Vancouver Port Authority Board of Directors Elect New Chair, Sarah Morgan-Silvester

Vancouver Port Authority's New Chair, Sarah Morgan-Silvester (CNW Group/Vancouver Port Authority)


    VANCOUVER, April 26 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Port Authority's (VPA) Board of
Directors is pleased to announce that they have elected Sarah Morgan-Silvester
as the VPA's new Chair. Morgan-Silvester replaces George A. Adams, whose term
of office expired on March 17, 2007.
    Morgan-Silvester joined the VPA's Board in March 2004, and is serving her
second term of three years (ending February 28, 2010). She served most
recently in the positions of Member of the Audit Committee and Chair of the
Governance Committee. She is currently the Chair of the Port Amalgamation
Transition Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the integration of
the three Lower Mainland ports.
    Morgan-Silvester has extensive experience across North America in the
financial services sector. As past Executive Vice President, Personal
Financial Services and Wealth Management for HSBC Bank Canada, Sarah had
national responsibility for retail banking, full service and self-directed
brokerage, asset management, trust, insurance and private banking. She is also
the Chair of BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre Foundation, a Director of the
CD Howe Institute and Women in the Lead Inc., a Member of the Faculty Advisory
Board for the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business, and a
Member of the David Suzuki Foundation National Business Advisory Council.
    Morgan-Silvester graduated from UBC in 1982 with a Bachelor of Commerce
(honors) and was the Kiwanis Gold Medal winner for graduating top of her
class. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, and won Canada's
Top 40 Under 40 Award in 1998 and a Leader in Finance, PEAK Award in 2004.
    "I am honoured to have been elected by my fellow Board members to lead
the VPA during such a critical time," said Morgan-Silvester. "I look forward
to working with them to ensure Canada's Pacific Gateway fulfills it's
potential as a global port competitor while partnering with local
communities."
    "On behalf of the Executive and Staff, I'd like to congratulate the Board
on their choice of Ms. Morgan-Silvester as Chair," said VPA President and CEO,
Gordon Houston. "Her expertise and leadership will be invaluable and we look
forward to a productive term of office."

    The Vancouver Port Authority's Board is responsible for overseeing the
VPA's activities while ensuring it fulfills its mandate to provide facilities
and services in the best interest of Canadians.
    The Port of Vancouver is Canada's flagship port, trading more than
$53 billion in goods with more than 100 trading economies annually. Port
activities generate 69,200 jobs in total with $4 billion in Gross Domestic
Product and $8.9 billion in economic output.

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Communications and Public Affairs, Vancouver Port Authority, (604) 665-9069
(office), (604) 665-9073 (fax), (778) 231-6978 (cellular),
anne.mcmullin@portvancouver.com; For more information on any of these stories,
call 1-888 PORTVAN. Or, send an email to: public_affairs@portvancouver.com