Bernie Dumas is retiring as president and CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority, effective September 30, 2017. He made the announcement on June 14 at a news conference. “After nearly 40 years of working in the marine industry across Canada it is time to dedicate more time to my family and personal pursuits,” Dumas said.
“The past nine years as the President and CEO of the Nanaimo Port Authority have been the most enjoyable and gratifying time of my career. I am pleased to have been part of the NPA’s transformation from a forest product distribution centre to a multimodal port operation.
Port Authority Board Chair Moira Jenkins lauded Dumas for his great vision and innovation as leader of the Port Authority. “His many accomplishments reflect his exceptional commitment. He has 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,” Jenkins said.
“Through Bernie’s vision, and with the introduction of DP World and containerization, the Port’s Short-sea shipping service now connects Vancouver Island to new global markets for island manufacturers. Bernie has been instrumental in the development of the “Marine Domain Awareness System,” a program which is considered one of the best in Canada, and ensures safety for our harbour and for the coast. Nanaimo can take pride in establishing this wonderful service which is highly valued by our marine community”, Jenkins added. She said Dumas is a highly respected and valued leader and his team of dedicated and committed staff will miss him as will the Board and I.
“I personally thank Bernie for his nine-year service dedication to the customers and community of the Nanaimo Port Authority. His significant and visionary leadership will be truly missed. We wish Bernie all the very best as he embarks on new adventures”. Dumas thanked his customers and industry colleagues for their support over the years.
“I express my thanks to the various board members during my time at the Port for their support and advice. It has been a privilege to lead such loyal and hardworking staff, truly the driving force behind the success of the Port,” said Dumas. “I am proud to have been part of the federal port system in Canada and I look forward to watching the NPA’s future progress and growth,” he added. Bernie and his wife Shelley intend to remain in Nanaimo where they have created a new life and circle of friends.
The Nanaimo Port Authority is one of 18 Port Authorities across Canada, established under the Canada Marine Act to promote and support the national, regional and local economies and to ensure a safe and secure harbour for cargo operations.