Appointments to the Windsor Port Authority

Two-year mandates for Ms. Denise Ghanam and Mr. Thomas Robert Porter

OTTAWA, June 24, 2015 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, today announced the appointments of Ms. Denise Ghanam, and Mr. Thomas Robert Porter both from Windsor, Ontario, to the board of directors of the Windsor Port Authority for terms of two years.

Ms. Ghanam has been the president of Ghanam Consulting Inc. since March 2007. Over the past 14 years, she has lectured at Nipissing University, Wayne State School of Business, and University of Windsor's Odette School of Business. Prior to that, she occupied several management positions at a General Motors Trim plant over eight years. Ms. Ghanam holds a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Windsor, was granted the Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation in 2006, and is pursuing part-time doctoral studies in business at the Bristol Business School at the University of West of England. She has served in a number of volunteer roles in the community including chair of the board of governors for St Clair College and president of the Human Resources Professionals Association of Windsor.

Mr. Porter has been a lawyer at Mousseau DeLuca McPherson Prince LLP since 1980, where he became a partner in 1982. He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) from the University of Windsor and was admitted to the Bar in 1980. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association, and the Essex Law Association. Mr. Porter has also been involved in numerous associations in his community, and was a city councillor in Windsor from 1982 to 1994. He is a director of the Windsor Squash and Fitness Club, and a member of the executive committee of the Windsor Cancer Research Group.

Quick Facts

  • In July 1999, the Windsor Port Authority replaced the Windsor Harbour Commission and became one of 18 independently managed Canada Port Authorities created under the new Canada Marine Act.
  • Its mission is to manage, develop and promote the Port of Windsor while supporting established standards of safety, security and environmental stewardship. It aims at facilitating and maximizing economic development and trade for the benefit of Windsor-Essex, Ontario and Canada.


"The Windsor Port Authority will greatly benefit from Ms. Ghanam's significant expertise as a management and human resources consultant, and Mr. Porter's substantial experience in law. I am pleased they have chosen to accept these director positions."

The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport

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Windsor Bridge Authority

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SOURCE Transport Canada

For further information: Zach Segal, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Transport, Ottawa, 613-991-0700

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