CEO’s Message

Logistics and transportation on the move!

Everything is definitely in motion this autumn: in Ottawa, the review of the Canada Transportation Act has begun. In Quebec, talks are underway on developing a Maritime Strategy and consolidating logistics. Both are taking place in the context of the new free trade agreement with Europe on the horizon.

I am really pleased to note the growing importance of marine transportation in Quebec. At the Port of Montreal, we are increasing our container handling capacity, starting with docks on the island of Montreal. 

Furthermore, CanEst just opened its cleaning and containerization terminal for agricultural products, located directly on Port of Montreal territory in former Grain Elevator No. 3. Containerization is a strong trend in the agri-food industry, with 12% of grain exported by sea around the world already being moved by container. This new service provided by CanEst directly on the port’s docks bring added value to the city’s port operations and is a source of enrichment for the logistics hub.

All this will ultimately strengthen Montreal’s role as a port city and indispensable hub for international freight.

The statistics In a KPMG study commissioned by CargoM, the Logistic and Transportation Metropolitan Cluster, are evidence of this great sea wind that is raising marine transportation in Quebec. Among the key findings, we learn that the Port of Montreal is seen as a partner of choice, a growth engine able to ensure high quality service. I guarantee that we are staying on this course!

Sylvie Vachon
President and Chief Executive Officer
Montreal Port Authority