Building the port of the future

Thursday, November 29, 2018
11:30 AM
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Keynote Speaker:Robin Silvester
President and Chief Executive Officer
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Schedule:Registration:  11:30 a.m.
Lunch and Program:  12:00 - 2:00 p.m.
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Robin Silvester

The opportunities provided by Canada's new trade deals, coupled with the challenges of growing U.S. protectionism, are intensifying the national importance of the Port of Vancouver as the hub of Canada's trans-Pacific trade.

Simultaneously, the federal government has launched its Ports Modernization Review to update and modernize Canada's ports system. Given these currents of change, questions emerge: What is the "port of the future"? And how can we build it?

Join Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, for his 10th annual address to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, as he discusses the qualities that will define the "port of the future" – in Vancouver and beyond.

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About the speaker:

Mr. Silvester was appointed president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in 2009, bringing to the position extensive international experience in both the port and property sectors. Mr. Silvester spent a significant portion of his career serving in senior roles internationally with P&O Ports. Prior to joining the port authority, Mr. Silvester served as chief executive for the property and facilities management business, United Group Services ANZ in Australia.

Mr. Silvester is a Chartered Engineer, Institute of Corporate Directors, ICD.D, and a graduate of Cambridge University. He completed a corporate finance program at the London Business School. Mr. Silvester is a board member and former chair of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities, an executive member and past chair of the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council, chair of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade and past chair of its Policy Council, a director of the Western Transportation Advisory Council, a board member of the Canada West Foundation, a member of the executive committee of the British Columbia Business Council and a past board member of the British Columbia Maritime Employers' Association.

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