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Media Release – Prosperity Place – Sept 26, 2019

Port Windsor has unveiled the name of its new outdoor marine museum –

PROSPERITY PLACE,

in celebration of International Maritime Day.

Steve Salmons (Windsor Port Authority President & CEO), Hunter Kersey (Town Crier) and Peter Berry (Windsor Port Authority Harbour Master) celebrate the Official Opening of Prosperity Place.

The Town Crier called the children of General Brock Public School and the community itself to gather at this new destination for the official opening. Elders from the Walpole first Nation performed a smudging ceremony to purify the space and recognize the historic connection to this area by several first nations.  Literally anchored by an anchor, the new outdoor space is adjacent to the offices of Port Windsor in Old Sandwich Towne, and tells the story of marine trade and commerce for over 10,000 years at this very location.

The Town Crier called the children of General Brock Public School and the community itself to gather at this new destination for the official opening.

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Media Release – Prosperity Place – Sept 26 2019

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High Water Levels: 30 Meter Buffer Imposed along Windsor Shoreline

The Windsor Port Authority has authorized a temporary 30 day buffer zone of 30 meters for all motorized watercraft moving along the Windsor shoreline of the Detroit River. This means no motorized watercraft can operate within 30 meters of shore unless docking., ….

“We are dealing with historic high waters’ crisis, not a shipping issue. But still, by imposing a 30 meter ban we are asking all pleasure craft to be good neighbours and stay away from the shoreline property owners that are dealing with significant pressures”. Steve Salmons, President and CEO, Windsor Port Authority.

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2019 Annual General Meeting

As part of the requirements of the Canada Marine Act, the Windsor Port Authority is holding its annual meeting at The Bistro at the River on Thursday, June 13, 2019, commencing at 4:00 p.m. 

Copies of the financial statements of the Port Authority will be available for review, and the meeting is open to the public.

In addition, copies of the financial statements may be obtained at the Windsor Port Authority office, 3190 Sandwich Street, Windsor, Ontario.

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2019 Annual General Meeting Notice

 

 

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Port Windsor Provides 100 Meals & 100 Cold Weather Kits to 100 Homeless

Port Windsor has donated 100 meals and 100 cold weather kits to the Street Help for the Homeless Centre at 964 Wyandotte Street E.   Each kit contains two pairs of warm socks, gloves and a toque to help protect the homeless against harsh winter conditions.

The donation is made in the name of Port Windsor’s customers and community partners.  For each person attending the recent Year-End Open House, a package and dinner was placed under the office Christmas tree.

On Christmas Day, most of us will be warm in our homes

and surrounded by family at the dinner table. 

We need to remember that there are those who will be cold,

those who will be alone and without Christmas dinner”,

Steve Salmons, President and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority.

In 2018, Port Windsor contributed more than $40,000 to a dozen community projects, ranging from the Chief Tecumseh/General Brock and Hiram Walker sculptures, Open Streets, scholarships at both the University of Windsor and St Clair College, The Arts Council of Windsor, neighbourhood clean-ups, St John’s Sandwich Food Bank, STAG, Windsor Symphony and the Mission to Seafarers.

The Windsor port 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 5 million tonnes of product in 2018, created more than 800 direct jobs, and contributed $260 million in economic impacts locally.

For further information, please contact:

Steve Salmons

President and CEO

519-345-6703

100 cold weather kits loaded for donation to Street Help Homeless Centre of Windsor, ON.

Steve Salmons, Windsor Port Authority President/CEO, visits Street Help Homeless Centre of Windsor.

Steve Salmons, Windsor Port Authority President/CEO, visits Street Help Homeless Centre of Windsor, ON.

 

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Media Release – Partnership with Lafarge Canada Inc

The Windsor Port Authority is pleased to announce its participation in a community tree planting event taking place on October 30, 2018.  The Windsor Port Authority remains committed to partnering in projects within the Sandwich Town community that strive to promote the further beautification of Sandwich Town and in particular those that provide an enhanced environmental sustainability.

A total of 53 trees will be planted along Russell Street in an effort to reintroduce native tree species and will also provide additional habitat areas for birds and animals within the Sandwich Town community.  During the community planting, a total of 26 trees will be planted by the youth and staff of New Beginnings and also the youth from the Islamic Academy School.

This project is made possible through a partnership of the Windsor Port Authority and Lafarge Canada Inc and in consultation with Essex Regional Conservation Authority.

Last year, the Windsor Port Authority 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

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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

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Press Release – New President and CEO Welcomed

April 3, 2018

The Windsor Port Authority Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Steven  C. Salmons as the incoming President and CEO of the Port effective May 1, 2018. Mr. Salmons will assume responsibilities following the retirement of David Cree, CEO of the Port for the past 33 years. George Sandala, Board Chair, notes that Mr. Salmons’ demonstrated leaderships skills and accomplishments throughout his career ensures the continued success Port of Windsor has experienced under the leadership of David Cree.

Mr. Salmons is a graduate of the University of Windsor having achieved a BA in Psychology, an Honours BComm in Labour Relations, and an MBA in Strategic Studies.  He has over 25 years in senior executive and advisory leaderships roles. As former CEO of the Windsor Public Library, Mr. Salmons led the team to become Canada’s most award winning library, achieving not only national awards of excellence, but also a North American first for service innovation. He has served as General Manager, Community Services for the City of Windsor and Senior Policy Advisor in various Provincial Government Departments, notably the Government’s No.1 economic priority – the Windsor Border initiative. As Director of Community and Development Services for the Town of Lakeshore, besides a number of strategic accomplishments to ensure implementation of Council’s agenda, Mr. Salmons identified and negotiated property acquisitions that created the largest beachfront on the north shore of Essex County and was also instrumental in the development of the $62.0 míllion Atlas Tube Centre and Recreation Complex.

