Appointments to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

    OTTAWA, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointments
of Ms. Anne Bancroft-Jones and Ms. Pat Jacobsen as directors of the Vancouver
Fraser Port Authority for a term of three years each.
    "I am pleased to announce that Ms. Bancroft-Jones and Ms. Jacobsen have
agreed to serve on the board of directors of the Vancouver Fraser Port
Authority," said Minister Cannon. "Ms. Bancroft-Jones' business experience and
Ms. Jacobsen's experience with transportation issues in the community will
serve the board well."
    Ms. Bancroft-Jones earned a master of science degree in business
administration and a bachelor of commerce, both in urban land economics, from
the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the Canadian Institute
of Planners and has a certificate in leadership in energy and environmental
design (LEED). She began her career as a commercial appraiser for Cumberland
Realty Group Ltd., later working as a real estate consultant in Vancouver.
From 1986 to 2001, she held several positions with the City of Vancouver,
including senior development officer, manager of real estate, assistant major
projects negotiator and project manager. She subsequently worked for Polygon
Homes Ltd. as vice-president of special projects and senior vice-president of
development. Since 2005, she has been senior vice-president of development
with Delta Land Development Ltd.
    Ms. Jacobsen, who holds a bachelor of arts from the University of
Manitoba, was the chief executive officer of the Greater Vancouver
Transportation Authority (Translink) from 2001 to spring 2008, overseeing the
planning, financing, building and operations of the region's road, passenger
marine and transit services. Prior to joining Translink, she was president and
CEO of the Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba. In the 1990s, she served as
senior vice-president for two Toronto financial institutions. From 1969 to
1992, she held senior positions in the Government of Ontario, including deputy
minister of transportation. Ms. Jacobsen was recently appointed a western
director on the board of Air Canada, is the incoming chair of the BC Cancer
Foundation and is a former member of the executive committee of the Greater
Vancouver Gateway Council to promote port growth.
    The former port authorities of Fraser River, North Fraser and Vancouver
were officially amalgamated as the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority on January
1, 2008. Seventeen Canada Port Authorities (CPAs) now comprise Canada's
national ports system. The CPAs are non-share capital corporations
incorporated under the 1998 Canada Marine Act that are of strategic
significance to Canada's trade. Their effective operation contributes to our
global competitiveness.

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