Port Metro Vancouver Names New Chief to 'Seize Potential of Asia-Pacific Trade'

    VANCOUVER, Feb. 2 /CNW/ - Today, Port Metro Vancouver Chair Sarah
Morgan-Silvester announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Robin
Silvester as the new President and Chief Executive Officer.
    Silvester is currently based in Australia as Chief Executive of United
Group Services ANZ, an organization that focuses on property and facilities
management in Australia and New Zealand. Silvester has spent a significant
part of his career in the Ports sector, working in a number of senior roles
internationally with P&O Ports.
    At the time of its acquisition by DP World in 2006, P&O Ports was the
world's 4th largest container terminal operator, managing stevedoring
activities in more than 100 locations in 18 countries. In his role as Chief
Development Officer with P&O Ports, Silvester led the acquisition of BCR
Marine, a division of BC Rail, and in 2003 became the first President of P&O
Ports Canada in Vancouver.
    "The Board is confident that Robin has the knowledge and experience to
successfully lead and grow our business to deliver optimum economic benefits
to our country, and do so in consideration of the environment and our local
communities," said Morgan-Silvester.
    Silvester was selected as part of a highly-competitive international
search that attracted a large number of excellent candidates from around the
    "There are few organizations that have the kind of economic impact,
international reach, and scope of mandate as the Port, and it was important
that we found someone with the business intelligence and global experience
that Robin possesses," added Morgan-Silvester. "Effectively seizing the
potential presented by Asia-Pacific trade will offer tremendous opportunity
for Canada and Canadians."
    Silvester began his career in the chemicals industry in the UK working in
a range of project management, manufacturing management and business
development & marketing roles. He also worked in business management and
strategy roles in the steel industry and was involved in British Steel's
acquisition program.
    He is a chartered engineer educated at Cambridge University. He has also
completed a Corporate Finance Program at London Business School.
    Robin Silvester replaces Captain Gordon Houston who has held the position
for the last eight years and retires on March 31, 2009. Silvester is expected
to arrive in Vancouver in early spring 2009.

    Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and North America's most
diversified port, trading $75 billion in goods with more than 130 trading
economies annually. Port activities generate 129,500 total jobs across Canada,
$10.5 billion in GDP and $22 billion in economic output.

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For further information:

For further information: Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate
Communications & Public Affairs, Port Metro Vancouver, Telephone: (604)
665-9069, Cellular: (778) 231-6978, Email:

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