Halifax Port Authority Board of Directors
The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) represents a modern multimodal port operation encompassing container, break-bulk and bulk facilities along with cruise facilities. The Port of Halifax has a significant economic impact on the economy. The Port annually generates over $1.7 billion in economic activity including 12,400 direct, indirect and induced jobs.
Candidates must mail, fax or email a letter expressing interest in the director’s position and confirm the candidate meets the eligibility criteria described below along with a copy of the candidate’s current resume by February 25, 2019 to the Nominating Committee at:
c/o Kate Sullivan, Corporate Secretary
Halifax Port Authority
1215 Marginal Road, Halifax, NS B3H 4P8
Phone: 902-334-1195 | Fax: 902-426-9277
Specific skills and requirements
As a Canadian Port Authority, HPA’s Board of Directors is set out through the Canada Marine Act (CMA) and Letters Patent. This legislation specifies the Board composition as outlined below:
- HPA is governed by a seven member Board of Directors
- The Board reflects a shared governance approach
- The Federal Governor in Council appoints one member on the recommendation of the Federal Minister of Transport
- The Halifax Regional Municipality appoints one director
- The Province of Nova Scotia appoints one director
- Four Board members are appointed by the Federal Governor in Council in consultation with four Port User Groups as set out in HPA’s Letters Patent.
Each of the appointing bodies above have their own set of eligibility requirements for their appointee. However, the CMA specifies the following qualifications for HPA Directors:
- The Federal, Provincial and Municipal directors shall have “generally acknowledged and accepted stature within the transportation industry or the business community”.
- The Port User directors shall have “generally acknowledged and accepted stature within the transportation industry or the business community and relevant knowledge and extensive experience related to the management of a business, to the operation of a port or to maritime trade”.
The CMA and Letters Patent outline ineligible individuals for HPA Board positions, regardless of appointing body:
- an individual who is a mayor, councillor, officer or employee of the Halifax Regional Municipality;
- an individual who is a member of the legislature of the province of Nova Scotia, or an officer or employee of the public service or of a Crown corporation of such province;
- a Senator or a member of the House of Commons;
- an officer or employee of the federal public administration, a federal Crown Corporation or a port authority;
- an individual who is not a resident Canadian, as defined in subsection 2(1) of the Canada Business Corporations Act;
- an individual who is a director, officer or employee of a person who is a user of the port;
- an individual who is under 18 years of age;
- an individual who has been declared mentally incompetent by a court in Canada or elsewhere; or
- an undischarged bankruptcy.
Prior to the expiry of a director’s term, HPA provides notice to the applicable appointing body that their appointee’s term is about to expire and to request an appointment. For information regarding the appointment process for each appointing body, please contact the applicable appointing body. For the appointment process for the four appointees which are recommended by port users to the Minister of Transport, please see the “Nominating Committee”.
The Letters Patent outlines a process to be followed by the HPA in maintaining a Nominating Committee to solicit and recommend eligible Board nominees to the Minister of Transport for the four User Group positions.
The HPA Nominating Committee is an advisory committee consisting of four members representing the User Group classes set out in the Letters Patent. User Groups nominate eligible candidates from within the community for consideration by the Federal Minister of Transport.
The nomination process commences when the Nominating Committee advertises for nominations for directors, prior to the expiry of the director’s term. User groups develop lists of candidates to forward to the Nominating Committee. Candidate submissions received by HPA will be forwarded in full to the User Groups currently compiling candidate lists.
The function of the Nominating Committee is to provide the user group candidate lists as a recommended list of candidates to the Federal Minister of Transport. The Nominating Committee ensures candidates are eligible for appointment and forwards the list to the Minister for consideration. Subsequently, the Minister will select a candidate or has the discretion to add other candidates and recommend an appointment.
A successful candidate will be notified by the office of the Federal Minister of Transport. Appointments are generally for a term of three years.