Seaports Magazine - Summer 2015 - (Page 23)
» PORTS PROFILE
IN HIS VEINS
Port Saint John President and CEO Jim
Quinn has deep roots in the port, the
community and AAPA
By Sarah Sain
im Quinn jokes that he has saltwater in his veins.
A native of Saint John in New
Brunswick, Canada, Quinn grew
up just a block from the port where he now
serves as president and CEO.
Quinn served in leadership positions
for more than 30 years in the marine and
public sectors in Canada, including 23
years with the Canadian Coast Guard. But
his family history is tied to the port, and it
was family that brought him back to Saint
John right before he was appointed head
of the port in September 2010.
Since Day 1, Quinn has strived to make
the port a part of the fabric of the community that he loves.
"When I joined the port, I spent the
first two to three months talking with the
stakeholder community and asking them,
'What is your advice?' and 'What would
you do as the new CEO?'"
Quinn said it was important to capitalize not just on the expertise of port staff
but on the broader knowledge within
the community and industry. Each year,
the port holds a series of meetings that
includes outside stakeholders and staff to
discuss the strategic direction of the port.
This input is subsequently provided to the
Port's Board of Directors (commissioners)
for their consideration as they update the
Port's strategic plan.
From this initial stakeholder meeting,
the port developed an inclusion model
that has foundations in collaborative
approaches to marketing, community
outreach, operations and life-cycle asset
Jim Quinn introduces Hon. Lisa Raitt, Canadian Minister of Transport, at the 2014 Spring Conference.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Summer 2015
From the President’s Desk
A Paradigm Shift
U.S. Ports Benefit Economy
Port Education and Training Programs for the Next Generation
WRRDA One Year Later
Saltwater in His Veins
We Need to Invest in the Backbone of Our Economy
MARAD Programs Help Ports Stay Strong
Preparing the Port Leaders of Tomorrow
Index of Advertisers
Seaports Magazine - Summer 2015