Retirements and losses

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At the end of 2023, our Liner Committee celebrated the year-end retirement of contributing members Richard Chappell, Director of Operations – Canada for Westwood Shipping Lines, and Victor Yim, Assistant VP of COSCO Shipping Lines.  Richard has served as a Chamber director for over 20 years and was recently awarded the Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Maritime Achievement. Victor has been a longstanding member and Vice Chair of the Liner Committee since China Shipping joined the membership in 2006 (later merged with COSCO in 2016).  Both have indicated that will be busy grandparents in their retirement.  We look forward to working with their successors.

We are saddened to report the passing of both Gerry Bloomer, formerly with Maple Shipping and Fjord Maritime Enterprises in Kitimat, and Peter Woodward who served as Vice President of the Council of Marine Carriers between 1990 and 2003.  We learned that Gerry, an avid outdoorsman with a passion for the environment, passed away at the age of 65 on December 30th after a battle with cancer.  Peter, who we had a very close association with over his years at CMC passed on January 2nd at the age of 86.  Our condolences to their families and loved ones.

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