DP World Appoints Joel Werner as Chief Operating Officer in Canada

DP World Appoints Joel Werner as Chief Operating Officer in Canada

Date: 02/07/2024

A 19-year veteran of DP World, Werner is credited with furthering operational excellence and sustainability initiatives at the Port of Vancouver.

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, July 2, 2024 /3BL/ - DP World, a global leader in supply chain solutions, announces the appointment of Joel Werner as Chief Operating Officer for its operations in Canada. Werner, a 19-year veteran of DP World, steps into his role following his successful tenure as General Manager of DP World’s terminal at the Port of Vancouver. 

Werner has an extensive background in engineering, operational management and infrastructure delivery, with more than 25 years of experience leading teams and spearheading operational advancements in the sector. He joined DP World in 2005 and has been serving as General Manager of DP World’s Vancouver Terminal (Centerm) since 2022. Under his leadership, the terminal underwent a significant expansion, enhancing DP World’s position as a leading terminal operator in Canada and setting new benchmarks in service quality, sustainability, and operational efficiency.

Moreover, Werner has been instrumental in pioneering sustainability efforts, including a notable hydrogen electric pilot project aimed at reducing carbon emissions at the Port of Vancouver. The pilot is testing the feasibility of transitioning the company’s (RTGs) from diesel to electric, significantly decreasing the port’s shore-based carbon emissions. Werner is also credited with leading the effort to receive LEED v4 Gold certification at DP World’s Container Operations Facility in Vancouver. 

Doug Smith, Chief Executive Officer of DP World in Canada, said: “Joel’s promotion to COO is a testament to his exceptional leadership and deep industry expertise. His innovative approach and commitment to sustainable operations are integral to our growth strategy and will further strengthen our position in the global market.”

Prior to joining DP World, Werner worked in the mining industry, focusing on reliability and mechanical engineering roles. He holds a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of British Columbia and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mine-Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University. Werner also studied Mechanical Engineering at the Royal Military College of Canada, further solidifying his technical and leadership capabilities.

Joel Werner, Chief Operating Officer, DP World in Canada, said: “I am honoured to step into the role of COO for DP World in Canada, especially at a time of significant expansion and strategic development in the region. Throughout my tenure, I’ve watched DP World grow into one of Canada’s leading terminal operators, and I look forward to continuing to drive operational excellence and innovation across our Canadian operations.”

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About DP World 

Trade is the lifeblood of the global economy, creating opportunities and improving the quality of life for people around the world. DP World exists to make the world’s trade flow better, changing what’s possible for the customers and communities we serve globally. 

With a dedicated, diverse and professional team of more than 108,100 employees from 161 nationalities, spanning 74 countries on six continents, DP World is pushing trade further and faster towards a seamless supply chain that’s fit for the future. 

We’re rapidly transforming and integrating our businesses -- Ports and Terminals, Marine Services, Logistics and Technology – and uniting our global infrastructure with local expertise to create stronger, more efficient end-to-end supply chain solutions that can change the way the world trades.

What's more, we're reshaping the future by investing in innovation. From intelligent delivery systems to automated warehouse stacking, we’re at the cutting edge of disruptive technology, pushing the sector towards better ways to trade, minimizing disruptions from the factory floor to the customer’s door.