OTTAWA, Nov. 28, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister
of State (Transport), today announced the appointment of Mr. Gary
Atkinson to the Blue Water Bridge Authority for a term of four years.
"I am pleased Mr. Atkinson has agreed to serve on the board of the Blue
Water Bridge Authority," said Minister Fletcher. "His impressive
background in business and industry, and his excellent leadership
skills will be of great value to the Authority."
Mr. Atkinson has 35 years of experience in the petro-chemical industry,
mostly with Shell Canada Ltd. A graduate of Lambton Central Collegiate
Vocational Institute in Petrolia, Ontario, he began his career at
Imperial Oil's Sarnia Refinery before joining Shell Canada in 1972. Mr.
Atkinson became Senior Operator at Shell's Corunna refinery near Sarnia
at their hydrogen complex, where he worked until 2005. There his
responsibilities ranged from specialized operations to day-to-day
maintenance and training. During this time, he was committed to
achieving a safe work environment, with his most notable contributions
as a member of Shell Canada's Safety Promotion Team from 1984- 2005,
and its chairman from 1993- 2005.
Among the many boards Mr. Atkinson has served on, he is past president
and director of the Plympton & Wyoming Agricultural Society, a member
of the board for St. Francis Advocates, and member of the Sarnia
Lambton Chamber of Commerce - Government Affairs Committee. In 2000, he
was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.
The Canadian half of the Blue Water Bridge is owned and operated by Blue
Water Bridge Canada, a federal Crown corporation. With approximately
5,000 commercial vehicles crossing the bridge daily, it is Canada's
second-busiest international commercial crossing for trucks, and is the
third busiest for total vehicles. This crossing is a key component of
the Ontario-Quebec Continental Gateway and Trade Corridor.
SOURCE: Transport Canada
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