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New director named to port authority board

Rod Graham is a chartered financial analyst with long track record in various sectors
Rod Graham is the newest member of the Prince Rupert Port Authority's board of directors.

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) has a new director.

Rod Graham joined the board of directors June 17 for a three-year term after being confirmed by Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport for the Government of Canada. 

Graham is the President of Velocity Truck Centres in Canada and has extensive experience as senior corporate executive in various sectors including financial/investment, transportation, alternative energy, construction, manufacturing, and resource services, stated a port press release.

He is a chartered financial analyst with an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University and a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) program.

Based in Calgary, he has served on more than two dozen public, private, and not-for-profit boards in western Canada, including the Board of Governors of the Business Council of British Columbia and Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation.  

“On behalf of our organization, I congratulate and welcome Rod,” said Shaun Stevenson, president and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority.

“Rod brings valuable experience and insight to PRPA’s board of directors as we enter the most significant phase of development in the Port of Prince Rupert’s history.” 

Graham replaces outgoing board member Frans Tjallingii, who was appointed by the minister of transport in 2017. Mr. Tjallingii served as chair from 2019 until 2024. The board will select a new chair from its membership in the coming weeks.

“We extend our appreciation to Frans for his leadership of the board and his contributions during a critical period of investment and gateway growth, particularly in regard to his commitment and leadership in advancing the Port of Prince Rupert’s sustainability strategy and decarbonization goals,” said Stevenson. 

The Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Board of Directors is comprised of seven people. Three of the Board members are appointed directly by each level of government — municipal, provincial, and federal — while the balance is appointed by the federal government 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.

The current board is Graham, Beverley Clifton Percival, Peter Lantin, Rita Andreone, Hilary Cassady and Lee Brain.

Thom Barker

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After graduating with a geology degree from Carleton University and taking a detour through the high tech business, Thom started his journalism career as a fact-checker for a magazine in Ottawa in 2002.
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