Port Saint John CEO Elected Chair of National Board

Saguenay, QC- Jim Quinn, President and CEO of Port Saint John has been appointed Chair of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) for a two-year term effective September 11, 2019.

With over 30 years’ experience in the marine and public sectors, Jim brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge to his position as Chair of the association that represents all Canadian Port Authorities, various government entities and marine industry businesses.

Mr. Quinn’s appointment was confirmed at the ACPA AGM held on September 10th. “I’m honoured to have the opportunity to Chair the ACPA Board of Directors at this critical time in the evolution of Canada’s ports,” says Mr. Quinn. “Under the leadership of my predecessor, Donna Taylor, we made tremendous progress over the past year working with our members and partners on important initiatives like the Ports Modernization Review. With critical issues such as digitalization, security and sustainability on the policy agenda, I’m eager to work with my port colleagues to consolidate our position, and move forward with a plan that will advance Canada’s ports as an economic enabler for all Canadians.”

Mr. Quinn’s 23 years in the Coast Guard began a career that took him to ports across Canada and around the world, and eventually brought him to the Federal Privy Council Office as a Senior Advisor. Other senior positions followed, including CFO of both Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and the Canadian International Development Agency. Jim joined Port Saint John in 2010.

Jim also has extensive experience as an association director and chairman, serving on the ACPA board from 2002-2015 and again since 2018. Currently immediate Past Chair of the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce, Jim also served as Chair of the Canadian Delegation at the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and was appointed AAPA Chairman of the Board for 2015-16, a position which had not been held by a Canadian Chairman since 2005-06.

“Jim is a hat trick for ACPA”, says Wendy Zatylny, President of ACPA. Jim’s appointment – and his expertise – come at a terrific time to continue to move us forward.”


For more information, please contact:
Paula Copeland
Director, Communications & Corporate Social Responsibility
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About Port Saint John
Port Saint John is Canada’s third largest port by tonnage, Canada’s fourth busiest cruise port, and has a diverse cargo base, including dry and liquid bulk, break bulk, and containers.

About the Association of Canadian Port Authorities
• Founded in 1958, the Association of Canadian Port Authorities brings together 17 ports and related marine interests into one national association. As the leading association for the advocacy and advancement of Canada’s port industry — representing all Canadian Port Authorities, various government entities and companies doing business in the marine sector — ACPA is the champion for Canadian ports in matters related to government policy, trade, competitiveness and public awareness in order to improve sustainable transportation.

• ACPA members contribute significantly to the local, regional and national economy of Canada, responsible for nearly a quarter of a million direct and indirect jobs, have donated more than $22 million to their local communities (2010-2014), receive more than 1.3 million cruise ship passengers and contributing over $53 billion in total economic activity.

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