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Montreal, Tuesday, August 15, 2023— The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) announces the appointment of Geneviève Deschamps as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer. This appointment will be effective as of August 21, 2023. Mrs. Deschamps is currently Vice-President, Finance.


Geneviève Deschamps
Geneviève Deschamps, Vice-President, Finance, and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the MPA

“Geneviève has all the leadership qualities required to ensure continuity of operations, mobilize teams and pursue the deployment of the strategic plan. She will lead an experienced management team working on our current projects, including, among others, the major expansion of the Port of Montreal in Contrecoeur. She and her team can count on the full support of all board members,” said Nathalie Pilon, Chair of the MPA Board of Directors.

“It’s an honour for me to put my expertise at the service of the Port of Montreal and our partners.  I feel supported by my colleagues and the entire MPA team, which is made up of committed, competent people dedicated to our mission.  Together, we will continue to deploy the initiatives of the Port of Montreal’s strategic plan and make it an even more sustainable, resilient and greener public service,” declared Geneviève Deschamps.

Under the Canada Marine Act, the Board of Directors is responsible for selecting the CEO of a Canada Port Authority. The MPA Board of Directors has already launched the recruitment process, mandating a reputable and experienced executive search firm to identify, over the coming months, the best candidates to fill the position on a permanent basis.

Martin Imbleau will continue to support the MPA during the transition period until September 8.


About Geneviève Deschamps

Employed by the Port Authority since August 2021 as Vice-President, Finance, Geneviève Deschamps has 25 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector.  At the Port of Montreal, she is responsible for the organization’s financial activities, strategic procurement and risk management.

With a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, a Master’s degree in Finance and the CPA designation, Geneviève Deschamps has distinguished herself in treasury management, corporate and project financing, insurance and pension plan management.  Prior to joining the Montreal Port Authority, Geneviève Deschamps managed multidisciplinary teams in the energy and finance sectors.   

Interested in mental health issues and the well-being of young people, she has been a member of the board of directors of the Fondation Jeunes en tête since 2019.

About the Port of Montreal

Operated by the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), the Port of Montreal is the second largest port in Canada and a diversified transshipment centre that handles all types of goods: containerized and non-containerized cargo, liquid bulk and dry bulk. The only container port in Quebec, it is a destination port served by the largest shipping lines in the world. It is also an intermodal hub with a service offering that is unique in North America, featuring its own rail network directly dockside connected to Canada’s two national rail networks. The MPA also operates a Cruise Terminal and a Port Centre.

The MPA factors economic, social and environmental components into its corporate initiatives. This commitment is governed by a sustainable development policy whose guiding principles focus on involvement, cooperation and accountability. Port activity supports 19,000 jobs and generates $2.6 billion in economic benefits annually.

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