The Port of Montreal:
an economic engine at the heart of the community

Speech by MPA President and CEO Sylvie Vachon at The Canadian Club of Montreal

Montreal, February 16, 2016 - “The Port of Montreal is a unique and important economic engine for Montreal, Quebec and the rest of Canada. This role goes hand in hand with our commitment to act responsibly and sustainably, and to coexist harmoniously with the community in which we operate.”

So stated Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority  (MPA) yesterday to an audience of about 300 business people, port and logistics players and key actors in sustainable development, gathered for a luncheon conference at The Canadian Club.

“I believe that it is very important for the Port to assume its role as a responsible corporate citizen in its neighbouring community,” continued Ms. Vachon.

The MPA has long incorporated the concept of sustainable development in its business processes. Several projects currently underway at the Port of Montreal include objectives such as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving environmental performance related to port operations.

The Port of Montreal is also very attentive to its relations with its surrounding community. By means of open houses, electronic communications and a Good Neighbourhood Committee, the Port informs the Port’s neighbouring residents, answers their questions and seeks their opinions.

Furthermore, the Port of Montreal is aware of the global environmental challenge. It is a founding member of Green Marine, the North American marine industry’s voluntary environmental certification program. In 2014, the Port of Montreal ranked second highest among member ports of Green Marine throughout North America.

This means that the Port assumes economic, environmental and social roles alike. “For us, it’s important to be able to take on and reconcile these complementary roles in a sustainable way, because the Port’s involvement in its community is also a vital component of a sustainable economy,” concluded Sylvie Vachon.

Consult the presentation and speech on our website