Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority celebrates its fourth anniversary

  • Integrated port network now extends from Oshawa to Niagara
  • Close to $40 million in infrastructure investment planned for 2023
  • Pursuing short sea shipping to shift cargo from road to marine transportation to achieve environmental benefits and a more balanced supply chain

HAMILTON, ON – The Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority (HOPA) proudly marks its fourth year of successful operations, celebrating significant milestones and setting ambitious goals for the future. Since the Hamilton Port Authority was amalgamated with the Oshawa Port Authority by the Minister of Transport in 2019, HOPA has emerged as a leading integrated port network, playing a vital role in driving economic growth, building resilient supply chains, enhancing trade networks, and developing sustainable solutions in the Golden Horseshoe Region.

“We’ve had remarkable growth over the past four years,” says Ian Hamilton, President and CEO of HOPA Ports. “We’ve moved from one location to four locations and it’s been phenomenal how our team has been able to rise to every challenge and continue to provide the service to our customers and the service to our communities that we’re so proud of. HOPA now owns and manages multimodal industrial properties; the Port of Hamilton, the Port of Oshawa and Niagara Ports.”

HOPA’s core mission is to facilitate trade while being responsible stewards of the port lands and their marine, road and rail networks. In fulfilling this mandate, HOPA places significant importance on maintaining financial stability and actively reinvesting in the development of its ports and the surrounding communities.

During its first four years, HOPA has made substantial investments to expand and enhance infrastructure across its port network, continued to build partnerships with key stakeholders and implemented various initiatives aimed at reducing its environmental footprint. Capital investment in port infrastructure has steadily increased, from approximately $19 million in 2019, to close to $40 million planned for 2023.

“Sustainability is one of our core values and it’s something we take very seriously and are more than happy to invest in,” continued Hamilton. “We see it in three different ways; one is the goods we consume and how can we be as efficient as possible in that, the energy that we use and then most importantly, what can we do to facilitate greener solutions and greening supply chains for our customers.”

One of the most interesting strategic areas is the development of more short sea shipping opportunities in the Great Lakes. It is an idea which has been discussed for a long time, but important factors have recently come into alignment for the first time.

“With driver shortages and vulnerabilities in the supply chain, along with an emphasis on reducing emissions, we believe the maritime industry is perfectly positioned to provide solutions to these challenges. Southern Ontario is perfectly positioned to benefit from shifting more cargo from road to marine transportation, including: alleviating congestion, lowering emissions and achieving a more balanced supply chain.”

As HOPA enters its fifth year, it remains focused on strengthening its position as a leading port network on the Great Lakes, while upholding its commitment to sustainability and deepening its engagement with waterfront communities to build Port City Pride.


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Renee Bulger, CPA, CGA

Vice President, Finance

Renee assumed the role of Vice President, Finance after having served as Director of Finance since 2023.

Renee joined the Hamilton Port Authority in 2006 as a General Accountant and was promoted to Controller in 2018. She was previously a member of the Board of Directors for the Hamilton Conservation Foundation from 2017 to 2020.

Renee received her Honours Bachelor of Commerce from Laurentian University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant.

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.