Port People: Saguenay, San Diego, Vancouver USA

Port Saguenay Hires Marketing Director
Frederic Lebrun is the new director, marketing and projects, for the Saguenay Port Authority. Earlier, he worked in consulting engineering and project development for more than 15 years. 
He holds bachelor's and master’s degrees in degree in chemistry from the Sherbrooke University and an MBA from the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi. 
Formerly known as Chicoutimi, Port Saguenay is located on the Saguenay River in the province of Québec some 54 nautical miles from the river’s confluence with the St. Lawrence River. The main channel depth of 13.8 meters, or 45.3 feet, allows safe navigation year around by vessels of up to 100,000 dead-weight tons. Traffic in 2016 consisted of some 300,000 metric tons of bulk and general cargo and more than 30,000 cruise passengers. 

Frederic Lebrun
Photo/Saguenay Port Authority
San Diego: Port Chairman Dukie Valderrama Honored by Ocean Connectors
Robert "Dukie" Valderrama, chairman of board of the San Diego Unified Port District, has received an Ocean Connectors Leadership Award from Ocean Connectors. The award was presented at Ocean Connectors’ 10-year anniversary event honoring the nonprofit environmental organization’s founding funders, including the Port of San Diego, key supporters and nonprofit partners.
Chairman Valderrama was recognized for his outstanding service and dedication to the community of National City and for his environmental stewardship of San Diego Bay.
"The port is committed to protecting the environment, including the wildlife of San Diego Bay and the tidelands," said Chairman Valderrama. "This award demonstrates how seriously the Port takes that responsibility and I commend the Port’s staff for their progress with supporting environmental education."
Ocean Connectors is a participant in the Port’s Environmental Education Program. The program supports local organizations that provide unique curriculum pertaining to the environmental health and protection of San Diego Bay. It was developed to educate students and teachers throughout the San Diego Bay watershed about pollution prevention, environmental stewardship, healthy ecosystems and natural resources connected with San Diego Bay.
In June 2017, the Board of Port Commissioners authorized a five-year agreement with Ocean Connectors to provide hands-on environmental education through field trips, in-class lectures and land and water-based eco-tours. The program provides instruction on the ecosystems of San Diego Bay and cultivates an understanding of coastal environments; the connection between terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems; and the health, cultural and economic value of San Diego Bay. As a component of the program, students use a "knowledge exchange" with student peers in Mexico to further their understanding of natural resources. The program will provide education to more than 13,500 students from grades four through seven from National City.

Chairman Dukie Valderrama next to Flagship's California Princess vessel. Ocean Connectors' celebrated its 10-year anniversary on the vessel on October 5, 2017.
Photo/Port of San Diego
Port of Vancouver USA Commissioner Brian Wolfe receives Distinguished Service Award
The Pacific Northwest Waterways Association (PNWA) has recognized Port of Vancouver USA Commissioner Brian Wolfe with a Distinguished Service Award.

Commissioner Wolfe received the award on October 17 at PNWA’s Annual Convention in Portland, OR. He was selected for his long service to the industry, including leadership on port and navigation issues that impact the economic health of Washington state – one of the most trade-dependent states in the country – as well as the entire Pacific Northwest.

"Each year, our association recognizes members and colleagues who have made significant contributions to the success of projects and issues that are important to the region," said PNWA Executive Director Kristin Meira. "Brian Wolfe’s years of public service as an elected commissioner at the Port of Vancouver are to be commended and celebrated. We’re grateful for the active role he’s played and proud to honor him at our annual convention."

Commissioner Wolfe has worked since his election in 2005 to support commerce, sustainable development and job creation at the Port of Vancouver and across the region. A longtime advocate for economic development, Wolfe helped found the Columbia River Economic Development Council and served as its board chair from 1983 through 1994. He has also held leadership positions with the Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Clark County and Identity Clark County.

In his 12 years on the Port of Vancouver board, Commissioner Wolfe provided leadership and vision as the port carried out numerous capital projects that support local and regional business growth, including the 108-acre Centennial Industrial Park, $250 million West Vancouver Freight Access rail project (WVFA) and Terminal 1 waterfront development project. Each of these projects have attracted or retained employers and supported jobs in multiple sectors, including manufacturing, construction, transportation and hospitality.

Port of Vancouver USA Commission President Brian Wolfe
Photo credit/Port of Vancouver USA