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Douglas SmithCEO

Douglas Smith, CEO of DP World’s operations in Canada, has nearly 30 years of industry expertise backed by a distinguished career in international trade, shipping, and logistics. Smith began his career with Sealand Service, Inc. and has held key positions at Maersk, APM Terminals, and Global Ports Management, which have taken him to 17 different locations across six countries and three continents. Most recently, he served as Joint President and CEO of Mundra and Tuna Ports at Adani Ports and Special Economic Zone in Mundra, India.

Gerard Van den Heuvel COO

As Chief Operating Officer Gerard brings with him a vast wealth of experience and knowledge in international transportation and container terminal management.  Prior to joining DP World (Canada) Inc.,  Gerard was CEO DP World Sokhna Terminal and GM DP World Egypt, where he began the introduction of Logistics services.  Gerard has held various senior management roles within DP World, including Regional Director Operations America. He has worked in multiple terminals around the globe, such as Vietnam, the USA,  South Korea, and Peru – where he grew the DP World Callao to a 1.4M TEU and added the second port of Paita.  

Ryan UyCFO

Ryan Uy has diverse experience in the areas of business strategy, organizational growth, and mergers and acquisitions. He has dealt with both shipping lines and container leasing management companies, during his tenure as a Chartered Accountant. Ryan was also a key member of the KPMG team advising and working with DP World during its acquisition of the Prince Rupert Fairview Terminal.


Kim has extensive experience in strategic Human Resources management at senior levels in various organizations, including the maritime industry. During her career she has a proven track record of making impact, driving results, and realizing strategy in high growth, diverse and ever changing dynamic environments.


Angela joined DP World (Canada) in 2014 as Manager, Marketing and Communications and is responsible for leading the company’s internal and external communications, marketing and corporate responsibility initiatives.  She brings over 12 years of marketing and business development experience in the renewable energy, engineering/construction, healthcare and technology sectors.

Andriy OstapyshynDIRECTOR, IT

Andriy brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in strategic information and operation technology, as well as the transportation industry. He was previously working at Pinnacle Renewable Energy as the IT Director.

Lauren NickersonDirector, HSSE

Lauren is a certified Health and Safety professional with 16 years of experience in both the healthcare and construction sectors. Prior to her role at DP World Canada, Lauren was a senior leader at a global building materials company. Her background in heavy construction, mining, manufacturing and transportation will be a transferable asset to the logistics business on the waterfront.


Tabare has a wealth of experience with over 20 years in commercial positions within the liner shipping, ports and logistics industries. He started his career in Uruguay working for leading companies in the South American logistic sector. In 2006, Tabare joined DP World to head the commercial development at the port of Tilbury. At the end of 2009 Tabare joined DP World London Gateway where he was responsible for the port’s commercial development, before joining DP World Canada in January 2016.


Robert Parker is a results-driven senior logistics professional with over 27 years of experience. He has an extensive background in supply chain management, global logistics, manufacturing support and has focused much of his career on servicing international transportation needs. Robert joined DP World Canada in April 2021. In his role, he’s led all aspects of DP World’s logistics services in Canada since its inception, including setting up its structure and overseeing its growth.


Joel Werner has more than 17 years of experience in the design, maintenance and reliability of port, mining and industrial assets. He has spent the last 12 years in the port industry, managing equipment acquisitions, terminal expansions, improving equipment performance and maintenance processes. Since joining DP World Canada in 2005, he has held several positions of increasing responsibility.  Joel was appointed Director, Engineering & Projects in 2018.

Who We Are

With a global reputation built on nearly a century of experience we are a leading provider of smart logistics solutions, we help trade flow across Canada and the world. DP World Canada operates terminals in Vancouver, Prince Rupert, Surrey, Nanaimo and Saint John and is Canada’s largest container terminal operator.

We deliver these services through an interconnected global network of over 300 business units in more than 75 countries across six continents, with a significant presence both in high-growth and mature markets. Our dedicated, diverse and professional team of more than 103,000 from 161 nationalities are committed to delivering unrivalled value to our customers and partners. 




What We Do

DP World is on a mission to reimagine the global supply chain. We want to connect you with the things you love and need in ways that are faster, smarter, and more sustainable than ever. We achieve this through a wide range of products and services that touch every aspect of life.

Our History

1923: DP World Vancouver Stevedoring Division founded

Canadian Stevedoring Limited was founded with the mission of serving BC’s marine industry. These origins make it the oldest Canadian-owned stevedoring company still in existence today.

1946-1963: Terminal Dock Operations

Between 1946 and 1963, Canadian Stevedoring operates four berths at the Terminal Dock under contract to Robin Hood Flour.

1966: Acquisitions

Canadian Stevedoring acquires Louis Wolfe & Sons (Vancouver) in 1966.

1968: Casco Terminals is created

Subsidiary Casco Terminals is established and becomes the terminal operator of Centennial Pier (Centerm), DP World Vancouver’s current site. Casco builds a first-class reputation for handling containerized cargo, export pulp, and various breakbulk commodities.

1972 - 1979: Local UAE Port Operator

We evolved from serving local trade in Dubai (UAE) starting with the development of Port Rashid in 1972, followed in March 1979, with the opening of Jebel Ali port.

1980: A retirement, a new president

Brian W. Mitchell, John Mitchell’s son, takes over as president.

1991: Dubai Ports Authority is created

In 1991, the operations of Port Rashid and Jebel Ali port were combined to create the Dubai Ports Authority.

1998: Acquired by BCR Group

In 1998, the BCR Group of Companies purchased Canadian Stevedoring & Casco Terminals.

1999: Regional Port Operator

In 1999, Dubai Ports International FZE was formed to manage and operate container terminals and other facilities outside the UAE.

2003: Acquired by P&O Ports

In February 2003, P&O Ports acquired Canadian Stevedoring and Casco Terminals to form P&O Ports Canada Inc.

2005: Global Port Operator

In 2005, Dubai Ports acquired CSX World Terminals, a leading global container terminal operator.

2006: Acquired by DP World

In March 2006, DP World acquired P&O Ports and became one of the top marine terminal operators in the world.

2012: Service to Nanaimo begins

The first barge service to Nanaimo was in June 2012; by December of that year, it did its first exchange of 100 containers.

2015: Canadian Expansion

In August 2015, DP World acquired Maher Terminal’s Fairview Container Terminal (Fairview) in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, expanding its presence in the Canadian market.

2017: Prince Rupert Expansion

With the completion of the Fairview Container Terminal Phase 2 North Expansion, the terminal capacity was increased from 750,000 to 1.35 million TEUs – making it able to handle the largest container vessels.

2020: DP World Acquires Fraser Surrey Docks
In February 2020, DP World acquired Fraser Surrey Docks terminal – the largest multi-purpose deep-sea marine terminal on the West Coast of North America. This acquisition will provide customers with enhanced bulk, breakbulk and general cargo services.
2022: East Coast Expansion

Addition of Saint John (New Brunswick) multi-purpose marine terminal to the Canadian Ports & Terminals portfolio.

2023: Vancouver Terminal Expansion

Completion of the Centerm Expansion Project, which increased capacity by 60% to 1.5M TEUs.

Our Global Reach

We operate our portfolio under six regions



Located in 75 countries


103,000 PEOPLE

From 161 countries


70,000 VESSELS

Served each year



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