E. Ward, BA., AQ
Mark E. Ward
is an accomplished writer, event producer and marketing specialist
with strong experience in developing and promoting science and technology
related projects. Since founding his own consulting firm in 1987,
Mark has coordinated dozens of conferences, symposia, trade shows,
concerts, meetings and other special events in North America, the
Caribbean, Europe and the Pacific.
has executed contracts to create and manage marketing, PR and strategic
communications programs for: NASA, NOAA, Canada’s National Capital
Commission, The Canadian Tourism Commission, the University of North
Carolina, Wilmington, the Center for Minimal Access Surgery at McMaster
University, SeaWorld Orlando, The Astronaut Hall of Fame, Spaceflight
Marketing Inc. and Oceanology International.
has written scores of magazine articles on science, technology, travel,
tourism and adventure subjects for Reader’s Digest Canada, Popular
Science, Fun World, Disney Magazine, Hawaiian Style, Underwater Magazine,
LeisureWays, Diver Magazine, and others. He has also written
plans for theme park attractions and scripts for videos and numerous
has pioneered a variety of specialized communications projects, including:
• Producing a unique
upside down underwater ice hockey story for cable TV (1989);
• Coordinating Canada’s
first live underwater TV broadcast (1990);
• Managing a NASA-sponsored,
record-setting 69-day undersea living project (1992);
• Coordinating a rare
sea to space comm. link between astronauts on the Space Shuttle Endeavour
and aquanauts in the La Chalupa undersea habitat in Key Largo, FL
• Producing several
live interactive events linking schools, science centers and conferences
with scientists in undersea environments (1995 – 2005).
• Mark was the Chief
Contractor Project Coordinator for the Challenge Mission in 1998 featuring
the Scott Carpenter Station on the seafloor at Key Largo. Mark
also produced the video for the Carpenter Station program.
has accomplished over 700 scuba dives and spent more than 40 nights
in a variety of underwater habitats. He is the only person to
have spent at least 24 hours in each of the last four operating undersea
laboratories (Jules Undersea Lodge, The MarineLab habitat, NASA’s
Scott Carpenter Space Analog Station and NOAA’s Aquarius Undersea
July of 2003 Mark coordinated a diving expedition in the English Channel
off the northwest coast of France. He is the first and only
Canadian to dive on the HMCS Athabaskan, a WWII destroyer sunk in
the English Channel at a depth of 285 ft. Of the 254 sailors
onboard, 128 were lost, including Mark’s grandfather. The expedition
was the subject of a History Television documentary that aired in
Canada in April ‘04. Mark went on to write about the expedition for
Diver Magazine and Reader’s Digest Canada and returned to the wrecksite
in Sept. ‘05 to coordinate a multi-beam sonar survey, obtaining never
before seen details of the wreck.
early 2003 Mark co-founded a Central Florida holiday festival known
as Celebrate Orlando and since produced and hosted more than 40 live
shows over the following four years. In 2006, Mark conceived
and produced Orlando’s first Renewable Energy Expo at the University
of Central Florida.
lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife Regina.
Mark Ward was the first to dive to the wreck of the Canadian Warship
Athabaskan after his team discovered the whereabuts of the lost Canadian
ship off the coast of France in 2003. While diving on the ship,
Mark left a plaque there in memory of his grandfather who was lost
in the WWII sinking.