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State of the Port: Building Canada’s long-term trade success amidst shifting global, local dynamics

Thursday, November 23, 2023
11:30 AM
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Schedule:Registration & Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. PT
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The Port of Vancouver


Rising climate impacts. Recent labour uncertainty, globally and locally. Canada’s growing focus on Indo-Pacific trade. The war in Ukraine. The Lower Mainland’s industrial land crisis.

These are just some of the dynamics shaping trade today through the Port of Vancouver, Canada’s largest port.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is the federal agency tasked with enabling Canada’s trade through the Port of Vancouver. Working alongside port industry, which last year moved more than $300 billion in goods through the port, the port authority is preparing the port to meet Canada’s growing trade needs, including by:

  • collaborating with industry on supply-chain optimization initiatives to enhance supply-chain performance;
  • exploring and advancing paths towards zero port-wide emissions by 2050, in alignment with federal climate targets;
  • advocating for sufficient trade-enabling industrial land in our land-constrained region to enable the Lower Mainland as a critical hub for national supply chains; and
  • leading infrastructure projects, such as the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project, which received federal and provincial project approvals in 2023, to deliver new trade capacity.

With a comprehensive executive search currently underway for the port authority’s next president and CEO, this year’s “State of the port” conversation will feature the on-the-ground insights and expertise of four members of the port authority’s executive team.

Join the port authority team and GVBOT President and CEO Bridgitte Anderson as they discuss current challenges and opportunities at—and what the next era may hold for—Canada’s largest port.

Panellists from the port authority’s executive team:

Victor Pang   Jennifer Natland  Duncan Wilson  Peter Xotta  

Victor Pang, Interim President and CEO; CFO
Jennifer Natland, Vice President, Real Estate
Duncan Wilson, Vice President, Environment and External Affairs
Peter Xotta, Vice President, Operations and Supply Chain

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