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March 2019
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Dear readers,

We are pleased to share with you the latest news from CargoM.

On November 19, more than 1,800 people converged on the Grand Quay of the Port of Montreal for the third edition of our Career Day in Transportation and Logistics, organized in partnership with Service Quebec’s regional department for the Island of Montreal. Robert Beaudry, City Councillor for the Saint-Jacques district and responsible for economic and commercial development and government relations on the City of Montreal’s Executive Committee, and Sylvie Vachon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montreal Port Authority and Chair of the Board of Directors of CargoM, launched the event. Fifty-five companies were present to offer participants numerous job opportunities available in the industry. Several hundred students also came and were able to learn more about the trades in our sector, listen to speakers, try out simulators and see truck demonstrations. We can already confirm that our 4th edition will be held on November 5th. Feel free to contact us to book your booth space now. Career Day is also an opportunity to promote all the stakeholders in the supply chain.

With the same focus on showcasing the advantages of our sector, a few weeks ago we officially launched our new website The objective of this promotional tool is to promote the Greater Montreal hub to business people and users of our supply chain. Also to promote our sector, in partnership with the Ministry of Economy and Innovation (MEI), we organized industrial visits to demystify the 4.0 shift. Details of these two projects can be foundIN THE MEDIA section.

The Cluster has not missed a step representing the hub of Greater Montreal this year. We attended major conferences such as Cargo Logistics Canada 2019 in Vancouver and Retail Industry Leaders Association - Link 2019 in Orlando. Both events are a must to meet key players in the North American supply chain. Always with the objective of promoting Montreal and its greater region internationally, CargoM will be present at the Transport Logistic conference and trade fair in Munich from June 4 to 7, 2019. In 2017, approximately 2,000 companies were present and more than 50,000 people visited the trade fair. CargoM will take this opportunity to organize a promotional evening for our logistics chain. The General Delegate will welcome us to the Quebec residence in Munich to host this evening. If you are interested in participating in the Munich mission and/or sponsoring our event, please contact me:

To raise awareness of our industry and its importance for Greater Montreal and the province, we recently had the opportunity to meet with Éric Girard, Minister of Finance and Minister responsible for the Laval region, and Chantal Rouleau, Minister of Transport and Minister responsible for Montreal and the Greater Montreal region. We presented the sector challenges, the mission and the main actions and orientations of the Cluster. We will certainly have the opportunity to work closely with these government departments. We were excited to learn that Transport Québec's Sustainable Mobility Policy - 2030 will be maintained and the advisory committee that emerged from this policy will now be permanent. CargoM's expertise will be put to good use.

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new members AGD Verchères Express, Cole International and Transcare Logistics Corporation.

In closing, don't forget to keep Tuesday, June 11 free. That is the day we are holding our annual meeting of CargoM members, followed by a networking activity.

Happy reading,

Mathieu Charbonneau,
Executive Director, CargoM

Launch of Montreal Transport Logistics

To promote our industry, CargoM is pleased to announce the official launch of its new Montreal Transport Logistics - MTL website. The main objective of this website is to showcase the Greater Montreal hub. Bilingual, it is specifically intended to demonstrate the advantages of our logistics chain. This site will enable us to reach and inform foreign investors, motivating them to come and develop their activities in Montreal. It highlights the economic assets and advantages offered by our territory.

You will find information on import and export transit times via Montreal, the reasons for using Montreal for your business, videos presenting Greater Montreal’s strengths, and, of course, information on CargoM members and partners. Transit times for all other modes of transport will soon be added to the site.

In addition to the website, the Ambassador Guide includes a printable and digital brochure entitled Why Choose Montreal? and a promotional USB key containing documents presenting the supply chain and its actors. It will be distributed to Quebec delegations abroad and to several consulates.

We invite you to check out the site and share it with your network.

Industrial visits to Groupe Robert and Quincaillerie Richelieu

Digital transformation is a real development opportunity for the logistics sector. This transformation towards Industry 4.0 is shaking up manufacturing companies, retailers, wholesalers and distributors, and bringing about major changes in their organization. In order to demystify this new trend, CargoM and the Ministry of Economy and Innovation (MEI) organized two industrial visits, one in December and the other in February.

The first visit was to Groupe Robert. This constantly growing family business, founded in 1946, specializes in freight transport and logistics. To date, the company has 3,500 employees, 41 distribution centres and terminals, 1,400 tractors and 3,000 trailers.

Participants in the visit to Groupe Robert on December 4

With its extensive network of distribution centres covering all of North America, Groupe Robert can provide value-added and fully customized assembly, packaging, kit packaging, labelling and promotional insertion services to companies such as Danone Canada and Pratt and Whitney Canada. To be able to meet demand, Groupe Robert had to make an integrated and cutting-edge shift in digital technology.

Visit to Richelieu Hardware on February 4 The second visit was to Richelieu Hardware. The company specializes in the supply and distribution of hardware, furniture and decorative items for residential and commercial spaces. Over time, as more and more acquisitions were made, the distribution portion of the operations took on a significant role. To lower its storage costs and become more efficient, Richelieu Hardware has invested in the installation of a robotic system for handling small products and preparing orders. This technological shift has allowed the company to double its storage space. AutoStore makes it possible to process orders quickly and reduce movement and handling in the warehouse, maximizing the work space and making it safer. This technology has allowed Richelieu Hardware to triple its order picking without having to increase its workforce.

These two examples of successfully implemented digital projects motivated us to choose Groupe Robert and Richelieu Hardware. They in turn presented, to approximately 50 registered participants, the reasons that led them to opt for a 4.0 shift and the obstacles they had to overcome.

