HOPA Ports takes its role as a responsible steward of the environment very seriously. We strive to be an active partner in the protection of both Hamilton and Oshawa Harbour, and we view all our activities through a ‘green’ lens, including greenhouse gas reduction, energy savings, pollution and positive stewardship of the land, water and air.

HOPA is committed to operating under the following principles in its Environmental Policy:

  • Environmental compliance to applicable legislation
  • Environmental protection of areas under the port’s jurisdiction
  • Collaboration with external organizations and agencies
  • Performance evaluation
  • Continuous improvement of environmental performance


Environmental Initiatives

Hamilton Harbour RAP

HOPA is an active participant in the Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plan (RAP), which champions tangible efforts to improve the natural environment, and embraces the multi-use nature of Hamilton Harbour: recreation, residential, industry and nature.

Protect and Enhance Water Quality

Randle Reef

HOPA Ports is proud to contribute expertise and $14 million cash and in-kind to the Randle Reef Sediment Remediation project. In 2019, the $139 million project continued with the dredging of contaminated material from the harbour bed, and placing it inside the engineered containment facility.

Protect and Enhance Air Quality

HOPA works proactively with port tenants to address sources of dust and improve air quality. Learn more about our dust mitigation efforts. >

Research Partnerships

HOPA Ports is proud to support research activities by contributing funding or granting access to port property. These projects include two McMaster University studies on migratory birds and round goby, as well as a study of ring billed gulls by Canadian Wildlife Services.

Promote Biodiversity

Pollinator Corridor

HOPA is working to build a pollinator corridor across port lands by planting pollinator gardens that contain native plants that provide food and shelter for pollinators like butterflies as they travel across port lands. The gardens were planted as part of the Pollinator Paradise Project.

Tree Planting

HOPA is working to plant native trees on port property to enhance port-city interface as well as promote biodiversity.

Reduce Waste & Energy Consumption

Paper Use

In 2018 HOPA began tracking its paper use, and shifting away from paper for key activities. In 2018 we reduced our paper usage by 19%

Energy Efficiency Projects

We’re continuing our work to make port facilities more energy efficient. In 2019, we completed projects at 1632 Burlington St., Shed 11 and 450 Sherman Ave. Together, these projects reduced energy use by 363,847 kWh.

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.