Initiatives announced at 2010 Annual Meeting include Billy Bishop
City Airport Consultative Committee and environmental sustainability
TORONTO, July 12 /CNW/ - The Toronto Port Authority ("TPA") held its
Annual meeting this morning, with senior management outlining an array
of initiatives that will see the agency become an important leader in
sustainable environmental practices to secure the goal of a clean, green
"Today's TPA is much different from the TPA of even three years ago,"
said President and Chief Executive Officer Geoffrey Wilson, at his first
Annual Meeting in this position. "Our strategic investments in key
assets such as the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport are now paying big
dividends for Toronto's trade and tourism sector. These measures helped
us achieve sustained profitability again in 2009. But now it's time to
focus our energy on becoming a leader in environmental business
practices in order to help build a prosperous and attractive downtown
core showcasing our vibrant waterfront."
The Annual Meeting is one of several opportunities for the TPA to
connect with Toronto residents and businesses, engage in a constructive
dialogue on its priorities and operations, and review the financial
performance of the previous year.
The TPA's 2009 Financial Statements, audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP,
were originally released May 7, 2010. For the second year in a row, the
TPA reported an operating profit, with 2009's income from operations
totalling $5.13 million, more than double the amount of the previous
Total revenue was up 16 per cent in 2009, totalling $23.57 million, led
by strong growth at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport ("BBTCA"), which
reported revenue of $13.77 million in 2009, up 25 per cent from 2008.
After deducting amortization, adjustments, the royalty paid to the
Government of Canada and Payments in Lieu of Taxes ("PILTs") made to the
City of Toronto ("the City"), the TPA's total net income was $1,346,000
in 2009, up 56 per cent from $863,000 in 2008.
The 2009 Financial Statements, as well as other documents presented to
the Annual Meeting, can all be found at www.torontoport.com.
"Our financial performance proves we are on the right track in providing
the facilities and services that assist in the creation of a more
prosperous Greater Toronto Area. They are even more impressive when you
consider that 2009 was a very difficult year for the economy as a whole,
and the transportation sector in particular," Mr. Wilson said.
"It is safe to say that the TPA's financial sustainability is not in
doubt. But in order to protect this new prosperity, we must now focus on
the challenge of environmental sustainability. That is what Torontonians
want us to focus on so that we can achieve our shared goal of building a
clean, green waterfront," Mr. Wilson added.
The TPA has undertaken a variety of environmental initiatives and
sustainable business practices with one goal in mind: To leave Toronto's
waterfront better than we found it, so that future generations can enjoy
its recreational and transportation resources.
The TPA has identified four core areas in which it will focus its
environmental efforts with the goal of becoming a leader in sustainable
business practices and a model for similar organizations around the
Air, water and wildlife protection and enhancement;
Waste reduction, with the goal of generating 'zero waste'
Greenhouse-gas emissions reduction through fuel and electricity
efficiency, and the use of renewable energy;
Co-operation with Toronto's harbour community and stakeholders.
Several groundbreaking measures have already been announced by the TPA,
including an agreement to purchase 100-per-cent green electricity
through Bullfrog Power, which supplies all of its power from hydro and
wind power generating facilities certified as low impact by Environment
Canada. Purchasing about 10,295 megawatt hours a year, the TPA is now
one of the largest buyers of renewable power in Canada.
Other TPA initiatives include investing $1 million to create protective
islands and wildlife habitats at Tommy Thompson Park, begin purchasing
carbon offsets for commercial carrier aircraft using BBTCA, and
experimenting with "green" lubricants and fuel where possible for its
vehicles and machinery to reduce reliance on toxic materials.
In the coming weeks and months, the TPA will strengthen these
initiatives by implementing a broad and detailed strategy designed to
draw upon best practices from around the world, encourage employees and
stakeholders to pursue them, and determine how to best work with our
neighbours to monitor and improve them.
"I believe the TPA has the tools and the dedicated workforce to become a
leader in environmental enhancements," Mr. Wilson said. "We're looking
forward to continuing this journey so that the TPA can make good on its
promise to continually improve the waterfront for the use of future
generations, especially as Toronto gets ready to host the 2015
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Consultative Committee
In February, 2010, the TPA released the results of an extensive Noise
Management Study probing ambient noise at the BBTCA, which was conducted
in consultation with representatives from nearby residents' groups and
elected officials. One of the important recommendations of this study
was the establishment of an Airport Consultative Committee to provide a
forum for dialogue on issues as they arise, such as noise concerns.
The TPA released a Proposed Framework for input for the Airport
Consultative Committee (the "Committee") in early June, including a
proposed mandate and composition. The TPA is pleased to report that
community feedback to date indicates the Proposed Framework has been
greeted positively by the neighbourhood groups and politicians who
The Committee is modelled on consultative forums at other airports based
in urban areas, as well as one at the Greater Toronto Airport
Authority's Pearson International Airport, which the Toronto Board of
Health has reviewed positively.
The TPA is looking forward to recruiting members to this Committee over
the summer so that it can get on with the important work of providing
our neighbours and all BBTCA stakeholders with a platform to discuss and
monitor ongoing noise and environmental issues, and help implement and
monitor the recommendations of the previously released independent BBTCA
Noise Management Study.
The Committee's Proposed Framework is available at www.torontoport.com.
Proposed BBTCA pedestrian tunnel Environmental Assessment process
The TPA is pleased to report that the Toronto Board of Health has
acknowledged the Environmental Assessment ("EA") process being
undertaken by the TPA to examine the potential environmental impacts of
construction and operation relating to the proposed BBTCA pedestrian
In undertaking an EA process that takes into account the cumulative
effects of the tunnel after construction on nearby residents, businesses
and infrastructure, the TPA has proudly exceeded its obligations under
existing EA legislation.
In the TPA's 2010 public opinion survey conducted by Ipsos Reid, 56 per
cent of Torontonians support the construction of the pedestrian tunnel
to the BBTCA funded by airline passengers through the TPA's existing
Airport Improvement Fee ("AIF"). Importantly, 55 per cent of respondents
living in or near Toronto's waterfront area also support the proposed
Survey results are available at www.torontoport.com.
2011 Centennial Celebration
Finally, the TPA wants Torontonians to help celebrate the Centennial of
the Port of Toronto in 2011.
Celebrations will begin in earnest in the Fall of 2010 to mark the 100th
anniversary of this unique asset that helped build Toronto into a global
capital of business, culture and recreation. Events will focus on family
fun with historical themes, tours and entertainment.
The Toronto Port Authority was incorporated on June 8, 1999, as a
government business enterprise under the Canada Marine Act as the
successor to the Toronto Harbour Commissioners. It is a federal public
authority providing transportation, distribution, storage, and terminal
handling services to businesses. The TPA owns and operates the Billy
Bishop Toronto City Airport, Marine Terminals 51 and 52, and the Outer
Harbour Marina. The TPA also provides regulatory controls and public
works services to enhance the safety and efficiency of marine navigation
and aviation in the port and harbour of Toronto.
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