Following a well-respected and distinguished 31-year career with the British Columbia Maritime Employers Association (BCMEA) President and CEO, Terry Duggan, has announced his retirement effective March 31, 2019. Devoted to the BCMEA and the marine industry, Terry leaves a legacy of leadership that focused on collective bargaining with both longshore and foremen unions, pension and benefit administration, finance and audit, labour legislation and regulations, corporate governance and risk, employment equity and government relations.
The Board of Directors for the BCMEA is pleased to announce that after the conclusion of a rigorous selection and succession planning process, current Senior Vice President Employee Relations, Dispatch and Corporate Secretary, Mike Leonard, has been selected as Terry’s successor. Mike is a highly effective Industrial Relations executive with over 25 years of diverse experience. He was recruited in 2001 and has been an active participant in industry bargaining since 2002 and Association spokesperson since 2008 where he also became Vice President, Labour Relations. Mike’s 18 years of extensive experience at the BCMEA and deep understanding as to where the Association needs to go, position him to successfully lead the organization into the future.
The four-month transition phase up to April 1, 2019 will allow for smooth and stable continuity, as Terry and Mike continue their productive partnership on critical elements of the BCMEA mandate. This work will focus on the current round of collective bargaining with both ILWU Canada Longshore and ILWU Ship and Dock Foremen Local 514 as well as the bylaw and governance as the Association continues to develop its long term strategic plan, BCMEA 2035.
The BCMEA’s mission is to serve its customer members by promoting the critical role of the maritime sector in strengthening Canada’s economy through robust trade, labour stability, performance growth and a safe work environment. As an industry, we remain dedicated to facilitating British Columbia and Canada’s trade objectives by ensuring the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers through our West Coast gateway. The organization continues to work with a variety of government and other leading stakeholders in the development and implementation of public policies to advance this mandate through a collaborative approach to labour relations, training, safety and recruitment.