Thursday, September 15, 11:30 (11:30 pm, in person, 2 hours)

Socializing with your professional community with a panel in the middle from the lovely people at the Port.

Get to know the Centerm Container Expansion and South Shore Access Project in downtown Vancouver and the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 Project next to Tsawwassen. VFPA is currently building the Centerm and South Shore project while Roberts Bank Terminal 2 is only proposed.

Learn about

  • what each project entails
  • what drives VFPA to pursue the projects as Owner
  • what challenges VFPA faced and the lessons learned

About your presenters

Sandor Smith, Manager Terminal Delivery

Sandor is the Manager of Terminal Delivery at the Port of Vancouver and manages many commercial aspects of the Roberts Bank Terminal 2 program (RBT2), including the terminal concession project that aims to procure a terminal operator to build, equip, and operate the multi-billion-dollar terminal.

For the project, he manages strategic work-streams and leads the commercial and operations advisory teams for the program. The work streams he manages include commercial communications, marketing and operations.

He also provides support to the broader VFPA team on issues related to commerce, competition, economy, and operations.

Sandor joined the port authority in 2007. He served under various roles, including working as a shipping industry analyst, before he began managing the commercial aspects of RBT2. Before joining the port authority, Sandor worked in the interior of BC as a forest development planner.

Joanna Siopis, Manager Commercial & Corporate Strategy

Joanna is the Manager, Commercial & Corporate Strategy for the Port of Vancouver and has been working primarily on the Centerm Expansion and South Shore Access Project (Centerm). She has responsibility for managing the day-to-day commercial issues on the Project, including handling claims.

Joanna joined the port authority in 2020. Before then, she was Commercial & Legal Manager at an oil and gas company (working in London, Dubai, and Malaysia).

In that previous role, she managed commercial and legal issues across the international division. She balanced business development, operations, and construction. Her work included: leading the acquisition of Exxon Mobil’s brownfield assets in Malaysia, negotiating a complex share swap with British Petroleum, and working closely with the executive team on growth and strategy. She played a key role in growing the Malaysian office from 5 people to over 200 FTEs (full-time equivalents), working with a range of stakeholders (including the Government Entity (PETRONAS)) to achieve it.

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