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Port authority confirms commitment to working with port communities through AIVP – Worldwide Network of Port Cities Missions Charter

June 15, 2017

Vancouver, B.C.: Today, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority signed the AIVP – Worldwide Network of Port Cities Missions Charter of a Port Centre. The charter aims to strengthen port connections to the community and raise awareness of the socio-economic importance of port activity.

“As part of our vision to be the world’s most sustainable port, we endeavour to be a good neighbour, build community connections and foster Aboriginal relationships,” said Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. “Signing this charter represents, on an international scale, the port authority’s commitment to working together with our neighbouring communities to raise awareness and understanding of the maritime industry and the port’s role in facilitating international trade.”

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority president and chief executive officer Robin Silvester and AIVP – Worldwide Network of Port Cities’ President Philippe Matthis

Silvester signed the charter today in the presence of AIVP – Worldwide Network of Port Cities’ President Philippe Matthis at the Port of Vancouver’s Discovery Centre. The Discovery Centre is an interactive and educational experience for the public and is a key component of the port authority’s engagement and education programs.

“Through the Missions Charter we aim to bring city and port stakeholders together to highlight and promote the role of ports and their importance to society,” said Matthis. “By joining the Mission Charter, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is demonstrating a commitment to continue building strong relationships with neighbouring communities of the Port of Vancouver.”

Port of Vancouver has been a Member of AIVP since 2015. For more details: (www.aivp.org)

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Audio Quote [MP3] Robin Silvester, president and chief executive officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

About the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Vancouver Fraser Port Authority is responsible for the stewardship of the federal port lands in and around Vancouver, British Columbia. It is accountable to the federal minister of transport and operates pursuant to the Canada Marine Act. The Port of Vancouver is Canada’s largest, and the third largest in North America by tonnes of cargo, facilitating trade between Canada and more than 170 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, the port authority and port terminals and tenants are responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, integrating environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations. Enabling the trade of approximately $200 billion in goods, port activities sustain 115,300 jobs, $7 billion in wages, and $11.9 billion in GDP across Canada.

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