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2024 Annual Conference

August 8 – August 9 / Chicago, IL

Host Hotel

Loews Chicago Hotel will host the AGLPA 2024 Annual Conference. This contemporary, 400-room property sits near the junction of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. The hotel is steps from Navy Pier attractions, Michigan Avenue shopping, and is surrounded by iconic architecture.

A special room rate of $269/night will be available for conference registrants who book prior to July 17

Conference Overview

Don’t miss this opportunity to attend the largest maritime conference on the Great Lakes!

On August 8th & 9th, the American Great Lakes Ports Association will host its 2024 Annual Conference in downtown Chicago. This event is open to the public and all are welcome.

Join colleagues on a glittering dinner cruise on Lake Michigan. Network with 150+ industry leaders, including seaport managers, terminal operators, shipping company executives, maritime trade associations, educators, state and federal government officials and the many service providers who help ensure the industry’s success.

Featured Topics

Conference presentations will include subject matter experts from government and industry who will address current port challenges such as:

Presenters

GLS Administrator Tindall-Schlicht (Official Portrait)

Adam Tindall-Schlicht

Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.

Presentation

Adam Tindall-Schlicht is the Administrator of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. He will discuss the agency's work to develop trade on the Seaway system and establish the Great Lakes Green Shipping Corridor Network.
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Cary Davis

American Association of Port Authorities

Presentation

Cary Davis is President and CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities. Mr. Davis will discuss AAPA's federal advocacy work on behalf of the nation's seaports.
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David Cummins

Blue Sky Maritime Coalition

Presentation

David Cummins is President of the Blue Sky Maritime Coalition, a non-profit, strategic alliance formed to accelerate the transition of waterborne transportation in Canada and the United States toward net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Mr. Cummins will discuss the coalition's mission, members and activities.
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Jean Fahmy

Canada Steamship Lines

Presentation

Jean Fahmy is Vice President, Digital, for Canada Steamship Lines. Mr. Fahmy will discuss automation in the maritime industry, including the use of data and AI to improve economic and environmental performance.
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Jack Meloche

St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation

Presentation

Jack Meloche is General Manager, Marine Information Systems, for the St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation. Mr. Meloche will present the new Voyage Information System developed jointly by the U.S. and Canadian Seaway agencies in partnership with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center.
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Dr. Robert Moorcroft

Tunley Environmental

Presentation

Dr. Robert Moorcroft is a Carbon Reduction Scientist at Tunley Environmental. Dr. Moorcroft will present the final report on the Port of Detroit Decarbonization and Air Quality Improvement Plan.
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Mark Schrupp

Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority

Presentation

Mark Schrupp is Executive Director of the Detroit/Wayne County Port Authority. Mr. Schrupp will present the final report on the Port of Detroit Decarbonization and Air Quality Improvement Plan.
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Fredric Andes

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Presentation

Fredric Andes is a partner in the Chicago and Washington, DC offices of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Mr. Andes will discuss the evolving regulatory landscape related to PFAS contamination and how ports may be impacted.
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Kevin McDaniel

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Presentation

Kevin McDaniels is Deputy District Engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Detroit District. Mr. McDaniels will provide a construction progress update on the new $3 billion navigation lock at the Soo.
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Nick Zager

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Presentation

Nick Zager is Chief, Operations Division at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Detroit District. Mr. Zager will highlight key navigation projects in Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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Paul Mazzeno

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Presentation

Paul Mazzeno is Chief, Operations and Regulatory Division at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Chicago District. Mr. Mazzeno will highlight key navigation projects in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana.
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Adam Hamm

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Presentation

Adam Hamm is Chief of Operations at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Buffalo District. Mr. Hamm will highlight key navigation projects in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York.
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Patrick Kelly

Fraser Industries LLC

Presentation

Patrick Kelly is Chief Executive Officer of Fraser Industries LLC, which owns and operates Fraser Shipyards in Superior, Wisconsin. Mr. Kelly will highlight Fraser's facilities, services and capabilities and discuss new opportunities for the Great Lakes shipbuilding and ship repair sector.
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Additional Speakers

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Additional speakers will be announced here. Be sure to come back and check them out!

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