The Chairman, Dave Hill, and The Chamber of Shipping of British Columbia’s Board of Directors are pleased to announce that after an exhaustive search, Robert Lewis-Manning will be the association’s next President in succession to Stephen Brown who earlier this year announced his retirement plans for February 2016.  Robert comes to the Chamber of Shipping direct from the Canadian Shipowners’ Association (CSA) based in Ottawa where he has established key relationships with federal and provincial government decision makers and environmental organizations in his role as President of the CSA since 2010.  The CSA’s recent legal challenge with the US ballast water management legislation has demonstrated Robert’s strength and ability in facilitation and advocacy on behalf of the shipping industry at all levels of government.

Robert holds a degree in Political Science and a Masters of Business Administration and is a former senior officer with 24 years of experience in the Royal Canadian Navy where he has also gained extensive international experience in policy roles in the United Kingdom and Canada. He is excited to return to the West Coast where he has maintained a resident in Victoria, BC.

While the Chamber’s Board looks forward to working with Robert, it recognizes the expansive role that Stephen leaves behind upon his retirement.  Every effort will made to ensure that the transition is seamless and that Robert is well briefed and personally introduced to as many members as possible prior to Stephen’s departure planned for February 26, 2016 following the Chamber’s Annual General Meeting.