Port Metro Vancouver announces changes to its Executive Leadership Team

METRO VANCOUVER, Sept. 1, 2011 /CNW/ - Port Metro Vancouver announces changes to its executive leadership team, as the organization works to build Canada's Pacific Gateway and meet the needs of its customers, stakeholders and host communities.

Following an international search, Ms. Sheri Plewes joins Port Metro Vancouver as Vice President, Infrastructure Delivery, effective October 11, 2011. In this newly created role, Plewes will assume responsibility for the Port's major infrastructure projects, including the Container Capacity Improvement Program and Trade Areas development.

Plewes joins the Port from SNC Lavalin's Transportation Division, where she served as Senior Vice President, Transport. Previously, in her role as Vice President, Capital Management and Engineering at TransLink, Plewes led that organization's $6 billion Capital Plan and developed their Long Term Transportation Plan. Prior to her role at TransLink, Plewes served as the Assistant City Engineer, Water, Sewers and Yards at the City of Vancouver.

Effective September 1, 2011, Mr. Duncan Wilson has been appointed Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility. With an extensive background in communications, marketing and government affairs, Wilson joined the Port in 2003 and was named Director, Communications and Government Affairs in 2009. In his new role, Wilson has leadership responsibility for Port Metro Vancouver's sustainability and corporate social responsibility portfolio that includes environmental activities, communications, government affairs, and community and First Nations engagement.

Also effective September 1, 2011, Mr. Peter Xotta has been appointed Vice President, Planning and Operations. Xotta joined the Port in 1993 and most recently served as Vice President, Planning and Development. In his new role, Xotta has overall responsibility for the Port's land and marine operations and security, planning and development activities, project management, trade development and customer engagement initiatives.

Effective October 14, 2011, Captain Chris Badger will retire from Port Metro Vancouver, following a 40-year maritime career. Badger joined the Port in 1988 as Assistant Harbour Master and, following successively more responsible positions, he earned the appointment of Chief Operating Officer in 2008. Among his many accomplishments, Badger led the Port's corporate social responsibility strategy that has resulted in Port Metro Vancouver's world-class recognition for sustainability initiatives. Badger helped pioneer the development of the Port's municipal engagement program and initiated innovative forums to advance discussion regarding Port activities and impacts, such as the North Shore Waterfront Liaison Committee. Badger also established the Port's Monitor and Measure program, which has been instrumental in dramatically improving the performance of the supply chain through Port Metro Vancouver.

Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and most diverse port, trading $75 billion in goods annually with more than 160 trading economies, generating across Canada an estimated 129,500 jobs, $6.1 billion in wages, and $10.5 billion in GDP.

SOURCE Port Metro Vancouver

For further information:

Anna Deeley
Port Metro Vancouver
Corporate Communications Specialist
604.665.9125
anna.deeley@portmetrovancouver.com

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