Port of Hamilton final port to receive Canada Port Authority status

by Canadian Shipper

The list of 18 ports originally designated to become Canada Port Authorities (CPAs) is now complete with the addition of the Port of Hamilton whose CPA officially goes into force May 1.

The Canada Marine Act (CMA), which came into effect in 1998, provides the legislative framework for a National Ports System (NPS) made up of independently managed CPAs, and streamlines the regulatory regime for the new CPAs and other ports currently administered by Transport Canada.

The Port of Hamilton is the last of the 18 ports initially designated under the Act to become CPAs. The others are in Vancouver, Montreal, Halifax, Prince Rupert, Fraser River, North Fraser, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec City, Saguenay, Sept-Iles, Saint John, St. John’s, Toronto, Thunder Bay and Windsor. In addition to the 18 designated ports, the Port of Belledune has been established as a CPA under a separate section of the Act.

Appointments to the board of directors for the Hamilton Port Authority were also announced.

Appointed to the board of directors for the Hamilton Port Authority are Robert J. Swenor of Hannon, Ontario; Isabelle J. Lanza, Judy Marsales, Fred Eisenberger, all of Hamilton; and Larry Russell of Burlington, Ontario.

Four of the five appointments were made after consultation with users, in accordance with the new Canada Marine Act. The fifth, Lanza, was nominated by the Government of Canada. The City of Hamilton and the Province of Ontario will nominate the final two board members shortly.

Swenor is a former member and president of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, a former member of the Conference Board of Canada and the Ontario Labour Relations Board, as well as a member of various community organizations. He is currently chairman of the board for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation and was chairman of the Transition Committee for Commercialization of the St. Lawrence Seaway.

Lanza is a vice-president with the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association executive. She is a member of community organizations and participates in many extra curricular activities at St. Ann’s school.

Marsales has held various positions on the Hamilton Burlington and District Real Estate Board and Chamber of Commerceand received an award for female entrepreneur of the year in Hamilton Wentworth for 1995. Since 1988, Marsales has owned and operated Judy Marsales Real Estate Limited in Hamilton.

Eisenberger is currently pursuing environmental studies at the University of Waterloo and is a licensed real estate representative. He has served as a member of the City of Hamilton Council and holds positions on numerous community committees, boards and commissions.

Russell has been a communications consultant over the past 30 years for the private and public sectors, including the City of Hamilton. He is currently president of Russco Ltd. in Hamilton and has served as president of various companies and associations.

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