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The Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Creating a sustainable transportation ecosystem

The 11th edition of the Strategic Forum on Transportation and Logistics took place on April 1 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal, with Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport and Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region, and Sophie Mauzerolle, executive committee member of the Ville de Montréal and responsible for transportation and mobility.

Nearly 400 participants and a number of experts and industry leaders gathered in person to discuss issues and major projects related to passenger and freight transport, as well as the measures to be taken to ensure the competitiveness and growth of this strategic sector of our economy.

“When the major projects were discussed 10 years ago, everyone was skeptical. Today, these projects are underway, things have moved forward.”
– Michel Leblanc, President and CEO, Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

“Montréal is strategically located in terms of transportation. Harmonizing these transport operations is essential to keeping travel safe and smooth.”
– Chantal Rouleau, Minister for Transport and Minister Responsible for the Metropolis and the Montréal Region

Block 1 – Overview: changing infrastructures

Panel – Strengthening the city’s strategic transportation infrastructure

“Consumers are becoming increasingly aware of the ecological footprint of the products they buy. Therefore, the focus in the coming years must be on sustainable facilities with low environmental impact.”
– Guillaume Brossard, Vice-President, Growth and Development, Montreal Port Authority

Panel – Supporting our public transit companies

“Public transit companies are an investment, not an expense.”
– Marie-Claude Léonard, Interim Chief Executive Officer, Société de transport de Montréal

Joint presentation – Working together for the REM de l’Est’s success

“REM de l’Est is a unique opportunity to rethink our mobility, celebrate Montréal’s urbanity and start a new chapter in the city’s development.”
– Jean-François Arcand, Architect, Senior Partner, Corporate Market Leader – Transportation, Lemay

Block 2 – Transportation for achieving our green ambitions

Presentation – Sustainable development through major transport infrastructure projects

“Stakeholder inclusion, diversity and involvement must be considered at the design stage to ensure successful completion of the project.”
– Gilles Audet, Director, Business Development – Eastern Canada, Aecon Group Inc.

Panel – Toward a greener, more productive and more innovative aerospace industry 

“The aerospace industry was the hardest-hit sector in Canada during the pandemic. Nevertheless, the crisis has allowed the ecosystem to take a break and move toward a green and hybrid approach. It will no longer be the aerospace we knew before 2019.”
– Suzanne M. Benoît, President, Aéro Montréal

Panel – Multimodal metropolitan transport at the heart of the urban fabric

“It will be interesting to explore the complementarity between the modes of transportation in light of recent changes in the labour market.”
– Sophie Mauzerolle, City Councillor, Executive Committee Member and Agglomeration Council Member, Ville de Montréal

Presentation – Smooth and safe metropolitan travel

“Fluidity and safety go hand in hand. We must ensure greater road safety to guarantee better traffic flow.”
– Marouan Bel Fakir, Community Relations Advisor, SAAQ

Block 3 – Accelerating the integration of innovative transportation solutions

Presentation – Continuous innovation, for the greater good

“We need to be fully aware of the many expectations of the customer in transportation. They are mainly twofold: to improve the consumer experience and to reduce the ecological footprint.”
– Claude Chaffiotte, Managing Director, Accenture Interactive

Panel – Powering urban transport through data

“The potential of aggregating travel, cellular, social and economic data is enormous, especially for better travel planning to optimize transportation services.”
– Renée Touzin, Executive Vice President, GIRO Inc.


About the Strategic Forum on Transportation and Logistics

The Strategic Forum on Transportation and Logistics was organized by the Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal and presented by the Canadien National. It was produced in association with Accenture, Aecon, the Société de l’assurance automobile du Québec and Ville de Montréal, in collaboration with YUL - Montréal-Trudeau International Airport, as well as in partnership with the Autorité régionale de transport métropolitain (ARTM) and the Port of Montreal. The event was made possible with funding from the Government of Quebec.

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