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Harbor Port Development Partners. (HPDP)
HPDP was formed specifically to assemble the business consortium required to develop the deep-water NOVAPORTE™ Mega-Terminal in Sydney, Nova Scotia.
Our aim is to bring together firms with the necessary financial resources, construction expertise and logistical support skills to fast-track this project. The group we are assembling will include port operators, shippers and any other necessary partners to design, construct and operate NOVAPORTE as the most efficient, technologically advanced port in North America. In doing so, we will invigorate Canada’s Atlantic Gateway, leverage the nation’s Free Trade Agreement with Europe (CETA) and begin to transform transportation patterns in eastern North America.

Albert Barbusci | CEO / Principal

Albert ​Barbusci is a born entrepreneur ​with over 35 years ​of experience in advertising, business development and real estate investment. Multilingual and broadly travelled, Barbusci is expansive in his view of business opportunities, especially those of a global nature. Barbusci has worked with business partners around the world including Europe, the Middle East, Japan, China and South East Asia. He established his own highly successful advertising agency, Cadence Communications, in Montréal. 
He successfully introduced advertising giant Dentsu (20 billion in global sales) to Canada and successfully established a joint venture, Dentsu Cadence Canada, headquartered in Toronto, and served as CEO. Dentsu Cadence Canada’s clients included Toyota, Lexus and Canon. Today Dentsu is one of the largest and most successful agencies in Canada. In the 1990’s Barbusci became a partner of the Atlanta Consulting Group, a successful U.S. firm, consulting to Fortune 1000 companies. Barbusci also founded and served as CEO of Events International Inc., a full-service, world congress Management Company, focused on major, international medical conferences ​held around the globe and sponsored by the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.  Barbusci merged Events International with Grey Healthcare Group, a global pharmaceutical marketing and advertising agency, to form Phase V Communications, Canada where he served as Chairman. Barbusci has pursued joint venture and acquisition opportunities in the communications, entertainment, and real estate development sectors within North America, China, Japan and Asia. ​
Over the last 3 years Albert has worked with long time friend, business partner and author Barry Sheehy to establish Harbor Port Development Partners, (HPDP) with a sole focus on developing a state of the art, highly automated deep water container terminal facility in Sydney, N.S. HDPD’s is working closely with JV partners such as Canderel, China Communications Construction Company and Bechtel. The aim is to change transportation patterns in North America and dramatically improve port productivity in the U.S. and Canada. This new effort is characteristic of Barbusci’s development approach in bringing together global partners from China, the Middle East, Europe and America in pursuit of a common goal.

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​Barry Sheehy | Principal

Barry Sheehy is an accomplished writer and business consultant as well as a powerfully engaging speaker. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies in a range of industries including Transportation, Financial Services, Health Care and Manufacturing—they run the gamut from The Federal Reserve to the NFL to the Government of Kuwait.
He is on Executive Excellence Magazine’s list of top 100 business consultants in America. Consulting as well as his lectures have taken Barry around the world. He has a track record of identifying important patterns, particularly those relating to quality and value—before they are broadly felt and noticed. He has been the author or a contributing author to seven books and more than fifty published papers and articles. He is listed in the original Who’s Who in America. His latest books include Smart Business, addresses quality issues surrounding technology investments, (Executive Excellence 2002). Winning The Race For Value, deals with Strategies to create competitive advantages in the emerging "Age of Abundance" (AMACOM, 1996), Economic Divide (TACG Press 1995). His work can also be found in, In Search Of Quality (Executive Excellence, 1995) and Game Plans for Success (Little Brown, 1995). He was a contributing author to the best-seller, Firing On All Cylinders (Irwin, 1992). His works have appeared alongside those of Presidents Clinton and Bush, Alan Greenspan, Robert Rubin and business leaders such as Lou Gerstner, Jack Welch, Michael Dell as well as Edwards Deming, Stephen R. Covey, Rosebeth Moss Kanter, Gary Hamel, Peter Senge and Tom Peters.
His last two books, Immortal City and Brokers, Bankers and Bay Lane deal with the City of Savannah and its role in the American Civil War. His next book, City of Secrets, focuses on the operations of the Confederate Secret Service in Montreal during the Civil War. Barry is a graduate of Loyola and McGill Universities as well as The Canadian Forces School of Electronics Engineering. He holds the Canadian Armed Forces Decoration. He is a resident of Gabarus, Cape Breton Island. 


Sydney, Nova Scotia, August 31, 2016

MOU provides ‘labour stability’ during Sydney container terminal construction

Sydney, Nova Scotia, August 31, 2016 — The 15 local trades unions hoping for employment through the possible construction of a $1.2-billion deep-water container terminal in Sydney harbour agreed in principle to maintain labour peace during project construction...
Sydney, Nova Scotia, February 10, 2016

Announcing the new brand for Sydney’s new container terminal: NOVAPORTE™ and its adjacent logistics park NOVAZONE™.

Sydney, Nova Scotia, February 10, 2016 — The Harbor Port Development Partners (HPDP) and the Port of Sydney are pleased to announce the exciting new brand for Sydney’s new container terminal: NOVAPORTE and its adjacent logistics park NOVAZONE.


Sydney, Nova Scotia, December 16, 2015

Cape Breton Regional Municipality and Harbor Port Development Partners announce sister city relationship with the port city of Dalian in China

Sydney, Nova Scotia, December 16, 2015 — The Mayor of the Cape Breton Regional Municipality (CBRM) and the City of Dalian, Liaoning Province in the People’s Republic of China are pleased to announce they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) laying the ground work for an official sister city relationship between the two regions and...
Sydney, Nova Scotia, November 19, 2015

Harbor Port Development Partners and Cape Breton & Central Nova Scotia Railway to work together on the port of Sydney development project

Sydney, Nova Scotia, November 19, 2015 — Cape Breton Regional Municipality has recently officially granted Harbor-Port Development Partners (HPDP) the exclusive right to market the port of Sydney for development, including building the financial and operating consortium to...


NOVAPORTE presented at Suez Canal conference

Project described as “transformative opportunity to connect China’s One Belt One Road transportation strategy directly to North American markets..."

Port of Sydney CEO Marlene Usher attended as a guest of conference organizers, describing the NOVAPORTE project as “transformative opportunity to connect China’s One Belt One Road transportation strategy directly to North American markets through a container port and transshipment hub at the Port of Sydney”.
Sydney port boss expects hub announcement in 2016


Many pieces of the puzzle are yet to fall into place, but the chief executive officer of the Port of Sydney believes announcements will be made this year about construction of a major, ultra-modern container terminal.
Nova Scotia mega container port project gaining traction

American Journal of Transportation

After marking time for several years, an ambitious project to build a mega deep-sea container port at a greenfield site in Sydney on Cape Breton in Nova Scotia appears to be gaining traction though key pieces of the puzzle still need to fall into place. And it has a new name: Novaporte together with an adjacent logistics park called Novazone. Both are conceived to operate within a Foreign Trade Zone.
China Communications Construction Company tours Port of Sydney, study in the works


Sydney port officials are hoping to have a shipper, business plan and feasibility study for a Sydney container hub within...
Sydney’s Port has a Future


Access to the sea has played a significant part in Cape Breton’s history. We have a storied history involving our prime maritime location. Beyond that history, however, Sydney’s port has a future and with it, a source of sustainable and significant economic growth for our...