A Word from the CEO

Substancial projects for 2015

Hello dear readers,

First, let me offer my best wishes for a healthy and happy New Year 2015!

A new year is also an opportunity to take stock of the old year. For the Port of Montreal, 2014 was marked by even greater openness to its community, in line with its commitment to fully play its role as a good corporate citizen.

Two major projects in particular gave us opportunities to communicate with our neighbours: the restoration project of Iberville Passenger Terminal and Alexandra Pier, near De la Commune in Old Montreal, and the project to construct a new container terminal at our Contrecoeur site.

Developing these two large-scale projects includes a public consultation phase, and it was in this spirit that we held open houses. These meetings aimed to present the projects to the residents concerned, answer their questions and gather their comments. Generally speaking, both projects received a warm welcome. 

There was a unanimous thumbs up for the project to restore the passenger terminal, which will provide better access to the river, an observation tower and a green roof accessible at all times. A hundred neighbours accepted the port’s invitation and came to meet port representatives on December 3, 4 and 5.

A few days earlier, at Contrecoeur, more than 200 people took part in the public pre-consultation process, where they were able to share their impressions and concerns with port management, ask questions and get informed.

In both cases, the open houses were preceded by meetings with political, social and environmental stakeholders. In 2015, we will continue to carry out our projects in a spirit of openness, communication and transparency.

For more information on these projects.

Moreover, the new year gave the Port of Montreal the occasion to mark the arrival of the first ocean-going vessel, true to the tradition of the Gold-Headed Cane, now in its 176th year. The winner of the Cane was Captain Anuj Kararia, of Indian nationality. At the helm of the Valencia Express container ship owned by Hapag-Lloyd, he crossed the boundary of port waters at six minutes past midnight on the first of January. Congratulations, Captain!

To learn more about the Gold-Headed Cane

Happy reading and again, all the best for 2015!

Sylvie Vachon

President and CEO
Port of Montreal