Port Executive Program Welcomes New Members

Press Release
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
From Left to Right: John Walker, Luc Pilon, Jean-Claude Dugas, Jeffrey Monroe and Robert Dalley.

The CPE Certified Port Executive Program welcomed four new graduates at the completion of their program in Ottawa September 21, 2012.


Receiving certificates were:


  • Jean-Claude Dugas, Vice President Finance, Logistec Corporation, Montreal, Quebec   
  • Robert Dalley, General Manager, Port of Prescott, Ontario
  • John Walker, Maintenance Manager, Logistec Stevedoring Inc., Sydney, Nova Scotia
  • Luc Pilon, Corporate Controller, Logistec Corporation, Montreal, Quebec

The new graduates join alumni of over 100 port, transportation and military personnel who have participated in the program since its creation in 2010.

This port management program is a five day course designed to provide participants with a professional education opportunity related to the operations of ports, vessels, marine terminals and the related transportation system. The program gives participants tools and knowledge to make their organization more effective and has drawn the attention of a broad cross section of executives from all over North America.

The Program was delivered by Capt. Monroe, a licensed master mariner with a Master’s Degree in Transportation Management, who developed the 40 hour Certified Port Executive ProgramTM for MacDonnell and has trained over 300 senior civilian and military personnel throughout Canada including the Canadian National Defense Force Transportation Command.

The CPE Certified Port Executive Program creates a new learning pathway for professionals in the port world.  Course topics include an overview of the worldwide intermodal transportation system; port and terminal operations; cargo management; safety and security; emergency planning and response; public and media relations; environmental management; and strategic, master, and business planning.  

Company President Ralston MacDonnell congratulated the graduates by saying, “It is our intention to maintain a program that will allow our graduates to have a positive impact on the development of the port and marine transportation system.”

MacDonnell has trained more than 10,000 port employees throughout North America in maritime and port security, and hosts annual conferences to provide a gathering space and forum for sharing best practices in operations.

Future sessions will be held in the following cities:

  • Miami: Dec 10-14 2012
  • Philadelphia: Feb 4-8 2013
  • New Orleans: Mar 11-15, 2013
  • Vancouver: April 15-19, 2013
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