OTTAWA, April 16, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointment of Chief Elmer Derrick of Terrace, British Columbia, to the board of directors of the Prince Rupert Port Authority for a three-year term.
"I am pleased that Chief Derrick has agreed to serve on the board of the Prince Rupert Port Authority," said Minister Lebel. "His vast experience and knowledge in business development and aboriginal affairs will be valuable assets to the authority."
Chief Derrick holds a bachelor's degree in education from the University of Alberta and a bachelor's degree in political science from Carleton University. He is currently the chief negotiator for the Gitxsan Treaty Society. In recent years, he has served as a volunteer co-chair of the Northwest Powerline Coalition, working to promote the development of northwestern British Columbia with the construction of energy infrastructure. He has also served as spokesperson for the Northwest Forest Coalition and provided counsel to different corporations, governments and non-government organizations seeking advice on developing viable business relationships with aboriginal organizations. In the early 1990s, Chief Derrick worked for the Province of British Columbia as regional development officer for the North Coast Region. He also taught political science and economics at Northwest Community College and later taught First Nations studies at the University of Northern British Columbia. In the 1970s, Chief Derrick worked for the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa and served as director of Operations for Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in Toronto.
The Prince Rupert Port Authority is the Canada Port Authority (CPA) established to manage the Port of Prince Rupert under the Canada Marine Act. Seventeen CPAs now make up Canada's national port system. The CPAs are non-share capital corporations incorporated under the Canada Marine Act that are of strategic significance to Canada's trade. Their effective operation contributes to Canada's global competitiveness.
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, Ottawa
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