Darrell Desjardin
Director, Sustainable Development, Port Metro Vancouver 

Darrell Desjardin brings more than 20 years of experience in port environmental management in Canada, the U.S. and overseas to his position as Director, Sustainable Development for Port Metro Vancouver.

Darrell joined the Vancouver Port Corporation, now Port Metro Vancouver (PMV), in 1991 with the formation of the first environmental department in the Canadian port system.  In his current role at PMV, Darrell leads the development and implementation of programs to promote sustainable port development at Canada’s largest and most diverse port.  

Darrell is currently the Chair of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) Environment Committee and the Burrard Inlet-Fraser Estuary Management Program.  He holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree (B.Sc.) in Chemistry and Biochemistry from the University of British Columbia.  

"Integrating Port Sustainability with Community Expectations"

This presentation will highlight how Canada's busiest port, Port Metro Vancouver, is fulfilling its vision of being a global leader in port sustainability. Port Metro Vancouver strives to lead by example by demonstrating opportunities for sustainable development in their own operations and by collaborating with their partners to improve performance port-wide. They integrate social, economic and environmental matters into their values, culture, decision making, strategic initiatives, development and operations in a transparent and accountable manner. Furthermore, they engage with local communities, industry, First Nations and government to identify environmental and social impacts, economic partnerships and solutions.  Many of the environmental and social issues that are found in Vancouver, British Columbia are common to Guayaquil, Ecuador and perhaps can serve as the basis for shared solutions