Supply chain professionals, especially in manufacturing and logistics, rely heavily on Canada’s ports every day. Ports create connections in the supply chain and gateways that bring imports to market, making them a vital part of Canada’s economy.  

A report from Transport Canada said, “In 2017, ports and marine shipping carried almost $90 billion (17 per cent) of Canada’s exports to world markets and brought in $110 billion (21 percent) of Canada’s total imports by value.” 

But how much do western Canadians really understand about our ports, their capabilities, and their future role in Canada’s global supply chain? Attendees of this Supply Chain Week session heard directly from senior executives from Stewart World Port, Port of Vancouver, Port Saint John, Halifax Port Authority (HPA), and Port of Montreal to learn about how ports operate and the critical role they will play in Canada’s economic future.  


(all times mountain time) 

9:00 a.m. – David MacLean, CME, Opening Remarks
9:10 a.m. – Peter Xotta, Port of Vancouver
9:20 a.m. – Rosetta Iacono, Port of Montreal
9:30 a.m. – Brad Pettit, Stewart World Port
9:40 a.m. – Patrick Bohan, Halifax Port Authority
9:50 a.m. – Brian Friesen, Port of Prince Rupert
10:00 a.m. – Current trends and issues at port
10:30 a.m. – Event conclusion 


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Rosetta Iacono, Director, Growth and Development, Port of Montreal

Rosetta Iacono joined the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) as Director, Growth and Development, Containerin September 2013. In February 2016, her role was modified to include Director, Growth and Development. She is now responsible for developing the commercial strategies in the sectors of containers, general cargo, liquid and dry bulk commodities as well as to promote MPA visibility abroad and develop new markets.

Prior to joining the MPA, her entry into the Maritime industry dates back to 1995, when she first joined Hapag Lloyd Canada, today’s 5th largest container carrier in the world.

From 2006, she pursued her career at Abitibi Consolidated, today known as Resolute Forest Products, global leader in the forest products industry,where shegained extensive experience in supply chain and logistics. Throughout her tenure, her responsibilities included Logistics Operations, optimizing freight costs and contract negotiations with the global supply chain partners, including rail, ground transportation, marine and warehousing for North America.

She has been on the board of the Traffic Club of Montreal since 2015, and is currently the President of its Board of Directors. In addition, since 2017, Rosetta is a Director on the board of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada.

Following her studies at Marianopolis Collegein Montreal, Rosetta completed her Bachelor of Commerce Degree from Concordia University, where she concentrated on International Business and Finance.

Brad Pettit, PE, Director, President, Steward World Port

Brad Pettit is a director and the President of Stewart World Port. Stewart World Port is a Canadian company dedicated to responsible port development, management, and operations in Stewart, British Columbia. The multipurpose port facility is located at the end of the Portland Canal two kilometers south of the town of Stewart and is strategically located in one of the most mineral rich areas of North America, within the Golden Triangle.

Brad has over 30 years of experience working in heavy industry and is currently the President of Stewart World Port. He has been with Stewart World Port since conception, through the multiple stages of construction and continues in operations. He has an extensive operations and technical background and in his most recent previous role had responsibility for an interprovincial natural gas liquids pipeline with related storage, truck loading and rail loading facilities. Brad has previously served in various operations and maintenance leadership roles. He has served as the Chief Power Engineer for two BC waste heat recovery power plants. He has also served with organizations such as the Industry Training Authority and The United Way.

Brad has a technical background with certification in Industrial Instrumentation from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, and is a certified Power Engineer.

Patrick Bohan, CCLP, Director, Business Development, Halifax Port Authority (HPA)

Patrick Bohan, CCLP is the Director, Business Development with the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) responsible for sales & marketing of the general cargo terminals in the Port of Halifax and the nearby Port of Sheet Harbour.  As of 2020, Patrick also conducts business development related to the cruise ship sector for the HPA.

Patrick’s work with the Port of Halifax for over 20 years, includes supply chain solutions work with beneficial cargo owners, 3PL’s and partners like CN, the terminal operating companies, general stevedoring contractors and others to design best possible options using the HPA’s assets.  Prior to this, Patrick worked in the container shipping business with Kent Line in Saint John, NB.

Aside from his CCLP designation, Patrick holds the Professional Port Manager designation of the American Association of Port Authorities as well as an MBA (St. Mary’s University – 2005) and an HBA (Ivey at Western – 1994).  In November 2020, Patrick was recognized by the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation with its CITT Award of Excellence.

Brian Friesen, VP, Trade Development & Communications, Prince Rupert Port Authority

Brian Friesen joined the Prince Rupert Port Authority in 2014 and currently holds the position of Vice President of Trade Development and Communications. Brian has assumed progressive roles in marketing and trade development at the Prince Rupert Port Authority. In his current role, Brian leads a team focused on enabling the growth and diversification of cargo at the Port of Prince Rupert. He is responsible for business development, strategic planning, marketing, corporate communications, business analysis and investment attraction. Prior to joining the Port Authority, Brian held various roles in sales, marketing and business development. Brian holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Victoria and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from McGill University.

Moderator - David MacLean, Divisional VP, Alberta and Saskatchewan at Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters

David MacLean is the Alberta and Saskatchewan Vice President of the Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters. A native of Fort McMurray, Alberta, David has been involved in politics, advocacy and business communications for over 20 years.David entered the world of Alberta politics as a government caucus researcher and held communications positions in several government ministries including Alberta Justice, Alberta Solicitor General and Alberta Finance. David has appeared on numerous television programs including CBC’s The National, Power and Politics, BNN’s “Squeeze Play,” Michael Coren Live”, and numerous appearances on Alberta Prime Time. He has published opinion editorials in publications such as the National Post, Edmonton Journal, Calgary Herald, Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Edmonton Sun and Readers Digest. Prior to joining Canadian Manufacturers & Exporters, David served as Alberta Enterprise Group’s Vice President of Communications and Policy and the Saskatchewan Director for the Canadian Taxpayers Federation.


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