Port of Halifax Annual Report 2021

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Annual Report 2021

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People, Partners, and Innovation

The Port in the Community

 

The Port of Halifax is a busy, working port in a dynamic city that is home to a diverse community of people and businesses that rely on one another every day. The pandemic helped us all realize exactly how connected we are as our businesses, our educational pursuits, our social and recreational outlets, and our lives were challenged by COVID-19. And it made us look at our community and the value it holds through a fresh lens.

That relationship between the Port and our community has become increasingly more important as part of our sustainability objectives. “For us, sustainability is that balance between the economic drivers of the Port and the needs of the community and the environment – it means finding ways we can grow together in a balanced environment,” says Captain Allan Gray, President & CEO of HPA.

Over the last year, even with the limitations presented by the pandemic, we’ve continued to build strong relationships with our stakeholders, friends and neighbours in our community.

It’s right in HPA’s mission statement:
We connect with global markets to create value for our customers, partners, visitors, and community.

Port Community Liaison Committee

The Port Community Liaison Committee (PCLC) is a group we created with the purpose of fostering meaningful communication and sharing information between the Port and members of the public. It gives us an opportunity to sit down with a broad mix of people who are affected by port operations and projects, to understand their feelings, get a sense of their concerns and listen to their feedback. The PCLC fosters an ongoing conversation between the Port and our neighbours. We hear from them. We learn from them. And we use the insight we gain to move operations forward.

The PCLC is independently chaired, made up of people who represent our citizens, with emphasis on experience, insight, and diversity. The committee meets every two months,and enters into each new conversation with a spirit of collaboration and transparency.

Halifax Port Authority Scholarships

As part of our investment in our community, the Halifax Port Authority annually awards five post-secondary scholarships (two $1,000 scholarships and three $500 scholarships) to graduating high school students. We believe in higher education and the benefits it can bring. These scholarships help us help Nova Scotian students pursue their dreams of higher education.

Public Walkway

At the end of 2020, the Halifax Port Authority opened an extended section of the South End Container Terminal property to the community for use as a public walkway. Throughout 2021, the walkway has given pedestrians, runners, dog-walkers and families sweeping, unobstructed views of Halifax Harbour. It also gives people a safe, front-row view of terminal operations, including the largest ship-to-shore crane in eastern Canada and the arrivals and departures of the many different ships calling at the Port of Halifax.

Community Investment Program

Throughout the year, we are proud to support many organizations, events, and causes that are important to our employees and community members. In 2021, HPA’s Community Investment Program supported the following causes:

 
Alice House

Art of City Building

Black Educators
Association Spelling Bee

Dartmouth Tree Lighting

Hope Cottage

IWK COVID Response Fund

Mission to Seafarers

Movember

NS COVID-19 Health Research Coalition

Orange Shirt Day (honouring Indigenous Residential School Survivors)

Pathways to Progress Nicaragua

Ride for Cancer

The North Grove

Tidal Trekkers

United Way Halifax

Port City Halifax Questions: the video series

For many Haligonians, our Port exists as a 24/7 undercurrent of activity: Ships arrive and depart, cranes load and unload cargo, trucks and trains bring containers to the seaport and take them away.

We thought it might be interesting to take people behind the scenes of that activity, and introduce them to the people, the places and the organizations that make up the Port of Halifax. Do you know what the Harbour Master does? Or how PortControl, HPA’s new digital operating system, will transform our operations? Those are the questions Port City Halifax asks and answers, engaging our community with each and every one.

 

Port City Halifax Questions – CMA CGM Marco Polo

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Port City Halifax Questions – Sustainability

Port City Halifax Questions – Container Terminal Public Walkway

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Future-Focused Innovation

 

Aside from being one of HPA’s guiding principles, a focus on the future is one element of a comprehensive forward-looking business plan that sets HPA apart from others in our industry. As our city’s population increases and e-commerce spurs growth in international trade, the demand for the Port’s services will expand. To ensure sustainable growth, we work with our partners on innovative ways to manage that expansion, collaborating and engaging with our stakeholders and community as we grow to ensure our plans reflect the needs of that community, our municipality and the province.

 

The PIER

 

In 2021, Canada’s very first living lab for transportation, supply chain and logistics opened for business in Shed 20, the building that formerly housed the Seaport Farmers’ Market. The PIER brings individuals, groups, and businesses together under one roof to develop innovative solutions for supply chain and logistics challenges. It provides a landing space for companies with expertise in maritime transportation and logistics who see opportunity to develop solutions alongside innovative local startups and global industry leaders.

