Conference Program

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October 24, 2021 6:00 am - 12:30 pm Off-site

Seaforth Sportfishing

A half-day excursion (6:00 am to 12:30 pm) on board one of Seaforth Sportfishing’s vessels that range in size from 65 to 85 feet. Fishing ranges from La Jolla south to Imperial Beach, giving you a good view of the California coastline as well as good fishing. During October and the winter months, Calico Bass […]

October 24, 2021 8:00 am - 3:00 pm Off-site

Golf: Steele Canyon Golf Club

One of San Diego’s finest golf clubs.  Steele Canyon is a 27-hole championship golf course designed by Gary Player, one of history’s greatest golfers.  He designed Steele Canyon with great respect and appreciation for the natural beauty of the terrain. Since opening for play, Steele Canyon has been celebrated as one of California’s most exciting golf courses. […]

October 24, 2021 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Bayview Ballroom

Registration desk open

Check-in…get your badge.

October 24, 2021 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm Hospitality A

APP Executive Committee Meeting

October 24, 2021 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Sunset Terrace

Welcome Reception

October 25, 2021 7:30 am - 8:30 am Bayview Terrace


October 25, 2021 8:30 am - 8:45 am Bayview Ballroom

Welcome Ceremony

October 25, 2021 8:45 am - 9:30 am Bayview Ballroom

U.S. Maritime Administration Activity Update

Gus Hein Gateway Director, Mid-Pacific Region / U.S. Maritime Administration
October 25, 2021 9:00 am - 12:00 pm Off-site

Companion Program - San Diego Tour

A three-hour guided tour of San Diego. From the InterContinental Hotel in downtown San Diego, you’ll be transported by bus through the most interesting parts of the city — Coronado Island with its iconic Hotel del Coronado, the city’s historic Gaslamp Quarter, and resplendent Balboa Park, including museums, gardens and art.

October 25, 2021 9:30 am - 10:15 am Bayview Ballroom

Keynote Speaker: Don Krusel

Strategic Planning vs Business Planning Most ports create an annual operating budget that is shaped from the port’s “business plan”, that in turn, is intended to reflect the port’s multi-year “strategic plan”.  However, in the annual rush to complete the “planning process”, the strategic direction of an organization can often become blurred, or even misplaced, […]

Don Krusel Industry Leader
October 25, 2021 10:15 am - 10:30 am Bayview Foyer

Refreshment Break

October 25, 2021 10:30 am - 11:30 am Bayview Ballroom

Federal Infrastructure Grants and Port Toolkit

Travis Black Team Lead, Port Development and Intermodal Planning / Office of Ports and Waterways Planning, U.S. Maritime Administration
October 25, 2021 11:30 am - 11:45 am Bayview Ballroom

Video Presentation: International Ship-owners Alliance of Canada

A special message from the International Ship-owners Alliance of Canada.

October 25, 2021 11:45 am - 12:30 pm Bayview Terrace


October 25, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Bayview Ballroom

Luncheon Speaker: Frank Colonna

Harbor Commissioner Frank Colonna will discuss cargo volume surges amid emergence from the COVID-19 pandemic at the Port of Long Beach, the second-biggest container port in North America. Commissioner Colonna will provide an update on the Port’s innovative new measures to solve the capacity crunch in the short-term and into the future.

Frank Colonna Commissioner, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners / Port of Long Beach
October 25, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Bayview Ballroom

Infrastructure Planning and Execution: The Long Beach International Gateway Bridge

Capital Programs Executive Duane Kenagy presents an overview of the Port of Long Beach’s capital improvement program, which is among the most robust in the United States. Mr. Kenagy will outline the Port’s remarkable progress in meeting the challenges of modernization and sustainability during a dynamic era of growth in the shipping industry

Duane Kenagy, PE Capital Programs Executive / Port of Long Beach
October 25, 2021 2:15 pm - 2:30 pm Bayview Foyer

Refreshment Break

October 25, 2021 2:30 pm - 3:45 pm Bayview Ballroom

The Environmental Permitting Process

Lynker’s Sarah Pautzke and Zach Hughes, Salus Resources Inc. are joined by Theresa Stevens, US Army Corps of Engineers to assist in taking the mystery out of the Environmental Permitting Process. Stevens’ presentation — USACE Regulatory 101, Nuts and Bolts — will be a great road map through the Corps’ regulatory permit process, provide relevant […]

Sarah Pautzke Scientist / Lynker
Theresa Stevens Senior Project Manager / U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Regulatory Division, Los Angeles District
Zachary Hughes President / Salus Resources
October 25, 2021 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm Bayview Terrace

B-to-P Speed Dating

Sharpen up your two-minute elevator pitch! This session combines the fun of an end-of-day reception with a “speed dating” concept that guarantees Associate Members get an opportunity to introduce themselves to Port Members. Who knows, you just might meet your match!

