Vancouver Int'l Airport Authority Announces New Directors to Board

RICHMOND, BC, Oct. 12 /CNW/ - Vancouver International Airport Authority's Board of Directors announces the appointment of three new directors: Peter Dhillon, appointee of the City of Richmond; Philip W. Owen, appointee of the City of Vancouver; and Ronald N. Stern, appointee of the Government of Canada.

"We are pleased to welcome such accomplished individuals to our community-based Board of Directors," said Board Chair Graham Clarke. "The knowledge, experience and insight they will bring to the Board will be great assets to the Airport Authority, our customers and the communities YVR serves."

Peter Dhillon is the CEO of the Richberry Group of Companies, a B.C.-based agribusiness. It is one of the largest shareholders and suppliers of Ocean Spray Cranberries, of which Mr. Dhillon is a Director and a former Vice Chairman. A Richmond resident for the past 22 years, Mr. Dhillon remains active with a number of community boards, including: the Vancouver 2010 Organizing Committee as Chairman of the Audit Committee; the Atomic Energy Board of Canada; and as Vice Chairman of the Agriculture Land Commission.

Philip Owen's commitment to public service spans over two decades. As Vancouver's longest serving consecutive-term Mayor, Mr. Owen was the force behind the Four-Pillar Approach to combating drug addiction, which emphasizes prevention, treatment, enforcement and harm reduction. Mr. Owen is active in a number of community organizations, including From Grief to Action, Ovarian Cancer Canada, Carnegie Center 100th Anniversary Committee, the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Accenture Business Service, Opportunity International, Vancouver Foundation, and the Salvation Army.

Ronald Stern is a graduate of UBC Law, and practised commercial law with McCarthy Tetrault until 1990. Mr. Stern is the President and CEO of large paper mills in Alberta, Ontario, Oregon, and Texas. A former publisher of Vancouver Magazine, he is a major shareholder and Chairman of a diverse group of companies, including FP Canadian Newspapers Limited Partnership, which publishes The Winnipeg Free Press and The Brandon Sun. In addition to his position at the Airport Authority, he serves on the Boards of the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation, and of the Executive Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy.

The Greater Vancouver Regional District reappointed Beth Johnson to the Board, and the Board re-elected Graham Clarke as Chair of the Board.

The predecessors to the three new Directors were Peter Eng, Jane Fleming and Olga Ilich. "Our province benefited greatly from their vision and guidance for YVR as both a partner in our community and a premier global gateway," said Mr. Clarke. "On behalf of the airport and the community, we thank them for their many valuable contributions."

The Airport Authority is governed by a Board of Directors, members of which are appointed by nominating entities, namely the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia, the City of Richmond, the City of Vancouver, Government of Canada, Greater Vancouver Regional District, Institute of Chartered Accountants of British Columbia, The Law Society of British Columbia, and The Vancouver Board of Trade. The Board includes the Airport Authority President and CEO, and additional members are appointed by the Board from the community at large.

About Vancouver International Airport Authority

The Airport Authority is a community-based, not-for-profit organization that operates Vancouver International Airport (YVR). The second largest international passenger gateway on North America's West Coast, YVR expects to welcome 16.4 million passengers in 2005. The Airport Authority is undertaking a $1.4-billion capital program that will ensure the airport meets the growing demand for air travel, and continues to be developed as a premier global gateway and economic generator for British Columbia.

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Media Relations, Vancouver International Airport Authority, (604) 880-9815

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