Dominic J. Taddeo receives medal of merit from Association of Canadian Port Authorities

    President and CEO of Montreal Port Authority honoured for his
    contribution to the port industry

    MONTREAL, Aug. 30 /CNW Telbec/ - During the closing ceremony of the
Association of Canadian Port Authorities' (ACPA) 49th Annual General Meeting
and Conference, Mr. Dominic J. Taddeo, President and CEO, Montreal Port
Authority (MPA), and out-going Chairman of ACPA, received the Association's
Medal of Merit for his contribution to the port industry, as an individual and
as an "institution".
    Mr. Sean Hanrahan, President and CEO of the St. John's Port Authority,
Newfoundland & Labrador, and newly elected Chairman of ACPA, for 2007-2008,
presented the medal to Mr. Taddeo on behalf of the Association, which
represents Canadian ports.
    "Dominic J. Taddeo is a model and source of inspiration for all port
authorities in Canada and abroad," stated Mr. Hanrahan. Indeed this Medal of
Merit awarded to him is an exceptional one for a special man. In fact, this
medal, which has been given to him before his retirement, enables us to not
only recognize his exceptional contribution as an individual and port
promoter, but also as an "institution" in his own right.
    Each year since 1975, ACPA recognizes an individual, institution or
organization's special contribution to the maritime and port industry by
awarding its prestigious Medal of Merit. ACPA's Board of Directors adopted a
special resolution to be able to award the Medal to Mr. Taddeo.
    Mr. Taddeo joined the MPA in September 1974 as Director of Finance. He
was promoted to Director of Finance and Administration in 1979 and Director of
Operations in 1983, before being named President and CEO in March 1984.
    It was under his leadership that the Port of Montreal pursued its
expansion plans, becoming a leading container port on the transatlantic route,
the only container port on the St. Lawrence River, and North America's
    Mr. Taddeo will be retiring this fall after 23 years as the head of the
    Ardent defender of the Port of Montreal, Mr. Taddeo is also a proud
supporter of the port industry. His vast industry knowledge and his
involvement in numerous Canadian and international port associations enabled
him to become Chairman of the Board of Directors of ACPA from 1982-1983, and
Chairman of the American Association of Port Authorities from 1989-1990. He
was also the first Canadian to be elected Chairman of the Board of the
International Association of Ports and Harbors, between 1999 and 2001, and the
only President and CEO elected as Chairman of ACPA for a second time in
    Mr. Taddeo was Transport Personality of the Year for Quebec in 1989. He
is also a recipient of several industry prizes, including the Award of
Distinction presented by the Faculty of Commerce and Administration of
Concordia University in 1989, and the Dimensions Award presented by the Order
of Chartered Administrators of Quebec in 1995.

    About the Association of Canadian Port Authorities

    The Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) was founded in 1958.
It groups together ports and harbours and related marine interests into one
national association. The ACPA is the pre-eminent association for the advocacy
and advancement of the Canadian port industry. ACPA members contribute greatly
to the local, regional and national economy of Canada. The port authorities in
Canada handle more than $100 billion worth of cargo annually.

    About the Montreal Port Authority

    The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) is an autonomous and profitable federal
agency created by law to operate the port facilities in Montreal on a
commercial basis.
    Managed by a Board of Directors composed of Montreal business people, the
MPA operates its own railway network, a grain terminal and a marine terminal
and leases the Port of Montreal terminals to private stevedoring firms.
Through its activities, the Port of Montreal generates over $2 billion in
annual economic spin-offs and creates about 18,000 direct and indirect jobs.
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