B.C.’s maritime industry came out in full force on Thursday, March 7, 2019, to wish Yvette Myers, Executive Director of the Federal Government’s Oceans Protection Plan, all the best as she begins her retirement from public service.
Held at the Port of Vancouver’s Discovery Centre, each speaker relayed insights into the impact Yvette has had on the industry during her 35-year career — from her time with the Canadian Coast Guard; as Harbourmaster for the Port of Vancouver; and as Regional Director, Transport Canada Marine Safety and Security (TCMSS).
With Robert Dick, Assistant Deputy Minister, Pacific Region, Transport Canada, leading guests through the evening and providing speaker introductions, Yvette was lauded for her dedication, her leadership qualities, and, most of all, for the friendships made, whether they be from industry, government, First Nations or environmental organizations.
Of special note was the award of the Minister’s Medal to Yvette. This is the highest recognition that can be bestowed by the Minister of Transport and is only the second in over 20 years it has been bestowed. In a message accompanying the medal, the Honourable Marc Garneau wrote “By consistently putting the interests of Canadians and the needs of staff above your own, you have made unique contributions tothe advancement of several of my top priorities, including improving marine safety, protecting the Southern Resident Killer Whale, implementing the Oceans Protection Plan and reconciliation with Indegenous peoples. Drawing on deep personal relationships in the marine safety sector, you have built support for innovation and communicated the strengths of Canadian and international safety regimes to wider audiences.” Minister Garneau further added: “On a personal note, it has been a pleasure to work so closely with you over the last few years…I will miss your candour, humour and devotion..,” words echoed by all attendees.
In response to receiving the award, Yvette noted: “I am very grateful for this recognition. I have had the privilege to work with amazing people who are dedicated and passionate about marine safety and protecting the environment in the interest of Canadians. I am just the visible tip of the iceberg … I would not be here without the support of so many throughout my career. An enormous thank you goes to my team, my colleagues, the marine industry, family, friends, and the department. When I look at this medal I will think about all those who I share it with.”
Looking to the future, Yvette said: I have been so fortunate to work my entire 35-year career in the marine sector. I have ‘grown up’ with my maritime colleagues. I’ve always loved what I do and it’s the relationships that have made it easy to stay the course. However, it’s time for me to pursue my other loves — travelling abroad; getting the kayak wet more than once a year; hiking some new peaks; and more volunteering with the Mission to Seafarers.
“Transport Canada has a fine crew, second to none that I’ve ever sailed with. It has truly been an honour and privilege. Bravo Zulu to you all, and I wish you fair winds and following seas.”
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