Geneviève Deschamps named interim CEO of Montreal Port Authority

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An interim president and CEO has been appointed to the Montreal Port Authority. Geneviève Deschamps, who is currently vice-president of finance, will take office on Monday.

The appointment was made necessary by the departure of Martin Imbleau, who will take control of the Via Rail subsidiary responsible for the high-frequency train project between Quebec City and Toronto on Sept. 8.

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The changing of the guard comes as major projects are continuing, including the expansion of the Port of Montreal in Contrecœur, board chair Nathalie Pilon said in a statement.

Uncertainty still hangs over that project on the South Shore, which was to come into service in 2027.

The expansion, which had an estimated maximum cost of $950 million, could cost $1.4 billion, according to two sources cited by the Globe and Mail in April. A source who could not be identified also confirmed this figure to The Canadian Press.

The MPA board of directors is responsible for choosing the CEO, as in any Canadian port authority. Montreal’s port authority said it has already launched a recruitment process by mandating a firm “which will identify, over the coming months, the best candidates to fill the position on a permanent basis.”

In the statement, Deschamps highlighted that she and her team will “continue to deploy the initiatives of the Port of Montreal’s strategic plan and make it an even more sustainable, more resilient and greener public service.”

Deschamps has been employed by the Port of Montreal for two years. Holder of a bachelor’s degree in business administration, a master’s degree in finance and a CPA, she has 25 years of experience in infrastructure.

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