June 23, 2009 12:11 ET

Transport Canada: Appointment to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 23, 2009) - Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird, today announced the appointment of Mr. T. Richard Turner of Vancouver, British Columbia, to the board of directors of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority for a term of three years.

"I am pleased that Mr. Turner has agreed to serve on the board of directors of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority," said Baird. "His extensive business experience and local knowledge will be significant assets to the board and its mission."

Mr. Turner holds a bachelor of commerce degree from the University of British Columbia, as well as a diploma from the Canadian Securities Institute. He is currently director, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of DVPC Inc., a real estate investment firm. He is also president and CEO of TitanStar Capital Corp., a private equity business.

From 1988 to 2005, he was president, CEO and director of International Aviation Terminals Inc. Mr. Turner has also served on the boards of directors of various for-profit and non-profit organizations, including Pure Industrial Real Estate Investment Trust, WesternOne Equity Income Fund, the Organizing Committee for the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and the Vancouver Board of Trade. Since 2004, he has been a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors. In addition, Mr. Turner has received numerous awards and honours, including the Financial Post's Top 40 Under 40 Award in 1995; the 2001 Vancouver Board of Trade's Leaders of Tomorrow Visionary Award; and the 2003 Queen's Golden Jubilee Award for public service.

Please also note that Mr. Bob Wilds of West Vancouver, British Columbia, has been reappointed to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board for a term of two years, and Mr. John Willcox of Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia, has been reappointed for a term of one year.

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 make up Canada's national port system. The CPAs are non-share capital corporations incorporated under the Canada Marine Act that are of strategic significance to Canada's trade. Their effective operation contributes to our global competitiveness.

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Contact Information

  • Chris Day
    Press Secretary
    Office of Canada's Transport Minister, John Baird,