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Windsor Port Authority partners with Sandwich Teen Action Group to Create Outdoor Marine Museum

Steve Salmons, Windsor Port Authority President/CEO announces creation of Outdoor Marine Museum to be located in Historic Sandwich Towne.

September 28, 2018
The history of Port Windsor, and its local economic and social impacts, will be profiled in
a unique community space next to Windsor Port Authority in Historic Sandwich Towne.
The Outdoor Marine Museum will create a new public space for community events,
socialization, relaxation, and fun to learn Port history and facts.

A seven-foot-tall anchor from a decommissioned ‘Laker’ will define the entrance off
Sandwich Street into an outdoor plaza for small community gatherings and performances,
and annual Christmas Tree display. Visitors will then follow a tree-lined pathway through
many indigenous and marine artifacts that tell the history and economic story of Windsor
through its port. More than a dozen display panels will trace port development from the
traditíonal lands of the first nations, to the arrival of European settlers, to the major port
of national strategic interest that is Windsor today.

This project is partially made possible with funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation,
through a partnership with the Sandwich Teen Action Group (STAG).

Last year, Port Windsor contributed to more than a dozen community projects ranging
from the Chief Tecumseh/Brock and Hiram Walker sculptures, the recent Open Streets
festival in Sandwich, scholarships at both University of Windsor and St Clair College, the
Arts Council of Windsor and Region, neighbourhood clean-ups, St John’s Sandwich Food
Bank, STAG, Windsor Symphony, and the Mission to Seafarers.

The Windsor Port Authority is one of 18 national ports identified for their strategic
contribution to the economy of Canada, The third largest port in Ontario, Port Windsor
moved more than 5 million tonnes of product through its terminals in 2017.  That creates
more than 800 direct jobs on our docks, and $260 million in economic impact locally.

For more information, please contact:

Steve Salmons, President and CEO
519-258-5741 , x212

Click here to read Windsor Star News article


2018 Open Streets Windsor

Join us Sunday, September 23, 2018 as we participate in 2018 Open Streets Windsor

Free giveaways including Bike Raffle Tickets (ages 4-15), popcorn, “Plinko” game prizes, etc.

2018 Open Streets Windsor


Chamber of Marine Commerce releases New Study regarding Economic Impacts

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shipping adds 180,000 jobs, $26 billion to Canadian economy: New Study

July 18, 2018 – Cargo shipments to ports on the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River waterway
generate CDN$60 billion worth of economic activity and 328,500 jobs in Canada and the U.S.,
according to a new study released today. That breaks down to 181,000 jobs and CDN$26 billion
in economic activity in Ontario and Quebec.
The Economic Impacts of Maritime Shipping in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region reveals
the economic benefits of the shipping activity along the entire bi-national Great Lakes-St.
Lawrence River waterway – the longest deep draft inland navigation system in the world. In
2017, more than 230 million metric tons of raw materials and finished goods were transported by
ships to and from ports via the waterway, which includes the Great Lakes, the St. Lawrence
Seaway and the lower St. Lawrence river. This international and domestic cargo was worth over
CDN$100 billion.

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Media Release – Board Appointments

Minister of Transport, the Hon. Marc Garneau, has appointed two new Directors to the Board of the Windsor Port Authority.  The appointments of Karen Behune Plunkett and Thomas W. O’Brien are effective June 29, 2018.

Karen Behune Plunkett brings expertise to the Board in strategic planning, business development, marketing and public relations.  She is a founder, principal and consultant to a number of local companies including her current role of Partner and V.P. Business Development of Voltaric Inc., a data analytics company.  Karen is the immediate past-President and CEO of WEtech Alliance.  As President and CEO of Walkerville Brewery, Karen led them to multiple awards including a 2006 World Cup Beer Winner.  Other successful ventures include well-known establishments such as Plunkett’s Bistro, Caterings Café, and Chez Vine Wine Bar.  Board leadership experience includes Windsor Utilities, St. Clair College, Essex Region Conservation Foundation, WEtech Alliance, Ontario Craft Brewers, Co-Chair of Windsor-Essex County United Way Campaign, Windsor Essex Capital Angel Network, in addition to many sub-committees and service boards.  Karen has been awarded the 2000 International Athena Award (only the second Canadian) as well as being appointed Honourary Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Windsor Essex, and the Alzheimer Society of Windsor-Essex County.

Founder and Partner of Cooper’s Hawk Vineyards, Tom O’Brien was a Chartered Accountant and Managing Partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers of Windsor.  Having established the first tax department in Windsor, he went on to become the Global Tax Group Leader for the Consumer and Industrial Products Group, the Leader of the Canadian Automotive Industry Group, and a member of the Canadian Tax Leadership Group.  Tom was a member of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Policy Board, the effective Board of Directors.  Currently on the Boards of WindsorEssex Economic Development Corporation and, Tourism Windsor Essex Pelee Island, Tom has also served in many community leadership roles as Chair, Treasurer, or Board member to several agencies, including St. Clair College, University of Windsor, Assumption University, United Way, Windsor/Essex County Hospitals Foundation, Essex Regional Conservation Authority, Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation, and both the Essex Pelee Island Winegrowers Association, and the Winery and Grower Alliance of Ontario.  Currently, Tom has also been nominated to election of Fellowship, PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

President and CEO Steve Salmons comments:  “Success in business development and a strong commitment to community involvement are the hallmarks of a great Director.  Both Karen and Tom bring outstanding records of accomplishment on both these measures.”

For further information, please contact:

Steve Salmons

President and CEO

519-258-5741 x212


Touring K+S Windsor Salt Mine

K+S Windsor Salt Mine

President and CEO Steve Salmons and Harbour Master Peter Berry (4th and 3rd from the right) on mine tour at Windsor Salt (K+S), 975 feet below the surface.

Each year, the Windsor Mine ships more than 1.5 Million tonnes of rock salt to cities in Ontario, Ohio, Michigan and Illinois.



CEO Steve Salmons attends Roundtable Discussions

CEO Steve Salmons attends roundtable with Transport Minister Marc Garneau to discuss the Modernization of Canadian Ports.  Each year, more than 213,000 jobs and $14 billion in wages are created by the movement of goods and people through Canadian ports.


Parliament Hill Day in Ottawa, 2018

Steve Salmons participates in Parliament Hill Day in Ottawa.  

Ports in Canada handle 62% of all import and export tonnage within Canada.  Ports are responsible for 213,000 direct and indirect jobs. 


Mill Street Parkette – Grand Opening and Naming Ceremony

The Windsor Port Authority will be hosting a “Grand Opening and Naming Ceremony” for the parkette at the foot of Mill Street commencing at 12 noon on Tuesday April 24, 2018.

Click here to read full Press Release.


Notice Regarding Ojibway Shores Access

The Ojibway Shores property located between Black Oak Natural Heritage Park and the Detroit River is recognized as extremely significant environmental land providing habitat to rare fauna and flora as well as numerous species-at-risk.

Due to the significant damage done over the past year, the property is currently closed to the public in order to allow the area to environmentally regenerate. Notice is posted on the property indicating no entry.

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