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May 28th 2020 – Belledune Port Authority Office Closure

Notice – Tug Services

Please join us in welcoming McKeil Marine to the Port of Belledune!

The Port will be entering a transition period from now until April 27th, 2020 with McKeil Marine joining current tug operator, Atlantic Towing, for berthing and towing services. The Port will continue offering two tugs, and after the transition period, McKeil Marine will become the sole service provider.

We thank Atlantic Towing for their decades of service with the Port and for helping in this transition period.

To make arrangements with McKeil Marine, please contact Dan MacPherson at dmacpherson@mckeil.com or call 506-333-6614.

Proactive Disclosure – Possible Delays

Openness, transparency and accountability are guiding principles of the Belledune Port Authority. However, the Belledune Port Authority’s ability to meet timelines for proactive publication may be affected by the current circumstances and exceptional measures put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) and protect the health and safety of our employees. As a result there may be delays in the proactive publication of information during this period. Making information available to Canadians proactively continues to be important to us. We will continue to make reasonable efforts to meet the timelines for the proactive disclosure of information, in accordance with operational realities. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding during this period as we all navigate these unprecedented challenges.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

2018 Economic Impact Report

Martin Associates was retained by the Belledune Port Authority to measure the local and regional economic impacts supported by maritime cargo and vessel activity at the Port of Belledune’s marine terminals. The impacts are measured for calendar year 2018 and are estimated in terms of jobs, personal earnings, business revenue, and provincial and local taxes.

The economic model can be used to estimate annual updates, as well as test sensitivity of the impacts to changes in factors such as marine cargo tonnage levels, labor productivity, commodity mix, and inland origins/destinations of commodities. The model can also be used to evaluate impacts of new terminal development and conduct annual updates.

The study is based on interviews with 57 firms providing services to the cargo and vessels handled at the Port’s marine terminals. These 57 firms represent the defined population of tenants and service providers in the Port’s seaport community, underscoring the defensibility of the study. The data collected from the interviews was then used to develop these operational and economic models.

BPA Economic Impact Study Report 07-30-2019.pdf

The Belledune Port Authority Introduces New Chair of the Board

Belledune, NB – The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) Board of Directors has recently appointed a new Chair on the Board of Directors. It was announced in July 2018 that Danika Keeley will be succeeding in the role, becoming the first ever female to hold this position with the BPA.

Keeley was previously serving as a director on the BPA Board before taking on this new role. She holds a bachelor degree of arts from St. Thomas University and has also studied business and Human Resources Management at Saint Mary’s University. She brings to the table her background and experience in business planning, financial management, human resources management, and fine-tuned marketing skills. She is a franchise developer with Dixie Lee (Maritimes) Ltd., and has also contributed her skills to the Campbellton Regional Chamber of Commerce, the New Brunswick Chamber of Commerce, and Enterprise Restigouche.

BPA President & CEO, Denis Caron has said “we are very excited to have Ms. Keeley as Chair of the Board. With her knowledge and experience, we know she will be successful in the role and continue to bring great leadership to the Board.”

Keeley is now part of a movement seeing more women occupying executive roles on serving boards. According to an article published by CBC News, between 2014 and 2017, “the percentage of women on Canadian corporate boards has gone up to 14 per cent from 11 percent three years ago.” (The Canadian Press, 2017). Although that statistic is still quite low and slow to increase, it is encouraging to see it growing. A study called “Women in Business: the Value of Diversity” conducted a thorough overlook of corporations in the US, UK, and India, and in each found that having women in leadership roles often leads to better performance by companies.

The BPA has made great strides in becoming more progressive with their business operations. In May of this year, the BPA signed a historic protocol with the Mi’gmaq communities around the region for a Relationship and Engagement Consultation for projects being considered at the port, as it is located on unceded traditional land. Now, the BPA can add to the list, having its first ever female Chairperson of the Board of Directors. Even more, the Port announced this year that it is now shipping 24 different products, and in July 2018, broke the record for the most tonnage handled at the Port in one month. The Port is also in the works of expanding on opportunities and are working on possible projects for the site.

The newly appointed Chair, Danika Keeley, said about her recent appointment “I am fortunate to be part of a group of highly talented professionals representing the various regions of Northern New Brunswick who are working together to ensure the good governance of the Belledune Port Authority. I am thankful for this opportunity, proud to be one of the Women of Transport and honored to have been selected to serve as Chairperson of the Board of Directors.”

For more information contact:

Denis Caron
President & CEO
Belledune Port Authority
506-522-1203
caron@portofbelledune.ca

Sources used:
https://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/women-on-boards-1.4566959
http://time.com/4053896/women-boardroom-companies-business/
https://www.cbc.ca/news/business/women-boards-osc-1.4369447 New Chair Of The Board – ENG – MKTG – JLV.pdf