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Madeleine Paquin named IBJ Entrepreneur of the Year

2017-11-15

McKeil Marine's Evans Spirit  won the International Bulk Journal's 2016 Ship of the Year Award during the IBJ's Salute to Excellence in the Maritime Bulk Industry gala awards ceremony in London, UK on November 21.
"It's a fantastic way to closeout our 60th anniversary year: having a vessel named after our founder, Evans McKeil, win this prestigious international award," said Steve Fletcher, President and CEO of McKeil Marine.
Acquired by McKeil in 2015, the Evans Spirit is a cargo ship with the shallow draught characters of a tug and barge; however, compared to a tug-and-barge unit, she can transport approximately 40 per cent more cargo about 50 per cent faster on a very similar amount of fuel.  She is in service throughout the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River.
Evans Spirit was shortlisted for 2016 Ship of the Year competing with three other vessels: CS Bright, Mitsui OSK Lines, Japan;  Damen Shipyards, Netherlands; and MN Baroque, Swiss Marine, Switzerland. The award is presented to the owner, operator or builder of an outstanding individual bulk ship. Judged on operational efficiency, design innovation, safety and environmental protection, the Evans Spirit was selected as winner. (Photo Paul Beesley).

Montreal-based Logistec Corporation, a marine and environmental services provider, is pleased to announce that Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO, was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the 2017 edition of the IBJ Awards in Amsterdam.

"I am truly honored to receive this prestigious award from IBJ. Success would not be possible without our customers and partners, and I take this opportunity to thank them for trusting us to understand their challenges and their needs, and develop new and unique solutions," said Ms. Paquin. "This award is also a great recognition of my team at Logistec, notably their dedication and their operational expertise."

The IBJ Awards honour achievements in the maritime bulk industry and were presented at the magazine's annual gala, attended by several hundred guests. The Entrepreneur of the Year category recognizes an individual who has successfully opened new markets, demonstrated resilience in overcoming obstacles, and achieved growth and sustained customer satisfaction.

"International Bulk Journal (IBJ) selected Madeleine Paquin for the significant and lasting contribution she has made to her industry, whilst simultaneously growing her own company, Logistec, organically and through acquisitions, to become a market leader," said Ray Girvan, Publisher of IBJ. "We believe that this is a fitting honour for a truly world-class professional, at a truly global event, who has already received a host of accolades in North America and who brings honour and respect to our industry as a whole."

 
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