Randle Reef

Project Overview

The $138.9M Randle Reef Contaminated Sediment Remediation project involves the remediation of approximately 695,000 m3 of contaminated sediments in Hamilton Harbour. The project cost is being shared equally by Canada, Ontario and the local community comprised of the City of Hamilton, City of Burlington and Halton Region, U.S. Steel Canada and the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority.

The project is managed by the Randle Reef Executive Committee chaired by Environment Canada and is comprised of representatives from the seven project-funding organizations.


  • The Randle Reef Sediment Remediation project is planned to be undertaken in three stages over seven years between 2015 and 2022 and has a total value of $138.9 Million.
  • Stage One will see the construction of the Engineered Containment Facility (ECF) into which the contaminated sediment will later be dredged and placed. The facility will be made of double steel sheet pile walls, with the outer walls being driven to depths of up to 24 metres into the harbour bottom.
  • Preparations began in 2015, and in-water work began in the spring of 2016.
  • In 2019, the project continued into Stage 2, including dredging priority 1 and 2 contaminated sediment (the most highly contaminated sediment) and placing it into the ECF.
  • Stage 3 includes the final capping of the ECF, and the in-situ capping of the lesser contaminated sediments.
  • Cleaning up Randle Reef is the last major step remaining in order to remove the Hamilton Harbour from the list of Areas of Concern in the Great Lakes. Restoring water quality in Hamilton Harbour will have positive impacts on the community and the entire Great Lakes ecosystem.
  • If you have questions or concerns about the Randle Reef construction project: Click here to find out who to call.

General Inquiries

If you have questions or concerns regarding this project, please contact Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Public Inquiries Centre toll-free at 1-800-668-6767. 

Every effort will be made to ensure construction of the project does not result in impairment of air or water quality due to disturbance of contaminated sediments. However, should you observe anything that concerns you, a 24-hour notification system is in place to alert local, provincial, and federal authorities.

In the event of an environmental emergency, please call the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change’s Spills Action Centre 24-hour toll-free number at 1-800-268-6060.

For more information about the Randle Reef Project, please visit: www.randlereef.ca

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.