Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Meet the Hamilton Port Authority’s Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Meet the Hamilton Port Authority’s Board of Directors
Our seven-member Board of Directors oversees the management and operation of the Port of Hamilton. Chosen for their extensive business and professional experience, members are appointed for three-year terms by harbour users and all three levels of government.

Edward Minich, Chair
Class 3 User Appointment

Ed was first appointed to the Board of Directors on September 5, 2008. Ed has been reappointed for a third term, running until May 27, 2017.

Mr. Minich is the former President and CEO of Otis Canada and past Chair of the McMaster University Board of Governors. After his retirement from Otis (2004), he taught Strategic Management (2005-12) in the MBA program at McMaster’s DeGroote School of Business; and coached and mentored nine CEOs (2011-14). He is a member of the New Oakville Hospital Campaign Cabinet and sits on the Tradeport International Corporation Board. His prior board experiences include: National Elevator and Escalator Association, Technical Standards and Safety Authority, Hamilton Utilities Corporation and Horizon Utilities.

He graduated from McMaster University with a B.Sc. (1972) and MBA (1974). In 2004 he received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from McMaster. Mr. Minich holds both the C.Dir. and ICD.D governance designations. He is the recipient of both The Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals.

Matthew Moccio, Vice-Chair
Class 2 User Appointment

Matt was appointed to the Hamilton Port Authority Board of Directors on July 8, 2009. Matthew has been reappointed for a third term, running until July 7, 2018.

Matt has over 20 years of experience in the field of personal finance. He began his career in the Pension and Tax Departments of the Federal Government. Matt joined ScotiaMcLeod as a Wealth Advisor in February of 2004. He offers investment advice as well as retirement, tax and estate planning to families and organizations. Matt speaks regularly to groups in the community and to new advisors in his industry.

Matt sits on the Board of the St. Joseph’s Healthcare System and is the co-founder of Cinema Insieme, an Italian film club. He was the founding Chair of the Art Gallery of Hamilton Film Festival and created the St. Joe’s Healthcare – Around the Bay Race Charitable Partnership. He is a former Chair of St. Joe’s Homecare, a former Chair of Festitalia Corporation, a former member of the boards of the Hamilton Future Fund, the Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority and Chamber Music Hamilton. He has also served on many committees in the Arts, Healthcare and Municipal Government and has taught at Mohawk College’s School of Business.

Mel Hawkrigg
Federal Government Appointment

Mel was first appointed to the Board of Directors by Transport Canada on May 9, 2008. Mel has been reappointed for a third term, running until June 17, 2015.

Pursuant to Section 14 (2.3) of the Canada Marina Act, Mr. Mel Hawkrigg continues to hold office until a successor is appointed.

After graduating from McMaster University and receiving his designation as a Chartered Accountant, Mel worked with the accounting firm of Ernst & Young from 1952 until 1959. In 1959, Mel began his career with the Fuller Brush Co., where he served as President and remained until 1971. From 1972 to ’81, he served as Vice Chairman of the Canada Trust Co. In 1981, Mel became Senior Vice President of Brascan Ltd., a position he held until 1983. For the following 12 years, Mel served with Trilon Financial Corp., holding positions as President, CEO and Chairman. From 1994 to ’97, Mel held the position of Chairman for London Life Insurance Company and the London Life Insurance Group. Since 1998, he has served as Chairman of Hamilton-based Orlick Industries.

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Kathy Watts
Class 2 User Appointment
Kathy was appointed to the Board of Directors on June 18, 2015 for a three year term.

Kathy has a  thirty plus year career as a senior healthcare professional in financial and clinical information management.   She is a proven leader in a multi site teaching hospital demonstrating strong management skills, effective interpersonal, communication and mentoring skills.  She has a profound ability to vision and bring vision to reality.  She has a passion for recruiting and retaining the best and the brightest.  Works well with all staff in an environment of openness and trust delivering value add financial and information support.

Kathy retired in December 2014 but previously was the Vice President of Finance and CFO for Hamilton Health Sciences since July 2007.  She has a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University and an Executive MBA from Queens University.

Kathy has been a Board member for the North Hamilton Community Health Centre for 10 years where she has served as Treasurer and Chair.  In addition she is a Board member for the Institute Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) in Toronto Ontario.

In her spare time she enjoys to golf and is an avid reader. 


Sandy Shaw

Sandy Shaw
City of Hamilton Appointment
Sandy was appointed to the Board of Directors on April 11, 2015 for a three year term.

Sandy Shaw is an organizational strategist with a broad range of accomplishments in the public and corporate sectors. Sandy is a graduate in Corporate Social Responsibility from the University of Toronto, and has earned the Chartered Director designation from the Director’s College at McMaster University.

A driving force for change in our community, Sandy was awarded a Woman of Distinction Award and has held positions with the Social Planning & Research Council, the United Way and the Region of Peel.   She most recently held the position of Director of Corporate Social Responsibility for FirstOntario Credit Union, supporting Community Impact and Social Finance strategies. Sandy has served on many governance boards and was elected the first female Board Chair for FirstOntario Credit Union and is the current chair of the Hamilton Arts Council. 

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Robert Savage

Class 1 User Appointment
Robert was appointed to the Board of Directors on June 18, 2015 for a three year term.

Bob is the former Vice-President, Manufacturing, with Arcelor Mittal Dofasco. His 37-year career in operations management included 25 years in primary steelmaking.

In addition to his role with the Hamilton Port Authority, Bob is the current chair of the board of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra. He is a member of the board of directors of the Hamilton Community Foundation and has volunteered in a fundraising capacity for the Bruce Trail Conservancy.

Past board positions have included the Association for Iron and Steel Technology (AIST) (U.S.A.) and the Iron and Steel Society (ISS) (U.S.A.).

Bob graduated from Queen’s University with a B. Applied Science (Metallurgical) in 1975. In 1981 he earned an MBA from McMaster University. 

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Stan Keyes
Provincial Government Appointment
Stan was appointed to the Board of Directors on November 13th, 2015 for a three year term.

Hamilton born, Stan was a television news reporter in Barrie, Ontario for two years then returned home where he worked for CHCH TV-11 for thirteen-years (1975 – 1988). He was the elected Member of Parliament for his hometown Hamilton for sixteen-years serving under the Rt. Hon. John Turner, the Rt. Hon. Jean Chretien and the Rt. Hon. Paul Martin (1988 – 2004). He served as Minister of National Revenue, Minister responsible for Canada Post and for the Royal Canadian Mint and Minister of State for Sport. In 2005 Stan was appointed Canadian Consul General at Boston. He returned home to Hamilton and currently lends his expertise in government and media relations.

Stan has held numerous directorships on volunteer boards including the Catholic Youth Organization, the Children’s Aid Society of Hamilton, Big Brothers Association of Hamilton/Burlington and the Better Business Bureau. He is currently on the Board of Directors for the Hamilton Port Authority.

Stan is the recipient of the Governor General’s Medal (1992), Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal (2002), and Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012). He was the first Canadian to receive the American Association of Port Authorities Award (Washington, D.C. – 1998) in recognition for his work on the Canada Marine Act.

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