UBC Reports | Vol. 49 | No. 2 | Feb.
Ships, Passing in the Night (Martin Ertl Keeps an Eye on
Martin Ertl, BSc93, LLB (McGill)
Since cutting the alma mater apron strings, Martin Ertl has
made his mark in the off-campus world. He started out practicing
law with Davis & Company, but soon craved a bigger challenge,
and along with four friends he co-founded Navarik, a Vancouver-based
company that develops software and Internet applications for
the marine shipping industry.
Shipping companies generate numerous reports for regulatory
bodies such as Customs, Immigration, and the Coast Guard.
Navarik produced web-based
systems that streamline incoming communications and automate
documentation, ensuring vital information on cargo and vessel
activity is secure, up-to-date and accessible to multiple
The partners started the company in a difficult economic
climate, but they were a committed group. The partnership
is based on a friendship that began at UBC, where four of
the five were active in the AMS (Martin was president from
92 to 93). Founded in June 2000, Navarik now employs
16 people and serves some of the worlds best known shipping
companies, including Petro-Canada and Star Shipping.
Not all of Martins time is sucked up by Navarik. He
was recently appointed to the NAFTA Advisory Committee on
Private Commercial Disputes and he is a member of the Alumni
Associations Board of Directors. He also plays hockey
on a team he and a friend started (Trinidad and Tobago
Gold 2006) that
competes in a Richmond league. The team currently plays in
the leagues lowest division, but Martin is quietly confident
that the future will be full of victories.