Montreal and its port are at the heart of global logistics chains. Ports currently operate in a highly competitive environment, very much in the image of supply chains. Canada is very well positioned in this regard, and the logistics chain centred in the Port of Montreal plays a significant role in this. Certainly Montreal’s geographic location is a key factor, but this success is largely driven by the modal integration that characterizes the Montreal-based logistics chain. However, the Montreal community is seeking even more economic spinoffs.
Since 2012, Greater Montreal’s logistics and transportation industry has progressively regrouped under the banner of CargoM, an industrial cluster set up to make Montreal more widely known and to take full advantage development opportunities. These opportunities include the creation of integrated, value-adding logistics hubs.
For its part, the City of Montreal provides collaboration through its urban planning policies and its actions on the transportation front. The City and the region see various advantages in this, particularly in terms of:
• Economic development, by making it possible to achieve greater added value;
• Land-use planning, by providing opportunities to redevelop derelict or underutilized industrial tracts of land; and
• Workforce development, by providing job opportunities to those who have been severely affected by conversions in the manufacturing sector.
This means that the Montreal Model of developing the logistics chain is not only based on physical and operational characteristics, but also on the collaborative efforts of industry players and the city that welcomes them.
A graduate in Administration from the University of Sherbrooke, Sylvie Vachon has extensive experience in corporate management in the private, public and parapublic sectors alike.
She has been president and CEO of the MPA since the end of July 2009. After joining the Montreal Port Authority in 1990 as Chief, Human Resources, Sylvie Vachon successively held the positions of Director, Human Resources, of Vice-President, Human Resources, and then of Vice-President, Administration and Human Resources.
Sylvie Vachon is Chair of the Board of Directors of the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA), Chair of the Board of Directors of the Logistics and Transportation Cluster of Greater Montreal (CargoM), a Board member of the St.Lawrence Economic Development Council (Sodes), a Board member of Cascades, and a Governing Member of the Conseil Patronal de l’Environnement du Québec.
In 2009, she was named Emeritus Professional of the Year by the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines agrées, and in 2011, Ambassador of the Faculty of Business Administration by the University of Sherbrooke. In 2012, Sylvie Vachon received the Prix Orchidée from the East Montreal Chamber of Commerce (EMCC).
Marc Blanchet est Directeur général adjoint – Développement, Ville de Montréal
Monsieur Blanchet est aujourd’hui responsable de l’ensemble des services municipaux qui permettent d’orienter le développement de la Ville dans une perspective de développement durable, soit les services de : Développement économique, Urbanisme, Infrastructures, voirie et transports, Environnement et l’Eau.
Expérience antérieure :
– Directeur de l’arrondissement de Saint-Laurent
– Directeur des transports de la Ville de Montréal
– 15 ans de génie conseil au Canada
Certification universitaire de 2e cycle, Gouvernance de société, Université Laval
Diplôme de 2e cycle, Administration publique, ÉNAP
Maîtrise en sciences appliquées, Transports, École Polytechnique de Montréal
Baccalauréat en génie civil École Polytechnique de Montréal
Certifications internationales : PMP du Project Management Institute & PTOE du Transportation Professional Certification Board inc.