The PIER truly embodies HPA’s fresh approach to transformational change. Captain Allan Gray, President & CEO of HPA, frames it this way: “By coming together as a collaborative group and then using the power of the ecosystem that exists in Halifax and globally, we are more empowered to get to these solutions more creatively and more quickly.”

 
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A key strength of The PIER is the diversity of its membership. From that will come innovative solutions with benefits that reach far beyond those traditional sectors.

Captain Allan Gray
President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority

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HUMAN RESOURCES

 

Through the global pandemic, the Halifax Port Authority hasn’t slowed down our pursuit of operational excellence. Our Human Resources function is an important part of that pursuit.

HPA’s goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative of our community at all job levels. We are committed to providing a working environment that is conducive to professional growth and personal goal achievement for all its employees. We currently employ 85 employees in Trade/Trade Analytics, Finance/Accounting, Operations/ Maintenance, Engineering, Real Estate Administration, Information Technology, Human Resources, The PIER, and the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market.

 

Equity Diversity & Inclusion

Equity, Diversity & Inclusion are a part of a sustainable organization that balances all the aspects of community and social well-being, environmental well-being, and economic well-being. A diverse and inclusive workplace is one that welcomes, respects, and supports people of different genders, ethnicities, cultures, and abilities. By bringing together people of different backgrounds, abilities and perspectives and creating an atmosphere of inclusion, an organization enriches its own culture and broadens its horizons. We believe it also help us build stronger relationships in our community and across our global network.

We’ve undertaken a number of initiatives over the last year that have helped us create a culture of opportunity that includes diverse perspectives that contribute to better social outcomes and equity for all.

The PIER works on a principle of the shared values of collaboration, diversity and inclusion. It brings diverse groups and businesses together under one roof to develop innovative solutions for supply chain and logistics challenges that no one company can tackle on its own.

One such group is Tribe Network, a future-focused entrepreneurship and innovation hub that works to create pathways for BIPOC youth, entrepreneurs, leaders, and game-changers. Led by entrepreneurs, Eddie Carvery and Alfred Burgesson, Tribe Network is preparing a report called Pathways to Port Industry that will help African Nova Scotians find their way into the Port of Halifax as a career.

Diversity Through Procurement

A process to secure a panel of law firms to provide legal services to Halifax Port Authority began in late 2020 and continued through 2021. We were looking for law firms to provide expertise in many areas that relate to the overall operation of our organization  bringing diverse experiences, viewpoints, and practices to the table. By broadening the diversity of our supplier base, we open ourselves up to broader perspectives and new ways of thinking, adding capacity in the system in the process.

The Halifax Port Authority now has a panel of six pre-qualified law firms that we call on for the majority of our legal services, including firms that have demonstrated action towards equity, diversity and inclusion.

 

Supplier Diversity

The Halifax Port Authority celebrates the diversity of our communities and our people by being open and committed to learning, changing, and collaborating. One way to create a more diverse and inclusive culture, is to find out about similar efforts being undertaken by the organizations we work closely with – shared values are an important part of a strong relationship. In November of 2021, we conducted a Supplier Diversity Survey that helped us understand more about diversity and inclusion within our supplier and partner organizations.

From those who responded:

  • fewer than 1% are diverse and certified
  • 22% are diverse and eligible for certification
  • 70% are not diverse or eligible for certification

This represents a starting point and shows that there is tremendous opportunity to create capacity in the system for the inclusion of skilled people from all walks of life and who bring with them a broad range of ethnicity, culture, and lived experience. This is not about setting quotas, but rather about developing the programs, policies and practices that will allow for everyone to share in the potential and opportunities that come with having a full-service international gateway at the heart of our growing city.

 

Diversity Through Procurement

A process to secure a panel of law firms to provide legal services to Halifax Port Authority began in late 2020, and continued through 2021. We were looking for law firms to provide expertise in many areas that relate to the overall operation of our organization – not a single “big” law firm that could provide everything from under one roof – but a panel of firms that would bring diverse experiences, viewpoints, and practices to the table. By broadening the diversity of our supplier base, we open ourselves up to broader perspectives and new ways of thinking, adding capacity in the system in the process.

Halifax Port Authority now has a panel of six pre-qualified law firms that we call on for the majority of our legal services, including firms that have demonstrated action towards equity, diversity and inclusion.

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