Friday, February 24, 2017

Neeser Re-elected Port of Vancouver Board Chair

By Mark Edward Nero

The body that oversees operations at the Port of Vancouver in British Columbia has re-elected Craig Neeser to serve as chair for a fourth term, commencing March 1, 2017.

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Board of Directors announced the decision on Feb. 23. The port’s board of directors is composed of 11 members: one federal appointee; one BC provincial appointee; one appointee for the Prairie Provinces Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba; one municipal appointee; and, seven port user appointees.

Neeser was originally appointed to the board in August 2009 and most recently re-appointed in 2015. He’s the former president of Weyerhaeuser Co., a private lumber company. Before that, he was senior vice president with Weyerhaeuser’s International Group, and was senior vice president, solid wood group when Weyerhaeuser acquired MacMillan Bloedel.

Under Weyerhaeuser, he also served as vice president, British Columbia, and later as president, Canada. He has served on the boards of directors of the Council of Forest Industries of British Columbia, University of Alberta, Global Forest Partners, Maynards, the Vancouver Aquarium, and the Forest Products Association of Canada.

The Port of Vancouver is North America’s third-busiest port by tonnage, after the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports in Southern California.