A Word from the CEO

the port, economic engine at the heart of its community

Hello dear readers,

Sixteen thousand direct and indirect jobs flow from Port of Montreal operations. Every year, $41 billion worth of good pass through the Port. Yes, it’s safe to say that we’re a real economic driver. But I add in the same breath that none of our economic activities could be justified if the Port of Montreal did not, at the same time, wholeheartedly care for the wellbeing of its community and its environment.

That’s because everything is connected: the environment and society.  An economic system will ensure its long-term viability provided it respects the environment. Only on this condition can it renew its raw materials, protect the ecosystem on which it depends and by doing so, successfully continue.

In the end, a strong economy and healthy environment are at the service of the wellbeing of people like you and me. It’s called sustainable development. It’s why for every project we undertake, our approach is to incorporate sustainable development and operational efficiency.

To achieve this, we start by considering our neighbours, some 16,000 households along Port territory, as stakeholders in our operations, same as our business partners. We take all possible measures to minimize the inconveniences associated with port activities: noise, odour, and infrastructure.  

For example, as part of the new container terminal project in the Viau sector, we changed the colour of the cranes, which was supposed to be red, following comments from residents who wanted a more neutral colour that would blend in better with the landscape.

Now we know for a fact that working cooperatively with our neighbours is productive. In a survey conducted at the end of 2015 by Leger - The Research Intelligence Group, we were very pleased to see that the Port is a source of pride for several target publics. We were especially happy to learn that 83% of our neighbours who were surveyed are proud of their Port!

Thank you, everybody! Long live our cohabitation!

Sylvie Vachon

President and CEO
Port of Montreal