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About the Council

The Greater Vancouver Gateway Council was formed in 1994 to pursue a vision for Greater Vancouver as the Gateway of Choice for North America, able to capitalize on opportunities from expanding world trade and tourism. The Gateway Council comprises senior executives from industry, government and academia. Canada’s Minister for International Trade and Minister for the Pacific Gateway and the Vancouver-Whistler Olympics is the Honourary Chair.


The Honourable
Mr. Ed Fast
Minister of International Trade and
Minister for the Asia Pacific

EXECUTIVE MEMBERS as of August 17, 2009

Mr. Robin Silvester
President and CEO
Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

Past Chair
Mr. Larry Berg
President & CEO
Vancouver International Airport Authority

Vice Chair
Mr. Brad Eshleman
BC Wharf Operators Association

Mrs. Louise Yako
President and CEO
BC Trucking Association

VOTING MEMBERS as of August 17, 2009

Mr. Andy Smith
President and CEO
BC Maritime Employers Association

Mr. Jason Copping
General Manager Government Relations and Gateways
Canadian Pacific Railway

Mr. James Titsworth
Director Franchise Development
Burlington Northern & Santa Fe Railway Co.

Mr. Brad Bodner
Director – Network Strategies
Canadian National Railway

Mr. Ian Jarvis

Mr. Frank Butzelaar
President and CEO
Southern Railway of British Columbia

Mr. David Gillen
Centre for Transportation, Sauder School of business
University of British Columbia

Mr. John Dewar
Director Vancouver Terminal Operations
Viterra Inc.

Mr. Bruce Burrows
Acting President and CEO
Railway Association of Canada

RESOURCE MEMBERS as of July, 2011

Mr. Yen Pau Wo
Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada

Mr. Jock Finlayson
Executive Vice President Policy
Business Council of British Columbia

Mr. Craig Williams
Vice President – BC Division
Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters Association

Mr. Craig Jones
Greater Vancouver Chambers’ (of Commerce) Transportation Advisory Panel

Ms. Delia Laglagaron
Interim Commissioner/CAO
Metro Vancouver

Mrs. Sara Wong A
Multi modal Transportation Policy, Government of Alberta

Mr. Grant Main
Deputy Minister, Ministry of Transportation
Province of British Columbia

Mr. John Spacek
Senior Director, Transportation Policy and Service Development
Province of Manitoba

Mr. Mike Henderson
Regional Director General
Transport Canada - Pacific Region

Mr. Gerry Salembier
Assistant Deputy Minister
Western Economic Diversification Canada

Ms. Ruth Sol