Thierry Ferland
Supervisor, Marine Work and Floating Equipment, Port of Montreal

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?

Yes, the marine industry was my first choice. Since childhood I’ve been attracted to ships and all the logistics involved. After meeting people in the industry, my curiosity turned into a passion. I earned a DCS in navigation at the Institut maritime du Québec and then became more interested in operations management, so I decided to do a BA in Operations Management at UQAM.

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?

In my job and everything related to it, what surprised me was the multitude of challenges to be met. Among other things, from a human point of view, by working with people of other generations whose work techniques are different from mine and by collaborating with various departments that don’t have the same work conventions.

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 field of logistics and transportation is really widespread. I recommend that the next generation really look into all the career opportunities in this field that might interest them. Most of all, think about where they see themselves in the coming years.

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

As an operations manager, the future is bright. Companies need people who are able to take on the challenges of this profession. In addition, the transportation and logistics sector will always remain important, because any equipment or objects produced must be transported for consumption.

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

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