October 26, 2021 8:00 am - 9:00 am Bayview Terrace


October 26, 2021 9:00 am - 9:40 am Bayview Ballroom

Member Updates

Jane McIvor Executive Director / Association of Pacific Ports
October 26, 2021 9:40 am - 10:20 am Bayview Ballroom

Presentation: Human Resources

Katie Miller, Director, Human Resources & Administrative Services, Port of Stockton will provide insights into current issues related to human resources and the pandemic.

Katie Miller Director, Human Resources & Administrative Services / Port of Stockton
October 26, 2021 10:20 am - 10:40 am Bayview Foyer

Refreshment Break

October 26, 2021 10:40 am - 12:00 pm Bayview Ballroom

Ports and Climate Resilience

The Port of San Diego is leading this panel presentation and discussion focused on how ports can build resiliency into key infrastructure projects to address climate change.

Dr. Clarissa Anderson Executive Director, Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System / Scripps Institution of Oceanography
Eileen Maher Director, Environmental Conservation including Aquaculture and Blue Technology / Port of San Diego
Jason C. Golumbfskie-Jones, PE, N40 Commander / Navy Installations Command, Southwest
Jason H. Giffen Vice President, Planning & Environment / Port of San Diego
Shalini Vajjhala, PhD Executive Director / San Diego Regional Policy & Innovation Center
October 26, 2021 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Bayview Ballroom


October 26, 2021 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm Off-site

San Diego Port Harbor Tour

Sponsored by our host, the Port of San Diego, conference attendees will enjoy this tour of the harbor aboard the California Princess, a 115-foot yacht with two enclosed climate-controlled decks regally enhanced by Honduran mahogany, cherry wood and a sweeping Cinderella stairway. The 1,600-square-foot observation deck will provide the perfect place to view San Diego’s […]

October 26, 2021 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Bayview Terrace

Gala Dinner

October 27, 2021 8:00 am - 9:00 am Bayview Terrace


October 27, 2021 9:00 am - 9:30 am Bayview Ballroom

Member Updates

Jane McIvor Executive Director / Association of Pacific Ports
October 27, 2021 9:30 am - 11:00 am Bayview Ballroom

Economic Valuation and Guidance for Ports and Port Projects

Following up on our hugely successful webinar, Kate and Lauren will provide attendees with a shortened economic guidance training with specific focus on sourcing economic data and providing examples helpful in conducting economic valuation for ports specifically.

Kate Quigley Natural Resource Economist / Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Lauren Knapp, Ph.D. Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
October 27, 2021 10:00 am - 3:00 pm Off-site

Companion Program - Shopping Trip to La Jolla

Find the best of San Diego shopping in La Jolla’s downtown. Throughout the Village, peruse: Shops on Ivanhoe — These independently owned businesses in the heart of La Jolla Village offer unique products and services to visitors and locals. The Design District — Head to Herschel Avenue for an exploration into La Jolla’s design scene. Find unique […]

October 27, 2021 11:00 am - 11:15 am Bayview Foyer

Refreshment Break

October 27, 2021 11:15 am - 12:30 pm Bayview Ballroom

Port Digitization

Port Authorities around the world recognize that innovation is keys to remaining competitive and that Digitization is a significant innovation trend that has been proven to increase efficiency, safety, security and environmental sustainability. This presentation will highlight PortLink’s global experience with Port Digitization including the challenges, benefits and seeks to open a conversation for APP […]

Kris English Chief Innovation Officer / PortLink
October 27, 2021 12:30 pm - 1:15 pm Bayview Terrace


October 27, 2021 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Bayview Ballroom

MARAD Town Hall: Ports and the Maritime Industry: Looking to the Future

The US Department of Transportation is dedicated to helping build America’s economy and infrastructure back better. In doing so, the Department is focusing on Safety, Economic Strength & Modernization, Equity, Climate & Sustainability, Transformation, and Organizational Excellence to get the job done. With that in mind, and as we look at a post-pandemic environment, what […]

Frank Colonna Commissioner, Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners / Port of Long Beach
Gus Hein Gateway Director, Mid-Pacific Region / U.S. Maritime Administration
Kristin Decas Chief Executive Officer / Port of Hueneme
Larry Oetker Executive Director / Port of Humboldt Bay
Michael LaFleur Vice President, Maritime Services / Port of San Diego
October 27, 2021 2:30 pm - 3:15 pm Bayview Ballroom

Moving Goods for the Good of People: U.S. Humanitarian Aid Logistics in the Pacific

John Lemieux, Director, Strategic Accounts and Government Services for Matson Logistics provides insights into the efforts of Matson in ensuring humanitarian aid gets to where its needed.

John Lemieux Director, Strategic Accounts and Government Services / Matson Logistics
October 27, 2021 3:15 pm - 3:45 pm Bayview Ballroom

Closing Ceremony