HOPA Ports is Pleased to Announce Changes to Our Senior Management Team

HOPA Ports is pleased to announce changes to our senior management team, to help lead the continued success of our growing organization.

Bill Fitzgerald, P.Eng, will take on the role of Vice President, Strategic Development, after having served as HOPA’s Vice President, Operations since 2008. In this newly-created role, Bill will draw on his skills in innovation, collaboration and problem-solving to tackle our most complex challenges. Bill will be responsible for organizational strategy, long-term land use planning, innovation in construction design, and delivering on HOPA’s commitment to energy transition and environmental leadership.

Renee Bulger, CPA, CGA is promoted to Vice President, Finance, after serving as HOPA’s Controller and Director of Finance since 2016, and Accounting Manager since 2006. Renee will provide strategic direction, priority setting and leadership of financial reporting, budgeting, risk management, and financial analysis to support HOPA’s growth strategy.

Jeremy Dunn will assume role of Vice President, Operations, after having served as HOPA’s Commercial Vice President since 2019. In his new role, Jeremy will continue to be responsible for commercial real estate development, as well as the integrated delivery of capital projects and maintenance. With the support of a talented team, Jeremy will ensure the proactive stewardship and deployment of HOPA’s assets to create value for our customers.

Louis Fortier, P.Eng, is promoted to Director of Assets and Design, after having served as a Manager in HOPA’s Engineering team since 2018.  In this role Louis will continue lead a team responsible for engineering design, estimating/quality control, and design innovation. He will also take on responsibility for designing and implementing a comprehensive asset management system to inform long-range infrastructure and financial planning.

Peter Hammerl is promoted to Director of Information Technology, following a progressive 20-year career with HOPA, most recently serving as IT Manager. Peter is responsible for managing HOPA’s technological infrastructure, information security, digital transformation, and collaborating across the organization to drive efficiency and innovation.

These senior leadership team changes will position HOPA to deliver on our ambitious plans to develop prosperous and sustainable working waterfronts in Ontario.

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.