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Prince Rupert Port Authority Welcomes Frans Tjallingii to Board of Directors


PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA — The Prince Rupert Port Authority has welcomed to its Board of Directors Mr. Frans Tjallingii, MSc, MBA, co-founder of Global Data Chain and past president of Saam Smit Towage. 

Mr. Tjallingii was appointed on the recommendation of the Minister of Transport in consultation with the Coast Tsimshian First Nations.

“On behalf of the Board and our staff, I congratulate and welcome Frans,” said Mr. Bud Smith, Chairman of the Board of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “Considering his executive leadership and entrepreneurial experience in the marine transportation industry, he will be an essential member of our governance team as the port continues to realize its vision for strategic growth and diversification.”

Mr. Tjallingii started his career in business development at a consulting engineering firm in the Netherlands, where he created a new advisory service related to environmental aspects of shipping. After working for the Netherlands government dealing with international maritime environmental treaties and conventions, he joined SMIT (now part of Royal Boskalis Westminster) in 2004. His prior roles with SMIT were in global business development and in heading up SMIT’s activities in Gabon, West Africa. 

Mr. Tjallingii is the co-founder and Chairman of the New Leaf Project, a not-for-profit that is pioneering new approaches to homelessness. Mr. Tjallingii also chairs the First Nations Housing Foundation, which strives to develop innovative housing solutions through a global incentive prize.

Frans holds a Masters degree in Marine Biology from the University of Groningen and a Masters in Business Administration from the Rotterdam School of Management. “The safe and responsible development of global shipping is a mission that I’ve had the privilege to contribute to throughout my career, and I look forward to lending my experience to help guide the Port of Prince Rupert’s growth and development in years to come,” said Mr. Tjallingii.

More information about the Port Authority’s Board of Directors and its members can be found online at

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