Appointment to Prince Rupert Port Authority

    OTTAWA, Sept. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointment
of Mr. Kerry L. Hawkins to the board of directors of the Prince Rupert Port
    "Mr. Hawkins' vast experience in the grain industry and the Canadian
business community will serve the Authority well," said Minister Cannon. "I'm
very pleased that he has agreed to join the board of directors of the Prince
Rupert Port Authority."
    Mr. Hawkins holds a degree in business economics from North Dakota State
University. He recently retired as president of Cargill Limited, a Canadian
agricultural, food and processing company. He began his career with the
company in 1964, working in grain trading and operations in several north
american and international company offices. He has served as a member,
director and chair of several boards, including the Conference Board of
Canada, the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, the C.D. Howe Institute,
the National Marine Industrial Council, the Business Council of Manitoba, and
Prince Rupert Grain Limited. He currently sits on the boards of directors of
TransCanada Pipelines Limited, NOVA Chemicals Corporation, National Leasing
Group, and Manitoba Blue Cross. He has also served with, and been recognized
for his contributions to, several community organizations. Mr. Hawkins has
been appointed to the board of directors of the Prince Rupert Port Authority
as user representative for a period of three years.
    The Prince Rupert Port Authority is the Canada Port Authority (CPA)
established to manage the Port of Prince Rupert, effective May 1, 1999, under
the Canada Marine Act. As a CPA, the Prince Rupert Port Authority benefits
from greater management flexibility, including increased freedom to develop
contracts and borrow money from commercial lenders.
    The Port of Prince Rupert is the second largest deep-sea port on Canada's
West Coast and the deepest natural harbour in North America. With dedicated
grain, coal, forest products, specialty grain and general cargo handling
facilities, the port handles more than 7.7 million tonnes of cargo traffic
annually. The port also has dedicated cruise passenger handling facilities.

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