At the last regular meeting of the Port of Sept-Îles board of directors, board members elected Carol Soucy as board chair and Keith Eldridge as vice chair.

Mr. Soucy, who has been a member of the board since June 2006, was appointed on the recommendation of Port users. The Port of Sept-Îles will once again benefit from Mr. Soucy’s extensive expertise, as he already served on the board of directors from 1999–2004, including two years as vice chair.

Mr. Eldridge’s term was renewed last May, and he was once again elected to serve as vice chair. Mr. Eldridge holds one of four seats on the board that are reserved for representatives of Port users.

During the same meeting, Port of Sept-Îles board members welcomed a new administrator to act as representative of the provincial government. Recently appointed by Minister Julie Boulet, Christian Michaud is himself from Sept-Îles and has worked for Métal 7 Inc. for over twenty-two years, serving as president and CEO since 2002. A winner of two Mercury awards from the 2005 Gala des Mercuriades, Métal 7 specializes in equipment production and repair for the primary sector, including iron ore pellet plants and pulp and paper mills.

The management team and board members are delighted by these recent appointments that will ensure Port development during this period of strong growth.

The Port of Sept-Îles is in the forefront of the region’s economy and plays a key role in its development. The port’s annual economic impact has been estimated at $1 billion, with some 4,000 direct and indirect jobs.