Partnerships unlock prairie trade potential

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - Winnipeg, Manitoba

Creating partnerships between public and private sectors will be integral to expanding trade activity in Western Canada was the message Global Transportation Hub (GTH) Chief Executive Officer Bryan Richards delivered to the Canadian Transportation Research Forum (CTRF) annual conference in Winnipeg, MB today.

Speaking as part of a panel discussion, Richards discussed the long-term vision for the GTH and the investment in partnerships that was necessary to lay the groundwork for future growth for Saskatchewan’s export-driven economy.

“Inland ports are like the trading posts of the 21st century,” said Richards. “For economies in Western Canada to grow, we need to optimize the way we move goods. The GTH brings transportation providers together with warehouse and distribution partners to maximize efficiency and improve competitiveness.”

Richards cited the relationship with CP Rail, which moved its intermodal facility from downtown Regina to The GTH as a reflection of how Canada’s growing urban centres can rethink transportation infrastructure. By securing commitments from the federal, provincial and civic governments, rural municipalities and transportation partners, the GTH laid the foundation for long-term improvements to transport in and out of Western Canada.

“Approximately 75 percent of what is produced in Saskatchewan is exported,” said Richards. “We have the food, fuel and fertilizer that the world needs now and will need more of in the future. To enable this to happen, we need to build partnerships and invest in infrastructure. It takes vision and time to achieve, but we are on our way.”

Ideally situated adjacent to the CP Rail mainline and directly connected to the TransCanda and Yellowhead National Highway systems, the GTH offers land for sale or lease to businesses in the following segments: transportation and logistics, warehousing and distribution, import and export operations, as well as light processing and manufacturing.