MONTREAL, March 27, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Claude Benoit, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Old Port of Montréal Corporation, will be presented with the prestigious Frederick G. Todd Award by the Association des architectes paysagistes du Québec (AAPQ) on March 31. The award, named for the first Canadian landscape architect, is presented to a public figure who has made an exceptional contribution to promoting landscape architecture in Quebec.
The Frederick G. Todd Award, public category, is the highest distinction conferred by the AAPQ. The 2012 award recognizes the quality of Ms. Benoit's professional achievements and her immense contribution to showcasing and developing the Old Port of Montréal, through her modern vision and her respect for the site's history. Her initiatives, from the rehabilitation of the King Edward Quay sheds at the Science Centre to the architectural lighting of the Clock Tower and, soon, the opening of a large urban beach, have all forever transformed the riverfront landscape of one of Canada's major cities.
In 2010, the Old Port of Montréal joined the list of the world's top waterfront cities as selected by the highly reputed Travel+Leisure magazine. The Old Port welcomes over 6 million visitors every year, making it the most popular and busiest site in Quebec and one of the leading ones in Canada.
Along with the Frederick G. Todd Award, Ms. Benoit has received a number of other distinctions, including the Order of Canada (2004) and the McNeil Medal from the Royal Society of Canada (2004), awarded for her outstanding ability to promote and communicate science to students and the public within Canada.
About the Old Port of Montréal Corporation
The Old Port of Montréal Corporation is a business corporation created by the Government of Canada in November 1981. As the manager of the Quays of the Old Port of Montréal and the Montréal Science Centre, the Old Port of Montréal Corporation participates actively in Montréal's economic development by creating high-quality culture, tourism and recreation products.
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Old Port of Montréal Corporation, manager of the Quays of the Old Port and of the Montréal Science Centre
Director, Public Relations