In a development that took industry observers by surprise, the Montreal Port Authority (MPA) today announced that its President and CEO, Martin Imbleau, will be stepping down on September 8, 2023, to take on a new challenge. He had occupied the post at Canada’s second biggest port since January 2021, succeeding Sylvie Vachon.
A separate announcement indicated that Mr. Imbleau has been appointed CEO of VIA HFR-VIA TGF Inc. which is developing a high frequency passenger rail project between Toronto and Québec City.
“I would like to thank Martin for his vision, creativity and ability to unite our partners around common objectives, as demonstrated by the ambitious 2023–2027 APM strategic plan, which was developed in collaboration with all our stakeholders,” said Nathalie Pilon, Chair of the APM Board of Directors. “Under his leadership, the Port of Montreal has faced the impact of the pandemic, the Contrecoeur expansion project has reached key milestones towards its realization, and a clear shift towards decarbonization of the port ecosystem has been undertaken.
“On behalf of the members of the Board of Directors, I wish Martin success in his new endeavour. The strong management team in place can count on our full support and collaboration in pursuing the objectives set out in the new strategic plan.”
“I am extremely grateful for the trust placed in me by the Board of Directors and the APM team, made up of committed, competent people dedicated to operating the present and building the future of the Port of Montreal. I have learned a great deal from the APM team, stakeholders in the maritime and port ecosystems, and representatives of the communities in which the Port operates, and I am very proud to have worked with them in developing the Port of Montreal’s new strategic plan, which will make it an even more sustainable and resilient public service,” said Martin Imbleau.
The Board of Directors is now working to ensure a smooth transition and to fill the position as quickly as possible. (Photo MPA).