Preliminary Program

Monday September 18
5:30pm - 7:00pm Welcome Reception - Princess Louisa Suite, Fairmont Waterfront Hotel
Tuesday September 19
7:30am - 8:45am Breakfast
9:15am - 11:15am Annual General Meeting (Members Only)
11:15am - 11:45am Nutrition Break/Trade Show
12:00pm - 1:30pm Opening Ceremony & Luncheon
1:30pm - 2:00pm

Opening Keynote - Global State of Affairs and Its impact on Canadian Ports

Topic: The global economy is in a turbulent period with anti-free trade discourse, a softening international economy, new shipping routes from canal expansions – what does this mean for Canadian trade and ports?

Speaker: Rear Admiral Art McDonald, Commander Maritime Forces Pacific

2:00pm - 2:45pm

Session 1 - Economic Prosperity Through Trade

Topic: Options for financing port infrastructure projects to meet Canada’s growing trade demands.

Overview: Learn how infrastructure financing is being impacted by new models, including the government infrastructure bank.

Moderator: Carlo Dade, Director of the Trade & Investment Centre, Canada West Foundation


  • Mark Hodgson, Partner, Deloitte, Vancouver
  • Bruce McCuaig, Advisor, Canada Infrastructure Bank
2:45pm - 3:15pm Nutrition Break/Trade Show
3:15pm - 3:45pm

Business Session: Sustainability as an Element of Prosperity

Topic: Transportation, and specifically marine shipping, is viewed as a key enabler of economic growth in Canada.  Shipping, however, occurs in complex ecosystems along Canada’s treasured coastlines.  Each and every day; governments, ports and the shipping industry are tasked with finding ways to achieve a balance between providing Canadians with the benefits of marine shipping while protecting the waterways they treasure.

Overview: An understanding of how this shared goal among marine stakeholders can be achieved through the advancement of approaches such as the Oceans Protection Plan and current research initiatives

Speaker: Peter Ellis, Executive Director, Clear Seas

3:45pm - 5:00pm

Session 2 - Thriving Communities

Topic: Solutions for effective supply chain management that can ease impacts on local communities.

Overview: Big data and new supply chain management tools are providing new ways of addressing increased traffic and round-the-clock operations that threaten community support

Moderator: Mike Foran, Vice President, Market Strategy and Asset Management, CP


  • Peter Xotta, Vice President, Planning and Operations, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority   
  • Christian Dea, Director General, Transport Canada
  • Nanette Efird, Strategic Data & Analytics Solutions, GE Transportation
  • Soumak Chatterjee, Blockchain, Product Innovation, Senior Manager, Deloitte Canada
6:00pm - 8:00pm Networking Cocktail Reception (Terminal City Club)
Evening free for private dinners
Wednesday September 20
7:30am - 8:45am Breakfast
8:45am - 9:45am

Session 3 - Thriving Communities

TopicBuilding community trust: Globally-inspired best practices in port-community collaboration.

Overview: Ports around the world and here in Canada are using innovative, sustainable approaches to address port and community challenges. Here more about some home-grown and international examples of successful port cities.

Moderator: Mario Girard, CEO, Quebec Port Authority


  • Greta Marini, Strategic Advisor, Port City Community Affairs, AIVP
  • Darrell Mussatto, Mayor of the City of North Vancouver
  • Lourette Swanepoel, Senior Associate, Stantec, BC
9:45am - 10:15am Nutrition Break/Trade Show
10:15am - 11:15am

Session 4 - Healthy Ecosystems

Topic: Innovation and Collaboration for Environmental Protection

OverviewNever before has it been more important for Canadian port authorities to demonstrate the fulfilment of their environmental protection mandate. Learn more about some unique collaborations that are winning broad support among industry and the public.            

Moderator: Adam Cook, Director of Supply Chain Sales, CN


  • Kate Moran, CEO, Oceans Network Canada
  • Yvette Myers, Regional Director - Marine Safety and Security, Transport Canada, Pacific Region
  • Marko Dekovic, Vice President, Public Affairs, Global Container Terminals         
11:15am - 11:45am Nutrition Break/Trade Show
11:45am - 1:05pm Lunch & Medal of Merit Award Presentation
1:30pm - 2:45pm Port Tour of the Port of Vancouver
2:45pm - 3:15pm  Nutrition Break/Trade Show
3:15pm - 3:45pm

Business Session – Transportation 2030 and the Maritime Sector

Topic: A clear understanding of the direction, implementation plans and status of TC’s Transportation 2030 and its application to the maritime sector.

Speaker: Sandra Lafortune, Director General, International Relations and Trade Policy, Transport Canada

3:45pm - 4:30pm

Session 5 - Economic Prosperity Through Trade

TopicProtecting Canada’s marine assets in a cyber-scary world

Overview: Never before has it been more important for Canadian port authorities to demonstrate the fulfilment of their environmental protection mandate. Learn more about some unique collaborations that are winning broad support among industry and the public.            

Moderator: Bob Gordon, Executive Director, Canadian Cyber Threat Exchange


  • Caroline Leprince, Cybersecurity Consultant, Canadian Cyber Incident Response Centre, Public Service Canada        
  • John Mah, Director, Information Services, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
4:30pm - 5:00pm Closing Ceremony and Awards
6:00pm - 7:00pm Cocktail Hour (Vancouver Convention Centre West)
7:00pm - 11:30pm West Coast Gala (Vancouver Convention Centre West)
  ACPA ACPA Port of Vancouver Venue West