Land Use Plan

Land Use Plan Update

In 2017, the Hamilton Port Authority completed a review and update of its Land Use Plan. Input from more than 200 members of the public and agencies was received as part of the update process.

Download HPA’s Land Use Plan here:
HPA Land Use Plan
HPA Land Use Plan Backgrounder

If you have any comments or questions about HPA’s Land Use Plan, please contact: [email protected]


The new Land Use Plan takes into account important changes to the port’s operating environment:

  • HPA has acquired several new properties since 2002, most significantly the former unused Stelco property at Pier 22, which has since been redeveloped into modern industrial employment uses. HPA has also acquired 1632 Burlington Street, a manufacturing and warehousing facility which houses 13 tenant companies.
  • Since 2002, the Hamilton waterfront has evolved to include a greater proportion of public space. Pier 8 now includes popular attractions like the waterfront skating rink and cafes, and HPA recently worked with the City of Hamilton to transfer the full lands at Piers 7 and 8 to the City, in order to facilitate the multi-use redevelopment of this area.
  • The Randle Reef Sediment Remediation Project has entered its construction phase, and new uses are contemplated for the surface of the Engineered Containment Facility at completion.
  • The security requirements imposed on port authorities by the Marine Transportation Security Act have changed the operating environment since 2002. Ports, port terminals and vessels are now required to control access to their respective facilities.
  • The majority of HPA’s 620 acres is currently tenanted; home to more than 130 companies. The needs of the regional economy, local community and port-reliant businesses will certainly change and grow over the coming 15-20 years. It is the goal of the updated land use plan to anticipate these needs and develop a plan for a sustainable, prosperous Port of Hamilton.


The mandate of a port is to facilitate trade and to support the regional economy. For the Port of Hamilton, this means serving as an essential link in several supply chains: steel-making, agri-food, construction materials, petrochemicals, and manufacturing. HPA’s updated Land Use Plan must seek to maximize efficient transportation services to these industries.

Port uses are determined by federal legislation, and are confined to transportation and logistics uses, as well as transportation-intensive industrial uses. In order for the port to fulfill its mandate, it must maintain its transportation-intensive industrial function and character.

A port is also an industrial community, comprising a network of companies. Port strategies may include initiatives that contribute to a more integrated, sustainable and efficient port community.

The Land Use Plan explains how port activities will be undertaken in a financially and socially responsible, and environmentally sustainable fashion.

Background Documents

HPA Land Use Plan

Final October 2017

HPA Backgrounder

Final October 2017

HPA Land Use Plan Discussion Paper

Hamilton Ports Lands Map

Deloitte: Phase 1 Market Opportunities Study

Background Report for City of Hamilton Bayfront Industrial Area – A Strategy for Renewal, 2015

Port of Hamilton Key Facts


Oshawa Port Authority Land Use Plan

Oshawa Port Authority Harbour Plan

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.