The Administrator

Alfred Popp was appointed Administrator of the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund of Canada in December 2006 after dedicating more than 40 years to maritime law in both the private and the public sector. Most of his career has been devoted to the development of Canadian and international maritime law.

He joined the public service of Canada in 1970. In 1975 he joined the Canadian delegation to the Legal Committee of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), becoming its chairman in 1993, a position that he held until his retirement from the public service in 2005.

Over the years in the public service of Canada, he acted as legal advisor on a number of maritime legislative projects, including the amendments to Canadian legislation that led to the establishment of the Ship-source Oil Pollution Fund.

He also chaired several diplomatic conferences leading to the adoption of a number of international conventions, including the 1992 Protocols to Convention on Civil Liability for Oil Pollution Damage (CLC) and the Convention on the Establishment of an International Fund for Compensation for Oil Pollution Damage (IOPC Fund), the 1996 HNS Convention, the 2001 Convention on Civil Liability for Bunker Oil Pollution Damage and the 2003 Protocol leading to the establishment of the Supplementary Fund.

In 2006 he was awarded the prestigious International Maritime Prize by the IMO, as well as the Commissioner’s Commendation for outstanding contribution on behalf of the Canadian Coast Guard and the Distinguished Public Service Medal of the US Coast Guard.

Alfred Popp was made Queens Counsel in 1986 and is a member of the bar of British Columbia. He holds the degrees of B.A. LL.B from Rhodes University, South Africa and LL.M from Ottawa University.

He is a titulary member, “honoris causa”, of the Comite Maritime International.