The Honourable Claire Trevena, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure has announced the appointment of Peter Lantin to the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s (PRPA) Board of Directors for a term of three years commencing June 1, 2019.
Mr. Lantin replaces long-term Board member and current Chair, Bud Smith, whose term expired in June 2018; he continued to serve on the Board until his position was replaced.
Mr. Lantin served as the elected President of the Council of the Haida Nation from 2012-2018 and brings over 15 years of experience in financial administration and governance. Mr. Lantin has previously served as Chair for the Gwaii Trust, a society that owns and manages a perpetual fund for the benefit of all the people of Haida Gwaii, and held the position of Chief Operating Officer for TRICORP, an aboriginal capital corporation.
Outgoing Director, Bud Smith, joined PRPA’s Board of Directors in June 2012 and has served as Chair throughout his tenure. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Smith served a two-year term on PRPA’s Board from 2007-2009 before leaving to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors for Ridley Terminals Inc.
“We are extremely grateful for Bud’s dedication to building a better Canada through trade,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “During the time Bud spent as Chair of the Board, he was part of a team that led the organization through an incredible period of growth and diversification, including many strategic projects and initiatives that set a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable future for the Port of Prince Rupert. “
Throughout his tenure, Mr. Smith guided the Board through major initiatives to diversify the Port of Prince Rupert, including the Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor, the development of Westview Wood Pellet Terminal, the Fairview Container Terminal expansion, the development of the Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal, and the Fairview-Ridley Connector Corridor, amongst several other significant projects.
Trade volumes through the Port have grown to a record 27 million tonnes in 2018. Mr. Smith was a consistent champion of the connection between communities, First Nations and industries across Western Canada and their ability to build stronger communities and provinces through the Port of Prince Rupert.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Board of Directors is comprised of seven people. Three of the Board members are appointed by each level of government – municipal, provincial and federal – while the balance is nominated by the Minister of Transport in consultation with the Port User Nominating Committee. Board members are appointed for a term of no more than 3 years with a maximum tenure of 3 terms.
“We welcome Mr. Lantin to our Board and thank Bud for his unwavering commitment to guiding PRPA in its efforts to growing the Prince Rupert gateway,” said Stevenson.
More information about the Port Authority’s Board of Directors and its members can be found online at www.rupertport.com/port-authority/governance.