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Two New Directors Appointed to Prince Rupert Port Authority Board

Press Release

The Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) announced today changes to its Board of Directors. The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Transport for the Government of Canada, has confirmed the appointment of Hilary Cassady. The City of Prince Rupert and District of Port Edward have confirmed the appointment of Lee Brain.

Ms. Cassady is a User Appointee, selected in consultation with the Port User Nominating Committee. Ms. Cassady has an extensive corporate background, having served in executive and senior roles for Danone in Asia and Europe, as well as Bentall Kennedy and QuadReal Property Group in Canada. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant with an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University and an ICD.D designation from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She also currently sits on multiple Boards of Directors, including the British Columbia Lottery Corporation where she was formerly the Chair of the Human Resource committee. Her three-year term commenced March 25th, 2024.

Mr. Brain is a Municipal Appointee and was selected by the City of Prince Rupert and District of Port Edward. He previously served as Mayor of the City of Prince Rupert for two-consecutive terms and currently works as a facilitator, mediator, and community engagement specialist. Mr. Brain completed the Undergraduate Semester in Dialogue Facilitation & Mediation program, in addition to a Certificate in Innovative Leadership, at Simon Fraser University. His three-year term commences May 1st, 2024.

“On behalf of our staff, I congratulate and welcome Hilary and Lee,” said Shaun Stevenson, President and CEO of the Prince Rupert Port Authority. “Both were born and raised in Prince Rupert, and each bring unique experience and skills to PRPA’s Board of Directors as we continue to activate the port’s ambitious growth plan to strengthen its role as an economic engine for the community, region, and all of Canada.”

Mr. Brain will replace outgoing Board member John Farrell, whose term finishes at the end of April 2024. Mr. Farrell was appointed by the City of Prince Rupert and District of Port Edward in 2015 and served as the Chair of the Board’s Human Resources and Compensation Committee.

“We extend our gratitude to John for his commitment to the Board of Directors, particularly during a period of unprecedented development and growth at the Port of Prince Rupert,” 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.

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