The Port Center Working Group led by the AIVP is specifically dedicated to active members interested in setting up and developing a Port Center. In 2023, we brought the group together in Dunkirk for the first time since the Covid-related interruption. At this meeting, the Port Centers expressed strong expectations on two subjects, namely the renewal of educational tools and multi-stakeholder governance. We also agreed to update our “Charter of the missions of a Port Center”, a document dating from 2013, which remains relevant, but whose graphic line and certain parts need to be updated.

Many of our Port Centres have come a long way. That’s why we’re making this Workshop highly interactive. Each participant will be able to contribute his or her testimony to the debate. Those whose Port Center project is still in the process of emerging will also be heavily involved. It is very useful to look back at the obstacles encountered when creating a Port Center: by looking at how our colleagues overcome difficulties, we can improve our own projects. Choosing audiences, organising visits, involving professionals and the private sector, financing and governance… all these elements of the day-to-day life of a Port Center will be put on the table.

The third highlight of this Workshop is obviously the discovery of the city-port community of Montreal and its port interpretation centre. Our colleague Philippe Bertout, along with various local experts and representatives of the City of Montreal, will endeavour to show you the many facets of their work in the service of the citizens of the port city.

Event reserved for members of the Port Center Working Group.

Thursday 14th March

Venue: Port of Montreal’s head office (address: 2100, avenue Pierre-Dupuy)

08:30 – 09:00
Walk-in and welcome coffee

09:00 – 10:00
Welcome session and introduction to the port-city territory of Montreal

  • Bruno DELSALLE, General Manager, AIVP
  • Julie GASCON, CEO, Port of Montreal, Canada
  • Mélanie NADEAU, Port of Montreal, Canada
  • Alia Hassan-Cournol, City of Montreal, Canada
  • Benoit VIENS, Port of Montreal, Canada

10:00 – 12:00
Fresh news and success stories from existing Port Centers

  • Francesca MORUCCI et Claudio CAPUANO, Port Center of Livorno, Italy
  • Rajae EL HANACH, Port Center of Tangier, Morocco
  • Christelle MIOT, Dunkirk Port Center, France
  • Bénédicte DUFOUR, Le Havre Port Center, France
  • Stéphane PELLEN, Marseilles Port Center, France

Lunch break

13:15 – 14:30
Cultural initiatives and community engagement

  • Sara COLBURNE, Halifax Port, Canada
  • Paula COPELAND, Saint John Port, Canada
  • David LIBATIQUE, Port of Los Angeles, USA
  • James KELLEHER, Dublin Port Company, Ireland

Coffee break

14:50 – 15:05
Practical lessons

  • Jean-Denis SALESSE, HAROPA Port

15:05 – 16:15
How can we build dynamic, multi-stakeholder governance?

  • Jean-Baptiste GASTINNE, President, Le Havre Port Center, France
  • Jean-Fréderic LAURENT, Bordeaux Port, France
  • Francesca MORUCCI, Port Center of Livorno, Italy
  • Sabah ZRARI, International Institute Ports and Cities (IIPC), Chile

16:15 – 17:45
Port of Montreal tour

  • Julien BAUDRY, Port of Montreal, Canada

19:00 – 21:00
Dinner in the Old Montreal

Friday 15th March

Venue: Tower of the port of Montreal at the Grand Quai (address : 200, rue de la Commune Ouest)

09:00 – 10:00
Welcome coffee & Presentation of our host: the Grand Quai, the Port Center and the Tower

  • Philippe BERTOUT, Port of Montreal, Canada

10:00 – 11:00
Future Port Centers and new ideas around the world

  • Jean Frédéric LAURENT, Le Pavillon portuaire, Port of Bordeaux, France
  • Lesley NISHIHIRA, Port of San Diego, USA
  • Dominique THEGAT, Port Center Guyane, France
  • Rostand BOBGA, Port autonome de Kribi, Cameroun
  • Other cases : Valparaiso (Chile) ; Le Port (Reunion island) et Algeciras (Spain)

11:00 – 12:30
How to successfully renew aging contents and exhibitions?

  • Brigitte BELLEVILLE, Museum of the Civilization of Quebec

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30
Visit to the cruise terminal and free time at the Port Interpretation Centre

  • Philippe BERTOUT, Port of Montreal, Canada

15:30 – 16:30
Next steps for the Port Center Network – boosting and strengthening our workgroup

  • Feedback by a new member of our group: Jason GIFFEN, Port of San Diego, USA
  • Bruno DELSALLE and Theo FORTIN, AIVP

16:30- 16:45
Announcement of the location of our next workshop in 2025 – short presentation of their Port Center by the future host

16:45 – 18:00
Visit of the Port of Montreal’s Tower and “Verre de l’amitié” at the top

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This event is reserved for the Port Center working group. A link to the registration form has been sent to members of the working group. If you would like to join this group and take part in the workshop, please write to Théo Fortin.


For your convenience, AIVP has negotiated for its members a preferential and unique rate of 179,00$ Canadian (excluding taxes and subject to availability) with continental breakfast included per room, per night at the hotel Le Dauphin Montréal Centre-Ville, 1025 De Bleury, H2Z 1M7 Montréal, Canada.

This hotel is reserved for the Port Center working group. You have received an e-mail to benefit from this rate.


Théo FORTIN : Head of international projects and cooperation
Annabelle ODIEVRE : Head of communications

Montreal Port Interpretation Centre

Opened in 2017, the Port of Montreal’s Port Interpretation Centre is the first of its kind in Quebec. The Centre d’interprétation portuaire du Port de Montréal hosts the free exhibition À bon port! exhibition: a dynamic and fun way to learn more about port activities and jobs at the heart of the logistics chain.

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2024-03-14 00:00:00


Montréal, Canada


8:30 - 18:00