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Peter Xotta assumes helm of Vancouver Fraser Port Authority


The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s board of directors announced that it has appointed Peter Xotta as president and chief executive officer, effective Monday, December 4, 2023. He succeeds Robin Silvester who held the post for 14 years and announced his departure last June.

“I am pleased that the Port of Vancouver—and all Canadians—will benefit from Peter’s leadership as president and CEO of the port authority that oversees Canada’s largest port,” said Cathy McLay, chair of the port authority board. “As an experienced transportation executive with a track record of collaboration and success, Peter will continue to advance Canada’s position as a global trading partner while honouring Indigenous peoples, protecting the environment and supporting local communities.”

Mr. Xotta most recently served as vice president, operations and supply chain for the port authority, where he was responsible for land and marine operations, health, safety and security, and port and supply chain optimization activities. 

“It is my honour to lead an incredibly talented and dedicated team at the port authority,” said Mr. Xotta. “I have had the privilege of being part of our team’s work in growing Canada’s trade, facilitating the safe movement of goods through the port, while protecting the environment, and bringing benefits to neighbouring communities. I look forward to continued collaboration with all levels of government, Indigenous groups, customers, tenants, transportation partners, labour, and communities as we prepare for continued growth in Canadian trade.”

Mr. Xotta has a master of business administration degree from Simon Fraser University’s Segal Graduate School of Business and has served as a mentor in the program.  He is the vice chair of the Burnaby Hospital Foundation. He also sits on the board of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, the Freight Management Association of Canada, and the Clear Seas Centre for Responsible Marine Shipping. He is the former chair of Canada Place Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority.

(VFPA photo)