It's not a stretch to consider ports across Canada as the most important sector of our economy. With 90 per cent of goods coming into Canada by ship and, as the best way to get our resources to foreign markets, a well-run, efficient port can mean the difference between a growing economy and a stagnant one. In assisting Canada's ports, the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) has always played a vital role. Now though, with President Wendy Zatylny at the helm, and a mandate that changed significantly upon her arrival, ACPA has become a powerful voice, speaking on behalf of ports to governments and relevant stakeholders on important issues. And, as a credit to her skill, Zatylny has brought unity to that voice.
BCSN: Could you provide a brief background on ACPA and its mandate?
WZ: ACPA has been around for almost 60 years. It was originally formed as the Canadian Ports and Harbours Association and although it has morphed over time — given the creation of port authorities in 1998 through the Canada Marine Act — there have been some significant changes in the past four years. Irrespective of those changes, we have always existed to serve the needs of Canadian ports and the broader marine sector in general.
While our main responsibility is to the corporate members — the 18 port authorities across Canada — we also take the position that a rising tide lifts all boats. So, as we advocate for the health and well-being of port authorities, we hope that we’re creating a more favourable climate for the industry overall in Canada.
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