Appointment to the Nanaimo Port Authority

    OTTAWA, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointment
of Mr. Randolph Kerry Morriss of Parksville, British Columbia, to the board of
directors of the Nanaimo Port Authority for a term of three years.
    "I am pleased that Mr. Morriss has accepted this appointment," said
Minister Cannon. "I am confident that his knowledge of port operations will be
an important asset to the board."
    Mr. Morriss earned a master's degree in history from McMaster University
in 1973. He began his career in the military and later worked in the public
service for 20 years, holding increasingly senior positions with National
Defence, the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, and Agriculture and
Agri-Food Canada. For 10 years, Mr. Morriss was director general of port
programs at Transport Canada. In 2005, he was appointed to a task force that
examined transportation and industrial relations issues related to congestion
at ports in British Columbia's lower mainland, making recommendations about
how to improve the situation.

    The Nanaimo Port Authority is the Canada Port Authority (CPA) established
to manage the Port of Nanaimo, under the Canada Marine Act. As a CPA, the
Nanaimo Port Authority benefits from greater management flexibility, including
increased freedom to develop contracts and borrow money from commercial

    Nanaimo, British Columbia, is a major entry point for vehicle
transportation and cargo on Vancouver Island. The Nanaimo Port Authority has
the mandate to administer, control and manage the harbour, waters and
foreshore of the Georgia Strait in an area adjacent to the city of Nanaimo.
The main imports are petroleum and forest products, while the main exports are
lumber, pulp and other related forest products.

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