Chamber of Marine Commerce appoints new chairman, directors
(OTTAWA) — The Chamber of Marine Commerce (CMC) has appointed Allister Paterson, chief operating officer of CSL Group, as the new chairman of the board of directors, along with six new directors effective June 22.
“We're delighted to have Allister on board as our new chairman," said CMC President Bruce R. Burrows. "Allister has a wealth of experience in leadership roles at Canadian ship operator companies and other global transportation businesses. His insight will be invaluable as the CMC continues to advocate for harmonized and competitive policy and regulation that recognizes the marine transportation system's significant advantages in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence, Coastal and Arctic regions.”
Paterson joined CSL as president of Canada Steamship Lines in January 2015 and took on the role of chief operating officer, CSL Group, in January 2017. He has over 20 years’ experience in the transportation industry, most recently as chief commercial officer of Finnair. Prior to joining Finnair, he was president and CEO of Seaway Marine Transport.
Six new board members have also been appointed:
• Sujit Sanyal, chief operating officer, Stelco Holdings Inc.
• Carsten Bredin, vice president, grain merchandising, Richardson International
• Jim Reznik, director of logistics, North America, St. Marys Cement-Votorantim Cimentos
• Scott Bravener, co-president and COO, Rand Logistics/Lower Lakes Towing
• J. Wesley Newton, senior vice president, corporate development and general counsel, Algoma Central Corp.
• William D. Friedman, president and chief executive officer, Cleveland-Cuyahoga County Port Authority
“These new appointments reflect the growing diversity of the chamber's membership and showcase the impact that marine shipping has on the wider North American industry and business community," Burrows said. "We are pleased to have such a breadth of expertise and skills to assist the association's executive team in the future development of its operations and government relations agenda.”
The CMC would also like to thank outgoing Chairman Wayne Smith for his leadership during the vhamber's merger with the Canadian Shipowners Association and the transition process to the new CMC. Smith's years of experience and knowledge were pivotal to the success of this transition and the strong, united industry association that has emerged.
About the Chamber of Marine Commerce
The Chamber of Marine Commerce is a bi-national association that represents more than 130 marine industry stakeholders including major Canadian and American shippers, ports, terminals and marine service providers, as well as domestic and international ship owners. The chamber advocates for safe, sustainable, harmonized and competitive policy and regulation that recognizes the marine transportation system's significant advantages in the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence, coastal and Arctic regions.