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Port days 2013 to Focus on Asian Trade Through Halifax

September 17, 2013 – N.S. – Asian trade through Halifax will be the central focus of Port Days 2013. The Port of Halifax has been increasing trade with Asia in recent years. Asian trade now accounts for 48% of containerized cargo moved through the Port of Halifax. Port Days 2013 is an excellent opportunity for the business community to learn about growth opportunities in Asia. Featured speakers this year include His Excellency Zhang Junsai, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Canada and Claude Mongeau, President and CEO of CN.

Media is invited to attend sessions taking place Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013.

What: Panel discussions, keynote address, photo and interview opportunities

When: Thursday, September 19, 2013

8:00 a.m. Chairman’s Breakfast
Welcome from Hon. Mike Savage, HRM Mayor
Remarks by His Excellency Zhang Junsai, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Canada
Hosted by Geoff Machum, Chair, Halifax Port Authority

9:05 a.m. Business Session One: Food Value Chain
Hosted by Karen Oldfield, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority and Claude Mongeau, President and CEO, CN
Moderated by Stephen Brown, Deloitte
Panelists include: Lea Bogatch-Genossar, ZIM American Integrated Shipping Services; Ashley Dinning, Halterm Container Terminal Ltd.; Heather Felbel, Maple Leaf Foods; Phil Strutt, Loblaws; Calvin Whidden, Cerescorp Company

10:45 a.m. Business Session Two: Innovative Trade and Cargo
Moderated by Lou Smyrlis, Business Information Group
Panelists include: Bradley Murphy, HSBC Canada; Barry Smith, Nova Cold Storage; Yuen Pau Woo, Asia Pacific Foundation

12:30 p.m. Keynote Luncheon
Keynote speaker – Claude Mongeau, President and CEO, CN

2:30 p.m. Facilities Tour
Nova Cold Storage

Cunard Centre, 961 Marginal Road, Halifax (Keynote breakfast and business sessions)
Westin Nova Scotian, 1181 Hollis Street, Halifax (Keynote luncheon)
Nova Cold Storage Open House, 71 Thornhill Drive, Dartmouth (facilities tour)

Port Days 2013 is a conference for transport-related professionals. Each year, the annual event attracts hundreds of representatives from all facets of the shipping and transportation industry. Port Days 2013 is an opportunity for business owners and leaders to learn more about growth opportunities through the Port of Halifax. For more information, follow us on Twitter at and search hashtag #hfxportdays. Business Session One will be livestreamed and can be viewed here.

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