MONTREAL, Que.–Canada’s ports are continuing to push the limits and build on their success as they forge ahead in this technological age.
As the 57th annual conference of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) wrapped up in Montreal last week, the association stated that Canada’s port authorities are well positioned to capitalize on global realities that include increased free trade, cyber security risks and more digital communication.
“Canada’s ports have carved out a new vision for themselves in the 21st Century, and we are very excited about what the future holds,” says Wendy Zatylny, President of ACPA. “The last few days have been very rich and full of content and activity and building new relationships. Together, we have pushed the limits of imagination, creativity, partnerships and how we look at the role of ports in the Canadian economy.”
Canadian Port Authorities handle more than 60 per cent of Canada’s waterborne cargo, worth more than $400 billion annually. This activity supports 250,000 well-paying direct and indirect jobs. For every million tonnes of new cargo moved through these ports, 300 new jobs are created, said ACPA.
Over the two-and-a-half days of the conference, hosted by the Montreal Port Authority, delegates from across the country were engaged in discussions about the forces that are driving the future of logistics, adding value to Canadian ports, the challenges posed by energy, engaging on social media and expanding maritime trade opportunities.
“With several international trade agreements concluded or close, this is certainly an exciting time for Canadian ports,” says Mario Girard, new Chair of the ACPA Board of Directors and President and CEO of the Port of Quebec. “Our ports are about so much more than just moving goods. We create wealth and jobs. We contribute in building communities. If you look at the wealthiest cities on the planet, with good quality of life and vibrant tourism, 85% of them have one thing in common: a port. It is an exceptional opportunity to have a port, and as a country we boast 18 of them. It is a significant asset.”
The 58th annual ACPA conference will be held September 12-14, 2016, hosted by the Port of Thunder Bay.