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Daniel Dagenais

Daniel Dagenais at operations helm

When Jean-Luc Bédard, Vice-President, Operations and Harbour Master of the Port of Montreal, retired on January 24, he turned the helm over to Daniel Dagenais, Director of Operations at the port since 2007.  “During my career I’ve been fortunate to meet people who are generous with their experience and their knowledge. In turn, I’m going to continue this skill sharing,” stated the new Vce-President of Operations.

Daniel Dagenais holds a specialized management Certificate in Transport and Logistics from McGill University and a professional development certificate for working executives from HEC. He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation (CITT), where he was as director of the national board for three years. He also serves on the board of the Traffic Club of Montreal. He is particularly interested in health and safety issues as well as labour relations.

Before joining the Montreal Port Authority, he gained wide-ranging experience running bulk, containerized and non-containerized cargo terminals. He was employed by Empire Stevedoring for five years. He then worked for 14 years at Racine Terminal, operated by Montreal Gateway Terminals Partnership (MGTP), the last seven years as director of operations. “These experiences prepared me well for the position I then held at the Port of Montreal; I went from tenant to landlord,” he said.

Harbour Master Christian Demers

LChristian Demers

The departure of Jean-Luc Bédard also led to the arrival of a new Harbour Master, Christian Demers, who assumes the duties of Director of Operations as well, replacing Daniel Dagenais.

Christian Demers had been Director of Personnel at Nunavut Eastern Arctic Shipping (NEAS). He graduated from the Maritime Institute in 1989 and began his career at Transport Igloolik in the Canadian Arctic. In 1997, he joined the team at Montreal Gateway's Cast Terminal in Montreal as Superintendent of Container Handling. In 2003, he became Director of Operations and Dispatch Director at the Laurentian Pilotage Authority (LPA). In 2006, he returned to sea to complete the navigation hours allowing him to hold the title of Captain. In 2009, he went back to work for Transport Nanuk.

“I am really pleased to join the MPA organization. The challenge of Director of Operations and Harbour Master are, for me, an opportunity to test my knowledge both in personnel management and at the operational level,” stated the Port of Montreal’s new harbour master.