First Containers Roll Through New Hamilton Rail Terminal

Launch ceremony signals the commencement of container service, with a goal to increase supply chain capacity in Southern Ontario HAMILTON, ON – In a significant step forward for southern Ontario importers and exporters, Hamilton Container Terminal (HCT), in collaboration with Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports), and Canadian National Railway (CN), proudly announces the creation of…Read More→

How Key Materials Fuel Housing Construction and Economic Expansion

A new housing construction development is shown.

The construction sector is a foundational pillar of the economy, playing a pivotal role in fostering the expansion and prosperity of Canadian communities. The crucial materials handled at our ports not only power the construction industry but also help meet the demand for a greater housing supply. Below are five materials commonly used in the…Read More→

For the third consecutive year, the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority is honored to be acknowledged as one of Canada’s Top Employers for 2024

A group photo of HOPA Ports employees.

Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority recognized for 3rd year as one of Hamilton-Niagara’s Top Employers 17th annual competition organized by the editors of Canada’s Top 100 Employers Recognizes employers in the Hamilton-Niagara area that lead their industry, offering an exceptional place to work Hamilton, ON – For the third consecutive year, Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports) has…Read More→

Thorold Multimodal Hub Named Brownie Award Winner

An aerial shot of Thorold Hub, North

Award recognizes 500-acre multimodal industrial facility renewed for modern industrial uses Redeveloped spaces leverage the site’s multimodal transportation infrastructure More than 30 industrial tenants are now located at the Thorold Multimodal Hub Thorold, ON — The Thorold Multimodal Hub, a collaborative venture between the BMI Group and HOPA Ports, has received a 2023 Brownie Award…Read More→

HOPA Welcomes Federal Support for Port of Oshawa Expansion Plan

HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA) is welcoming funding from the Federal Government to support the Port of Oshawa expansion plan. The $14 million contribution, to be drawn from the National Trade Corridors Fund, was announced by Transport Minister Omar Alghabra recently. It will be added to a $16-million investment from HOPA…Read More→

Sherman Clock Restoration

For many years, the Sherman Clock at the corner of Burlington St E and Sherman Ave. N has been looking a little worse for wear… But work has now started on repairing and repainting the structure, as well as a redesign of the clock face and signage, honouring the structure’s original modernist aesthetic. Rationale/Design HOPA…Read More→

Burlington Canal Piers

Transport Canada recently announced the transfer of the Burlington Canal Piers to HOPA Ports. Read the news here: Building a Better Waterfront By taking over management of the piers, we have the ability to make them available to the City of Hamilton, City of Burlington and/or Halton Region for recreational uses. In future, they…Read More→

Do the Great Lakes Hold the Key to Relieving Supply Chain Strain?

Short-sea shipping offers a potential relief valve to congestion and greener option for many goods  For Immediate Release June 29, 2022 CHICAGO, IL – In a presentation to the Great Lakes Economic Forum in Chicago this week, HOPA Ports highlighted the increasing viability of short sea shipping to move goods between some of the bi-national…Read More→

Larissa Fenn

Vice President, Corporate Affairs

Larissa Fenn is Vice President, Corporate Affairs at HOPA Ports, leading a team responsible for communications and government relations, sustainability reporting, corporate governance and corporate culture.

Previous positions included communications and public policy roles at the Canadian Bankers Association, Credit Valley Conservation Authority, and the Regional Municipality of Halton.

Larissa holds a B.A.(Hons) in Political Science from Queen’s University. She holds the APR designation from the Canadian Public Relations Society, and completed the Senior Public Sector Leaders program at the University of Western Ontario, Ivey School of Business. Larissa has served as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the Royal Botanical Gardens, and as a member of the Policy Council of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce.

Bill Fitzgerald

Vice President, Strategic Development

Bill assumed the role of Vice President, Strategic Development in 2024, after having served as HOPA’s Vice President, Operations since 2008.

Bill joined the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority in July 1995 as Project Engineer. He previously worked with the Regional Municipality of Ottawa’s Transportation Department, as well as for the Toronto Transit Commission and the City of Waterloo.

Bill received a Bachelor of Applied Science, civil engineering / water resources, in 1995 from the University of Waterloo and registered with the Professional Engineers of Ontario in 1997.

Jeremy Dunn

Vice President, Operations

Jeremy assumed the role of Vice President, Operations in 2024 after having served as HOPA’s Commercial Vice President since 2019. Prior to joining HOPA, Jeremy served in successive leadership roles at The Miller Group, one of Canada’s leading transportation construction and infrastructure maintenance companies. Jeremy has managed multiple business groups in the heavy construction, asphalt paving and aggregates sectors driving results through business restructuring, service improvement and strategic growth. In his most recent role, Jeremy served as General Manager of Miller Maintenance, responsible for managing and growing Miller’s highway maintenance business in Ontario.

Previous to The Miller Group, Jeremy held the position of Director of Operations for the Dunn Group of Companies.

Jeremy earned his Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) through Queen’s University. He also holds a Master’s Certificate in Project Management.

Janet Knight

Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer for the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority since 2008, Janet joined the HPA in 1998 as Accounting Supervisor and subsequently served as Controller.

Prior to joining the HPA, Janet held the position of Financial Analyst with St. Joseph’s Hospital, as well as various positions, including Marketing Communications/Research Lead with Zeneca Agro. Janet graduated from McMaster University in 1986 with a Bachelor of Commerce. She attained the professional designation of Certified Management Accountant in 1992.

Ian Hamilton

President & CEO

Ian Hamilton is President & CEO of HOPA Ports (Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority). He assumed this role in 2017, after serving as the Port Authority’s Vice President of Business Development and Real Estate since 2008. Ian has been instrumental in developing working waterfronts in Hamilton, Oshawa, and Niagara by attracting new business and private investment, and creating an integrated marine network across Southern Ontario.

Ian possesses more than 25 years of experience in international transportation and logistics in Europe and North America, and has held progressively senior positions in the liner shipping industry, including Transatlantic Trade Director (Europe) for CP Ships and Business Development Manager for Hapag-Lloyd. Ian is Chairperson of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities, and holds positions on various other boards, including: the Chamber of Marine Commerce, the Hamilton Club, and Brigs Youth Sail Training.

Ian holds an MBA from Aston University (UK) and a BSc in business administration and economics from the College of Charleston, South Carolina.