August 24, 2017
In the news

John Parisella appointed to the Board of Directors of the Montreal Port Authority

On the recommendation of the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, His Excellency the Governor in Council has appointed John Parisella to be a director of the Montreal Port Authority for a term of three years, replacing Germain Thibault, whose term of office has ended.

M. Parisella joined NATIONAL’s Montreal office as Senior Advisor, Business Outreach on January 23, 2017. Over the course of his extensive career, M. Parisella has held numerous positions in the public sphere, including chief of staff for Quebec premiers, author, business manager, political analyst and Quebec’s delegate general in New York City. More recently, he was executive director of the major fundraising campaign for HEC Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and Université de Montréal (Campus Montréal). At NATIONAL, he will work towards raising the Firm’s profile throughout the network as well as supporting the Firm’s mentorship strategy aimed at younger consultants. The Firm’s clients will also benefit from his extensive experience in the public, parapublic and private sectors.

M. Parisella was made a Member of the Order of Canada in 2017, an Officer of the National Order of Quebec in 2016 and he was named Personality of the TOP 20 Diversity Award at the Grand Prix Mosaïque – Lys de la Diversité du Québec in 2014.

The Board of Directors warmly thanks M. Thibault for the time, energy and wise counsel he so generously provided for the good governance of the MPA, and wish M. Parisella a warm welcome and the best of success.

In brief

Maersk Line strengthens its relationship with the Port of Montreal by adding a new shipping route to the Mediterranean

The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) hails Maersk Line’s initiative to add a new shipping route between the Mediterranean and Montreal. Looking ahead to the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement coming into force on September 21th, the world’s leading shipping company has decided to increase its service capacity with the Port of Montreal. Starting September 30, 2017, Maersk Line will offer a weekly connection to support the growing demand for freight transport between Montreal and emerging markets.

The service rotation will be to the ports of Cagliari, Salerno, Leghorn, Genoa, Fos sur Mer, Algeciras, Tangiers, Vigo and Valencia. This news is a positive sign for both Montreal and Eastern Canada’s economy.

“The Port of Montreal is the leading container handling port in Eastern Canada. Thanks to this additional route, the MPA will improve its service offering to Canada’s and the U.S. Northeast and Midwest’s companies, and is bolstering its position as a strategic transshipment hub for all types of cargo to and from Mediterranean ports,” said Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the MPA. “This new service provided by Maersk Line will promote greater diversification in the markets served by connections to the Port of Montreal, and will offer to all importers and exporters additional access to emerging markets”.

In 2016, the total container market traffic between the Port of Montreal and Asia, the Mediterranean and the Middle East reached 50%. This service will strengthen the shipping connection between the Port of Montreal and emerging countries.

Check out the press release here.


A Port of Montreal team took part in the Montreal to Quebec Paddling Challenge for the benefits of Young Musicians of the World

For second year in a row, the Port of Montreal was one of the proud sponsors of the Défi Kayak Desgagnés 2017, a fundraising event that consists in paddling the St-Lawrence river from Montreal to the City of Quebec in a kayak for the benefit Young Musicians of the World (JMM). Launched on August 10th, the four-day event brought together close to 90 kayakers. A team representing the Port of Montreal contributed to achieving this brave challenge through their efforts and generosity by paddling close to 265 km.

For the MPA, this challenging paddling experience is more than a sporting event. It is part of the MPA’s commitment to continually fulfil its role as a responsible organization. Both the Kayak challenge and the mission of JMM align perfectly with the values and sectors of its Community Investment Policy.

The MPA’s Community Investment Policy supports three sectors, with special consideration being accorded to the Port's surrounding communities in Montreal and Contrecoeur: socio-economic development, education related to maritime careers and the environment.

The MPA congratulates the event organizer, the partners, the participants and the volunteers for contributing to this successful fundraiser.