New chair heads VPA Board of Directors

by Canadian Shipper

VANCOUVER, B.C. — The Vancouver Port Authority’s (VPA) Board of Directors has elected Sarah Morgan-Silvester as the VPA’s new chair.

Morgan-Silvester replaces George A. Adams, whose term of office expired on March 17, 2007.

Morgan-Silvester joined the VPA’s board in March 2004, and is serving her second term of three years ending Feb. 28, 2010. She served most recently in the positions of Member of the Audit Committee and Chair of the Governance Committee. She is currently the Chair of the Port Amalgamation Transition Committee, which is responsible for overseeing the integration of the three Lower Mainland ports.

“I am honoured to have been elected by my fellow board members to lead the VPA during such a critical time,” said Morgan-Silvester. “I look forward to working with them to ensure Canada’s Pacific Gateway fulfills its potential as a global port competitor while partnering with local communities.”

Morgan-Silvester has extensive experience across North America in the financial services sector. As past executive vice-president, personal financial services and wealth management for HSBC Bank Canada, she had national responsibility for retail banking, full service and self-directed brokerage, asset management, trust, insurance and
private banking.

“On behalf of the Executive and Staff, I’d like to congratulate the board on their choice of Ms. Morgan-Silvester as chair,” said Gordon Houston, VPA president and CEO. “Her expertise and leadership will be invaluable and we look forward to a productive term of office.”

The new VPA chair is also the chair of B.C. Women’s Hospital and Health Centre Foundation, a Director of the CD Howe Institute and Women in the Lead, a Member of the Faculty Advisory Board for the University of British Columbia Sauder School of Business, and a Member of the David Suzuki Foundation National Business Advisory Council.

Morgan-Silvester graduated from UBC in 1982 with a Bachelor of Commerce (honors) and was the Kiwanis Gold Medal winner for graduating top of her class. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers, and won Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 Award in 1998 and a Leader in Finance, PEAK Award in 2004.

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