September 15, 2009 16:51 ET

Appointments to the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 15, 2009) - Canada's Transport Minister John Baird today announced the appointments of Mr. Thomas J. Longworth and Mr. Craig Neeser as directors of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority for a term of three years each.

"I am pleased to announce that Mr. Longworth and Mr. Neeser have agreed to serve on the board of directors of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority," said Baird. "Their combined business experience will serve the board well."

Mr. Longworth holds a bachelor of arts in economics and mathematics from Trinity College, Dublin, as well as a bachelor of engineering and a master of science degree from the same university. He began his career as an industrial engineer with the T. Eaton Company in Toronto. He later served in positions of increasing responsibility with a number of companies, for example RJR Foods Limited, Canadian Canners Limited, RJR-Nabisco Brands Limited, CanWel Distribution Limited and Telus Enterprise Solutions Inc. In 2006, he founded Longworth Advisory Services Ltd., a company that evaluates and develops international business initiatives. Mr. Longworth has also served as a director on the boards of Versacold, CanWel Distribution, and Howe Sound Pulp and Paper.

Mr. Neeser holds a bachelor of science degree in forestry management from the University of Alberta and has completed the advanced management program at Harvard. He began his career with MacMillan Bloedel as a management trainee in 1977. Over the years he advanced to more senior positions in sales and marketing, building materials and solid wood. Following the company's merger with Weyerhaeuser Company, Mr. Neeser served as vice-president, British Columbia, and later as president, Canada. Currently he is president of Weyerhaeuser and senior vice-president, International Group. He has served on the board of directors of the Council of Forest Industries of British Columbia and of the Vancouver Aquarium, and is past chair of the Coast Forest Lumber Association.

As of January 1, 2008, the port authorities of Vancouver, Fraser River and North Fraser amalgamated to continue as the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, commonly known as Port Metro Vancouver. Seventeen such port authorities now make up Canada's national port system. The Canada Port Authorities are non-share capital corporations incorporated under the Canada Marine Act and are of strategic significance to Canada's trade. Their effective operation contributes to Canada's global competitiveness as a trading nation.

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Contact Information

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