Michel M. Lessard, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Montreal Port Authority (MPA) announced the appointment by the City of Montreal of Claude J. Melançon as Director of Montreal Port Authority, effective March 24, 2012 through to March 23, 2015.

M. Melançon replaces Diane Provost, who has served on the Board since March 1, 2003 and whose term ended March 23, 2012.

M. Melançon has been a member of the Quebec Bar and the Canadian Bar Association since 1974. He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in 1967 and a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) in 1972. He also holds a BA in Philosophy (B.PH.) from Saint Paul University, Ottawa in 1967.

M. Melançon began his career in 1974 at the law firm Guy & Gilbert. In 1998, he joined Gowling Lafleur Henderson, one of Canada’s foremost business law firms, as a senior partner, where he stayed until he retired in 2011.