OTTAWA, March 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the
appointment of Mr. Peter Bernard, Q.C. to the Pacific Pilotage
Authority for a term of three years.
"I am delighted that Mr. Bernard has accepted this position as vice
chair of the Pacific Pilotage Authority," said Minister Lebel. "He will
bring to this new role far-reaching legal experience and in-depth
knowledge as well as service on the boards of key organizations in the
Mr. Bernard, Q.C. is a founding member of Vancouver legal firm Bernard &
Partners. For over 40 years, until he retired in June 2012, he
practiced across a broad spectrum of Maritime Law. This involved
representing ship owners and charterers in both international and
coastal shipping, terminal operators, protection and indemnity
underwriters, ship builders and various worldwide financial
institutions. After obtaining his law degree from the University of
British Columbia, Mr. Bernard began his career at maritime law firm
Macrae Montgomery Hill & Cunningham. He was a partner there for 13
years before joining Campney & Murphy and then founded his own firm in
Throughout his career Mr. Bernard has been closely involved in the
marine community. He was legal representative of the Pacific Pilotage
Authority for over 25 years and served on numerous boards. These
included the Chamber of Shipping, the International Maritime Centre,
the Canadian Bar Association, the Canadian Maritime Law Association and
Vancouver Maritime Museum. Mr. Bernard was appointed Queen's Counsel in
2001 and was recently named Best Maritime Lawyer in Vancouver for 2011.
The Pacific Pilotage Authority is a Crown corporation created in 1972
under the Pilotage Act. Its mandate is to operate and maintain safe, reliable and efficient
marine pilotage and related services in the coastal waters of British
Columbia, including the Fraser River.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
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