Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority and its Partners renew support for CityKidz Summer to Remember Camp program

  • Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority and Partners raise $15,200 to support CityKidz Summer to Remember Camp program
  • Supporting Port Partners: Amalgamated Trading East, HCE Energy Inc., Heddle Marine Services Inc., Lazier Engineering Services Inc., McKeil Marine Limited, Paling Transporter Ltd., Parrish & Heimbecker Limited, Stanpac Inc. (Hamilton Warehouse Crew), Travelers Transportation Service Inc, Trillium Support Services
  • 200+ registered CityKidz participants living in Hamilton, in grades 1 to 6, attend Camp CityKidz

– The Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA Ports), in collaboration with its Partners, is proud to announce its renewed commitment to support the CityKidz Summer to Remember Camp program for the second consecutive year.

The CityKidz Summer to Remember Camp program is a transformative initiative, providing children from underserved neighbourhoods with a unique opportunity to take part in enriching summer activities while creating long-lasting memories. By supporting this program, HOPA Ports and its Partners, demonstrate a shared vision of building a strong, inclusive and vibrant community by investing in the well-being and potential of our youth.

This year, HOPA Ports and its Partners raised more than $15,000 for Camp CityKidz, making camp accessible for children in grades 1 to 6, living in Hamilton. Camp CityKidz includes meals, snacks and door to door transportation for 200 children.

“On behalf of our generous Port Partners, HOPA Ports is honoured to renew its support for the CityKidz Summer to Remember Camp program,” said Larissa Fenn, VP of Corporate Affairs. “We firmly believe every child deserves a chance to create cherished memories and develop valuable skills, regardless of their socio-economic background. We are proud of CityKidz’ dedication to empowering youth in our community and creating unforgettable experiences this summer.”

“Summer is a time for kids to play, explore, learn new skills and develop friendships,” expressed Laura Carmichael, Associate Executive Director at CityKidz. “Camp is the place that rich memories are made, and there are endless opportunities to grow and experience adventures big and small. Camp CityKidz provides inspirational experiences throughout the summer months, reminding kids that they are seen, loved, and that it is great to be a kid. We are very grateful to the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority and their Partners, who supported camp CityKidz, as well as many other generous supporters and volunteers in our community. They have made camp a reality for so many deserving kids.”

The CityKidz Summer to Remember Camp program aligns perfectly with HOPA’s mission to be a catalyst for economic and community growth. By investing in initiatives that promote positive change, HOPA Ports and its Partners contribute to a stronger, more resilient society.

About Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority

As an integrated port network, the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA) offers port and marine assets in Hamilton, Oshawa and Niagara. An efficient, multimodal network on the Great Lakes, it supports Ontario industries and facilitates trade. By investing in high-quality infrastructure and prioritizing sustainability, HOPA helps build prosperous working waterfronts in Ontario communities. Overseeing more than 1,000 acres and more than 140 tenant companies, 40,000 Ontario jobs are connected to the cargo that passes through HOPA’s integrated ports.


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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.