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ANCOUVER – For the first time in it’s more than 70 year history the BC Truck Loggers Association (TLA) has elected a female president. “I’m excited and nervous all wrapped up into one,” explained Jacqui Beban who was elected during the group’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held in Vancouver in January. “I love forestry because no two days are the same,” Beban explained at the time. “And I’m proud of how far our industry has come. We are safe and sustainable. With the environmental stewardship, technological

advances and opportunities with First Nations happening right now, it’s an exciting time to be a part of this industry.” Not merely a first for the Truck Loggers, Beban’s election is a first for any BC forestry association. Born into a logging family, she is currently the General Manager of Frank Beban Logging which is working in partnership with Nootka Sound Timber Co. Ltd. which is presently managing a forest license on the west coast of Vancouver Island near Gold River. Born and raised in Nanaimo she has lived in Qualicum Beach for the past 15 years. “The Truck Loggers Association SEE TRUCK LOGGERS | PAGE 4

Jacqui Beban was elected President of the BC Truck Loggers Association during its AGM in January

Diversification Key To Port Authority’s Success While bulk cargo shipments were down markedly, container shipments on the rise last year

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RINCE RUPERT – Northern British Columbia’s maritime gateway to the world, the terminals operated by the Prince Rupert Port Authority (PRPA) were operating at record breaking levels last year. “While the shipment of bulk cargoes, most noticeably coal, were down significantly, the container segment of our business was up markedly,” explained Michael Gurney, the PRPA’s Manager of Corporate Communications. The Port of Prince Rupert recorded a massive surge in container volumes last year and the continued success of grain and wood pellet terminals at the Port of Prince Rupert helped to make

up for the drop in bulk cargoes. Coal and Petroleum Coke shipments out of the port last year were down significantly as compared to 2014 – caused in part by mine closures and to fluctuations in global commodity markets. “ T h e 2 015 c a rgo v ol u m e s achieved by our dedicated port workforce demonstrate the importance of cargo diversification, given the dramatic change in market conditions for Canadian trade. While down marginally from last year’s total volume, 2015 was historically the fourth best year on record, and signifies the port’s ability to weather commodity cycles and capitalize on opportunities for expansion and

new development,” explained Don Krusel, President and CEO of the Port of Prince Rupert. According to Gurney the real key to the success of the port is its ability to transport a diverse range of cargoes. “Shipments of steel-making metallurgical coal through Ridley Terminals were down over 60 per cent from 2014, resulting in a six-year low for bulk energy shipments through the port. This was offset by another strong year for prairie crops like wheat and canola through Prince Rupert Grain, contributing to the second-best year on record for agri-food exports with 6.4 million tonnes shipped,” he stated. “Westview Terminal continued

to support the production and shipment of wood pellets from across northern BC in 2015 with a 44 per cent surge in volume. The biofuel export terminal also set a world record by loading the single largest shipment of wood pellets in June 2015.” The Port of Prince Rupert actually involves multiple deep water terminals, most notably the Northland Cruise Terminal, the Westview Wood Pellet Terminal and the Fairview Container Terminal. “Traffic through the container terminal was especially significant last year,” Gurney stated. SEE PRPA | PAGE 6

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