Changes to senior management have been made at the Port of Nanaimo.
Ewan Moir, who was president and chief executive officer of the port authority, is no longer with the organization.
David Mailloux, director of communications with the port authority, said a decision regarding Moir’s employment was made on Friday, but couldn’t elaborate on whether Moir was terminated or resigned.
“We’re taking a different direction,” Mailloux said.
Ian Marr, senior vice-president of finance and administration, and Mike Davidson, vice-president of real estate, will take over as co-chief executive officers.
“They’ve been here with us, both of them, for over 25 years,” Mailloux said.
Moir began his role with the port authority last October, taking over from Bernie Dumas, who retired after nine years in the position. Shortly after Moir was hired, Snuneymuxw leaders issued a press release listing various reason why they were not happy with Moir and his response to their concerns about treaty rights.
This past spring, the port authority announced a joint venture to redevelop the Nanaimo Assembly Wharf into a vehicle processing facility and multipurpose terminal.
His departure also came days before the Vancouver Island Economic Alliance’s Economic Summit, which concluded today in Nanaimo. Moir had been originally scheduled to speak at the event, which the port authority sponsored.
During the closing remarks of the summit, Michelle Corfield, the port’s chairwoman, did not mention the CEO’s departure. She told the audience about some of the port’s plans including redevelopment of the Nanaimo marina basin.
“We believe that the redevelopment of our marina basin will be a catalyst for revitalization of downtown Nanaimo,” she said, adding that the basin badly needs to be updated as it is “at the end of its life cycle.”
Corfield, on Tuesday, did issue a statement on Moir’s departure, thanking him.
“The Port of Nanaimo board would like to thank Mr. Moir for his service over the past year,” Corfield said in the statement. “He made some strong contributions to our operations, and we wish him the best in his future endeavours.”