Jeet Manhas, Chair of the Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA), announced June 30 the appointment by the City of Nanaimo of Michelle Corfield to the Board of Directors of the NPA effective July 1, 2015. She will serve as director of the board for a three-year term. She replaces Merv Unger, who has served on the board since July 1, 2012.
The NPA Board of Directors is composed of seven members from the Nanaimo region. The three levels of government – federal, provincial and municipal, appoint a director. The balance of directors are appointed by the Governor in Council nominated by the Minister of Transport in consultation with users selected by the Minister or the classes of users mentioned in the letters patent.
Corfield holds a BA in First Nations, an MA in Conflict Analysis and Management and a Doctorate of Management. She is currently on the board of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC and Underwater Harvesters Association and the Ucluelet First Nations Trust overseeing $20 million in investment funds.
She also serves on the advisory committee for BC Hydro, Chair of the legislature Ucluelet First Nation and previously on the board for 11 First Nations provincial boards and held volunteer positions with the BC Summer Games and the Nanaimo Boys & Girls Club. With her extensive experience she believes that she “can represent the City of Nanaimo’s interest in a fair and transparent manner inclusive of meaningful consultation.”
“Michelle’s knowledge and familiarity with both the business of the Port as well as that of the City made her an ideal candidate for this important position,” said Nanaimo Mayor Bill McKay.
“The Port Authority is in an interesting time of transformation, looking for new solutions to develop diversity and to enhance our impacts for the mid-island region,” Manhas said.
“I am fortunate to have Director Corfield, with her diverse credentials, to help guide our strategies for our future. I also want to acknowledge Mr. Merv Unger for his commitment to the Board as a Director over the past three year period. Mr. Unger provided important insights for the board’s consideration and represented his municipal portfolio with prudent contributions on a consistent basis.”
Operated by the Nanaimo Port Authority (NPA), the Port of Nanaimo is part of the National Transportation Network providing Vancouver Island Communities a freight gateway to the world and, in particular, to the Asian Gateway. The Port of Nanaimo joined the ranks of the Top North American Ports in 2013 by TEU’s (Twenty foot Equivalents) – Container Units with projections to produce 75,000 TEU’s and $9 Million in wages by 2020.