A Day to Support Our Ports: United for the Future

April 5th marks Western Hemisphere Ports Day, a time to acknowledge our industry’s role in job creation and economic prosperity, and its commitment to education, training and environmental stewardship initiatives on behalf of the communities we serve across the Americas.

Led by the American Association of Port Authorities and the Association of Canadian Port Authorities – under the banner “United for the Future” – we’re proud to join hundreds of ports in North, Central and South America, and the Caribbean, to highlight and celebrate the value of ports.

Like ports worldwide, we have an ongoing commitment to remind our community and its leaders about the important role we play in New Brunswick and Canada as a vital link to the global economy.

According to IHS World Trade Service, combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere ports in 2014 totaled 3.48 billion metric tons in volume and $4.9 trillion (CAD) in value.  Of that total, ports in Central and South America handled 1.68 billion metric tons of cargo valued at $2.1 trillion (CAD), while North American ports handled 1.79 billion metric tons of goods, valued at $3.7 trillion (CAD).    Finally, within the North American total, the 18 members of Canada’s national port system move 311.5 million metric tonnes of goods valued at over $400 billion (CAD).

reduced gdp for april 5However, the economic worth of all cargo in terms of jobs and business activity is much greater than its market value.  According to the Association of Canadian Port Authorities activity at its member ports play a pivotal role in driving Canada’s economy by contributing $25 billion (CAD) to the nation’s GDP, creating 250,000 direct and indirect jobs that pay higher-than-average wages, and handling nearly two-thirds of the country’s waterborne cargo.

Ports also play a critical role in providing goods that impact our everyday lives.  Millions of tons of food, clothing, medicine, fuel and building materials, as well as consumer electronics and toys, move through Western Hemisphere seaports every day.

And the volume of cargo shipped by water is expected to dramatically increase by 2020, as reduced jobs fro april 5
will the number of passengers traveling through our seaports. To meet these demands, we’re committed to keeping our ports navigable, secure and sustainable.

On Ports Day, port leaders from across the hemisphere are gathering in Washington for their Annual Spring Conference to discuss how we can best manage increasing freight volumes and remain successful in a dynamic global economy, among other challenges.  Most importantly, we will also continue collaboration on ways our industry can lead the way in terms of job creation and economic growth.

We’re proud to join hundreds of Western Hemisphere seaports in celebration of Ports Day.  On behalf of workers, farmers, employers, manufacturers and consumers everywhere, we are truly united for the future.

Peter Gaulton, Chair of the Board of Directors
Port Saint John

Looking ahead with optimism: Port Saint John Strategic Plan 2016-2020

cover for webIn an economy that is creating headlines for all the wrong reasons, Port Saint John’s five-year strategic plan is a ray of optimism and a testament to good planning.

Over the past few years, the Port has redefined and re-positioned itself, attracted new customers, and experienced double-digit growth.

Jim Quinn, President and CEO, attributes this positive trend to having a strong plan.

“Five years ago, we put a strategy in place to re-introduce our port to the global shipping community with the goal of growing our business and modernizing our facilities,” says Quinn. “Thanks to a great team of Board, management and staff, we’ve successfully executed initiatives in all our business areas – and our growth is a reflection of that work.”

Looking forward over the next five years, the Port is remaining focused on the guiding principles set down by the Canada Marine Act:

  • Maintaining financial self-sufficiency
  • Maintaining strategic significance to Canadian trade
  • Maintaining a link to rail and highway infrastructure
  • Maintaining a diverse cargo base

With priority initiatives including sustainable business development, product diversification, infrastructure renewal and land use planning, Quinn says the next five years will be exciting times for the Port.Strategic Road Map 2016-2020

“During the next five years we will be investing in modernizing our facilities, which will strengthen our position as one of Canada’s leading ports. That’s exciting for all
of us here, and I am sure for people throughout our community
because it will position us for continued growth.”

The Port has carefully positioned itself as an agile solution provider, which is paying dividends both on the home front and with customers around the world.

“We have great natural advantages, and excellent intermodal connectivity ,” says Quinn. “What makes us exceptional, however, is that we offer a willingness to continuously innovate, to think outside the box and to take a positive solutions-based approach to the challenges we encounter. We want our customers see us as a responsive and collaborative trade facilitator, and our local stakeholders to see us as a community builder and a tool for prosperity.”

Global economic forces including the price of oil, and the value of Canadian dollar, will certainly have an impact on growth forecasts, but Jim Quinn remains optimistic:

“The global economy presents many challenges for the entire transportation sector, but it also provides opportunities. We are ensuring our Port takes every advantage of these opportunities, from the attractiveness of export trade due to the low dollar, to Canada’s progressive approach to lateral and multi-lateral trade agreements.”

But bottom line, he says, is this: success requires diversity, and good people to make it happen.

“Diversity in our business is a key to success. Maintaining existing areas of our business, while incorporating the flexibility for continuous improvement and exploring new business provides opportunity for continued growth even if one particular sector experiences a slowdown due to varying market conditions or economic cycles,” says Quinn. “Diversity is our advantage, and our people are our strength.”


Port Saint John welcomes new board members

Glenn Cooke, of Cooke Aquaculture, comes to the board by federal appointment. His vision, entrepreneurship and business savvy has been recognized by the business community in Canada and overseas. Cooke Aquaculture is the largest fully integrated and independent salmon farming company in North America.

Kathryn Craig comes to the board by municipal appointment. Craig has a wealth of experience on boards, along with strategic planning savvy. She is also skilled in the area of labour relations and working with all levels of government.

Cooke was named one of 50 Top Atlantic Canadian CEOs in 2007 and has since made the list for several consecutive years. In 2006, Cooke Aquaculture was named one of the 50 Best Managed Companies in Canada and has been renamed to the list every year since. He’s also received various export, entrepreneurship and community development awards.

Glenn Cooke

Under Cooke’s leadership, Cooke Aquaculture was the first company in North America to offer products that were certified to the internationally recognized Seafood Trust label. The company has also played an active role in research and science on the topics of DNA traceability, broodstock development, fish health and integrated multi-trophic aquaculture.

Craig, former Executive Director of FacilicorpNB, has also received the designation of one of Atlantic Canada’s Top 50 CEOs, winning in 2003 during her time as CEO of Fundy Linen Service Inc. There, she was responsible for the overall operation and financial well being of the largest non-profit central laundry in Eastern Canada. During that time, several green initiatives were undertaken, including conversion to natural gas, updated ventilation system, and new C.B.W. washers.

Kathy Craig

She began her studies in nursing, later earning a Masters in Business from the University of New Brunswick, along with taking the Chartered Director Program from McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business.

Craig’s board experience includes: City of Saint John Shared Risk Pension Plan, Saint John Industrial Parks Limited and Saint John Board of Trade. She was also a member of the Mayor’s Task Force on Economic Development and was a member of Government of New Brunswick Employers Negotiating Team for CUPE 1252