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COVID-19 pandemic highlights Port of Vancouver’s vital role in Canada's supply chain

Thursday, December 10, 2020
12:00 PM
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Keynote Speaker:Robin Silvester
President and Chief Executive Officer
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
Schedule:Online Program 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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Robin Silvester

Robin Silvester

How the COVID-19 pandemic is highlighting the importance of the Port of Vancouver and Canada's supply chain for businesses and consumers across the country.

As Canada and the Lower Mainland grapple with the on-going health and economic challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Port of Vancouver is proving a powerful and resilient economic force, locally and nationally. Throughout the pandemic, the port system has remained open and Canada's trade has continued to flow, connecting Canadians and Canadian businesses to essential goods and international markets.

At the same time, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, the federal agency that oversees the port, has continued to lead an ambitious infrastructure program to enhance trade capacity across the Lower Mainland and mitigate trade-related challenges such as emissions and traffic congestion in local communities. In 2020, the port authority, with partners, has had more than $1 billion dollars' worth of infrastructure projects underway across the region. Right now, these projects are an important part of this region's recovery, supporting jobs, local companies, and the regional economy through project spending. Post-pandemic, these projects will further strengthen the Vancouver gateway's competitiveness as a West Coast trade hub—with direct benefits for the Lower Mainland and for Canada.

Join Robin Silvester, Port Authority President and Chief Executive Officer, for his 12th annual "State of the Port" address to the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. Robin will talk about how, amidst the turbulence of 2020, port industries have proved a cornerstone of the economy, locally and nationally—and about opportunities to build on that strength.



Bridgitte Anderson

Bridgitte Anderson
President and CEO
Greater Vancouver Board of Trade

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, Governor 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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