Appointments to the Pacific Pilotage Authority

    OTTAWA, Dec. 7 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of
Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointments of
Ms. Lorraine S. Cunningham and Captain James Ian MacPherson to the board of
directors of the Pacific Pilotage Authority.
    "I am very pleased that Ms. Cunningham, an experienced marine industry
manager and former member of the Authority, and Captain MacPherson, an
experienced marine pilot; have agreed to serve on the board for the next three
years," said Minister Cannon. "Their combined knowledge and expertise will be
tremendous assets for the Pacific Pilotage Authority."
    Ms. Cunningham is president of Cunningham Investment Group Inc. She is
responsible for the on-going management and direction of this family-owned
investment group, which operates ship brokerage, ship agency and forest
products manufacturing companies. Ms. Cunningham attended the University of
British Columbia for three years and participated in the Management Residency
Program at Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts. Ms. Cunningham was a
member of the Vancouver Port Advisory Committee, and is currently chair of the
Business Families Centre at the Sauder School of Business, University of
British Columbia. She also serves on the dean's faculty advisory board, the
Young Presidents' Organization/World Presidents' Organization and the Canadian
Association of Family Enterprise. Ms. Cunningham served on the board of
directors of the Pacific Pilotage Authority from 1999-2005.
    Captain MacPherson is a licensed marine pilot on the B.C. Coast, who
began his marine career as seaman on a deepsea vessel in 1970. From 1974 to
1977, he attended Camosun College in Victoria, B.C. earning his mates and then
his masters certificates. Captain MacPherson has served as seaman and deck
officer on various types of vessels, to master of coastal and harbour tugs.
Over the course of his career, he has received advanced training in manned
models in Grenoble, France and Ilawa, Poland. He has also taken courses in
bridge resource management (BRM) integrated bridge systems (IBS) and Azipods,
as well as advanced ship handling in Newport, Rhode Island; Dania, Florida;
and Seattle, Washington. Captain MacPherson is past-president of the BC Coast
Pilots Ltd., currently active in the BC Coast Pilots Ltd., a member of the
Canadian Merchant Service Guild, the Canadian Marine Pilots Association and
the International Marine Pilots Association.

    The Pacific Pilotage Authority is a Crown corporation created in 1972
under the Pilotage Act. It operates and maintains safe and effective marine
pilotage and related services in the coastal waters of British Columbia,
including the Fraser River.

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