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Trade Associations


Shipping Federation of Canada

This organization includes all leading companies engaged in ship agency and operations in Canada. The Shipping Federation, based in Montreal, has its own secretariat and handles technical matters, such as pilotage and liaison between government authorities and industry.

In 1903, the Robert Reford Company was a founding member of the Shipping Federation and has held positions on its executive board ever since.

Robert Reford senior staff are members of the following Federation committees:

  • Executive Council – Ross Kennedy
  • Pilotage Committee – Andrew Digby
  • Passenger Committee – Andrew Digby
  • Tanker and Spill Response Committee – Donny Coelho
  • Seaway Committee – Andrew Digby


Maritime Employers AssocMaritime Employers Association

Robert Reford is a founding member of the organization which was formed in 1968 to handle collective bargaining for shore labour at all eastern Canadian ports. Ross Kennedy serves on the association’s Board of Directors.


BCMEA-logoBritish Columbia Maritime Employers Association

This organization was formed to handle collective bargaining for shore labour at all western Canadian ports.


ITIClogoInternational Transport Intermediaries Management Company Ltd.

Robert Reford is entered with this protection and indemnity organization to protect the interests of the customers that it represents.

Laurentian Pilotage Authority

Laurentian Pilotage Authority

The Laurentian Pilotage Authority (LPA) is a crown corporation which operates
and administers pilotage on the St. Lawrence River. Robert Reford staff have represented the Company on the LPA Board since its inception in 1972.

CanadianCoastGuardAdvisory Councils on Oil Spill Response

Four regional Advisory Councils have been established as private sector advisory bodies to the Commissioner of the Coast Guard. Robert Reford is represented on the Central Regional Advisory Council.


  • Montreal Board of Trade
  • The Company of Master Mariners of Canada
  • Canadian International Freight Forwarders Association
  • Traffic Club of Montreal
  • Traffic Club of Toronto
  • Traffic Club of Ottawa
  • Traffic Club of Hamilton