Appointments to Nanaimo Port Authority

    OTTAWA, Aug. 8 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointments of
Mr. Richard Johnston and Mr. Clemen Joseph Trombley, to the board of directors
of the Nanaimo Port Authority for a period of three years.
    "I am pleased that Mr. Johnston and Mr. Trombley have accepted their
appointments," said Minister Cannon. "I am confident that the knowledge of
wood product shipping and administration they bring to the table will be a
great asset to the Authority."
    Mr. Trombley has 50 years experience in the lumber industry. He started
his career in a Port Alberni sawmill, and rose through the ranks to become the
general manager of lumber sales for Western Forest Products. He retired from
the company in 2006.
    Mr. Johnston began his studies in psychology and sociology at the
University of Victoria and completed his bachelor of arts from Notre Dame
University in 1971. He earned his masters of education administration from the
University of British Columbia in 1991. Mr. Johnston's 30-year career at
Malaspina University-College began in 1976. He began as the industrial
training coordinator/on-site counselor, and served as its president and chief
executive director from 1986 until his retirement in January 2007. Mr.
Johnston is the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees in
recognition of his contribution to vocational training and community
involvement - from as near as the Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce to as
far away as Japan and Korea.

    Nanaimo 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 Nanaimo, British Columbia. The main imports are petroleum
and forest products, while the main exports are lumber, pulp and other related
forest products. In 2006, the port handled over 1.9 million tonnes of cargo.

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