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Container Trucking Commissioner Appointed

The Province has appointed BCMEA President Andy Smith to the position of container trucking commissioner to support better working conditions for container truckers and to ensure efficient and reliable operations at Port Metro Vancouver.

Andy Smith, in his role as president and chief executive officer of the BC Maritime Employers Association, has been integral to advancing B.C. and Canada's economic interests in the Asia Pacific Gateway by building productive relationships between the shipping lines, terminals and their unions. Mr. Smith has previously concluded two historic eight-year collective agreements on the waterfront, which have greatly improved Canada and B.C.’s Asia Pacific Gateway's international reputation for reliability.

When appointed, Mr. Smith will support the mandate of ensuring long-term stability in the
sector by:

  • Assuming responsibility for all Truck Licencing System licences in place following the licence reform undertaken by Port Metro Vancouver.
  • Establishing, and then consulting with an Industry Advisory Committee on issues relevant to the sector,
  • Setting any future rates moving forward based on consultations with industry and the Industry Advisory Committee,
  • Having oversight of the Whistle-blower line, investigations and enhanced auditing and enforcement.

Mr. Smith will remain as CEO of the BCMEA while acting as Commissioner.

Posted: 06.02.2015


Women on the Waterfront

To highlight the diversity of work and acknowledge the contributions women have made to the BC waterfront industry, the BCMEA has partnered with the leadership of the Longshore Union and the women of the industry.

“The Face of the Waterfront has Changed”

Please visit the feature page for more information and to view the video
Women on the Waterfront

Posted: 12.09.2014


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