Appointment to the Thunder Bay Port Authority

OTTAWA, June 13, 2013 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, today announced the appointment of Mr. Emilio F. Rigato to the board of directors of the Thunder Bay Port Authority for a three year term.

"I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rigato to the Thunder Bay Port Authority," said Minister Lebel. "His project management experience and his leadership skills will be a great asset to the authority."

Mr. Rigato, who won the Executive of the Year Award - Northern Ontario Business Awards for his entrepreneurial excellence in 1995, is a professional engineer with a long career in managing people, projects and finances. Since 2010, he has been the president of ESLB Enterprises Inc., a business consulting firm in Thunder Bay, and is currently a consultant and capital project manager of a cogeneration project in Northern Ontario. From 2002 to 2010, Mr. Rigato was project manager for both the Algoma Steel cogeneration project in Sault Ste. Marie, and a coated paper project in the Gaspé Peninsula. Prior to that, he was a mill operations manager responsible for the operations, staff and finances for several companies, and a corporate manager for mill projects in Ontario, Quebec and Washington State. Mr. Rigato started his career as a mill plant engineer in 1973.

Mr. Rigato was involved in various organisations in his community of Thunder Bay, serving as an executive secretary for the Da Vinci Centre, as a member on the board of directors of the Northwestern Ontario Innovation Centre, and as a founding member of the Ambassadors North West. He also served as a member of the Engineering Review Board at Queen's University in Kingston and on the Northern Ontario School of Medicine's Advancement Committee.

The Thunder Bay Port Authority is the Canada Port Authority (CPA) established to manage the Port of Thunder Bay under the Canada Marine Act. Eighteen CPAs now make up Canada's national port system. The CPAs are non-share capital corporations incorporated under the Canada Marine Act and are of strategic significance to Canada's trade. Their effective operation contributes to Canada's global competitiveness as a trading nation.

SOURCE: Transport Canada

For further information:

Marie-Josée Paquette
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities,
Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs
Ottawa 
613-991-0700

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