The PIER Team

Centre for Port Development and Innovation

Captain Allan Gray

President and CEO, Halifax Port Authority

Captain Allan Gray joined the Halifax Port Authority as President and CEO in November of 2019. The Port of Halifax is a diverse, deep-water cargo port handling containerized, bulk, breakbulk and roll-on/roll-off cargo year-round. The Port connects importers and exporters with 150 countries through a wide range of shipping lines, offering the deepest container berths on the eastern seaboard and seamless intermodal connections to major inland markets. Since August 2015, Halifax has been handling some of the largest container vessels operating along the East Coast of North America.

Before his role with the Halifax Port Authority, Captain Gray was previously the General Manager of Fremantle Ports in Australia. He joined Fremantle Ports in July 2006 as Deputy Harbour Master/Manager Marine and Port Operations, was appointed Harbour Master in September 2008, and was appointed General Manager Port Operations in July 2009 including commercial operations and management of the port’s bulk business. Captain Gray was the Federal Master (Board Chairman) for the Company of Master Mariners Australia from 2009-2013 and was awarded life membership for his contribution to raising the profile of the Company. Captain Gray is currently the President of the International Harbour Masters Association.

Prior to coming ashore, Captain Gray’s career at sea spanned over 20 years. During this period, he traded on various vessels from RO-RO, container, and bulk through to the last 10 years which were spent on LPG Tankers with Bergesens of Norway. Trading patterns included Japan/Far East, Europe, Africa, South America and the United States.

Andrew Black Executive Director at The PIER

Andrew Black

Executive Director

Andrew is the Executive Director of The PIER and heads up the innovation agenda for the Port of Halifax, focusing primarily on collaborative initiatives with customers, partners, and stakeholders. Since joining the port in 2015, Andrew has led the launch of a Port Operations Centre, the Terminal Traffic Monitoring System, and has led an information management strategy. More recently he has led a Digital Roadmap, created an innovation framework for the Port. Prior to joining the Port, Andrew worked for a consultancy, working extensively with the Maritime sector. He also worked in marketing, teaching and the provincial government. He studied at Mount Allison University and then did a teaching degree at the University College of London. He is an avid lover of performing arts and is heavily involved in his community.

Communications & Programming Coordinator

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Administrative Assistant, The PIER

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