Recently the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, announced a review of Canada Port Authorities to optimize their role in the transportation system as strategic assets that support inclusive and sustainable growth and trade. “The Canadian Port Authority system needs to be re-examined to ensure Canada is always well positioned to innovate and compete for years to come.”  ln view of Minister Garneau’s announcement, George Sandala has indicated Mr. Salmons’ extensive diverse experience and knowledge will certainly add value to his contribution as CEO of Windsor Port Authority to Transport Canada, identifying potential policy, legislative and regulatory changes to help Canada Port Authorities consolidate their position as key players in the Canadian economy.

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For further information and inquiries, please contact

David Cree, President & CEO

519-258-5741

wpa@portwindsor.com

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2017 Port Traffic Rebounds

 

Press Release

February 6, 2018

Port Traffic Rebounds in 2017

After unexpected declines in the 2016 season, the port rebounded nicely in 2017 with total cargo handled at all the port’s facilities increasing by almost 7%.  The most significant gain was realized at the K+S Windsor Salt Company with shipments increasing by 20% to almost 2.2 million tonnes.  Also having a very positive season was the ADM Agri-Industries which experienced an increase of just over 6% in total grain products moved through the facility.

David Cree, President and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority, stated, “All in all 2017 was a very positive season.  Our two major commodities have traditionally been salt and construction aggregates, and that continued this past year.  As noted, salt shipments were up significantly while construction aggregates recorded a minor decline to just over 1.6 million tonnes”.

Of the other cargoes handled within the port, petroleum products which are handled through the Sterling Fuels facility dropped by 4.2% to 256,924 tonnes and general cargo which is handled at Morterm Terminal and consists primarily of imported steel declined by just over 7%.

Other important milestones during 2017 included near completion of the green space and fishing pier at the end of Mill Street and the beginning of public consultations for the development of the green space on Sandwich Street which is adjacent to the Port Authority offices.

In conclusion, Mr. Cree stated “We were very pleased with the final results for 2017 and with the scheduled start of construction of the new Gordie Howe International Bridge slated for later this year, we are projecting moderate growth in 2018 and continued growth for four to five years thereafter”.

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For further information and inquiries, please contact

David Cree, President & CEO

519-258-5741

wpa@portwindsor.com

 

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Cargo Business Booming

Cargo business at Windsor’s ports is already up substantially this year with a few weeks to go, according to figures released on Thursday.

Volumes at the port to the end of November are up 10 per cent.

The biggest movers this year have been salt, general cargo and Ontario grain, but the port has seen increases in all types of cargo, said David Cree, president and CEO of the Windsor Port Authority.

“Everything’s up and that’s a reflection of the buoyant Windsor economy,” he said.

“Many of the materials moving through the port are destined for local construction and manufacturing.”

For a second straight year, grain is up “significantly” with huge volumes of canola, soybeans and other grains coming into the ADM terminal to be processed for domestic food, plus export overseas, Cree said.

“We’re also expecting a fair amount of stone to come in December for some additional work scheduled on the truck plaza for the Gordie Howe International Bridge,” he said.

Overall, St. Lawrence Seaway cargo volumes are expected to finish ahead of 2016 with a total cargo tonnage from March 20 to Nov. 30 reaching 33.6 million metric tons — up 8.5 per cent compared to the same period in 2016.

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Windsor Port Authority Honoured at the AAPA Conference in Long Beach, California

Windsor Port Authority was recently honoured at the Awards Luncheon of the Annual Conference of the Association of American Port Authorities (AAPA) held in Long Beach, California. AAPA is an alliance representing more than 130 Port Authorities in Canada, the Caribbean, Latin America and the United States. The Award of Merit was granted to Windsor Port Authority within the Communications Category for its community initiative “Windsor Port Authority Outreach Campaign with Olde Sandwich Towne”. Accepting the award on behalf of the Windsor Port Authority was George Sandala, Chair of the Board of Directors, who noted “this is a significant achievement for Windsor, considering we were judged alongside major ports such as New York, Vancouver and Long Beach. This award reflects the outstanding work by the Windsor Port Authority staff, who have consistently demonstrated the commitment to various initiatives for community enhancement within Olde Sandwich Towne. It’s nice to see their hard work and dedication so suitably rewarded.”

The Windsor Port Authority Outreach Campaign with Olde Sandwich Towne consisted of a broad-based consultation program to determine the needs and objectives of various community organizations and the public in general within the Sandwich Towne Community. The goal of these discussions was to identify very specific environmental, community and sponsorship activities which would be appropriate for the Windsor Port Authority given its mandate and financial resources. The activities undertaken to date include the following: creating over 1200 linear feet of new fish habitat in conjunction with 2 of its major tenants (Sterling Fuels Limited and LafargeHolcim); developing a derelict Port Authority dock into public space, including green space and fishing pier and significant fish habitat (Queen’s Dock); purchasing a large vacant lot adjacent to the Port Authority’s offices on Sandwich Street to be developed as an “outdoor museum” with green space, walking paths and story boards detailing the history of Olde Sandwich Towne and the Port; making strategic donations to the community including: Brock/Tecumseh Statue, Hiram Walker Statue, Sandwich Towne Festival, Santa Claus Parade, St. John’s Church Foodbank and the Sandwich Teen Action Group and working with local youth groups on numerous clean-up projects on vacant properties.

Media Contact :

David Cree, President & CEO

519-258-5741

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