Prince Rupert Port Authority President and CEO Don Krusel has announced his retirement from the port after leading the organization for 25 years.
Krusel joined the organization in 1987 as its Chief Financial Officer, and has served as President and CEO since 1992. His retirement caps a career in which he led the port through a transition from a small resource port to become a diversified gateway for North American trade.
“I am proud of the tremendous accomplishments and growth that have taken place at the port and community of Prince Rupert over the last decade,” said Krusel, in a press release. “With the completion of the recent expansion project to make Fairview Container Terminal the second largest terminal in Canada, and the Port well positioned for another decade of exceptional growth, it is an appropriate moment to announce my retirement from the Port and pass the leadership to a new generation.”
Prince Rupert Port Authority’s Chief Financial Officer Joe Rektor will be assuming the role of interim president and CEO, effective immediately. There will be a search for Krusel’s replacement.
During Krusel’s tenure, he oversaw the conversion of Fairview Terminal from a forest and agri-products facility to the fastest growing container terminal in North America. Under his leadership, a number of foundational port projects have been completed, including the development of the Northland Cruise Terminal, Westview Wood Pellet Export Terminal, Ridley Island Road Rail Utility Corridor, Ridley Island project cargo facility, and Fairview Container Terminal conversion and recent expansion.
Krusel has been an advocate for enhancing the social well-being of the communities of northwest British Columbia through initiatives that include the Port of Prince Rupert Community Investment Fund and the implementation of several landmark First Nations’ accommodation agreements. He has also been an active participant on many boards dedicated to the sustainable development of the Canadian maritime sector, including Green Marine, Ocean Networks Canada, the Western Transportation Advisory Council and the Association of Canadian Port Authorities.