Appointments to Prince Rupert Port Authority

    OTTAWA, April 5 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the
reappointment of Mr. Walter Paszkowski and the appointment of Mr. Stuart D. B.
Smith to the board of directors of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.
    "The expertise of Mr. Paszkowski and Mr. Smith in law, management and
business is sure to be an asset to the board," said Minister Cannon. "I'm very
pleased that they have agreed to take on these important duties."
    Mr. Paszkowski graduated from Fairview Agriculture College in Alberta. He
is currently owner and operator of a seed farm and retail seed outlet.
Mr. Paszkowski was regional office manager for Agriculture and Agri-Food
Canada for 12 years and a sales supervisor for Northern Alberta Rapeseed
Processors Cooperative for almost two years. He is also founding director of
the Northern Alberta Rapeseed Crushing Plant, founder and chair of the Grow
with Canola Committee and member of the Canadian Seed Growers Association. Mr.
Paszkowski has been reappointed to the board of directors of the Prince Rupert
Port Authority as users' representative for a period of three years.
    Mr. Smith holds a bachelor of arts from the University of Victoria and a
bachelor of laws from the University of British Columbia. He was appointed to
the Queen's Council in 1988 and has been a member of the Law Society of
British Columbia for over 30 years. Mr. Smith is currently president of Mejia
Property Inc., general counsel and corporate secretary for Urban Systems Ltd.,
a director of the Christopher James Gold Corporation and president of YKA
Travelwise Kamloops Ltd., Nicola Mortgage Corporation, and Pacific Crest Homes
Ltd. He has served as a Crown corporation director for both Canada and the
Province of British Columbia. Mr. Smith has been appointed to the board of
directors of the Prince Rupert Port Authority as federal 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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