Maritime News

Cargo Montreal up and running

Since its creation in December, the Logistics and Transportation Metropolitan Cluster of Montreal – Cargo Montreal – has been on the go, under the leadership of executive director Mathieu Charbonneau.

Cargo Montreal appointed Magali Amiel as its first project manager on February 4. Originally from the south of France, Amiel has been in Montreal for 10 years. She has a PhD in geography, transportation and logistics, and studied with University of Montreal professor Claude Comtois, who is known around the world for his work in maritime transportation. “I enjoy the challenges that come from starting up a new project. There is so much to do, and we have so many ideas,” she said.


Magali Amiel, project manager for
Cargo Montreal
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The two Cargo Montreal employees are working out of an office that is on loan from the Port of Montreal. They’ll soon set up shop in their own office located in the Cité du Havre building.

On March 15, CargoM’s new information-filled website www.cargo-montreal.ca went live.

CargoM is currently conducting a profile of Greater Montreal’s logistics and transportation industry.

Furthermore, Cargo M’s three working groups now have chairmen and are ready to begin their activities.

Madeleine Paquin, president of Logistec, and Laurent Tourigny, president of TracWorld, are co-chairs of the Sectorial Development Opportunities working group. The group will develop tools and projects to improve competiveness among CargoM members.

Nicole Trépanier, president of SODES (St. Lawrence Economic Development Council), and Frédéric Chevallier, vice-president of Panalpina, are co-chairs of the Communications and Outreach working group. Marc Cadieux, president and CEO of the Quebec Trucking Association, and Michael Fratianni, chief financial officer of Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership, are co-chairs of the Truck Access and Transportation Flow working group.

These three groups will work toward the implementation of projects dealing with infrastructure, regulations and high-technology that will optimize logistics and transportation operations and improve transportation flow within Greater Montreal.

Cargo Montreal’s mission is to bring together companies and concerned stakeholders in the Greater Montreal region’s logistics and freight transportation sector in order to maximize the sector’s development. Port of Montreal President and CEO Sylvie Vachon, one of the driving forces behind the cluster, is Chair of Cargo Montreal.