Preliminary ACPA 2018 Conference Agenda

(Subject to Change)

The ACPA 2018 conference will mark the 60th anniversary of the Association and will elevate the conversation about the importance of our nation’s key ports through engaging keynotes, industry speakers and panels exploring topics critical to our industry. Please check back often for updates to the conference agenda as they become confirmed.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Event Registration Open At Delta Brunswick
3:00 pm – 6:00pm

Seafarers Mission Golf Event (Optional)
Westfield Golf & Country Club
7:30 am - 2:00 pm

Welcome Reception
Diamond Jubilee Cruise Terminal
333 Water Street, Saint John, New Brunswick
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Check out our Dine Around Night page for #SaintAwesome dining options.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

All events on September 11th are at the Delta Hotel by Marriot Saint John.

Event Registration Open At Delta Brunswick
7:00 am – 7:00 pm

7:30 am – 9:30 am

ACPA Annual General Meeting (Port Officials Only)
9:15 am – 11:15 am

Nutrition Break & Trade Show
11:15 am – 11:45 am

Opening Ceremony & Luncheon
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

Keynote Speaker: Federal Ports Perspective
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Terminal Operations of the Future
Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Chairman and CEO, DP World
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Many industries have faced major disruptions in how they operate over the past decade, now the marine sector is poised for its own technological disruption.  Taking a visionary view of what will be possible for global shipping in the next decade, how could innovations in technology and evolving forms of transportation and even further automation of terminal operations change the world of port and terminal management.  What should leaders in ports, terminals and supply chain industry partners be thinking about to ensure they are in step with future possibilities?

Nutrition / Trade Show Break
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Business Session #1 - Future Ports: How do we get there?
3:30 pm – 4:45 pm

With their global trading perspective, ports have always been on the forefront of technological change. The container revolution triggered advances in cargo handling including the 1993 introduction of driverless Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) at Rotterdam’s European Container Terminal (ECT) and more recent fully automated terminals. Ports continue seeking advances in cargo-handling innovations for increased efficiencies. Today, ports embrace modern innovations including supply chain collaboration and integration through meta-data analysis and management, artificial intelligence applications, autonomous vessels, block chain financial systems, sustainable energy and so forth. This panel will examine how ports and their many supply chain partners are embracing today’s leading edge technological innovations as we advance into the future.

Networking Cocktail
5:00 pm  - 7:00 pm

Dine Around Free Evening
7:00 pm onward

Check out our Dine Around Night page for #SaintAwesome dining options.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Unless otherwise noted, all events are at the Delta Hotel by Marriot Saint John.

Event Registration Open At Delta Brunswick
7:00 am – 2:30 pm

7:30 am – 8:45 am

Business Session #2: Port City, Lucky City
8:45 am – 9:30 am

Business Session #3: Climate Change
David Phillips, Senior Climatologist, Environment and Climate Change Canada
9:30 am – 10:00 am

A familiar face on Canada’s Weather Network and CTV, Dave Phillips is an expert communicator of weather and climate change patterns in Canada and will provide an overview of how weather and climate change is happening and what the future may hold.

Business Session #4 - Developing Resilient Ports in the Face of Climate Change
10:00 am -10:45 am

Given that sixty percent of Canada’s trade flows go through Canada’s ports, ports are critical to the economic success and prosperity of Canada.  As assets that are located on water, ports are affected by changes in weather, waves and water levels, to name a few environmental factors.  The session will touch on the risks and vulnerabilities of climate change on ports and discuss efforts to mitigate and adapt port infrastructure to the changing environment and surrounding communities. 

Nutrition / Tradeshow Break
10:45 am - 11:00 am

Business Session #5 - Western Hemispheric Best Practices
11:00 am – 12:00 Noon

Speakers from across the hemisphere will highlight best practices from the ports they manage in areas of infrastructure development, partnerships and collaboration, workforce development, and working with their communities. How are these ports positioning themselves for sustainable growth while keeping close watch on the challenges ahead?

Tradeshow Break
12:00 pm – 12:30 pm

Lunch and Medal of Merit Award Presentation
12:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Tradeshow Break
1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Keynote Speaker: Increasing Canada’s Market Share in Cruise
Adam M. Goldstein, Vice-President, Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

The cruise industry in Canada is valued at 3.5 billion, with the number of cruisers worldwide set to reach more than 27 million people in 2018, is Canada positioned well to make the most of opportunities in this sector of maritime business? How can regional approaches to cruise tourism be transformed into a national strategy which is linked by necessity to the essential services provided to the cruise industry in our nation’s key ports? What are the opportunities for new markets for cruise, how have other world regions and countries raised the bar on working with cruise lines, tourism officials, and tour operators, to the economic benefit of their regions, and how can all of this be achieved in a sustainable way, respecting guest experiences, impact to our communities, and our shared environment.

Closing Ceremony
3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

ACPA 60th Gala Maritime Kitchen Party
Long Wharf & Saint John Trade and Convention Centre
6:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Technical Port Tours
9:00 am – 11:00 am

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