Executive Team

The Prince Rupert Port Authority is a local port authority constituted under the Canada Marine Act, and Letters Patent issued under the Act, to operate the Port in the Prince Rupert Harbour. We’re an autonomous and commercially viable agency, governed by an independent Board of Directors with full control over all Port decisions. Our mandate is to facilitate and expand the movement of cargo and passengers through the Port of Prince Rupert.

Shaun Stevenson

President & CEO

Shaun was appointed President and CEO in August 2018. Shaun joined PRPA in 1997 and assumed progressive roles, namely as Vice President, Trade Development and Public Affairs, to help lead the Port of Prince Rupert in its transformation and growth as a global trade gateway.

Brian Friesen

Vice President, Trade Development and Communications

Brian joined PRPA in 2014 and has assumed progressive roles in marketing and trade development. In his current role, he is responsible for business development, strategic planning, marketing, corporate communications, business analysis and investment attraction. Prior to joining the Port Authority, Brian held various roles in sales, marketing and business development.

Shelby O’Brien

Vice President, Commercial and Regulatory Affairs & General Counsel

Shelby joined PRPA in 2013. She oversees regulatory matters affecting port operations, leads commercial negotiations for new developments and terminal expansion projects, and is responsible for the negotiation and implementation of settlement agreements with First Nations. Shelby is a member of the Canadian Maritime Law Association and sits as Chair of the association’s Ports and Harbours Committee.

Joe Rektor

Vice President, Finance

Joe joined PRPA in 1992. As a chartered accountant, he leads the financing, financial control and reporting, business analysis, risk management, human resources and information technology activities of the organization.

Kurt Slocombe

Vice President, Gateway Operations and Planning

Kurt joined PRPA in May 2019. He moved to Prince Rupert in 2007 as part of the Maher Terminals start up team for Fairview Container Terminal. Since that time, he has held positions of increased responsibility at the Terminal, including Director of Operations as well as Director, Gateway Operations Centre (a joint venture between DP World and CN Rail).

Ken Veldman

Vice President, Public Affairs and Sustainability

Ken is responsible for leading the teams and strategies related to sustainability, environment, communities, governments and relationships with Indigenous Peoples. Ken has been a member of the PRPA team since 2011 and has over 25 years of experience in economic development, including senior roles in Terrace, Prince George, Vancouver, and BC’s 2010 Olympic Games Secretariat.