/R E P E A T/ - The Montreal Port Authority hosts ACPA's 49th Annual General Meeting and Conference



    MONTREAL, Aug. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montreal Port Authority (MPA)
welcomes 250 delegates from the Canadian port industry and members of the
Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) from August 26-29, for the
49th Annual General Meeting and Conference in Montreal.
    Mr. Dominic J. Taddeo, President and CEO of the MPA, and ACPA Chair for
2006-2007, will preside over the opening ceremonies, which will be attended by
the Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and
Communities, and Julie Boulet, Québec Minister of Transport and Minister
responsible for the Mauricie region.
    ACPA is a national umbrella group which represents and promotes the
interests of Canadian port authorities, various government entities and
companies in the maritime industry. It is the second time in its 23 year
history that ACPA holds its annual conference in Montreal. The first was in
1983, and Mr. Taddeo was also Chair of the Association at the time.
    Entitled, "Canada's Ports: Vital Economic Engines", the 49th ACPA
conference is a platform for Canadian port representatives to exchange views
and discuss issues impacting the industry, most notably competitiveness, the
economic importance of Canadian ports in a global economy, environmental
management, the St. Lawrence Great Lakes trade corridor, port security and the
cruise industry in Canada.

    Where: The Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel, Montreal
    Date: August 26 to 29, 2007

    Media interested in attending this conference should contact the MPA's
Communications Department at 514 283-1489 to receive accreditation, or consult
the program at www.acpa-ports.net

    About the Association of Canadian Port Authorities
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    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. For more information, visit www.port-montreal.com




For further information:

For further information: France Poulin, Director of Communications,
(514) 283-7050, poulinf@port-montreal.com; Gary LeRoux, Association of
Canadian Port Authorities, (613) 232-2036, leroux@igrg.com


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