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MACDONNELL places for people

MacDonnell is a firm of professionals who create exceptional places for people to live, learn, work and play. Specializing in Innovative Engineering, Management Consulting, Maritime Security Training and Risk Management. MacDonnell takes an interdisciplinary approach to projects, inspired by its belief that people are what matter.

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The only program of it's kind in North America is a making a difference in the management and competitiveness of North American ports. The CPE Certified Port Executive Program gives participants the tools and knowledge to make their organization more competitive.

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Whether it is research and development, the introduction of new design in civil engineering, Structural Health Monitoring, Corrosion Free Bridge Decks, or the design of bridges, ports and civil infrastructure, the expertise and services we have to offer come from our highly qualified people, our extensive list of successful projects, and an unparalleled commitment to our clients.  

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MacDonnell Security Risk Management provides a wide range of comprehensive Security Solutions to ensure you remain compliant with MTSR/DFSR Regulations. We combine extensive risk management knowledge and industry operational experience to assist you with identifying and managing your risks while maintaining efficiency.

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MacDonnell provides training and risk management solutions to meet the needs of our clients from coast to coast. Cost-effective and timely training programs which help you meet the objective of remaining abreast of regulatory changes, best practices in the industry, and changing technology and security requirements.

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Port of New Orleans names new COO

January 8th, 2014

The Port of New Orleans has named Brandy D. Christian as its new Chief Operating Officer, replacing the longtime COO Patrick Gallwey, who is scheduled to retire in March after 34 years. Here's the full press release from the Port: Brandy D. Christian has been named the new Chief Operating Officer of the Port of New Orleans by President and CEO Gary LaGrange, succeeding Patrick J. Gallwey, who will retire March 1 after 34 years with the Port. Christian comes to the Port after 14 years with the Port of San Diego serving for the past five years as vice president, strategy and business development. Read More


CPE Certified Port Executive Program Welcomes New Members

Capt. Jeffrey Monroe, MM, Chairman of the United States Department of Homeland Security Secretary’s National Maritime Security Advisory Committee, and former Chairman of the US Coast Guard’s National Maritime Safety Advisory Council, completed the first seminar for US port executives at the Philadelphia Maritime Exchange in Pennsylvania.

This was the first program offered in the US by Canadian interests. Capt. Monroe, a licensed master mariner with a Master’s Degree in Transportation management, 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. Read More



Belledune Port Authority now has 2 Certified Port Executives

February 2nd, 2010

Belledune, NB – The Belledune Port Authority (BPA) is please to announce that two of their Executive team completed the CPE Certified Port Executive training. Jenna Doucet, BPA Director of Marketing and Tracy Eddy, BPA Director of Engineering & Property Management completed the training on January 22, 2010.

Canada's marine transportation system supports an industry that contributes over $10 billion to our economy and provides employment to nearly 100,000 Canadians. It consists of large and small ports that are vital to communities, shipping companies, shipbuilding companies and many related support industries that allow goods and people to move freely into and within our country.

In recognition of the increasing need for trained professionals, MacDonnell Group has developed the CPE Certified Port Executive course. This advanced training was piloted as a program designed for the Canadian National Defense Force and is based on a training program that was first offered in the United States to port and logistics professionals. The program includes a comprehensive syllabus designed for port and government professionals. Course topics include, but are not limited to, 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. The course will also be offered in the United States and other countries. Read More



Seaports Press Review

Port Managers Training for Competitiveness: Philadelphia Hosts Port Management Program
Tuesday, June 5, 2012

PHILADELPHIA - In an industry as dynamic and competitive as the maritime seaport industry, how do you ensure you have the most effective workforce? Recruit, retrain, and retain. Ports around the world must recruit, retrain, and retain management personnel to allow marine transportation systems to remain competitive. And given the vital link seaports play in the global supply chain, it is crucial that our North American ports stay competitive.

Training and professional development opportunities are important tools for business executives in managing sustainable and competitive operations in the maritime and port industry. The seaport industry has significant training for compliance with security regulations, but the industry was lacking an all-encompassing solution for port management executives. MacDonnell Group, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, is offering the CPE Certified Port Executive™ Program to fill the training gap.

"The CPE Certified Port Executive™ Program is a program designed to enhance the skill sets of port executives," said Capt. Jeff Monroe, who is the program designer and instructor. "We needed to offer a program for executives that built on their experience and allowed both senior and up-and-coming personnel to enhance their management capabilities," said Monroe. "This program is designed with an intensive focus on port management and development from the executive's view point."
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