Squamish may be most known as a tourism destination renowned for its outdoor recreation opportunities, but it is also a thriving and vital part of both Canada and the world’s economies – thanks to Squamish Terminals.
For more than 40 years, the company has been responsible for shipping in excess of a billion dollars worth of goods annually to businesses around the globe.
Squamish Terminals is a deep-water, break-bulk terminal, located at the north end of Howe Sound. They import and export a wide variety of cargo, ranging from forestry products like wood pulp and lumber, to steel products such as pipes, coils, and rebar. They even handle specialty cargo like yachts, windmill parts, trailers and more.
“With an intermodal transportation infrastructure – including access to rail, ocean and highway – and an experienced team, Squamish Terminals efficiently handles forestry, steel and special project cargos for markets worldwide,” explained Joe Webber, Vice President of Operations. “We are involved in global trade with the movement of cargos that couldn’t otherwise be moved without the shipping industry.”
But the Terminal does more than just add to the community’s economy, according to Kim Stegeman-Lowe, Vice President Administration. “Corporate social responsibility is part of Squamish Terminals’ core values,” she said. “We support a number of local organizations through donations and many of our employees are involved in the community through volunteerism. Most recently, we hosted the community’s 4th annual Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup of the Squamish Estuary and surrounding areas. We cleaned up 1,630kgs of waste from our oceanfront.”
Situated in a highly sensitive environment surrounded by the Squamish Estuary and Howe Sound, Squamish Terminals has a comprehensive Environmental Management System and is a certified member of Green Marine, an environmental certification program for the North American marine industry. Squamish Terminals also continues to work collaboratively with local Streamkeepers, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Squamish Estuary Management Committee and the District of Squamish Transportation Committee.
“At Squamish Terminals we are stewards of a valuable resource in one of the most beautiful areas of the world,” said Stegeman-Lowe. “Although we are a major employer, we have a relatively small leadership team and we all wear many different hats to ensure the Terminals’ success, and this keeps my job very interesting.”
It got more interesting for the entire team in November, when Squamish Terminals and Grieg Star Shipping officially bid farewell to Ron Anderson, the President and CEO who successfully led the company for more than 25 years.
Tom Rasmussen, President and CEO of Norway-based parent company Grieg Star Shipping will be interim President & CEO of Squamish Terminals, while Webber and Stegeman-Lowe run the day-to-day operations and have been appointed to the Squamish Terminals’ Board.
“It is with mixed emotions that we say goodbye to Ron; we will miss his experience, integrity, professionalism and overall leadership,” said Stegeman-Lowe. “Over the years Ron has also made – and will continue to make – many valuable contributions to the community through Squamish Rotary, Squamish Chamber of Commerce, and numerous municipal and provincial government committees.”
With that, says Stegeman-Lowe, “We are writing a new chapter for Squamish Terminals and we have many exciting opportunities ahead – to make the most of – that will benefit our business, our team and our community.”