Former CSL President and CEO, and current Board member, Rod Jones, was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award this week at the International Bulk Journal Awards in Rotterdam. Mr. Jones was recognized for his important contribution to the marine industry and for his inclusive, accessible leadership style, solid ethics and values around diversity, safety and the environment. Mr. Jones has devoted his entire professional life to the shipping world. His early shore-side shipping career took him through various roles at Navios Corporation and Van Ommeren Shipping. In 1985, he joined Canada Steamship Lines as Marketing Director and eventually became President of CSL International in the early 1990s, and then President and CEO of The CSL Group in 2008 until his retirement in 2017.
During his tenure at CSL, Mr. Jones transformed the Great Lakes-focused business into the largest owner and operator of self-unloading ships in the world. Under his leadership, CSL has expanded far beyond Canada and the Americas to Australia, Asia and Europe.