Director, Planning and Development
PORT METRO VANCOUVER
As Director of Planning and Development, Jim provides strategic advice and leadership on initiatives that increase port capacity and influence how we are planning to accommodate growth, as well as overseeing land use planning, transportation planning, and the permitting processes for Port tenants and others seeking development opportunities within the Port.
Jim has held this position since 2011. His previous position was Director of Real Estate, awarded in 2005 after the completion of his MBA from Simon Fraser University. Jim was the first Urban Planner hired by the Port in 1991. Subsequent positions include Manager of Planning in 1993, and Director of Planning in 2000.
Jim obtained his BA in Urban and Regional Planning from Ryerson University. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the B.C. Institute of Planners, and the Real Estate Institute of B.C.
Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest gateway to the Asia-Pacific, handling more than 120 million tonnes of cargo annually and trading with more than 160 economies worldwide.
Port Metro Vancouver is Canada’s largest port and the fourth largest tonnage port in North America, responsible for Canada’s trade with more than 160 world economies. Located in a naturally beautiful setting on Canada’s west coast, Port Metro Vancouver is responsible for the efficient and reliable movement of goods and passengers, and integrates environmental, social and economic sustainability initiatives into all areas of port operations.
In 2010, Port Metro Vancouver embarked on a strategic visioning process called Port 2050. The results of the process included four scenarios telling alternative stories of the Port’s future and were intended to guide future business priorities, shape new initiatives and ultimately transform every aspect of Port Metro Vancouver’s operations.
The presentation will provide an overview of the entire Port 2050 process. It will start with the background and context of why Port Metro Vancouver decided to use scenario planning as a tool for long range planning. It will outline the methods used to gather feedback from representative parties with a stake in the future of the Gateway to create a strategic vision for the Port – including dialogue in the form of an expert panel series, group discussions, and scenario building workshops. It will identify the type of research and analysis that was undertaken to inform the process, and highlight the four different scenarios, including what Port Metro Vancouver calls its “anticipated future.” The presentation will conclude with an overview of how Port Metro Vancouver considers the work from Port 2050 in its annual strategic planning process by monitoring the key drivers of change and how it will begin refreshing the scenarios beginning in 2015.