson, Deputy Administrator

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson

Steve Anderson was appointed Deputy Administrator on April 28, 2023 for a five-year term.

He is a transportation lawyer and a public policy professional.

Steve has extensive political and community engagement experience. He served as a Councillor and Deputy Mayor of the Town of Shelburne from 2017 to 2022. He also served as Regional Councillor for the County of Dufferin. The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) recognized Steve as a “Municipal Trailblazer”.

Steve is a Senior Litigation Lawyer with the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). He has extensive experience with claims management, trials, mediations, and settlement negotiations. He is also a Director on the Board of Defence Construction Canada and for the Toronto Transit Pension Fund Society.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts, Hon. Criminology from the University of Windsor, Ontario. He also obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree (LLB) from the University of Ottawa, graduating with Second Class Honours.

Steve is also a published author with his memoir, Driven to Succeed, and a children’s book, Why Not Me?



Organizational Chart of the Funds*

*For more information about the Ship Fund, visit: www.sopf.gc.ca.