Media Advisory - Vancouver Fraser Port Authority announces Board of Directors

    METRO VANCOUVER, Jan. 1 /CNW/ - The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
(VFPA) today announced the Board of Directors. The eleven-member Board
consists of Directors from the Boards of the three former Lower Mainland port
    The VFPA Board of Directors elected Sarah Morgan-Silvester as Chair and
Peter Podovinikoff as Vice-Chair.
    The seven members nominated by the Port User group and continuing in
their Director capacity include Doug Butterworth, Andrew Johnston, Ken
Matchett, Jack Matthews, Peter Podovinikoff, Bob Wilds and John Willcox.
    Trevor Klassen continues as the Western Provinces appointee,
Kazuko Komatsu continues as the Federal appointee, Sarah Morgan-Silvester
continues as the Provincial appointee and Helen Sparkes continues as the
Municipal appointee.
    The VFPA Board of Directors also announced today that they have
unanimously appointed Capt. Gordon Houston as President and Chief Executive

    VFPA Board Member Profiles

    Doug Butterworth

    Mr. Butterworth served as Chairman of the North Fraser Port Authority and
Chair of its Audit Committee. In 1973 he co-founded Taiga Building Products
Ltd., a TSE-listed company and Canada's largest distributor of lumber and
related building products. He also founded Envirofor (Alberta) Ltd., the most
technically advanced treating plant in North America. He has extensive
experience in business, transportation, finance, and marketing.
Mr. Butterworth graduated from UBC in 1961 with a Bachelor of Commerce and was
named the top all-around graduate and the winner of the Kiwanis Gold Medal for
graduating first in his faculty. Mr. Butterworth was a director of the North
American Wholesale Lumber Association and several industry boards and was a
member of the British Columbia Ministry of Forest's Softwood Committee. Since
his retirement in 2001, he has served as a consultant for the British Columbia
Lumber Trade Council, the Department of Foreign Affairs and International
Trade, and the Commodore of the West Vancouver Yacht Club.

    Andrew Johnston

    Mr. Johnston served on the North Fraser Port Authority Board. During his
time on the board he sat as a member of the Operations Committee,
Conduct/Governance Committee and chaired the Land Use and Planning Committee.
Mr. Johnston is a retired member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the
Canadian Security Intelligence Service before retiring in 1990. He was
security manager for the Council of Forest Industries and the Coast Forest and
Lumber Association and retired in 2000. During his tenure in the forest
industry he sat as their representative on Fraser River Estuary Management
Program, the North Fraser Port Authority Land Use Planning Committee and the
Debris Management Partners Group. He devised and managed programs to ensure
safe and secure movement of industry inventory in our marine environment and
was instrumental in initiating security programs for corporate head offices
and executive personnel. Mr. Johnston has been involved in land development
and residential property acquisition in Manitoba, Alberta and British
Columbia. He is a former professional baseball player who for many years was
involved and held various positions in amateur sports organizations in the
lower mainland and volunteered many hours of his time as a sports broadcaster
for community Cable Television.

    Trevor Klassen

    Mr. Klassen served on the Vancouver Port Authority Board. Mr. Klassen
possesses an extensive background in law, including experience in governance,
civil litigation, criminal law, corporate law, alternative dispute resolution,
family law, and real property law. He has Board Governance experience at
provincial and national levels. Mr. Klassen has practiced law in Saskatchewan
since 1998, is a Member of the Collaborative Lawyers of Saskatchewan, Inc.,
and is an Executive Member of Prince Albert Bar Association, having been
elected President in 2005. His professional background includes a professional
partnership, Loewen & Klassen, which involves the private practice of law;
and, roles on various boards and committees: Board and Executive Committee
Member, Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technology; Vice Chair,
Oil and Gas Conservation Board of Saskatchewan; Official Representative,
Prince Albert Mental Health Facility; past Board and Executive Committee
Member, Association of Canadian Community Colleges; and past Prince Albert
Health Region Ethics Committee Member. In addition, Mr. Klassen is a Member of
the Premier's Task Force on Forest Development (Saskatchewan). Involved in the
community, Mr. Klassen has engaged in leadership roles for sporting activities
and leagues.

