Security Overview


The Port in Hamilton is a secured facility, with access restricted to authorized individuals with need and right to access port areas. Card readers at the various electronic gates will provide access to individuals holding a Port Security Access Card (PSAC) issued by the Port Security Centre.

Individuals without a PSAC must proceed to the Port Security Centre at 450 Sherman Ave to acquire a PSAC.


The Port in Oshawa is a secured facility, with access restricted to authorized individuals with need and right to access port areas.

Individuals requiring access into the Port must check in at the Port Authority Main Office

Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority – Oshawa Main Office
1621 Simcoe St. S.

Oshawa, Ontario



Visitors must check in at the Port Authority Main Office to obtain a temporary visitors’ pass on arrival.

Visitors will be provided with a visitor pass, which must be worn and visible at all times while on-site. Any pass issued is to be returned to Port Authority Main Office prior to visitor departure from the port unless otherwise instructed. Visitors are not authorized to be in restricted areas or industrial areas unless they are escorted by an employee who is authorized to be in that area and will remain with the visitor, or the visitor has been issued a temporary restricted area access pass for that area.

All visitors must present government issued identification (ID) to security personnel when attempting to enter the port. The purpose of the visit will be verified by security personnel before access is provided. Visitors shall be scheduled in advance. Unscheduled visitors must be authorized by the Port Authority and, if applicable, the Marine Facility Security Officer (MFSO) to have access granted.

Visitors will be advised of specific security requirements in effect at the time of visit.

Vehicle control procedures apply if vehicles must be driven into the Hamilton-Oshawa Port Authority – Port of Oshawa location.



Contact Information

450 Sherman Ave
Hamilton, Ontario
905.525.3412 – 24 Hours
[email protected]

pdf icon Directions to the Port Security Centre

Security and Emergency Contact Information

To report marine and/or rail emergencies or to report suspicious activity call:

Harbour Master’s Office / Port Patrol
905-525-3412 – 24 Hours
and then call:

Transport Canada Emergency Reporting Centre
1-888-857-4003 – 24 Hours

Environmental Emergency Spills Action Centre (SAC)

Port Security Centre

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.