Changes to Our Board of Directors


Friday, May 31, 2019

The Honourable Claire Trevena, B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, has announced the appointment of Peter Lantin to the Board of Directors of the Prince Rupert Port Authority for a term of three years commencing June 1, 2019. Mr. Lantin replaces long-term Board member and current Chair, Bud Smith, whose term expired in June 2018.

Mr. Lantin served as the elected President of the Council of the Haida Nation for six years from 2012-2018 and brings over 15 years of experience in financial administration and governance. Prior to his time as elected President of the Council of the Haida Nation, he served as Chair for the Gwaii Trust, a society that owns and manages a perpetual fund for the benefit of all the people of Haida Gwaii, and held the position of Chief Operating Officer for TRICORP, an aboriginal capital corporation. 

Outgoing Director Bud Smith joined PRPA’s Board of Directors as the appointee of the Province of British Columbia in June 2012 and has served as Chair throughout his tenure. Prior to that appointment, Mr. Smith served a two-year term on PRPA’s Board from 2007-2009 before leaving to Chair the Board of Directors of Ridley Terminals Inc.

“We are extremely grateful for Bud’s dedication to building a better Canada through trade,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “During the time Bud spent as Chair of the Board, he was part of a team that led the organization through an incredible period of growth and diversification, including many projects and initiatives that set a foundation for a prosperous and sustainable future for the Prince Rupert Port Authority.”

Throughout his tenure, Mr. Smith supported the Board through major developments to diversify the Port of Prince Rupert, including the Road Rail Utility Corridor on Ridley Island, the opening of Westview Wood Pellet Terminal, the expansion of Fairview Container Terminal, the completion of Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal, amongst several other significant projects. Traffic through the Port has grown to a record 27 million tonnes in 2018. Mr. Smith championed the connection between the Port of Prince Rupert and industries across British Columbia and all of Western Canada to increase trade to support economies on a local, regional, provincial, and national level.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Board of Directors is comprised of seven people. Three of the Board members are appointed by each level of government—municipal, provincial and federal—while the balance is recommended by the Port User Nominating Committee to the Minister of Transport. Board members are appointed for a term of up to 3 years with a maximum tenure of 3 terms.  

“We welcome Mr. Lantin to our Board and thank Bud for his unwavering commitment to guiding PRPA in its efforts to growing the Prince Rupert gateway,” said Stevenson.

Learn more about the Port Authority’s Board of Directors.

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