    Kazuko Komatsu

    Ms. Komatsu served on the Vancouver Port Authority Board. Ms. Komatsu has
an extensive background in business, particularly in the areas of exports and
international marketing. Currently, she is the President and CEO of Pacific
Western Brewing Company. Prior to this, Ms. Komatsu was an agent for a
Japanese gas company that imported industrial gas from North America. In 1979
she established Kowa Canada Ltd., and later Nika Marketing Corp., exporting
log homes and building products to Japan. In 1997, Ms. Komatsu established
Natureland Bio Products Ltd. (NBP), which later entered into a joint venture
with two Japanese companies. NBP develops and markets specialty health
supplements and beverages in Asia. Ms. Komatsu has served on various boards
including three appointments - one to The University of Northern British
Columbia Foundation, another by the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food as a
council member of the Canadian Agri-Food Marketing council, and a third
appointment by International Trade Minister Sergio Marchi to his 1998 Team
Canada Inc. Advisory Board. Since 1998 she has been a member of the
President's Special Advisory Committee of University of Northern British

    Ken Matchett

    Mr. Matchett served on the Vancouver Port Authority Board. Mr. Matchett
has an extensive background in business, finance and marketing. He is
President of Rimal International Inc., a company that provides management
consulting services to industry and government. From 1998 to 2001, he was
Chief Executive Officer of XCAN Grain Limited, one of Canada's largest
exporters of grains, oilseeds and specialty crops. From 1970 to 1988 he held a
number of senior management positions with United Grain Growers Ltd.
Mr. Matchett has served on a variety of boards and councils including the
Canadian Agri-Food Marketing Council, Pacific Basin Economic Council -
International and Canada, Canada-Japan Business Council, Prime Minister's
Council on Asia Pacific, the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters Association,
Canadian and Manitoba Institutes of Chartered Accountants, Canola Council of
Canada, Winnipeg Commodity Exchange, and Canada Grains Council. He is
currently Chairman of the Special Regulatory Committee of the Winnipeg
Commodity Exchange Inc., member of the Advisory Board of TransGlobal
Commodities Inc. and President of St. Charles Country Club. Mr. Matchett is a
Chartered Accountant, elected a Fellow of and presented a Lifetime Achievement
Award by the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Manitoba.

    Jack Matthews

    Mr. Matthews served on the Fraser River Port Authority Board. He also
served as Chair of the Board's Governance and Conduct Committee and served on
the Human Resource and Compensation Committee. Mr. Matthews has held various
positions in the pulp and paper industry throughout his career and has
extensive experience in the design and implementation of transportation
systems for pulp, paper and other forest products. For nearly a decade he
worked with Eurocan Pulp and Paper Co. Ltd. in Kitimat, BC, and more than two
decades with the former Canadian Forest Products Ltd. in Port Mellon, BC, now
Howe Sound Pulp and Paper Limited Partnership, and managed the warehousing and
shipping terminal at this location for 17 years. During his 35-year career in
the pulp and paper and transportation industries, Mr. Matthews worked
successfully with the Worker's Compensation Board of BC's joint safety
committees and employee assistance programs. He also worked with the Waste
Management Branch of Fisheries and Oceans Canada on fish preservation and
enhancement, fresh water supplies, construction, and management. Mr. Matthews
retired from the industry in 1999 to pursue a career in consulting.

    Sarah Morgan-Silvester

    Ms. Morgan-Silvester served as Chair of the Vancouver Port Authority's
Board of Directors. Ms. Morgan-Silvester has extensive experience across North
America in the financial services sector. As former Executive Vice President,
Personal Financial Services and Wealth Management for HSBC Bank Canada, she
had national responsibility for retail banking, full service and self-directed
brokerage, asset management, trust, insurance and private banking. She is also
the Chair of BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre Foundation, Chair of the Blue
Ribbon Council on Vancouver's Business Climate, a Director of ENMAX
Corporation, CD Howe Institute and Women in the Lead Inc., a Member of the
Faculty Advisory Board for the University of British Columbia Sauder School of
Business, and a Member of the David Suzuki Foundation National Business
Advisory Council. Ms. Morgan-Silvester also chaired the Port Amalgamation
Transition Committee, which was responsible for overseeing the integration of
the three Lower Mainland ports. Ms. Morgan-Silvester graduated from UBC in
1982 with a Bachelor of Commerce (honors) and was the Kiwanis Gold Medal
winner for graduating top of her class. She is a Fellow of the Institute of
Canadian Bankers, and won Canada's Top 40 Under 40 Award in 1998.

