Economic Development


Ports and Logistics


Economic Impact Assessment


Strategic Planning

Economic Development Strategy - Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Toronto Pearson Airport is Canada’s largest airport handling some 30 million passengers in 2006. Located in Canada’s industrial, financial and business services heartland it is a major contributor to the local economy. Pearson is undertaking Canada’s largest infrastructure programme that will enable the airport to handle an additional 20 million passengers per annum. Members of GD Economic staff were selected by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA) to prepare an economic development strategy for Pearson as an integral part of the expansion plans. The strategy required several key elements:

  • GTAA proposed actions needed to be harmonised with those being undertaken by surrounding municipalities to ensure benefits to both would be maximised;
  • An evaluation of how air services agreements affect the potential of Pearson to generate maximum benefits for Toronto and its surrounding region;
  • An evaluation of best practices in airport economic development strategies globally;
  • Stakeholder engagement with airlines, air cargo carriers and integrators, domestic and international air transport agencies, and local municipalities amongst others to establish economic development priorities for Pearson and secure stakeholder ‘lock-in’ to the strategy; and
  • Ensure any actions taken enhance the competitiveness of the airport. 


Preparation of Vendor Market Report for a container terminal in North America

Review of United States and Mexico port portfolio in the ro-ro Industry: Port/Terminal investment due diligence support

Valuation of CXP Terminal at Changshu

Review of United States East Coast Ports: Port/Terminal investment due diligence support

Review of Northport Masterplan

Port Training Module - IDB

Jakarta Port Cost and Revenue Study

Market Due Diligence for a South American Bulk Port

China Break Bulk Port Sector Review

Congestion Study for the South Asia Pakistan Terminals (SAPT), Karachi Hutchison Port Holdings

Java Port and Logistics Market, Indonesia

Port of Tema, Ghana, Independent Traffic Study

Port of Boston Market Study, US Massports

Port Alberta

Assessment of the Port of Prince Rupert Development Plan

North America Container Terminal Development Feasibility Study

Hong Kong Port- Cargo Forecasts and Master Planning

Master Plan – Port Klang, Malaysia

Independent Market Assessment – Port of Manzanillo, Mexico

Economic Impact Assessment – Port of St. John's, Newfoundland

Feasibility of Port Operations – Port of Toronto

Economic Development Strategy - Greater Toronto Airports Authority

Economic Impact Assessment – Vernon Regional Airport

Alaska Canada Rail Link Inc., Pacific Rim Trade Corridor Study

Future Guidelines on State Aids for Port Infrastructure, European Union (EU) European Commission