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» PORTS PROFILE SALTWATER IN HIS VEINS Port Saint John President and CEO Jim Quinn has deep roots in the port, the community and AAPA By Sarah Sain J 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 management. Jim Quinn introduces Hon. Lisa Raitt, Canadian Minister of Transport, at the 2014 Spring Conference. SUMMER 2015 * WWW.AAPASEAPORTS.COM 23 http://WWW.AAPASEAPORTS.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Seaports Magazine - Summer 2015

AAPA Headquarters
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