Halifax Port Authority announces New Vice President, Strategy & Transformation

September 6, 2022, Halifax, NS – The Halifax Port Authority (HPA) is pleased to announce a new addition to the executive team. Sara Colburne joins the HPA as Vice President, Strategy & Transformation effective September 6, 2022. In this role, Ms. Colburne is responsible for leading the HPA’s strategy development and transformational change management. She oversees Government and Stakeholder Relations, Sustainability, and Communications & Marketing.

A trusted and experienced leader, Sara brings a wealth of experience in business strategy, communications and branding, stakeholder engagement, and workforce development. Her current professional experience involves working with innovation founders, CEOs, and start-ups to accelerate their vision and navigate transformational change. In addition to building her own consulting business, Sara Colburne has worked with Engage Nova Scotia as Managing Director, and before that, she led teams at two of the region’s leading public relations firms.

As Chair of the Port Community Liaison Committee, Sara has been instrumental in fostering meaningful communication between the Halifax Port Authority and broader community. Sara is passionate about community, equity, and trust. She currently serves as Chair of Alice House Board of Directors and volunteers her time providing invaluable mentorship to young professionals.

“I have had the opportunity to work alongside Sara Colburne through her role as the independent chair of the Port Community Liaison Committee, and I am thrilled that she is joining us as our new Vice President of Strategy and Transformation,” said Captain Allan Gray, President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority. “She brings with her tremendous knowledge and experience, and she is already familiar with our business, and our strategic goals and objectives.”

About the Port of Halifax:

The Port of Halifax is Canada’s Ultra Atlantic Gateway, connecting to more than 150 countries. In 2021, the total impact of the Port of Halifax on the Province of Nova Scotia was $4.37 billion in economic output with the direct portion being $2.72 billion. This level of activity generated direct and spin-off positive impacts of $2.22 billion in GDP, $1.42 billion in labour income and over 22,400 jobs. Offering a natural, deep harbour and big ship infrastructure, Halifax can accommodate large volumes of containerized cargo, bulk cargo and project cargo. Collaborating and working with strong partners and stakeholders, the Port community in Halifax continues to deliver excellence.


Emily Richardson
Communications Coordinator
Halifax Port Authority
Ph. (902) 229-8011
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