Michelle Corfield Appointed to Board of Nanaimo Port Authority

Michelle Corfield Appointed to Board of Nanaimo Port Authority

Jun 30, 2015

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Mr. Jeet Manhas, Chair of the Nanaimo Port Authority, is pleased to announce the appointment by the City of Nanaimo of Michelle Corfield to the Board of Directors effective July 1, 2015 for a three year term. She replaces Mr. Merv Unger, who served on the board since July 1, 2012.

The Board of Directors is composed of seven members from the Nanaimo region. The three levels of government – federal, provincial and municipal, appoint a director. The balance of directors are appointed by the Governor in Council nominated by the Minister of Transport in consultation with users selected by the Minister or the classes of users mentioned in the letters patent.

Michelle Corfield

Michelle Corfield, Director, Nanaimo Port Authority

Michelle Corfield holds a BA in First Nations, an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management and a Doctorate of Management. Corfield is currently on the board of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and Underwater Harvesters Association and the Ucluelet First Nations Trust overseeing $20 million in investment funds. She is on the advisory committee for BC Hydro, Chair of the legislature Ucluelet First Nation and previously on the board for 11 First Nations provincial boards and held volunteer positions with the BC Summer Games and the Nanaimo Boys & Girls Club. Corfield believes that she “can represent the City of Nanaimo’s interest in a fair and transparent manner inclusive of meaningful consultation.”

Mayor Bill McKay states: “Michelle’s knowledge and familiarity with both the business of the Port as well as that of the City made her an ideal candidate for this important position.”

Chair Jeet Manhas states: “The Port Authority is in an interesting time of transformation, looking for new solutions to develop diversity and to enhance our impacts for the mid-island region. I am fortunate to have Director Corfield, with her diverse credentials, to help guide our strategies for our future. I also want to acknowledge Mr. Merv Unger for his commitment to the Board as a Director over the past three year period. Mr. Unger provided important insights for the board’s consideration and represented his municipal portfolio with prudent contributions on a consistent basis.”

About the Port of Nanaimo

Operated by the Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA), the Port of Nanaimo is part of the National Transportation Network providing Vancouver Island Communities a freight gateway to the world and, in particular, to the Asian Gateway.

The Port of Nanaimo joined the ranks of the Top North American Ports in 2013 by TEU’s (Twenty foot Equivalents) – Container Units with projections to produce 75,000 TEU’s and $9 Million in wages by 2020.

The Port of Nanaimo is a Freight Gateway with a range of imported and exported commodities totalling 4.15 million metric tonnes of cargo in 2014. This includes forest products, bulk and project cargo, containers, chemicals, steel and petroleum products.

In 2013, the Port of Nanaimo generated wages in excess of $350 supporting 6400 jobs and equalling $585 million in GDP with a Total Economic Output of $1.240 million.

The NPA manages two Deep Sea Cargo Terminals, six Deep Sea Anchorages, a Cruise Terminal, plus 87 acres of land adjacent to three deep sea berths and several properties including a port administration office, a marina, a heliport, a seaplane terminal and a marina adjacent to the harbour and the City of Nanaimo.

The Port of Nanaimo proudly operates a Harbour Patrol Division working closely with several professional agencies at municipal, provincial and federal levels for a safe and secure harbour.

The Nanaimo Port Authority is an active member of a North American Environmental stewardship initiative – the Green Marine Program – to reduce its environmental footprint.

The Nanaimo Port Authority is one of 18 Port Authority’s across Canada, established under the Canada Marine Act, to promote and support the National, Regional and local economy and to ensure a safe and secure harbour for cargo operations.

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Mr. Bernie Dumas
President & CEO – Nanaimo Port Authority