The Port of Montreal will be hosting the 2015 Association of Canadian Port Authorities (ACPA) Conference and Annual General Meeting from September 29 to October 1. ‘Pushing the Limits’ is the theme of this year’s event, to be held at the Westin Hotel in Old Montreal.

The revamped conference is taking place one month later than usual and within a shorter time frame to make it more convenient and affordable for organizers and delegates.

“We’re working hard to make the most of the three days with an intent focus on the up-and-coming business aspects that port authorities must embrace to make the most of future opportunities,” said Sophie Roux, Vice-President of Public Affairs for the Montreal Port Authority (MPA). “Innovation, technology, emerging markets, social partnerships and learning from other industries are some of the topics that will be addressed.”

As part off the efforts to ‘push the limits’ and ‘think outside of the box,’ Canadian astronaut Julie Payette will host a special networking reception on September 30 between 5:30 and 7 p.m. at the Montreal Science Centre, where she now serves as CEO. “It’s a great locale to spark innovative thinking,” Ms. Roux said. “The centre is a former port warehouse that has been transformed into a valued community asset.”

Éric Fournier, Partner and Executive Producer of Moment Factory, a new media and entertainment studio whose clients include Cirque du Soleil and Los Angeles International Airport, will address conference delegates on September 29.

Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to visit the Port of Montreal on October 1.

“We’re excited to show our colleagues the significant investments we’ve made in new infrastructure, as well as the steps we’re taking to increase efficiencies, introduce value-added services, improve sustainability, attract emerging markets, and accommodate larger vessels,” said Sylvie Vachon, the MPA’s President and CEO and Past Chair of ACPA.

The ACPA conference will also include a trade show on September 29 and 30.

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