The first-ever CMPA Congress was held in Quebec City from 30 August to 2 September, 2005 and had as its theme Canadian Pilotage: Safety, Security, Efficiency.
The Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization (IMO), Admiral Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, participated at the Congress, helping to establish the important nature of the proceedings and to confirm the broad appeal of the event to the entire marine community.
In conjunction with the Congress, the Honorable Jacques Saada, member of the federal Cabinet, officially opened the Lower St. Lawrence pilots’ Marine Simulation and Resource Centre.
The CMPA Award for Outstanding Contribution to Marine Safety was presented to Mr. Bill O’Neil. Mr. O’Neil had a long and distinguished career, both in Canada and internationally, including mandates as Assistant Deputy Minister (Marine) at Transport Canada, Commissioner of the Canadian Coast Guard, President and Chief Executive Officer of the St. Lawrence Seaway Authority, and Secretary-General of the IMO.
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Mr. Michael Grey, Senior Writer and Editor, Lloyd’s List; Admiral Efthimios E. Mitropoulos, Secretary General, International Maritime Organization; Capt. Michel Pouliot, President, Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association; and Capt. Simon Pelletier, President, Lower St. Lawrence Pilots Corporation at the Lower St. Pilots Corporation’s Centre for Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre.
The Honourable Jacques Saada, P.C., Minister for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and Minister responsible for La Francophonie; Mr. Yvon Bureau, Chair, Board of Directors, Port of Quebec; Capt. Simon Pelletier, President, Lower St. Lawrence Pilots Corporation; and, Mr. Ross Gaudreault, President, Port of Quebec during the Opening Ceremony of the Lower St. Pilots Corporation’s Centre for Maritime Simulation and Resource Centre, which took place during the CMPA Congress.
Capt. Mike Watson, President, American Pilots’ Association and Vice-President Treasurer, International Maritime Pilots’ Association; Capt. Simon Pelletier, President, Lower St. Lawrence Pilots’ Corporation; Capt. Michel Pouliot, President, Canadian Marine Pilots’ Association; Capt. Marcel Poitras, President, Mid St. Lawrence Pilots Corporation; and Capt. Geoff Taylor, Senior Vice-President, International Maritime Pilots’ Association during the Gala Dinner.