John Hansen

Biographical Note

John Hansen held the position of President of the North West and Canada Cruise Ship Association (NWCCA),  from 1999 to January 2011.  NWCCA is a trade association representing the major international cruise lines operating in Canada, Alaska, Washington State and Hawaii and provides government, community and media relations services on behalf of the member lines.  NWCCA also provides security screening for all passengers, crew and baggage boarding cruise ships in Vancouver.  Significant achievements include: negotiated environmental agreements between the cruise industry and the States of Alaska, Hawaii and Washington, and with the Government of Canada.  Negotiated agreements for port development in Juneau, Ketchikan, Seward, and negotiated agreements with various native Alaskan communities.

From 1989 to 1999,  John was Chief Economist and Deputy Managing Director of the Vancouver Board of Trade (VBT) and during his tenure was active with the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.  In this role he managed the government relations activities on behalf of the 4,000 members of the VBT.  Some achievements included:  the development of “the Canadian Debt Clock”, a communications device related to federal budgets, establishment of the Pacific crossing “Pace Lane” which later evolved to the NEXUS system for ease of cross border travel.

1982 to 1989 Federal Economic Development Coordinator, BC (which later became  Western Economic Development).  John directed the BC office of WED for its first year of operation.  Achievements included: the Federal- BC Asia Pacific Initiative; early work towards the devolution of Vancouver International Airport to an airport authority.

1979 to 1982 Consultant to the Government of BC.  John was responsible for policy analysis related to marine transportation and port development, and undertook a major research project detailing BC’s interests in offshore oil and gas exploration.

1972 to 1979 Transport Canada, Ottawa, including a two year on loan assignment with Treasury Board (program analyst for communications, science and technology); Achievements with TC as head of planning and economics for federally subsidized ferry and coastal boat operations in Newfoundland and Atlantic Canada: replacement of number of ferries; cost benefit study of bridge to PEI (which led to construction of Confederation Bridge); re-design of the coastal boat operations serving Newfoundland and Labrador outports.

1968 to 1970 Refinery Engineer for Texaco Canada in Edmonton. Implemented the first “critical path method” for the Edmonton refinery maintenance program.


• BASc in Mechanical Engineering , University of Toronto, 1968
• MSc specializing in transportation economics, UBC, 1972

Boards and other professional activities in recent past

• Western Marine Community Coalition, a coalition of marine related associations in BC, director and treasurer
• Vancouver Fraser Port Authority Nominating committee, member, representing cruise and tourism
• Alaska Steamship Association, director
• Alaska Steamship Response Association, an oil spill response agency, director
• BC task force on Cruise tourism, established by BC Minister of Tourism in 2007, Member
• Pacific North West Economic Region (PNWER) private sector member; member Vancouver 2008 Conference Host Committee
• Cruise Lines International Association (Miami and Washington DC), regional affiliate member
• Regular conference speaker: including Association of American Port Authorities, Canada-New England Cruise Symposium, SEATRADE conference, Hawaii Tourism Association
• Canada Coast Guard National Marine Advisory Board, member, and co-chair of the CG Pacific Marine Advisory Board
• Past Trustee, Outward Bound Western Canada
• BC Children’s Hospital Foundation – Past Chair of the Transportation Division
• Guest lecturer at Simon Fraser University


• English, Danish, French and basic German