The Montreal Port Authority (MPA) has lost a third member of its management committee in just a few months. As responsible for the smooth running of port activities, Daniel Dagenais leaves the organization to take over the management of the shipping company, NEAS Group.
His departure was announced Monday morning to federal agency employees before confirmation was issued by the company a few hours later. At the time of writing, MPA has not commented on the decision taken by Mr. Dagenais, who will retain his position as Vice President of Port Performance and Sustainable Development until October 10.
The announcement comes just six days after the departure of Martin Emplo, who left the helm of the Port of Montreal to take over management of the VIA Rail subsidiary managing the development of the high-frequency train (TGF) between Quebec and Toronto. La Presse newspaper revealed this change last July.
In a sign of the importance of the role he plays in the Port of Montreal, Mr. Dagenet can be found directly reporting to interim President Genevieve Deschamps on the MPA website. Mr. Dagenais spent nearly 17 years within the federal agency.
Less fortunately, the Management Committee also lost another member last April: Serge Auclair, who served as Strategic Vice President of Talent, Culture, Digital Transformation and Procurement. He has had over 12 years of service within APM.
These changes in MPA’s senior management come at a time when negotiations continue with the Trudeau government for additional funding to absorb cost overruns for the Contrecœur port terminal project, in the southern suburbs of Montreal.
The bill for this project currently amounts to about 1.4 billion, compared to between 750 and 950 million previously. Financial arrangements are not yet complete.
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