Many thanks to Groupe Robert and Richelieu Hardware! Their warm welcome made our visits very successful (96% satisfaction) and the generous sharing of their experiences ensured that 97% of the participants acquired new knowledge. We would also like to thank the Ministry of Economy and Innovation (MEI), a partner in these two events.
Montréal Économique — Accelerating Montreal’s economic growth
CargoM was centre stage as the year began with an article in Montréal Économique magazine on its actions, achievements and the importance of our hub. You will also find articles on our members, including CIRRELT and the Port of Montreal.

Discussion on the redevelopment of the Saint-Pierre interchange
On February 4, in partnership with the City of Montreal, the boroughs of Lachine and LaSalle, Transports Québec and PME MTL Grand Sud-Ouest, CargoM organized a discussion on the redevelopment of the Saint-Pierre interaction. About thirty people took part.

Link 2019 - RILA Retail Industry Leaders Association
CargoM was in Orlando from February 25 to 27 to participate in Link 2019 organized by RILA — Retail Industry Leaders Association. Several major players in the North American supply chain were present, including CN and CP. Thank you to Rosetta Iacono of the Port of Montreal, who facilitated our participation in the event.

Tribute to exceptional entrepreneurs — Cercle des Grands entrepreneurs du Québec
On March 5, CargoM attended the Tribute to Exceptional Entrepreneurs awarded by the Cercle des Grands entrepreneurs du Québec. Congratulations to the 2019 laureate, Madeleine Paquin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Logistec Corporation and Co-Chair of CargoM!


It is a pleasure for us to share CargoM’s presence in the media. The articles and items below focus on the transportation and logistics industry.

Pénurie de main-d'oeuvre : des emplois dans le transport disponibles
La Presse
November 18, 2018

Des centaines d’emplois sont disponibles dans l’industrie du transport
Le Droit
November 18, 2018

Journée carrières de CargoM : Plus de 1 500 participants, des embauches à venir
Transport Routier
November 19, 2018

Participation record à la Journée carrières CargoM
Transport Magazine
November 20, 2018

Panoplie d’emplois dans le domaine du transport dans la grande région de Montréal
December 11, 2018

Montreal port encourages off-hour cargo pickup
December 13, 2018

December 23, 2018

Des résultats préliminaires encourageants pour le port de Montréal
January 3, 2019

Montréal — Plaque tournante des échanges commerciaux
Montréal Économique
january 13, 2019

L’ACQ et CargoM renouvellent leur appui à la mobilité durable
Transport Routier
January 28, 2019

L’une des fondatrices de CargoM honorée par ses pairs
Transport Routier
February 22, 2019

Nouveau site Internet pour CargoM
Transport Routier
March 6, 2019

Groupe Intersand Canada Inc.: Canada’s Best Managed Companies 2019
Canadian Business
March 7, 2019

Rosetta Iacono named Chair of the Board of Directors of TCMTL
The Traffic Club of Montreal
March 11, 2019

Une grappe pour rallier le secteur
Les affaires
March 23, 2019

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La coopération scientifique et technologique entre le Québec et Wallonie˗Bruxelles : stratégies et opportunités de financement
April 2 — 393 Saint-Jacques Street, 4th floor, Montreal

54e Congrès de l’AQTr — Le transport en 4D : Diversité, Durabilité, Développement et Défis 54th annual convention of the Association québécoise des transports (AQTr)
April 8 to 19 — Centre de congrès de Saint-Hyacinthe, 1325 Daniel-Johnson Street West, Saint-Hyacinthe

SCEF : Sommet canadien sur l'entretien de flotte
April 10 – Hotel Bonaventure, 900 De La Gauchetière Street West, Montréal

SODES Rendez-vous — Port Development and Land-Use Planning: Issues and Outlook for the Future
April 11 — Hôtel Intercontinental, 360, rue Saint-Antoine O, Montréal

68e Congrès annuel Association du camionnage du Québec
May 2 to 4 — Fairmont Tremblant — Mont-Tremblant, 3045 Chemin De La Chapelle, Mont-Tremblant

CILTNA Annual Spring Transport Outlook Conference
May 6, 2019 — Rideau Club, 99 Bank Street, Ottawa

Le Sommet sur la colline 2019 – Écotech Québec – Québec Cleantech Cluster
May 15 to 16 – Hôtel Le Conconrde Quebec City, 1225 Cours Du Général De Montcalm Street, Quebec City

SCGM’s 100th anniversary and 2019 SCMA National Conference
May 29 to 31 – Le Centre Sheraton Montréal Hôtel, 1201, boulevard René-Lévesque O, Montréal

Annual meeting of CargoM members
June 11 – Dominic Taddeo Room, 2100 Pierre-Dupuy Ave., Wing 1, Montreal


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Hunt Refrigeration is a full-service climate controlled container-care company that provides International shipping lines with the most comprehensive service on the market. From pre-trip inspections, regular maintenance checks and genset repair to reefer storage, Hunt know how to lighten the load.

Hunt serves the Port of Montreal and railway terminals. Hunt Refrigeration has been providing exceptional service to its customers since 1985. The key element to its success has been its ability to meet its customers’ requirements and respond to respond to their expectations and needs in a constantly changing global market place.

Hunt also knows that time is of the essence. That is why they provide service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The company’s proximity to the Port of Montreal means that their technicians can get to work quickly aboard ship and react faster to emergency calls.

Learn more about Hunt Refrigeration at : Hunt Refrigeration.

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