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The Owen Sound Transportation Company Announces New Board Chair

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May 1, 2024



OWEN SOUND, Ont. – The Owen Sound Transportation Company (OSTC) is pleased to announce James Colliver as the newly appointed Board Chair, effective April 19, 2024.


Throughout his career as a senior executive, James has built and managed successful businesses measured by asset growth and industry rankings. Currently, he is a public member appointee to the Council for the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario where he chairs the pension governance committee and the professional liability program. A graduate of Huron University College in London, Ont., James has also earned numerous investment industry designations. With more than 45 years of experience in capital markets and asset management, James brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to OSTC. He is also a volunteer member of the Knox College investment committee.


“I am delighted to appoint James Colliver to the Owen Sound Transportation Company – one of Canada’s largest and most historic operators,” said Prabmeet Sarkaria, Minister of Transportation. “With decades of leadership experience, his expertise will be invaluable in guiding the OSTC through their next century, connecting communities and ensuring safe, reliable transportation across Ontario’s waterways.”


About Owen Sound Transportation Company (OSTC): 

OSTC, an agency of the Government of Ontario, is an integral part of Ontario’s tourism and transportation system responsible for managing the operation of four ships, seven terminal and dock facilities and administering a contractor operated seasonal air service. OSTC owns and operates the MS Chi-Cheemaun ferry, which provides seasonal service between Manitoulin Island and the Bruce Peninsula, sailing along the borders of Georgian Bay and Lake Huron to transport tourists, community members and commercial clients. The MV Niska I, a landing craft ferry, provides vehicle, freight and passenger transportation services between Moosonee and Moose Factory Island on the Moose River at the mouth of James Bay. OSTC also operates the MV Pelee Islander and the MV Pelee Islander II, which provide ferry service between the mainland, Pelee Island and Sandusky Ohio on Lake Erie. When Lake Erie ferries are not running from late December through the end of March, OSTC contracts a licensed air operator to provide winter air service between Pelee Island and Windsor.


Nahleena Tye, Planning & Communications Specialist
519-376-8740 ext. 227

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