Appointment to the Montreal port authority

    OTTAWA, June 28 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister
of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointment
of Mr. Michel M. Lessard to the board of directors of the Montreal Port
Authority, for a term of three years.
    "I am very pleased that Mr. Lessard has agreed to serve on the Montreal
Port Authority's board of directors," said Minister Cannon. "His experience
and expertise will serve the board well."
    Mr. Lessard holds a bachelor of arts, a bachelor of commerce and a master
of commerce from Université Laval. He also holds a master of business
administration from the Harvard Business School.
    Mr. Lessard is president of Sogexfi Inc., a management and financial
consultancy, which he founded in October 1986. Before founding Sogexfi Inc.,
he was president and chief executive officer of Crédit Foncier, a national
financial institution, where he worked for 17 years. Throughout his career, he
has served as an advisor and director of numerous commercial and industrial
companies. He has also been active in a number of not-for-profit
organizations, the latest being Ducks Unlimited Canada. He currently serves as
a member of the advisory committee of Ameublements Azura inc., a member of the
Turnaround Council of Fonds de Solidarité FTQ, and a director of Hydro-Mobile

    The Montreal Port Authority is the Canada Port Authority (CPA)
established to manage the Port of Montreal, effective March 1, 1999, under the
Canada Marine Act. As a CPA, the Montreal Port Authority benefits from greater
management flexibility, including increased freedom to develop contracts and
borrow money from commercial lenders.

    The Port of Montreal is one of the busiest inland ports in the world and
a key transfer point for transatlantic cargo. The port is also one of Canada's
top container ports and a leader in terms of market share for metric tonnes of
containerized cargo in Quebec, Ontario, and the United States Midwest and
Northeast. Over the last 10 years, the Port of Montreal has handled an average
of 20 million tonnes of cargo annually.

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