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Cargo Montreal holds annual assembly announcing project plans for 2014

Cargo Montreal, the logistics and transportation cluster of the Greater Montreal area, unveiled its first 2012-2013 progress report during its Annual Assembly held in Montreal June 19, and attended by industry leaders from the greater Montreal area.

Cargo Montreal’s management team has officially been in operation since last December, and reported on the progress of the various chapters in the organization and also on the studies launched by the logistics and transportation sector partners in Montreal.

The Cluster also elected its Board of Directors for 2013-2014. Sylvie Vachon, President and CEO of the Montreal Port Authority, was reelected for a second mandate as the Board chair, and Madeleine Paquin, president and CEO of Logistec Corporation, as vice chair.

 “We’ve covered a lot of ground since our launch. We’ve been working non-stop to ensure Montreal is known as THE hub of North American transport. And the economy  of greater Montreal area’s will definitely benefit from this,” said Mathieu Charbonneau, Managing Director of the Cluster.

In March, Cargo Montreal launched three project streams that will reflect on and represent important issues for the economic development of Greater Montreal. These project streams will look at perspectives and opportunities in the sector’s development, at establishing methods of communication and dissemination of information and at improving access and the flow of truck transportation in the Greater Montreal area.

Several aspects of the various projects are already underway, namely a study on the transportation industry’s profile in Greater Montreal, a pilot project that will measure the fluidity and efficiency of transportation moves and also a project that aims to gather information on how goods move in the Greater Montreal area. A first round of data from the projects is expected in the fall of 2013.

Attendees also heard about three new projects beginning in 2014 that will see the adoption and integration of best practices and innovative technology towards sustainable development. A third project will examine human resources and labour issues and aims to provide timely solutions to address these.