    Peter Podovinikoff

    Mr. Podovinikoff served as the Chairman of the Fraser River Port
Authority. Mr. Podovinikoff is the retired President of Envision Credit Union
in Langley. Upon retirement he was named President Emeritus. He has extensive
experience in leadership positions including merger projects at local,
provincial, and national levels as well as a number of international
evaluation and development reports and projects. Mr. Podovinikoff retired in
2007 as the Chair of the Board of the Co-operators Group of Insurance
Companies after serving for 18 years. He is active in the community serving on
the Board of the Kwantlen University College Foundation as Past Chair, and on
the Boards of Delta Chamber of Commerce, Delta Foundation and incoming
President of the Ladner Rotary Club. He is a founding board member of the Asia
Pacific CEO Association of Canada. He is a past member of the Premier's
Advisory Council on Literacy, the Economic Council of Canada and the Social
Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Mr. Podovinikoff is a
Certified General Accountant, has studied corporate governance, and has led
the implementation of corporate social responsibility. His recognitions
include, appointment to the Canadian Credit Union Hall of Fame, receipt of the
Commemorative Medal for the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,
the Canadian Co-operative Achievement Award and being honoured with a Doctor
of Laws Honoris Causa by Kwantlen University College.

    Helen Sparkes

    Ms. Sparkes served on the Fraser River Port Authority Board and was the
Chair of the Board's Audit Committee. Between 1997 and 2002, Ms. Sparkes was
the Mayor of New Westminster. While Mayor, she served on the Union of BC
Municipalities Executive, as a Director of the Greater Vancouver Regional
District, Vice Chair of the Greater Vancouver Water District, Director of
TransLink and Trustee of the Municipal Finance Authority, a central borrowing
agency for municipalities, regional districts, and other government agencies.
Between 1988 and 1996, Ms. Sparkes was a member of New Westminster City
Council and served on numerous Boards and local Committees. Currently,
Ms. Sparkes is an immediate past Chair of Massey Theatre Board and Kiwanis
Care Centre Board, a director on Fraser River Discovery Centre Board and Royal
Columbian Hospital Foundation Board. She has been extensively involved in
community activities such as the Hyack Festival Association and Willingdon
Youth Detention Centre. In 2002, she was awarded the Commemorative Medal for
the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

    R. V. (Bob) Wilds

    Mr. Wilds served on the Vancouver Port Authority Board. Mr. Wilds has
been actively involved with the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council and its
predecessor The Round Table on Transportation since their inception in 1987.
He is currently providing part time consulting services to the Gateway Council
as the Managing Director. Prior to this he spent sixteen years as the
President and CEO of the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association.
Before joining the BCMEA, Mr. Wilds was involved in Human Relations in the
Construction Industry and Automotive Parts Manufacturing with experience in
Canada, the United States and eight countries in Europe. Mr. Wilds has served
on the Board of British Columbia Institute of Technology for six years and was
Chair of the Board for three years. He has also served on the Board of Lions
Gate Hospital Foundation for ten years and was Chair for two years.

    John Willcox

    Mr. Willcox served as the Vice Chairman of the Vancouver Port Authority
Board. Mr. Willcox retired in December 2001 after 20 years as President, CEO
and Director of Neptune Bulk Terminals (Canada) Ltd. Prior to that he was
involved in Canadian mining and construction as Director of Technical
Services. Luscar Ltd. of Edmonton, Alberta. Mr. Willcox has served on the
boards of the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association, Waterfront
Foremen Employers Association, Western Transportation Advisory Council and
also as a Chairman of the Port Advisory Committee and Chairman of the
Transportation Division of the BC Children's Hospital Fundraising Campaign. He
holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from London University (UK) and is a
registered Professional Engineer in B.C. and an honorary life member of the
Coal Export Terminal Operators Association.

    VFPA President and Chief Executive Officer Profile

    Captain Gordon Houston

    Capt. Houston was born and raised on the Isle of Bute, close to the West
Coast of Scotland. Capt. Houston is now in his 44th year in marine
transportation. Following a 24-year seagoing career, he became the Harbour
Master for the Port of Prince Rupert. He then moved to the Port of Vancouver
where he served as Harbour Master, Vice President of Operations, and in March
2001 was appointed President and CEO of the Vancouver Port Authority. Capt.
Houston is also Chairman, Greater Vancouver Gateway Council; Former Chairman
of the Executive Committee of WESTAC, Past Chairman of the Association of
Canadian Port Authorities, Governor of the Business Council of British
Columbia, Director of the Canada-China Business Council, Director of the Van
Horne Institute, and President of Port Vancouver Ventures and Port Vancouver
Holdings. Capt Houston is a graduate of Liverpool and Glasgow Universities and
of the Canadian Emergency Preparedness College. He currently holds positions
on a variety of other professional, community and charity boards.

For further information:

For further information: Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate
Communications and Public Affairs, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, telephone:
(604) 665-9069, cellular: (778) 231-6978,

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