Nanaimo Port Authority CEO Ewan Moir leaves post after one year

Ewan Moir, former president and CEO of Nanaimo Port Authority | Nanaimo Port Authority

Ewan Moir has left the Nanaimo Port Authority after one year as its president and chief executive.

Ian Marr, the port’s senior vice-president, and Mike Davidson, vice-president of real estate, will be the authority’s co-CEOs until further notice, David Mailloux, communications director, said Friday. “The board has decided to go in a different direction with that specific position.”

Moir’s final day with the authority was Oct. 19. He could not be immediately reached for comment on Friday.

Moir started with the authority on Oct. 10, 2017. The authority said in a statement last year that he worked in senior management positions in Norway, the United Kingdom, Singapore, Holland and India. He had two decades of senior corporate business experience “contributing to strategy and operational performance and is known as an analytical thinker with a strong record of initiating and implementing business strategies to develop sustainable and profitable growth,” the authority said.

In April, Moir announced a new $18-million facility would be developed on Nanaimo Port Authority land, in partnership with Western Stevedoring, that will see European vehicles delivered to Vancouver Island.

The first delivery is set for January. Between 12,000 to 25,000 vehicles will arrive annually, Mailloux said.

Bernie Dumas retired last year after working as president and CEO at the port authority for nine years. Authority board chairwoman Moira Jenkins said in June 2017 that Dumas “led the port’s transformation from a forest products distribution centre to a multimodal port operation, establishing Nanaimo as the main marine gateway for trade to and from the island.”

The Nanaimo Port Authority was incorporated in 1999 under the Canada Marine Act. It holds assets valued at $32.4 million, including $27.6 million in property and equipment. Revenue is generated through a variety of operations, including serving as a deep-sea shipping port, cruise ship visits and property leases.

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