Prince Rupert Port Authority Announces New Board Member

Prince Rupert Port Authority Announces New Board Member

Rod Graham, president of British Columbia-based Velocity Truck Centres, is the newest member of the Prince Rupert Port Authority’s seven-member Board of Directors, the port authority announced June 26. Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport for the Government of Canada, confirmed the appointment of Graham, whose three-year term began June 17. The Calgary-based Graham brings to the new role “extensive experience as senior corporate executive in various sectors including financial/investment, transportation, alternative energy, construction, manufacturing and resource services,” according to the port authority. He has been involved in more than 24 boards in Western Canada, including the Board of Governors of…
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Pacific Merchant Shipping Association Hires New Government Relations VP

Pacific Merchant Shipping Association Hires New Government Relations VP

Government affairs expert Jennifer Cohen is the new vice president of government relations for the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, the PMSA announced June 24. In her new role, Cohen is expected to represent the association on various issues at the local, state and federal levels. “Her hiring … comes at a critical time for seaports and their supply chain partners on the U.S. West Coast as they focus on growing market share, demonstrating market competitiveness and building an economically and environmentally sustainable infrastructure for the deployment of new technology,” the PMSA said in a statement. Cohen previously worked for Tesla…
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Port of Portland Installs New Port Commissioner

Port of Portland Installs New Port Commissioner

Financial Investment Executive Rukaiyah Adams is the newest member of the Port of Portland Commission, filling the vacancy left by the commission’s termed-out vice president, Michael Alexander, the port said June 12. The announcement comes after the Oregon Senate Rules Committee approved Gov. Tina Kotek’s appointment of Adams to the commission May 29. Adams is the CEO of the 1803 Fund, which aims to enhance financial and other investments in community organizations. Before leading the 1803 Fund in January, she served as chief investment officer at Meyer Memorial Trust, one of the biggest charitable trusts in the Pacific Northwest, according…
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Curtin Maritime Appoints Maritime Policy Executive

Curtin Maritime Appoints Maritime Policy Executive

Maritime law and policy expert Charles Costanzo has joined Long Beach, Calif.-based Curtin Maritime to bolster the marine construction and transportation services company’s efforts in advocacy and governmental affairs, it was announced June 5. Costanzo previously served as executive director of the Puget Sound Pilots since October 2021, overseeing the 56-pilot association and day-to-day operations. Prior to that, he was general counsel and vice president – Pacific Region for the American Waterways Operators, advocating for members operating on the U.S. West Coast. And before that, he worked as an attorney specializing in environmental and regulatory matters. “Charles is a highly…
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Port of Coos Bay CEO Stepping Down

Port of Coos Bay CEO Stepping Down

Oregon International Port of Coos Bay Chief Executive Officer John Burns is expected to step down after nearly a decade in the leadership role, the port’s Board of Commissioners announced earlier this month. Burns’ last day at the port is yet to be determined as the port begins the process of creating a transition plan, the port said. Under his tenure, Burns, who started at the port in 2015, led the agency during a channel modification project and the ongoing modernization and expansion of the Coos Bay Rail Line. He also served as president of the Oregon Public Ports Association,…
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Greenbrier Names New Chief Financial Officer

Greenbrier Names New Chief Financial Officer

In July, R.J. Corman Railroad Group executive Michael J. Donfris is expected to become the new chief financial officer of transportation manufacturing corporation Greenbrier Companies, the Lake Oswego, Oregon-based company announced May 21. Donfris is expected to start as senior vice president of finance for Greenbrier before officially becoming CFO and principal financial officer in July when the company files its Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter that ends on May 31, according to Greenbrier. Donfris, who was chosen following a national search, had served as CFO since 2020 for R.J. Corman, a Kentucky-based firm that operates short line railroads…
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Longtime PMSA President Retires

Longtime PMSA President Retires

After nearly three decades leading the Pacific Merchant Shipping Association, the organization’s president, John McLaurin, officially retired March 29. McLaurin, who became PMSA president in 1995, has been a longtime advocate for the West Coast maritime industry, which has seen significant investment in port infrastructure, supply chain modernization and emissions reduction efforts. PMSA itself grew under McLaurin’s tenure, widening and unifying various trade groups in California and Washington under one voice and expanding the organization from an office in San Francisco to three locations in Long Beach, Calif., Oakland and Seattle. “John McLaurin leaves behind a legacy of success and…
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Port of Olympia Hosting Town Hall With New Executive Director

Port of Olympia Hosting Town Hall With New Executive Director

The Port of Olympia is expected to host a town hall on March 27 to introduce new Executive Director Alex Smith to the community. The event gives Smith a chance to meet residents, share her vision for the port’s future and field questions from constituents. “We encourage residents, business owners, stakeholders and anyone interested in the port’s activities to join us in person for this engaging event,” port spokesperson Taber Lee said. “It’s an excellent opportunity to get to know Alex and gain a deeper understanding of her vision and priorities.” The Port of Olympia Commission selected Smith in February…
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New Port of San Diego Commissioner Sworn In

New Port of San Diego Commissioner Sworn In

The San Diego City Council has appointed public affairs specialist Sid Voorakkara as the Port of San Diego’s newest commissioner, replacing Commissioner Emeritus Rafael Castellanos, who resigned in January. Voorakkara was sworn in Feb. 20 to the seven-member board that governs the port by Councilman Kent Lee. Voorakkara is a senior partner at ArroyoWest, LLC, which offers communications, public affairs, and strategic planning services to the public and private sector. He’s also a commissioner of California’s Health, Safety and Workers’ Compensation Commission. Previously, he was field director at the United Nations Foundation, deputy director for external affairs at the California…
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Port of Portland Announces New Chief Development Services Officer

Port of Portland Announces New Chief Development Services Officer

The Port of Portland has chosen Kristina Kelchner as its new chief development services officer, a new role that oversees strategy of the port’s Development Services division, which encompasses engineering, environmental, planning and development and safety operations, according to the port. Kelchner, who began her new role Feb. 22, previously served as the port’s assistant general counsel since 2022, working on various matters such as leasing and development of the port’s upcoming Mass Timber and Housing Innovation Campus at Terminal 2 and strategies for environmental remediation and permitting, the port said. Before joining the port, she was assistant general manager…
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