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Capt. Simon Pelletier, President of the Canadian Marine Pilots' Association since 2009, has been elected President of the International Marine Pilots' Association which this week is holding its 22nd Biennial Congress in Panama. IMPA comprises 50 member states.
On the opening day of the Congress, Capt. Pelletier, IMPA Vice-President since 2008, was elected President of IMPA, by a strong majority of the votes cast, for a four-year term.
Canada's delegation at the event is amongst the largest, continuing a well-established tradition extending over two decades.
Upon his election, Capt. Pelletier said his appointment confirmed a widespread appreciation of Canada's pilots and pilotage system at an international level. He indicated that a major priority will be to ensure that IMPA continues to maintain constructive relationships with international maritime stakeholders - in particular the International Maritime Organization (IMO) based in London.
Based in Québec City, Capt. Pelletier is an active pilot in the Lower St. Lawrence District. (photo CMPA)