George E. McKee fonds [textual records]

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Administrative history / Biographical sketch
George McKee was a Canadian mariner, born in Vancouver, B.C., on August 5, 1913. He joined the Merchant Marine in 1929 as an ordinary seaman aboard the CPR liner Empress of France and, over the next 16 years, served on a number of ships, Canadian and British. In WWII, he progressed to ever-increasing positions of responsibility, ending in 1945 as a 1st Lieutenant aboard HMCS Woodstock and a Master Mariner. In 1946, he was granted a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia. His thesis topic was “Ships, seafaring and ports”. During his latter shipping career, he became increasingly involved in management-labour negotiations, and in 1947 he was offered the position of General Manager of the Shipping Federation of British Columbia. He served in this position from 1948 to the 1960s, during which time the Federation was renamed the B.C. Maritime Employers. After that, he served as arbitrator in a number of shipping-related labour cases, extending into the late 1980s.