Prince Rupert Port Authority makes new Board appointment

Prince Rupert Port Authority makes new Board appointment

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) has announced changes to its Board of Directors.

Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport for the Government of Canada, has confirmed the appointment of Rod Graham. 

Graham is the President of Velocity Truck Centres in Canada and has extensive experience as senior corporate executive in various sectors including financial/investment, transportation, alternative energy, construction, manufacturing, and resource services.

Based in Calgary, he has served on more than two dozen public, private, and not-for-profit boards in western Canada, including the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia and Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation.

His three-year term commenced 17 June 2024. 

“On behalf of our organisation, I congratulate and welcome Rod,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

“Rod brings valuable experience and insight to PRPA’s Board of Directors as we enter the most significant phase of development in the Port of Prince Rupert’s history.” 

Graham will replace outgoing Board member Frans Tjallingii, who was appointed by the Minister of Transport in 2017. Mr. Tjallingii served as Chair from 2019 until 2024. PRPA’s Board of Directors will select a new Chair from its membership in the coming weeks.

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The Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Board of Directors is comprised of seven people. Three of the Board members are appointed directly by each level of government—municipal, provincial, and federal—while the balance is appointed by the federal government in consultation with the Port User Nominating Committee. Board members are appointed for a term of no more than three years with a maximum tenure of three terms.

“We extend our appreciation to Frans for his leadership of the Board and his contributions during a critical period of investment and gateway growth, particularly in regard to his commitment and leadership in advancing the Port of Prince Rupert’s sustainability strategy and decarbonisation goals,” said Stevenson. 

Last October, the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) commenced construction on the Ridley Island Export Logistics Project (RIELP).

More recently, Innovate BC announced it is leading an Integrated Marketplace project to add new zero and low-emission heavy-duty (HDZEV) trucks to operations at the Port of Prince Rupert.

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