The team at Maritime Magazine offers its most sincere condolences to the family and many friends of Pierre Camu, who passed away earlier this month in Ottawa at the age of 100. During a long and full life, this geographer by background was, among other things, Vice-President and then President of the St. Lawrence Seaway between 1960 and 1973.
An impassioned advocate of the St. Lawrence/Great Lakes waterway, he was the author of several deeply-researched, authoritative books on the vast subject – Le Saint-Laurent et les Grands Lacs au temps de la vapeur,1850-1950 and Le Saint-Laurent au temps de la voile, 1608-1850.
One of the two founders of the Trans Canada Trail, which connects Canada from ocean to ocean, Mr. Camu had a distinguished career which included President of the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (1977-1979), Chairman of the Board of the University of Ottawa, and leadership positions in a number of private sector companies.
His major contribution through the years led to him being named Officer of the Order of Canada, Knight of the Order of Quebec, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.