Leadership team

Robin Silvester

President and Chief Executive Officer

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. 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 spent a significant portion of his career serving in senior roles internationally with P&O Ports. As chief development officer, Mr. Silvester led the company’s strategy and global acquisition program, including the businesses that became P&O Ports Canada. Having completed that acquisition, in 2003 Mr. Silvester was appointed the first president and chief executive officer of P&O Ports Canada, based in Vancouver.

In 2004, Mr. Silvester relocated from Vancouver to London, United Kingdom, and later to Sydney, Australia, as a member of the P&O Ports global executive team. Following the acquisition of P&O, then the world’s fourth largest container terminal operator, by Dubai Ports World in 2006, Mr. Silvester remained in Sydney and joined United Group Limited, an ASX 100 listed Engineering and Property Services firm, as chief development officer. He led the $500 million acquisition of U.S. facilities management business Unicco. He was later appointed chief executive of United Group Services ANZ, responsible for leading the company’s property and facilities management business in Australia and New Zealand.

Mr. Silvester began his career in the chemicals industry in the United Kingdom. He also worked in business management and strategy roles in the steel industry and was involved in British Steel’s acquisition program.

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, a vice president representing North America at the International Association of Ports and Harbors,  an executive member and chair of the Greater Vancouver Gateway Council, past 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. Mr. Silvester is also a member of the Presidents Group, a network of business leaders in B.C. focused on helping increase employment opportunities for people with disabilities.

Sandra Case

Vice President, People and Business Performance

Ms. Case is responsible for people, project management and process improvement at the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. She originally joined the port authority in 2012 as director, human resources.

Ms. Case has more than 20 years of management and legal experience. She began her career as a corporate litigator and worked for various law firms including Farris, Vaughn, Wills & Murphy and Davis & Company. She worked at the University of British Columbia handling bargaining and management exempt issues and led a sectoral people and stakeholder relations portfolio as the Community Social Services Employers’ Association as director, human resources and labour relations services.

Ms. Case holds a Juris Doctor of Law, Honours, from the University of British Columbia and has completed graduate studies in management and leadership with Royal Roads University. Ms. Case is an active volunteer, currently chair on the board of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, acting as an advisor for British Columbia Institute of Technology’s academic programs, and actively participating in the Canadian Bar Association’s volunteer speaker and mentorship programs. She is board chair of the Asia Pacific Gateway Skills Table. She has also served as faculty for the Justice Institute and on the Board of the Vancouver Writers’ Festival.

Tom Corsie

Vice President, Real Estate

Mr. Corsie has been involved with port business for over 34 years, joining Fraser River Port Authority in 1980 and was named vice president, property development of the Fraser River Port Authority in 1991. Mr. Corsie joined the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s executive team on January 1, 2008 as vice president, infrastructure development and is now vice president, real estate responsible for all matters pertaining to real estate management, engineering, asset maintenance and Canada Place.

Mr. Corsie attended school in his native New Westminster, followed by Simon Fraser University and Douglas College. He attended the Pacific Marine Training Institute where he received a Master of a Minor Water Steamship Certificate.

He is also a graduate of Queens University’s Executive Program and has been awarded the designation of Professional Port Manager by the American Association of Port Authorities. Mr. Corsie and his wife Teresa have three children, Meghan, Sarah and Reid.

Victor Pang

Chief Financial Officer

Victor Pang was appointed chief financial officer of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority in November 2016. In this role, he holds overall responsibility for our finance, accounting, legal, information services and enterprise risk management functions.

Victor brings more than 20 years of diverse finance and operations experience to the port authority. His industry experience spans the transportation, technology, mining, consumer packaged goods, and banking sectors. Most recently, he served as vice president of financial planning and analysis and corporate development at CHC Helicopter, an international leader in providing aviation services to the oil and gas industry. Victor was responsible for leading the company’s global strategic planning, financial planning and mergers and acquisitions. In 2014, Victor helped CHC complete an initial public offering as well as a significant private-equity transaction.

Victor began his finance career at HSBC in Hong Kong, and held financial management roles at Placer Dome as well as TIR Systems, a subsidiary of Philips Lighting. He has served on the board of Slemon Park Corporation, an aerospace park in Atlantic Canada.

Originally from Hong Kong, Victor has called Metro Vancouver his home for more than 30 years, earning both his bachelor of commerce and bachelor of laws degrees from the University of British Columbia.

A passionate musician in his spare time, Victor lives in Vancouver with his wife, Angelee, and their son.

Cliff Stewart

Vice President, Infrastructure

Mr. Stewart is the vice president, infrastructure of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority. Mr. Stewart leads all of the organizations large infrastructure delivery programs which include road, rail and terminal interfaces as well as off-port supporting infrastructure. He is also responsible for the the port authority’s Container Capacity Improvement Program including the expansion of capacity at existing container terminals as well as delivery of new terminals.

Prior to joining the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority, Mr. Stewart held the position of vice president, operations for DP World Canada Inc. In this role he was responsible for both the operation and redevelopment of Centerm container terminal. This included a three-year program that accomplished the reconstruction of the terminal while continuing operations and nearly doubling its throughput capacity. Mr. Stewart also led the redevelopment of North Vancouver’s Vancouver Wharves bulk terminal site in the late 1990’s.

During his 29 year career, Mr. Stewart has held maintenance, engineering and major project roles with BCR Marine and Quintette Coal. Mr. Stewart is a Professional Engineer and holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of British Columbia.

Duncan Wilson

Vice President, Environment, Community and Government Affairs

As vice president, environment, community and government affairs, Mr. Wilson leads Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s environmental programs, government and aboriginal relations, communications and community engagement functions.

With more than 20 years of experience working in communications, public engagement and marketing, Mr. Wilson also has a distinguished track record of community leadership, having served three consecutive terms as Commissioner on the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation, including three years as Chair of the Board.

Mr. Wilson currently serves as Past Chair and Governor of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He is also director of the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping, as well as Canada Place Corporation. He previously served on the boards of the Vancouver Aboriginal Skills and Employment Program, Vancouver Public Library, Downtown Vancouver Association, and Hastings Park Conservancy. Mr. Wilson is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Mr. Wilson holds a Bachelor of Arts degree and Certificate in Liberal Arts from Simon Fraser University, and a post-graduate Diploma in Financial Strategy from the University of Oxford. He is also a graduate of the University of Oxford’s Advanced Leadership and Management Program.

Peter Xotta

Vice President, Planning and Operations

In his role as vice president, planning and operations, Mr. Xotta is responsible for the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s long term planning, land and marine operations, security, and trade development activities.

Over the past decade, Mr. Xotta has led, and continues to lead, the port authority’s gateway infrastructure programs, and the funding thereof, to deliver an enhanced Lower Mainland road and rail network to better facilitate trade through the Port of Vancouver. He also leads the port authority’s data-capture and supply chain visibility work.

Mr. Xotta has held diverse portfolios including business development and leading strategic port projects.

He was previously president of Modalink Distribution Hub Ltd., a multi-modal logistics facility in South Richmond, British Columbia. He is the former chair of Canada Place Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

Mr. Xotta has a Masters in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business and is an active mentor in the program.