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Port Leases Riverside Marina to Windsor Yacht Club in 60-year Deal

The Windsor Yacht Club has entered into a 60-year deal to lease and operate the Riverside Marina from the Windsor Port Authority commencing for the 2020 boating season.

“The Windsor Port Authority has always recognized the importance of marina services and access to the waters that surround us.  The Windsor Yacht Club has a proven record of delivering first-rate marina services.  We are confident that this new beginning for Riverside Marina will mean only a bright future for our customers, and the Windsor-Essex region.”  –Steve Salmons, President and CEO, Windsor Port Authority.

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Media Release – Prosperity Place – Sept 26, 2019

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


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


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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Extra Caution Advised Due to High Water Levels

The City of Windsor and Windsor Port Authority are advising extra caution be taken by anyone enjoying the Detroit River shoreline or who plan to be boating during Fireworks Night, June 24, 2019.

Extremely high water levels are creating some dangerous conditions:

  • The water is much deeper than normal near the shoreline;
  • The water is much colder than normal;
  • The water is moving more quickly than normal;
  • Obstructions near the shoreline that would normally be visible may be hidden below water now, including docks, rocks and pilings.

Everyone near or on the water is asked to use extra caution to ensure their night is safe and enjoyable.

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Green Marine ReCertification

Follow the link to view the performance report online: 2018 Performance Report


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.

Please click on link below to read full document:

2019 Annual General Meeting Notice




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.