Our former President, Rick Bryant, passed away peacefully on January 11th surrounded by his loving family on Vancouver Island. He was appointed as President in January 2002 and retired in 2008 on Vancouver Island. Before joining the organization, Rick spent over 30 years in public service with the Royal Canadian Air Force, the Canadian Hydrographic Service, and completed his service as the Pacific Regional Director for the Canadian Coast Guard. During his time with the Chamber, he played an active role in Canada’s implementation of the ISPS Code, and 2004 led the development of the first inventory of emissions from ships in collaboration with our members, Environment Canada and Metro Vancouver. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Rick during this difficult time.