Alexandre Tremblay
Longshoreman, Maritime Employers Association

Was getting into the industry your first career choice? If so, how did you get interested in transportation? If not, what attracted you to this sector?

No, I come from the construction industry and I accumulated hours for my certificates. I seized the opportunity to join the marine industry, specifically port work. What attracted me was the more than competitive benefits and salary, plus the opportunity to operate machinery on a daily basis.

What or who surprises you in your occupation, in the sense that you didn’t expect to see these aspects (technology, culture, atmosphere, challenges, etc.) in the industry?

The size of port equipment and the size of container ships. The work environment is much more friendly and inclusive. Employers rely on teamwork.

If you had to give advice to the next generation, what would you tell them to encourage them to choose the logistics and freight transport sector?

The port industry will let you achieve long-term goals by counting on the support of your colleagues and employers. This is different from the construction industry where it’s harder to see where you’ll be in the future. Port work offers a more interesting path over a long career.

How do you see the future of your profession and the sector?

The industry is growing; the Port of Montreal’s expansion plans have already been announced. Governments are signing international trade agreements, which suggests good prospects. Marine transportation also stands out in terms of environmental performance. The St. Lawrence River is the trade highway of the future.

Port of Montreal Building
2100 Pierre-Dupuy Avenue
Wing 2, Suite 2100
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3R5

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