Board of Directors appointed and Executive Director hired
MONTREAL, Dec. 17, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - In keeping with Greater Montreal's economic development strategy, a new cluster joins the industrial clusters deployed in recent years: the Logistic and Transportation Metropolitan Cluster of Montreal, which will go by the name Cargo Montreal.
This cluster's mission is to bring together the companies and other stakeholders in the logistic and freight transportation sector to enable planning and coordination of the sector's development.
More specifically, here are the issues for Cargo Montreal:
- Sector development planning via better consultation of its players. This involves taking advantage of the industry's growth opportunities and developing them with a global vision;
- Communication and reach. This issue reflects the importance of promoting Montreal's position as a hub for cargo handling, as well as raising awareness of the sector's contribution to the metropolitan economy;
- Trucking access and flow. The competitive advantages of intermodality are threatened by traffic congestion. Cargo Montreal must become the industry's voice in discussions on infrastructure and traffic management;
- Practices and technology. The competitiveness of the logistic and transportation industry depends on adopting and integrating best practices and advanced technologies, which must also meet sustainable development objectives;
- Regulation. This issue addresses the need to harmonize and simplify regulatory systems in our sector;
- Workforce. Deepen understanding and propose solutions related to targeted labour issues.
Looking ahead 10 years, Cargo Montreal's vision is to make Greater Montreal a multimodal platform that is recognized and sought after for its operational and environmental performance, for its contribution to its business partners' competitiveness, and to the economic development of both the region and the province of Quebec.
The name of the new Logistic and Transportation Cluster should be able to support the brand in achieving its mission. Cargo is the common denominator in the freight transportation supply chain. The new name was inspired by the elements that identify the brand: intermodality, connectivity, cooperation and accessibility. CargoM for Montreal, but also for mobility, movement and merchandise.
The Board of Directors, which was appointed in November, brings together senior industry leaders in the logistic and cargo handling sector. President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority Sylvie Vachon will serve as Char of the Board of Directors.
Mathieu Charbonneau was named Executive Director of the new cluster effective December 5, 2012.
An official launch of the cluster will take place in early 2013, at which time the working groups and initial activities of Cargo Montreal will be unveiled.
The Board of Directors of the Logistic and Transportation Metropolitan Cluster of Montreal:
Daniel Bélisle, Senior Vice President, OCEANEX * Treasurer
Marc Cadieux, CEO, QUEBEC TRUCKING ASSOCIATION
Roger Carré, General Manager, TERMONT MONTREAL INC.
Frédéric Chevallier, Montreal Business Unit Manager, Vice President, PANALPINA INC.
Michael Fratianni, Chief Financial Officer, MONTREAL GATEWAY TERMINALS PARTNERSHIP
Mathieu Faure, AVP Intermodal, CANADIAN PACIFIC
Marc Gagnon, Director, Government Affairs and Regulatory Compliance, FEDNAV LIMITED
Bernard Gendron, Director Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT), UNIVERSITY OF MONTREAL
François C. Hébert, Vice-President, Network Strategies, CANADIAN NATIONAL
Stéphane Pallage, Associate Dean of Research, ESG UQAM
Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO, LOGISTEC CORPORATION * Vice-Chair
Charles Raymond, president and chief executive officer, RAY-MONT LOGISTICS
Claude Robert, President and Chief Executive Officer, ROBERT TRANSPORT
Denis Roch, General Manager, Operations, Quebec & Atlantic, PUROLATOR COURIER LTD
Laurent Tourigny, President, TRAC-WORLD FREIGHT SERVICES INC.
Nicole Trépanier, President, SODES
Sylvie Vachon, president and CEO, MONTREAL PORT AUTHORITY *Chair
Valérie Wells, director legal affairs, MONTREAL PORT AUTHORITY * Secretary
The Executive Committee is composed of:
Sylvie Vachon, Chair
François C. Hébert, Director
Madeleine Paquin, Vice-Chair
Claude Robert, Director
Daniel Bélisle, Treasurer
Cargo Montreal's activities are financially supported by the Quebec ministère des Finances et de l'Économie (MFE), the ministère du Conseil exécutif (MCE), and the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) and all of its members.
SOURCE: PORT OF MONTREAL
For further information:
Mathieu Charbonneau, Executive Director of the Logistic and Transportation
Metropolitan Cluster of Montreal
Tel.: 514 283-6966 [email protected]
For more information on metropolitan clusters: http://grappesmontreal.ca/