Saimaa Canal Advisory Board to continue for a third term

Ministry of Transport and Communications
Publication date 7.6.2022 15.10
Press release
Photo: LVM
Photo: LVM

In April 2022, the Ministry of Transport and Communications appointed the Saimaa Canal Advisory Board for a third term. The Advisory Board held its first meeting on 7 June to discuss topical issues related to the Saimaa Canal and the waterway transport in the Saimaa region.   

The term of the Advisory Board runs from 1 April 2022 to 16 February 2027. Its task is to serve as a discussion forum and a channel of communication between the authorities and local actors for the development of the Saimaa Canal and Saimaa waterway transport.

The Board is chaired by Sabina Lindström, Director General at the Ministry of Transport and Communications. Timo Kievari, Director of Unit, acts as Vice Chair and Seppo Kykkänen, Head of the Saimaa Canal Delegate's Office, as secretary of the Board. In addition to the authorities, the members of the Saimaa Canal Advisory Board include representatives of the business sector, Saimaa Canal users and the Saimaa region.

The members of the Advisory Board are:

Petri Haapalainen, Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment

Matti Pitkäniitty, Colonel, The Border Guard

Juha Pentikäinen, Chief Customs Officer, Nuijamaa Customs

Esa Sirkiä, Divisional Director, Transport infrastructure Agency

Juha-Matti Korsi, Senior Adviser, Maritime Affairs, Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom

Kari Kosonen, Chief Executive Officer, Finnpilot Pilotage Ltd

Erkki Hokkanen, Chief Executive Officer of Rescue Services, South Karelia Rescue Department

Satu Sikanen, Regional Mayor, Regional Council of South Karelia

Jarno Turunen, Public Relations Manager, Regional Council of North Karelia

Marko Taanttu, Public Relations Manager, Regional Council of South Savo

Mika Peltonen, Chief Executive Officer, South Karelia Chamber of Commerce

Seppo Karvinen, Lawyer, Kuopio Region Chamber of Commerce

Kari Leinonen, South Savo Chamber of Commerce

Jussi Ripatti, Operations Manager, Metsä Group

Simo Pylkkänen, Chief Executive Officer, ANDRITZ Oy

Ari Mononen, Chief Executive Officer, Iivari Mononen Oy

Olavi Tyrsky, Mopro Oy

Riinu Walls, Director, Meriaura Oy

Lennart Meyer, Senior Broker, Oy Helsinki Chartering Ab

Oscar von Hertzen, Chief Executive Officer, Oy Finnshipping Ltd

Sanna Lohko, Shipping Specialist, Nordkalk Oy Ab

Anna Näsi, Maritime Transport Manager, Yara Suomi Oy

Jussi Laine, Shipping Manager, Saimaa Travel Oy

Hannu Kaipainen, Service Production Director, Oy Saimaa Terminals An

Pekka Mononen, Chief Executive Officer, Joensuun Laivaus Oy

Pekka Koskinen, Vice Chair, Association of Finnish Waterways

Piia Kinnunen, The Association of Finnish Passenger Ships SMLY

Annaleena Mäkilä, Chief Executive Officer, Finnish Port Association

Antti Partanen, Finnish Shipowners' Association

Tiina Haapasalo, Chief Policy Adviser, Confederation of Finnish Industries EK

Timo Tolonen, Senior Adviser, Trade Policy, Finnish Forest Industries

Mikko Hietamies, Chief Executive Officer, Lappeenrannan Toimitilat Oy

Janne Korhonen, Chief Executive Officer, Joensuun Satama Oy

Sami Lehtonen, Port Manager, City of Kuopio

Jouni Riihelä, Director of Urban Development, City of Mikkeli

Sami Laakkonen, Strategy Director, City of Joensuu

Tuomo Sallinen, City Clerk, City of Lappeenranta

In addition, members of the Saimaa Canal Commission may participate in the work of the Advisory Board.


Seppo Kykkänen, Head of the Saimaa Canal Delegate's Office, tel. +358 40 015 2868, [email protected]

Timo Kievari, Director of Unit, tel. +358 40 059 3706, [email protected]