Members of the Halifax Gateway Council (HGC) were in Toronto Tuesday evening to showcase transportation opportunities on Canada’s east coast. HGC hosted a reception on May 10th during Supply Chain Canada’s 44th Annual Conference and Trade Show. Partners included the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, Halifax Port Authority, Halifax International Airport Authority, Nova Scotia Business Inc., Greater Halifax Partnership, Canadian National Railway and the Nova Scotia Gateway Secretariat.
Over 400 business and transportation leaders from across Canada attended the reception in the Grand Lobby of the International Centre. The reception was both a celebration of the Halifax Gateway’s accomplishments in 2010 such as 25% in container growth at the Port of Halifax and over 5.7% growth in air cargo at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. As well it provided an opportunity to make connections with existing and prospective clients and promote the benefits of using Halifax’s supply chain to move people and goods.
Nancy Phillips, Executive Director of the Halifax Gateway Council, was pleased with Tuesday’s reception. “Our focus right now is on showing the country, and the world, the mutual benefits of connecting with Halifax. Halifax has been working hard to optimize our natural resources and we’ve been putting our talent to good use. Not only did we have our contacts there, Supply Chain Canada opened up the door to their networks. It was a very successful event.”
Supply Chain Canada’s two day event gave companies in the transportation and logistics sector the chance to exchange best practices and form strategic alliances. Companies that participated in the event included: Walmart, Microsoft and Winners. For more information about the event, visit www.supplychaincanada.com.
Kevin Hamm, President and CEO, Nova Scotia Gateway Secretariat, explains that Halifax is on the map, and reinforced that cooperation is essential. “Everyone here tonight is in the business of importing, exporting – moving goods and people, so the most important aspect of that is the cooperation on the ground, in the air, and in the sea. We made a lot of excellent connections and strengthened our existing partnerships. This is exactly where we want to be.”