Windsor Port Authority welcomes two new board members

Minister of Transport Marc Garneau has appointed two new directors to the board of the Windsor Port Authority. The appointments of Karen Behune Plunkett and Thomas W. O’Brien were effective June 29.

Behune Plunkett brings expertise to the board in strategic planning, business development, marketing and public relations. She is a founder, principal and consultant to a number of local companies including her current role of Partner and V.P. Business Development of Voltaric Inc., a data analytics company. Plunkett is the immediate past-President and CEO of WEtech Alliance, where she led them to multiple awards including a 2006 World Cup Beer Winner. Other successful ventures include well-known establishments such as Plunkett’s Bistro, Caterings Café and Chez Vine Wine Bar. Board leadership experience includes Windsor Utilities, St. Clair College, Essex Region Conservation Foundation, WEtech Alliance, Ontario Craft Brewers, Co-Chair of Windsor-Essex County United Way Campaign, Windsor Essex Capital Angel Network, in addition to many sub-committees and service boards. She has been awarded the 2000 International Athena Award (only the second Canadian), as well as being appointed Honorary Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex and the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County.

Founder and Partner of Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards, O’Brien was a Chartered Accountant and Managing Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers of Windsor. Having established the first tax department in Windsor, he went on to become the Global Tax Group Leader for the Consumer and Industrial Products Group, the Leader of the Canadian Automotive Industry Group and a member of the Canadian Tax Leadership Group. O’Brien was a member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Policy Board, the effective board of directors. Currently on the boards of WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation and Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, he has also served in many community leadership roles as chair, treasurer or board member to several agencies, including St. Clair College, University of Windsor, Assumption University, United Way, Windsor/Essex County Hospitals Foundation, Essex Regional Conservation Authority, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation and both the Essex Pelee Island Winegrowers Association and the Winery and Grower Alliance of Ontario. Currently, he has also been nominated to election of Fellowship, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

Windsor Port Authority President and CEO Steve Salmons said: “Success in business development and a strong commitment to community involvement are the hallmarks of a great Director. Both Karen and Tom bring outstanding records of accomplishment on both these measures.”

Maritime Editorial