Jean-Philippe Paquin has occupied his new position as of August 14. Holder of an MBA from the University of Columbia (NY), Mr. Paquin graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from Montreal’s École Polytechnique. Previously, Mr. Paquin was a senior advisor in port and logistics development as Ports & Marine Practice Leader with CPCS, an Ottawa-based international consultancy where he has most notably worked on port and logistics privatization projects, master planning and feasibility studies in Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, Liberia, DRC and Tanzania. From 2008 to 2012, he was Director, Strategy at the Port of Montreal, where he was strongly involved in transportation infrastructure and economic development issues. He was also in charge of government relationships at the federal, provincial, metropolitan and municipal level. Previously, he worked for 12 years in strategy consulting, in Paris and Montreal.
Mr. Jocelyn Demers, President of the Corporation of the Port of Valleyfield, Announced that “we are happy that Mr. Paquin has joined our team, and will be able to put his knowledge and understanding of ports and port logistics to good use to the development of our port, to pursue our profitable growth, which has paid numerous dividends for the community, our city and region.”
Initially built to supply raw material for Canadian Electrolytic Zinc (CEZ) and Les Engrais du Saint-Laurent, the Port established itself as a logistic hub for industrial sites in the southwest Montérégie area. The Port is a major service point for the Quebec and Canadian Far North corridor, as the port of origin for transportation of merchandise required by Nunavik and Nunavut communities to sustain their settlements, as well as for the transportation of machinery and equipment for the mining companies in the area during the summer navigation season.
Founded in 1968, the Port handled more than 760,000 tonnes of diversified cargo in 2016, including sulphuric acid, steel, asphalt, bauxite, cement, grain, salt, and general cargo.