August 31 was Port in the City Day: 100 000 people rediscover the Port of Montreal

    MONTREAL, Sept. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - Mr. Patrice M. Pelletier, President and
CEO of the Montreal Port Authority (MPA), is proud to announce the success of
Sunday's Port in the City Day, which allowed residents of the greater Montréal
region to tour the port facilities by bus, train and boat. More than 100 000
people participated in the activities organized for the event. Throughout the
course of the day, they also had the opportunity to visit the educational
exhibition under the Port Tent and take in shows on the outdoor stage put on
by the Laval children's choir, Dominique Bouffard and François Duchesne.
    The day's activities were officially launched at 10:00 a.m. by
Mr. Pelletier along with the honourable Michael M Fortier, Minister of
International Trade and Minister responsible for the Greater Montreal region,
and Montréal Mayor Mr. Gérald Tremblay.
    "Port in the City Day was a true success. I would like to thank the
Montréal residents who answered our invitation and who came out in such large
numbers. I am overjoyed at the interest that visitors, particularly
Montrealers, have shown in their port. Our goal in organizing this first open
house day in 25 years was to give Montréal residents a chance to discover or
rediscover the Port of Montreal and help them better understand the operations
of this vital service for the metropolitan area. Visitors to the port
facilities not only saw first-hand the port's scope of economic activity but
also realized what an integral part it plays in the community," said
Mr. Patrice M. Pelletier, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority
    "I would like to thank the event's sponsors and main partners, the
Société de transport de Montréal (STM), the Old Port of Montréal Corporation,
the Ville de Montréal, and the Agence métropolitaine de transport (AMT), for
their generous involvement. I would also like to thank the clients of the Port
of Montreal who agreed to participate in this event. The open house day would
not have been possible without the work of many volunteers, the organizing
committee and Port of Montreal employees. I extend to you wholehearted
thanks," added Mr. Pelletier.
    Port in the City Day is a component of the Montreal Port Authority's
Strategic Plan-Vision 2020. The goal of this plan is to ensure that the Port
of Montreal maintains its position as a world leader in maritime cargo
transportation while stimulating local communities and respecting principles
of sustainable development.

    About the Montreal Port Authority

    The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) operates the world's largest inland
port. It is a leader among container ports, handling 26 million tonnes of
cargo annually. In 2007, the Port of Montreal handled a total of
1,363,021 container TEUs (twenty-foot equivalent unit). The MPA operates its
own rail network, providing direct access to berths, and is linked to two
major railways and a highway system. It also operates a grain terminal and a
marine passenger terminal. All other terminals are operated by private
stevedoring firms. Through its activities, the Port of Montreal generates
18,200 jobs and $1.5 billion in economic spin-offs.
    For information about the Montreal Port Authority or about the activities
of the Port of Montreal, go to

    If you are interested in interviewing Mr. Patrice M. Pelletier, President
and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority, you are welcome to contact Jean-Benoît
Houde at one of the following numbers.

For further information:

For further information: Jean-Benoît Houde, CASACOM, 514-286-2145,
extension 224, 514-652-4344,

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