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Following graduation from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce and MBA, he refined his consumer marketing skills at several major corporations, including Colgate Palmolive and MacLaren Advertising. In 1977, Rod returned to British Columbia as Marketing Director with B.C. Packers Ltd., after which he established and successfully operated his own food processing business from 1983 to 1987.
Rod joined the John Labatt Corporation in 1987, where he served as Vice-President and General Manager with Rideout Beverages, the company's Winery Division. He has been employed with the province since the late 1980's in several management positions, most recently as Assistant Deputy Minister for the Tourism Division of the Ministry of Small Business, Tourism and Culture. Following the establishment of Tourism British Columbia as a Special Operating Agency, he was appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer in May 1996. Rod has contributed to various professional organizations, including the Chamber of Commerce and the American Marketing Association.
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Between 1990 and 1996, he was with the British Columbia Trade Development Corporation, responsible for the promotion of B.C.'s external trade in North Asia covering Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Japan & Korea. In addition to HKTDC, Mr. Ng also represent YVR Airport Services Ltd, a subsidiary of the Vancouver International Airport and B.C. International Power Group Inc., a consortium with ABB, West coast Energy and BC trade for the development of airports and energy projects in China. Before Mr. Ng moved to Canada in 1986, he was the Deputy Executive Director of HKTDC and had stationed in Frankfurt, Stockholm, Vienna, and New York as the Hong Kong Representative, In 1984, he was awarded by the U.S. Federal Administration for the leadership program on the "Challenge to International Trade." Mr. Ng was previously involved in manufacturing in B.C, and worked for the International Trade Center of United Nations on international trade development and the Guangdong Province, PRC. Mr.. Ng was born and educated in Hong Kong. Mr. Ng graduated from the University of Hong Kong and the Graduate School of Business Administration, Harvard University.
Author of fifteen books and numerous articles in professional and popular journals. Major works include: Alcatraz Island (1985); Shipwrecks at the Golden Gate (1989); To California By Sea: A Maritime History of the California Gold Rush (1990); National Parks of America (1990); Pearl Harbor Recalled: New Images of the Day of Infamy (1991); Great American Ships (1991); Dauntless St. Roch: The Mounties' Arctic Schooner (1992); Beaver: First Steamer on the West Coast (1993); and most recently, Ghost Fleet: The Sunken Ships of Bikini Atoll (1996). Recently completed editing the British Museum Encyclopedia of Underwater and Maritime Archaeology (1997).
Professional career commenced with part-time work at the New Almaden Museum, 1974-1975, and the Roberto Adobe, 1976-1977, both in San Jose. Joined the United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, as assistant to the Regional Historian for the Western Region (Hawaii, Guam, American Samoa, California, Arizona), 1978-1979. In 1979, joined the staff of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, as the first chief historian for the park, serving until 1986. In 1986, helped establish the U.S. federal maritime preservation program, the National Maritime Initiative. Appointed Maritime Historian of the National Park Service, Washington, in 1987, serving until early 1991. Served as an instructor, Department of Humanities, San Francisco State University, 1983-1984, 1986-1987, and as an instructor at the California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco, 1984, 1986-1987. Recently appointed as an instructor, Department of Classics, University of British Columbia.
Public and professional service began when appointed San Jose Youth Commission liaison to the San Jose Historical Landmarks Commission, 1974-1975, Commissioner, San Jose Historical Landmarks Commission, 1976-1977, Member, Mayor's Blue-Ribbon Commission for a San Francisco Historical Museum, 1982, Founding Board Member, National Maritime Alliance, 1990-1992, Trustee, Council of American Maritime Museums, 1992-1994; and continues as one of two representatives from Canada to the International Committee of Monuments and Sites Committee on the International Underwater Heritage, and also serves the Executive Board of the International Congress of Maritime Museums.
Trained as a underwater archaeologist, Mr. Delgado has led or participated in several shipwreck archaeological expeditions and projects in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the Marshall Islands. He has worked on shipwrecks including the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor, the brig Somers in Mexico, the California Gold Rush steamship Tennessee, Gold Rush sailing ships in the Sacramento River, the brig Isabella at the mouth of the Columbia River, Oregon, the polar exploration ship Maude in the Canadian Arctic, and the sunken fleet of the 1946 atomic bomb tests at Bikini. He has also served as project historian for the USS Monitor shipwreck project. As a consulting historian and archaeologist, Mr. Delgado also participated in several major excavations in downtown San Francisco, including the excavation of buried ships and waterfront structures from the California Gold Rush.
Mr. Delgado has spoken at conferences, meetings and as an invited speaker throughout the United States, Canada, Great Britain, Mexico, and Australia, as well as the former Trust Territories in Micronesia. He has appeared in several television documentaries and programs on a variety of subjects for PBS, ABC-TV, FOX-TV, The Discovery Channel, The Learning Channel, National Geographic and various local and regional networks and stations. Member of the Archaeological Institute of America, Arctic Institute of North America, Society for Historical Archaeology, California Historical Society, Canadian Nautical Research Society, and the U.S. Naval Institute. A fellow of the Explorers Club. Recreations: Scuba diving, photography, and hiking. Vancouver Maritime Museum: 1905 Ogden Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia V6J 1A3.