Appointment to Prince Rupert Port Authority

    OTTAWA, April 24 /CNW Telbec/ - John Baird, Canada's Transport and
Infrastructure Minister, today announced the appointment of Mr. Raymond
Castelli of Vancouver, British Columbia, to the board of directors of the
Prince Rupert Port Authority for a term of three years.
    "Ports play an important role in the economic development of our country,
and I am pleased that Mr. Castelli has agreed to serve on the board of
directors of the Prince Rupert Port Authority," said Minister Baird. "His
business experience will be an important asset to the organization."
    Born and raised in Prince Rupert, Mr. Castelli earned a bachelor's degree
in business administration from Simon Fraser University and studied in the
international executive program at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.
    Mr. Castelli has wide-ranging experience in the public and private
sectors. In his early career, he served the Canadian government for over six
years, as a senior advisor to the prime minister, as well as to the minister
of Indian and Northern Affairs. Mr. Castelli later worked as an executive
managing the Vancouver office of Alcan Aluminium, one of British Columbia's
leading exporters to Asia. Consequently Mr. Castelli has extensive business
experience in Asia, including developing business opportunities in China,
Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand. Currently he is
chief executive officer for Weatherhaven, a manufacturing company that exports
to more than 40 countries around the world.
    Mr. Castelli sits on the board of governors of the BC Business Council,
the province's largest business association. He is also a member of the
Working Opportunity Fund, one of Canada's largest venture capital funds.

    The Prince Rupert Port Authority is the Canada Port Authority (CPA)
established to manage the Port of Prince Rupert 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.

For further information:

For further information: Chris Day, Press Secretary, Office of Transport
and Infrastructure Minister John Baird, Ottawa, (613) 991-0700

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