The Port of Montreal and its partners earn several awards


Montreal, June 19, 2014 - The Port of Montreal won a Merit Award, Special Events, from the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). This award recognizes the 175th Gold-Headed Cane Presentation Ceremony. The Gold Quill trophy was given to Ms. Sophie Roux, Director of Communications at the Port of Montreal, at the association’s world conference held in Toronto, June 8 to 11.

In its evaluation, the jury of the awards program noted the style and verve brought by the Port of Montreal’s Communications team to a tradition that has been serving the Port’s corporate image for more than a century. The jury pointed out how well aligned the organization of the event was with the communications strategy. It also commented on how the Port of Montreal’s key messages were respected, on the depth of the approach and the attention to detail. Lastly, it applauded how smoothly the event went off and the rave reviews it inspired.
The 2014 edition of the IABC’s annual awards program received more than 800 entries, and 250 Gold Quills were awarded. “Such recognition from this international organization for communicators highlights indubitably the quality of our work. I congratulate the entire communications team for this award. We will keep striving to always aim higher,” stated Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority.

Founded in 1970, the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is a professional network with 14,000 members in more than 70 countries. The organization brings together business communication professions in several areas:  the media, public relations, public affairs, government relations, community relations, marketing, writing, editing, training and education, advertising, photography and video production, graphic design and human resources.

A reminder that the 175th Gold-Headed Cane Presentation Ceremony was held on January 3, 2014 at Montreal Port Authority headquarters, before a record number of representatives of the business community, alongside well known figures on the political and cultural scenes. The Gold-Headed Cane was awarded to Captain Vijayendra Gurukant Chodankar, master of the Federal Spey. The event also marked the 50th anniversary of year-round navigation on the St. Lawrence River.

Two awards for CargoM

CargoM's team : Karine Dudognon, administrative assistant,
Mathieu Charbonneau, executive director ,
Magali Amiel, senior project manager ,
and Gabriel Descôteaux-Simard, project manager

In addition, on June 18 at the Grands prix d’excellence awards gala held by the Association québécoise du transport et des routes (AQTr), Cargo Montréal (CargoM) earned a pair of awards.

The 2014 Prix Transport de marchandises honours the project “Creation of the Logistic and Transportation Metropolitan Cluster of Montreal” for its coherence, its originality and its contribution to the fluidity of freight transport.

CargoM also earned the Prix Distinction, an honorary award in recognition of a major project that stands out strongly for its structuring contribution to transportation for the benefit Quebec society.   

“We are beyond proud of the work performed by CargoM since its creation, and we applaud these awards that draw attention to the excellence of its results. This recognition reflects credit on all the players involved in CargoM and the transportation logistics chain in the metropolitan area,” stated Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority and Chair of CargoM’s Board of Directors.

Read the CargoM press release

An award for SNC-Lavalin, a partner of the Port de Montréal

At the Grands prix d’excellence awards gala held by the Association québécoise du transport et des routes, the Grand prix d’excellence en transport, catégorie Environnement was awarded to SNC-Lavalin. The engineering firm earned this award for a recovery project of contaminated soil using a soil reinforcement method, carried out as part of the Port of Montreal’s redevelopment of the Viau sector.  The federal government has contributed $15.1 million to this redevelopment project of the Viau and Maisonneuve sectors.

In addition, Ms. Vachon also wants to congratulate Ocean Group, a partner of the Port of Montreal, which was awarded the Grand prix d’excellence en transport in the catégorie International for its its dredging of the Port of Dos Bocas in Paraiso, Mexico.

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