Port of Halifax Annual Report 2021

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Annual Report 2021

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Overview

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Corporate Governance

The Halifax Port Authority is governed by a Board of Directors composed of seven members:

  • One Member nominated by the Minister of Transport and appointed by the Governor in Council (Federal Director; position currently vacant);
  • One member chosen and appointed by the Province of Nova Scotia (Provincial Director*);
  • One member chosen and appointed by the Halifax Regional Municipality (Municipal Director**);
  • Four members nominated by the Minister of Transport in consultations with Port User groups and appointed by the Governor in Council (Port User Directors)
 

Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors (as of December 31 2021)

Learn more about our Board of Directors »

 

After five years on our board, Jim Spatz, a respected business leader and philanthropist, and former Halifax Port Authority Federal Director and Chair of the Infrastructure Committee, resigned in August of 2021. We appreciate the opportunity we had to benefit from Jim’s knowledge and experience, and wish him well.

2021 Board Committees (as of December 31, 2021)

Current Members

Governance

Thomas Hayes, Chair
Carole-Ann Moran-Miller, Vice-Chair
David Cameron

Audit

André Boudreau, Chair
Deanna Furlotte
Michelle Awad

Human Resources & Compensation

David Cameron, Chair
Carole-Ann Moran-Miller
Deanna Furlotte

2021 Board Committees (as of December 31, 2021)

Current Members

Governance

Thomas Hayes, Chair
Carole-Ann Moran-Miller, Vice-Chair
David Cameron

Audit

André Boudreau, Chair
Deanna Furlotte
Michelle Awad

Human Resources & Compensation

David Cameron, Chair
Carole-Ann Moran-Miller
Deanna Furlotte

Halifax Port Authority Executive Team

Learn more about our Executive Team »

 

Corporate Directive

 

A corporate directive that has strategic value to an organization needs to give inspiration and guidance to all members of that organization, helping them support their customers and their culture in ways that are relevant and comprehensive.

In 2021, the Halifax Port Authority continued on the corporate and brand path that had been established during the previous year. We conducted our business with that roadmap in mind, with a focus on sustainability, diversity and inclusion, collaborative decision-making, and community – with the underpinning theory that if the Port lives up to these principles and these values, business success will follow.

Our vision – what we want to achieve – has not changed:

To be Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway.

Our mission – how we get there – remains:

We connect with global markets to create value for our customers, partners, visitors, and community.

This is the foundation of what we stand for, and this is how we will succeed.

 
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Our Vision

To be Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway.

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Our Mission

We connect with global markets to create value for our customers, partners, visitors, and community.

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Our Goals

Provide a cost-competitive and efficient supply chain

Build future capability

Engage interested parties and community

Ensure financial sustainability

Build people and culture with strong sustainability and safety ethics

 

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Our Guiding Principles

Be One Port City

Collaborative & engaged

Future focused

Sustainable

Trusted partner

 
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Our Values

ACCOUNTABILITY
We are accountable

CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
We aspire to evolve

DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
We believe in different experience and perspective across our culture and business

 

INTEGRITY
We build long-term relationships

SUSTAINABILITY
We believe in balance and unity for overall well-being for today, and for the future

2021-22 Performance Goals

Although these goals were identified in 2020, our commitment to a long-term strategic plan means we stayed the course with these goals as well as the fundamental motivations, objectives and tactics from which they emerged. These goals have informed the thinking behind many of the specific projects you will read about in this report.

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To provide a cost-competitive and efficient supply chain

  • National Trade Corridors Fund projects including the Rail Solution Project and Marine Container Examination Facility Project continue to advance.
  • PortControl port-wide digital operating system initialized in 2021 for early
    2022 launch.
  • Joint Operations Centre for coordinated port-wide operations developed in partnership with CN, PSA Halifax, and the Halifax Port Authority for launch in 2022.

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To build future capability

  • 50-year Master Plan finalized for 2022 release.
  • Pier A-1 Infilling Project identified and announced in early 2022.
  • Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market redeveloped to create a financially-sustainable operating model.

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To engage interested parties and community

  • The PIER transportation sector innovation lab designed, developed, and launched in 2021.
  • Public Engagement Plan developed and finalized for Q2 2022 launch.
  • Exploring a possible transition of the Transportation & Trade Collaborative Forum into the Joint Regional Transportation Agency.
 

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To ensure financial sustainability

  • Review and manage expenditures at the Halifax Port Authority to ensure financial capacity.
  • Develop long-term strategies for the sequestration of pyretic slate to ensure the best interests of the community and Halifax Port Authority are met.

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To build people and culture with strong sustainability and safety ethics

  • Sustainability Report measured against World Port Sustainability Program (WPSP) and Net Zero 200 Plan developed and finalized for 2022 release.
  • Employee Engagement Committee established.
  • Safety Culture strategic plan in development. Completed Halifax Harbour Marine Firefighting Needs Assessment Report to begin actionable items in Q2 2022.
  • Engagement, Diversity, and Inclusion strategy continues to roll out across the organization with focus on six areas: recruitment, career development and promotion, employee support, supplier diversity, community programs, and the Port community.
 
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COVID-19 Impact

At the writing of this report, COVID-19 has been affecting our lives for two years. It remains the top news story almost every day, and significant impacts are still being felt at the Port of Halifax, and around the world.

Although the pandemic has impacted how we work, it hasn’t altered the Halifax Port Authority’s obligation to keep goods flowing through our international gateway. COVID-19 has created significant challenges for global supply chains, creating peaks and troughs which has resulted in vessel bunching at some ports, and blank or omitted sailings at others. It has been a period marked by disruption and uncertainty.

In the end, the Port of Halifax ended the year with strong cargo results which reflects the hard work and dedication of the entire Port of Halifax community including the shipping lines, terminal operators, ILA workforce, CN, marine pilots, tug operators and the entire shipping community. The uncertainty and challenges will continue into 2022.