Dominic Guimond and Alexandra Aubin with
Daniel Dagenais, Vice-President, Operations
at the Port of Montreal.
The Port of Montreal welcomes trainees from Fednav
The Port helps promote marine trades, one of the missions we set for ourselves.
Last June, Alexandra Aubin and Dominic Guimond, two third-year students in industrial engineering at the École polytechnique, spent a day and a half visiting the Port of Montreal and meeting experts in all of the Port’s operational facets.
This in-depth visit is part of their paid internship at Fednav for the summer, covering 14 weeks. Fednav is the largest ocean-going dry-bulk shipping company in Canada.
“We have been providing these internships to university students for five years so that we can make marine industry occupations better known,” said Marc Gagnon, Director, Government Affairs and Regulatory Compliance. There is no undergraduate program leading to career paths in the marine industry, and the industry is often overlooked. The Pathy family, founder and owner of Fednav, is keenly interested in attracting bright young people to their industry and making them want to pursue a career in it.
It’s working! “I can count a large number of colleagues who interned with us and who got hooked!” said Marc Gagnon.
In 2016, Fednav was recognized as one of the best employers for young Canadians for the third consecutive year, and as one of the best employers in Montreal for the fifth consecutive year.
June 25: Day of the Seafarer
On June 25, the Port of Montreal celebrated all seafarers and thanked them for their work and indispensable contribution to international trade and human activities!
This Day of the Seafarer was proclaimed by the International Maritime Organization ((IMO). There are 1.5 million seafarers in the world. In Quebec, some 5,000 people work aboard Quebec vessels. The International Maritime Organization ((IMO) has 169 member states. On June 25, 2010, the last amendments were signed to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers. This agreement helps make this a safer and better-valued profession.
Christian Demers, Director of Personnel at NEAS,
giving Annie Desrochers from Ici Radio-Canada a tour
of the Avatak.
Visit from a ship that serves the Far North
The Avatak brings supplies to towns in the Far North during the summer. Ici Radio-Canada presents a tour inside the vessel, a rare glimpse of a unique place. At the time of the tour, the Avatak was docked at the Port of Montreal.
Watch the video (French only)