Governance and Leadership

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority board of directors and executive leadership team (2016). Back row (standing), left to right: Sandra Case, Vice President, Human Resources and Labour Relations; Duncan Wilson, Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility; board members Anne Bancroft-Jones, Richard Turner, Timothy Chapman, and Philip Hochstein; Tom Corsie, Vice President, Real Estate; board member Tom Longworth; Cliff Stewart, Vice President, Infrastructure; Peter Xotta, Vice President, Planning and Operations; and Victor Pang, Chief Financial Officer. Front row (seated), left to right: Robin Silvester, President and Chief Executive Officer; Eugene Kwan, Vice Chair; Craig Neeser, Chair; and board members Penny Priddy, Carmen Loberg, Carol Kerfoot, and Paul Landry.

Board of Directors
Leadership Team

Assented to on June 11, 1998 during the First Session of the Thirty-sixth Parliament, the Canada Marine Act is “an Act for making the system of Canadian ports competitive, efficient and commercially oriented”. Among other things, the Act establishes the governance model for the board of directors, setting criteria for the qualifications, terms of appointment, eligibility, and other related matters.

The governing directors of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority are appointed by four bodies as follows:

  • Federal government appoints eight members, seven of which are recommended by port users
  • Province of British Columbia appoints one member for the province of British Columbia
  • Prairie provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba collectively appoint one member
  • 16 municipalities that border the port authority’s jurisdiction collectively appoint one member

A port user is defined as a person (including a partnership, an association, a body corporate or an individual) who makes commercial use of, or provides services at, the port. Once appointed to the board, members have a fiduciary obligation to represent the best interests of the port authority. The eleven members of the board of directors offer a broad range of experience and expertise and have several roles:

  • set direction and guide the port authority in fulfilling our mandate
  • approve the corporate vision, mission, values, and goals
  • set goals and objectives for corporate performance
  • review performance against goals and objectives

Terms are three years. Two re-appointments are permitted for a maximum of nine years. The Code of Conduct establishes clear conflict of interest rules and board members must disclose any potential or real conflicts of interest. The board of directors meets six times per year, usually for one full day. Members also attend a two-day retreat to discuss strategic issues. Committees meet at least six times per year.

Code of Conduct [PDF]
Eligibility and Recruitment
Director Remuneration and Expenses [PDF]

Board committees

Audit committee

The audit committee assists the board of directors in fulfilling its obligations and oversight responsibilities relating to financial planning, the audit process, the special examination process, financial reporting, the system of corporate controls and risk management.

Members: Rick Turner (Chair), Tim Chapman, Eugene Kwan, Carmen Loberg

Stakeholder Relations committee

The stakeholder relations committee provides oversight and guidance with respect to the port authority’s relationships with key stakeholders, such as governments, First Nations, special interest groups, tenants and other customers, in areas with the greatest impact.

Members: Penny Priddy (Chair), Philip Hochstein, Paul Landry, Tom Longworth

Governance committee

The governance committee develops and recommends corporate governance principles, makes recommendations regarding the size, composition and charters of board committees, assists with annual self-evaluation process, develops and recommends the develop and oversee a process to respond to appointing bodies’ enquiries regarding potential board candidates as appropriate, and administer the Code of Conduct.

Members:  Anne Bancroft-Jones (Chair), Philip Hochstein, Carol Kerfoot, Eugene Kwan, Penny Priddy

Human Resources and Compensation committee

The human resources and compensation committee assists with respect to all matters relating to human resources, including but not limited to, chief executive officer evaluation and compensation, management development, succession planning, compensation philosophy, significant human resources policies and employee pension issues.

Members:  Paul Landry (Chair), Carol Kerfoot, Carmen Loberg, Rick Turner

Major Capital Projects committee

The major capital projects committee assists with matters relating to major capital projects, including providing strategic direction and guidance.

Members: Tom Longworth (Chair), Anne Bancroft-Jones, Tim Chapman