Saint John Port Authority President and CEO Jim Quinn has stepped down from his role effective July 13, to continue his transition to the Senate of Canada.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, we thank Jim for his unwavering commitment to the Port of Saint John and the administration of Saint John Port Authority for the past eleven years,” said Lisa Keenan, Chair of the Board of Directors.  “Under Jim’s leadership, the Port has made significant progress on strategic files that will have long-term impact on our city and region.”

The key achievements which took place under Quinn’s leadership include the formation of a new strategic direction for the Port which included broadened stakeholder and community engagement, refocusing the Port’s capital asset management program, securing a three-way funding partnership for the West Side Modernization Project and the careful management of the Project over the past four years.  Aligning with these achievements related to the modernizing infrastructure, the Port secured global trade enabler DP World in a long-term concession at the West Side multipurpose cargo terminal and working with port stakeholders to attract three major global container lines to Port Saint John.

Effective July 14, 2021, Captain Chris Hall, Vice President Operations & Harbour Master will assume the position of Interim President and CEO. Captain Hall has over 30 years of experience in the marine industry and has been at Saint John Port Authority since 2014. During this time, he has been responsible for overseeing the operational readiness of the port, including safety, security, and environmental projection. In recent years, Hall’s leadership has been instrumental in the engineering and construction of the West Side Modernization Project.
With Captain Hall in place as interim President & CEO, the Board of Directors will proceed with the search for the permanent President & CEO.