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News Release
FOR RELEASE - September 4, 2020
Contact: Aaron Ellis, Public Affairs Director,
(703) 254-7098

American Association of Port Authorities
Phone: (202) 792-4033

AAPA Convention Keynoter To Focus On Sustainable Transport Solutions

‘Together Apart’ is theme of port association’s 2020 virtual annual conference

Among the four keynote presenters taking center stage at the 2020 Annual Convention and Expo of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) – the unified and recognized voice of seaports in the Americas – will be Volvo Trucks North America President Peter Voorhoeve.

“I’m looking forward to discussing our rapidly changing industry and how Volvo Trucks is responding to the need for sustainable freight movement,” said Mr. Voorhoeve. “Even in the unprecedented times we live in today, the forward march of innovative transportation technology cannot stop. That’s why this virtual AAPA 2020 convention is so important. It keeps us connected, it keeps us communicating, and it keeps us progressing toward the future … a progress where all stakeholders need to be onboard and working together in order to achieve long-term sustainable end-to-end transport solutions.”

Mr. Voorhoeve’s presentation, Achieving Sustainable Freight Movement: Volvo Trucks driving the path to greater electrification, will underline the importance and necessity of a broad and aligned collaboration of stakeholders joining forces to make the shift to sustainable freight movement both possible and successful.

In his address, Mr. Voorhoeve will highlight the dedication that Volvo Trucks has to advance the use and effectiveness of electromobility, which is about enabling the commercialization of battery electric vehicle technology and making electric trucks a reality. He will showcase the Volvo LIGHTS project in California that, he says, brings a unique and innovative end-to-end approach to the introduction of electromobility in North America.

Since 2018, Mr. Voorhoeve has led Volvo Trucks North America, part of the Volvo Group – one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines.  Previously, he led Volvo Group Australia and held several senior management positions in the areas of aftermarket support, supply chain management and parts logistics during his nearly 20 years with the company.

Originally slated for Québec City, QC, Canada, AAPA’s 109th annual conference, renamed Together Apart, will now be an exclusive, virtual experience.

The three-day business program, hosted in partnership with AAPA’s Diamond sponsor – Port Québec – features a robust slate of keynote speakers and subject matter experts focusing on topics ranging from international trade and tourism, to import tariff challenges and the U.S. elections in November. The full calendar of events is available here and on the AAPA website.

More information about AAPA’s 109th Annual Convention and Expo, including its business program agenda, exhibitors and sponsors, is available at

WHO: Hosted by American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) in partnership with its Diamond-level sponsor, Port Québec, its Premier Fleet sponsor Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, and additional sponsors Port Corpus Christi, Jacobs, ZPMC USA, AECOM, Konecranes, Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations, Green Marine, Moffatt & Nichol, Oceaneering, E2OPEN, TMEIC, Weeks Marine and Port of Antwerp.
WHAT: AAPA’s 109th Annual Convention and Expo, renamed Together Apart, features keynote presenter Peter Voorhoeve, president of Volvo Trucks North America, together with keynoters Nancy McLernon, president of Global Business Alliance, Axios Co-Founder and Executive Editor Mike Allen, and Associated Luxury Hotels International President and CEO Michael Dominguez.
WHEN: September 21-23, 2020
MEDIA: Professional journalists representing bona-fide media outlets may request complimentary access to open business sessions by contacting either AAPA Public Affairs Director Aaron Ellis ( or AAPA External Relations Vice President Mary Beth Long (

About AAPA
Founded in 1912 and recognized as the unified voice of seaports in the Americas, AAPA today represents 130 of the leading seaport authorities in the United States, Canada, Latin America and the Caribbean and more than 200 sustaining and associate members, firms and individuals with an interest in seaports.
According to 
IHS Markit’s GTA Forecasting (previously known as World Trade Service), combined international sea trade moving through Western Hemisphere seaports in 2018 totaled nearly 4.2 billion metric tons in volume and US$3.7 trillion in value. Of that combined total, seaports in Central and South America handled 1.86 billion metric tons of cargo valued at US$1.17 trillion, while North American seaports handled 2.34 billion metric tons of goods, valued at US$2.53 trillion.  Within North America, U.S. seaports handled 1.01 billion metric tons of international trade valued at US$1.95 trillion, while Canada’s seaports handled 380.53 million metric tons of goods valued at US$266.67 billion, and Mexico’s seaports handled 352.53 million metric tons of cargo valued at US$312.91 billion.
To meet the growing demand for trade, the AAPA and its members are committed to keeping seaports navigable, secure and sustainable.  For more information, visit On Twitter:

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