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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.

Transport Canada Recognized Training Institution Status | Print |

October 2, 2012

MacDonnell Receives Transport Canada Recognized Training Institution Status

HALIFAX – MacDonnell President Ralston MacDonnell was pleased to announce today that his company has been granted Recognized Training Institution Status under Transport Canada's Recognition Program for Approved Ship Security Training Courses. This new designation is based on proposed amendments to the Marine Transportation Security Regulations (MTSR), which are expected to come into effect by early next year, and which will place additional security training requirements on seafarers worldwide.

“Receiving official Transport Canada recognition is a strong testament to the quality of our various port security training programs, our trainers, and the entire team that supports them, and I offer my sincerest congratulations to everyone involved,” said Mr. MacDonnell. “In practical terms, this recognition will allow us to continue providing top-notch training programs throughout the Canadian port and maritime industries for years to come. It is also a signal that the 2010 Manilla amendments to international ship security training will soon be in effect.”

MacDonnell has been part of both Transport Canada’s early voluntary program and its subsequent recognition program since 2004, training over 3000 Canadians since 2004. As the only Canadian organization to provide maritime security training from coast to coast, MacDonnell’s partnerships with Georgian College and the British Columbia Institute of Technology allow the company to effectively meet the needs of its customers across the country who must meet the regulatory requirements of MTSR in Canada and MSTA in the United States.

Port Canaveral adds Nine to CPE CERTIFIED PORT EXECUTIVE™ Alumni 2014 | Print |

January 23, 2014 Port Canaveral, Florida.

Canaveral port Authority demonstrated their commitment to employee development recently by hosting the CPE Certified Port Executive™ Program. Thirteen alumni were added to the CPE CERTIFIED PORT EXECUTIVE™ Program. This course was unique in that the majority of the attendees were from Port Canaveral. They joined David Perley, Senior Director of Construction and Infrastructure, who graduated from the Miami course in May 2013. This is an excellent example of building a port management team that is working from a common frame of reference learning.

Port Canaveral first started as a cargo and vessel port for both the military and commercial use in 1953. It continued to develop strongly, and was able to successfully become one of the world’s leading cruise ship ports. Port Canaveral has an admirable history of adaptability that is becoming more valued in the evolving port and transportation industry. Their strong history clearly displays their dedication to professional development of the workforce.

By adding the CPE CERTIFIED PORT EXECUTIVE™ credentials to many of their managers, Port Canaveral is giving their managers the knowledge to individually make a more effective contribution to the organization, and to function more effectively as a team.


From left to right: Bob Callahan, Jim Dubea, Bo Ethridge, Karen Papas, David German, Diana Mims-Reid, Rodger Rees,
Shannon Feeley, Mark Warner, Peggy Gandiaga, Albert Jendroch, Edilberto Moreno, Mark Lorusso, Captain  Jeffrey Monroe

Both the Port Canaveral attendees and those from other organizations were pleased with the experience.

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