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Retired Vice Admiral of Royal Canadian Navy joins Modest Tree

Published: October 3, 2022

Oct 3, 2022: (Halifax, NS) Modest Tree is pleased to announce Retired Vice-Admiral Craig Baines has joined Modest Tree’s team as a strategic advisor, for the company’s efforts in the marine, aerospace and defence industries. Vice-Admiral (ret’d) Craig Baines retired from the Royal Canadian Navy, having most recently served as the 37th Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy.

A 35-year veteran of service to Canada, Vice-Admiral Baines’ career in the RCN included sea-going appointments domestically and internationally and staff officer positions throughout his service. VADM (ret) Baines brings extensive experience in leadership, training and readiness, sustainment, managing major projects and organizational change through innovation.  He brings a unique perspective on the demands in the sectors that Modest Tree technologies seek to solve in addressing sustainment and skills gaps.

Emily Smits, CEO of Modest Tree, said, “We are honoured to welcome Retired Vice-Admiral Craig Baines to Modest Tree. He has had a distinguished career in the Canadian Armed Forces, and brings a wealth of knowledge and perspectives on marine operations, leadership and the need for innovations that accelerate training and workforce development.”

Commenting on the appointment, VADM Craig Baines remarked, “Modest Tree has developed revolutionary technologies and solutions to address industry challenges. I look forward to working with their talented team to advise and support their work in the marine, aerospace and defence domains, including international projects focusing on accelerating training”.

Modest Tree has a history of addressing defence and commercial training and maintenance needs through our digital tools and custom solutions, focusing on providing software and services for 3D training and digitalization of maintenance processes. Modest Tree’s Tech Companion technology, developed in collaboration with the Ocean Supercluster, provides an ecosystem of tools to transform maintenance materials from paper-based processes to digital work cards, visualize the task with 3D with Instructions and connect and collaborate using remote assistance.



About Modest Tree: Modest Tree develops immersive training and digital twin solutions to contextualize data, train staff, and inform decision-making. We assist defence manufacturers and the defence clients they serve to implement data-driven solutions that visualize their digital assets, operations, and processes accessed via a multitude of platform types, including augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), enabling the integration of simulations and real-time data.  Modest Tree leverages our software solutions to streamline data optimization and integration, visualize and contextualize data, and provide an immersive environment for the user to interact with the digital twin.

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Daniella Green, Modest Tree Media Relations