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Prince Rupert Port Authority Announces Frans Tjallingii as New Board Chair


PRINCE RUPERT, BRITISH COLUMBIA – The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) is pleased to announce that Frans Tjallingii has been appointed as Chair by its Board of Directors, effective immediately.
Mr. Tjallingi has served on PRPA’s Board of Directors since his appointment was made in 2017 by the Minister of Transport in consultation with the Coast Tsimshian First Nations. He fills the role previously held by Bud Smith from 2012 to 2019. John Farrell has served as the Board’s Acting Chair since Mr. Smith’s departure in
June 2019.
Mr. Tjallingii is an experienced business leader, advisor, entrepreneur and board member with 20 years of global leadership experience in the maritime, oil & gas and technology industries, including First Coin Capital, SAAM SMIT Canada and the Netherlands Government.
He has been a serial start-up enabler since 2014 and is passionate about making a positive impact in the world through the support of business and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Tjallingii is the Co-founder & Chair of New Leaf Project which aims to find innovative solutions to homelessness. He holds an MSc in Marine Biology from
the University of Groningen and an MBA from the Rotterdam School of Management. 
“Frans has extensive experience in many aspects of our business, has made significant contributions as a PRPA Board member over the past three years, and will continue the strong board leadership we have seen from our past Chairs, including the recent tenure of Bud Smith,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “We are looking forward to working closely with Frans and the entire Board as we continue to grow as an organization and steward the expansion of this strategic North American gateway for trade.”  
“I am excited about the future of PRPA and its role in developing the Port of Prince Rupert as a Canadian and global gateway,” said Mr. Tjallingii. “Bud Smith exemplified board leadership over the past seven years, and I’m honored to be following in his footsteps. I believe in this organization’s purpose and its people, and I’m looking forward to further serving it in this new role.”
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 nominated by the Minister of Transport 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.
More information about the Port Authority’s Board of Directors and its members can be found online at:
The Prince Rupert Port Authority manages the Port of Prince Rupert, Canada's northernmost trade gateway on the west coast. The Port of Prince Rupert anchors one of the fastest and most reliable supply chains between North America and Asia, providing vital infrastructure to support shippers and industries as they move their goods and resources to market. The port ships approximately $50 billion in cargo value and supports an estimated 3,600 direct supply-chain jobs in northern BC, $481 million in annual wages, and $125 million in annual government revenue. In 2018, a record 26.7 million tonnes of cargo moved through the Port of Prince
Monika Cote
Manager, Corporate Communications
Prince Rupert Port Authority