Hi. We’re Helm Operations

About us

Since 1999 Helm Operations has been developing Helm software to help workboat companies better organize their operations and optimize their business intelligence. Our operations are based on Vancouver Island on the west coast of Canada. As the company has continued to grow, we’ve recently expanded our presence in Europe and opened a second office in The Netherlands.

Our brand promise is: to connect the marine industry like no other technology company, so we strive to make our software, service and culture reflect that promise.

Helm Operations is a subsidiary of ClassNK, one of the world’s leading classification societies. ClassNK is dedicated to supporting the growth and development of the maritime industry, and ensuring the safety of ships, their crews, and the marine environment.

A proud member of:

European tugowners association
The American Waterways Operators
OMSA
Passenger Vessel Association

Our Team

Ron deBruyne

Ron deBruyne

CEO and Founder

As the founder of Helm, Ron has seen the company grow from a one person, one customer operation to one of the leading software suppliers in the maritime industry. If you need a good idea for just about anything, Ron is your go to. He takes brainstorming to another level and gets the team’s creative juices flowing like no one else can.

Nolan Barclay

Nolan Barclay

COO

Nolan’s been with Helm for over 15 years. In that time he’s done just about every job at the company, and today manages Operations as well as Human Resources. He miraculously juggles many balls in the air without dropping one, all with the biggest smile on his face. We’d be completely lost without him!

Cooper Barry

Cooper Barry

Director of Dev & Prod

A man of many trades, Cooper keeps all things Helm CONNECT running smoothly and on track. When he’s not working his magic with the team, he’s probably reciting a timely movie quote or filling us in on the latest NFL news.

James Wadsworth

James Wadsworth

Director of Sales

James is known as the guy that makes things happen. When he’s not supporting the sales team, he’s probably making up a hilarious new tag line or referencing something from the 90’s no one remembers. His only weakness is the locally made doughnuts at our favorite coffee shop but hey, earl grey maple glaze? Who doesn’t love that?!

Sarah Adams

Sarah Adams

Product Marketing

Sarah Adams (her nickname is her full name) is the keeper of Product Marketing, as well as the office post it notes, white boards, and pretty much any other space that could have a fancy diagram on it. She turns all need to know information into something visual we all want to read. Without her no one would know what’s going on.

Haider Salih

Haider Salih

Head of Support

If you need help, Haider has got you covered. If he’s not at his trendy stand up desk helping out a customer, he’s brightening someone’s day around the office. His wide variety of interests make him easy for everyone to chat up. From sports to This is Us – he’s got you covered.

Carly Bauer

Carly Bauer

Controller

Carly is the master of the company’s numbers, however, her talents go far beyond excel spreadsheets. If the office is nicely decorated for a holiday, or there’s fresh cut pineapple, you probably have Carly to thank.

Mike Lord

Mike Lord

Director, IT Services

Mike heads up Helm’s IT department. When he’s not impressing us with his computer skills, he’s probably making a gourmet lunch for the team. Sitting down for an epic Mike style curry lunch is the highlight of anyone’s day. What can we say, he keeps us connected.

Rob Petley- Jones

Rob Petley- Jones

Director of Client Services

Rob (also known as RPJ) heads up our client services team. He’s a rock star at keeping things on track. When he’s out of the office, he can very likely be spotted at the closest music festival going on.

Ashley Dueck

Ashley Dueck

Marketing Manager

Ashley is the Marketing Manager at Helm. If she’s not building collateral or planning the next event, you can likely find her getting to know something about someone around the office. If you talk to her for 5 minutes, she’ll likely know your whole life story, or at least your favorite coffee shop treat.

We make the best software the marine industry has ever seen…
come join us!

Helm Operations Team is FunOur Team Is FUN!

Our monthly team events are unique and memorable. We’ve built our own silly boats, played rooftop volleyball in costume, tested our courage in the treetops, and battled in Sumo-wrestling suits, for prizes too.

Stable Financial BaseStable Financial Base

We are a fully-owned subsidiary of ClassNK, one of the world’s largest ship classification societies. ClassNK classifies 20 percent of the world’s merchant fleet—that’s one out of every five commercial boats on the planet.

Downtown Victoria LocationBeautiful Downtown Location

The huge windows of our waterfront offices in downtown Victoria face right onto our city’s beautiful inner harbor. Our office is ideal for patio meetings and the best spot in town for fireworks!

Check us out on Facebook

To get an idea of what your future colleagues are like at Helm Operations, check out our Culture Page on Facebook.

Helm CONNECT Team

Current job openings

If you think this sounds like a fit for you, drop us your resume and tell us why you think you'd be a good fit at Helm. We have the following positions available: