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Vancouver port picks new director

Vancouver port picks new director

Silvester

   The board of Port Metro Vancouver on Monday named Robin Silvester as president of Canada’s largest port.

   He will assume his new post in early spring, replacing Capt. Gordon Houston, who plans to retire on March 31.

   Port Metro Vancouver is the name of the new port authority formed one year ago by the consolidation of the Vancouver, Fraser River and North Fraser port authorities. Houston was Vancouver’s port director for the seven years prior to that.

   Silvester is based in New Zealand where he is chief executive of property and facilities management firm United Group Services ANZ. He background includes many years working for P&O Ports prior to its acquisition by DP World in 2006.

   In his role as chief development officer with P&O Ports, Silvester led the acquisition of BCR Marine, a division of BC Rail, and in 2003 became the first president of P&O Ports Canada in Vancouver.

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