Alphonse Bélanger, Executive Vice-President, Quebec Stevedoring Ltd., one of Canada’s leading voices in the shipping industry was honoured by the Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) with the Medal of Merit award.

Mr. Bélanger has worked in the maritime sector for more than 40 years. He joined Quebec Stevedoring in 1982 and has been a major contributor to the success of the company, which is well known throughout the maritime community. As Executive Vice-President he is closely involved in the development and management of the company’s various business lines. He has participated in numerous collective bargaining rounds over the years. Today, he mentors collective bargaining officials, who reap the benefit of his experience and sage advice. Mr. Bélanger is considered to be second to none in his ability to source key employees and to build strong and dependable work teams.

The Medal of Merit award was presented at ACPA’s 56th Conference in recognition of outstanding work or service, preferably of national impact, by an individual, institution or organization in the port, shipping and maritime transportation fields.

The Association has awarded the Medal of Merit annually since 1975. Past recipients include Madeleine Paquin, President and CEO of Logistec Corporation; the Hon. David Collenette, former Minister of Transport; Michel Pouliot, President of the Canadian Marine Pilots Association; Jack Leitch, Chair of Upper Lakes Group; Blair McKeil, Chair and CEO of McKeil Marine and the late Captain Al Soppitt, former President and CEO of Port of Saint John.