New port CEO bullish on Hamilton’s future

News Dec 02, 2016 by Steve Buist Hamilton Spectator

The new head of the Hamilton Port Authority is bullish both on the city's prospects and the role the port can play in attracting jobs and investment.

"I certainly believe we can be a powerhouse as an economic driver and I think we've illustrated that," said Ian Hamilton, who was named Thursday as the port authority's president and CEO.

Hamilton has been the HPA's vice-president of business development and real estate since 2008, responsible for managing its $500-million portfolio of real estate. He takes over from Bruce Wood, who has been CEO since 2008.

In September, the port authority's board announced Wood was stepping down after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Wood is the spouse of Lisa Raitt, Conservative MP for Milton.

Hamilton, 48, said he shares the growing optimism about the city's future.

"In the last eight years I've been here, I've seen a transformation," he said. "There's certainly a lot more swagger in Hamilton's step now than there was eight years ago.

"We think the world is looking at Hamilton," he added. "There are companies all over trying to figure out, 'How can we come to Hamilton?'

"Hopefully the city and the port authority are in a position to seize those opportunities."

Hamilton also said transparency with the community, including city council and port stakeholders, will be a key priority for him.

He grew up in Pickering and Whitby, then attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina where he became interested in logistics and transportation.

He moved to Europe to work for CP Ships and Hapag-Lloyd, a German shipping company, then returned to Canada and joined the port authority.

"I didn't have to change my name and I fit right in," Hamilton quipped.

Over the past eight years, employment at the port has grown by 30 per cent. There are now more than 2,100 people working at port-based companies.

The port's recent growth, however, presents a new and unexpected challenge.

"We're victims of our own success," Hamilton said.

"The port is very close to being out of land to continue to develop, so we'll look at adding value to our existing real estate portfolio.

"We'll be trying to find ways to grow our footprint so we can carry on attracting new investments and creating new jobs."

Hamilton said he hopes the port can play some type of role in helping transform the U.S. Steel property along the waterfront.

He begins his new role on Jan. 1.

sbuist@thespec.com

905-526-3226

New port CEO bullish on Hamilton’s future

Ian Hamilton looks to take advantage of global interest, as available land to develop dwindles

News Dec 02, 2016 by Steve Buist Hamilton Spectator

The new head of the Hamilton Port Authority is bullish both on the city's prospects and the role the port can play in attracting jobs and investment.

"I certainly believe we can be a powerhouse as an economic driver and I think we've illustrated that," said Ian Hamilton, who was named Thursday as the port authority's president and CEO.

Hamilton has been the HPA's vice-president of business development and real estate since 2008, responsible for managing its $500-million portfolio of real estate. He takes over from Bruce Wood, who has been CEO since 2008.

In September, the port authority's board announced Wood was stepping down after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Wood is the spouse of Lisa Raitt, Conservative MP for Milton.

Hamilton, 48, said he shares the growing optimism about the city's future.

"In the last eight years I've been here, I've seen a transformation," he said. "There's certainly a lot more swagger in Hamilton's step now than there was eight years ago.

"We think the world is looking at Hamilton," he added. "There are companies all over trying to figure out, 'How can we come to Hamilton?'

"Hopefully the city and the port authority are in a position to seize those opportunities."

Hamilton also said transparency with the community, including city council and port stakeholders, will be a key priority for him.

He grew up in Pickering and Whitby, then attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina where he became interested in logistics and transportation.

He moved to Europe to work for CP Ships and Hapag-Lloyd, a German shipping company, then returned to Canada and joined the port authority.

"I didn't have to change my name and I fit right in," Hamilton quipped.

Over the past eight years, employment at the port has grown by 30 per cent. There are now more than 2,100 people working at port-based companies.

The port's recent growth, however, presents a new and unexpected challenge.

"We're victims of our own success," Hamilton said.

"The port is very close to being out of land to continue to develop, so we'll look at adding value to our existing real estate portfolio.

"We'll be trying to find ways to grow our footprint so we can carry on attracting new investments and creating new jobs."

Hamilton said he hopes the port can play some type of role in helping transform the U.S. Steel property along the waterfront.

He begins his new role on Jan. 1.

sbuist@thespec.com

905-526-3226

New port CEO bullish on Hamilton’s future

Ian Hamilton looks to take advantage of global interest, as available land to develop dwindles

News Dec 02, 2016 by Steve Buist Hamilton Spectator

The new head of the Hamilton Port Authority is bullish both on the city's prospects and the role the port can play in attracting jobs and investment.

"I certainly believe we can be a powerhouse as an economic driver and I think we've illustrated that," said Ian Hamilton, who was named Thursday as the port authority's president and CEO.

Hamilton has been the HPA's vice-president of business development and real estate since 2008, responsible for managing its $500-million portfolio of real estate. He takes over from Bruce Wood, who has been CEO since 2008.

In September, the port authority's board announced Wood was stepping down after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Wood is the spouse of Lisa Raitt, Conservative MP for Milton.

Hamilton, 48, said he shares the growing optimism about the city's future.

"In the last eight years I've been here, I've seen a transformation," he said. "There's certainly a lot more swagger in Hamilton's step now than there was eight years ago.

"We think the world is looking at Hamilton," he added. "There are companies all over trying to figure out, 'How can we come to Hamilton?'

"Hopefully the city and the port authority are in a position to seize those opportunities."

Hamilton also said transparency with the community, including city council and port stakeholders, will be a key priority for him.

He grew up in Pickering and Whitby, then attended the College of Charleston in South Carolina where he became interested in logistics and transportation.

He moved to Europe to work for CP Ships and Hapag-Lloyd, a German shipping company, then returned to Canada and joined the port authority.

"I didn't have to change my name and I fit right in," Hamilton quipped.

Over the past eight years, employment at the port has grown by 30 per cent. There are now more than 2,100 people working at port-based companies.

The port's recent growth, however, presents a new and unexpected challenge.

"We're victims of our own success," Hamilton said.

"The port is very close to being out of land to continue to develop, so we'll look at adding value to our existing real estate portfolio.

"We'll be trying to find ways to grow our footprint so we can carry on attracting new investments and creating new jobs."

Hamilton said he hopes the port can play some type of role in helping transform the U.S. Steel property along the waterfront.

He begins his new role on Jan. 1.

sbuist@thespec.com

905-526-3226