President & CEO, Belledune Port Authority
The President and CEO of the Port of Belledune, Denis Caron has a proven track record of building successful partnerships with business, government, and community leaders. A senior executive with more than 35 years’ experience working in across all levels of government, Mr. Caron has demonstrated an ability to successfully negotiate dozens of projects and initiatives with provincial, federal, community, and industry leaders while supporting various mandates. He has also delivered, throughout his career, on the transition from strategy to tactical execution by developing and sustaining effective dialogue with and among stakeholders and key decision-makers. A Business Administration graduate of the Université de Moncton, he went on to complete his accreditation in the Banff Centre’s program of Executive Leadership Development.
Mr. Caron’s public sector experience includes almost ten years as a Deputy Minister to several departments such as Environment and Local Government, Agriculture, Aquaculture, and Fisheries, and Economic Development. With his strong foundation in business, he managed multiple agency budgets and client financial assistance programs, including a loan portfolio of more than $500 million, and enabled multi-party investments in community development of more than $1 billion.
After retiring from the Provincial Government, Mr. Caron returned to northern New Brunswick in 2015 to accept the role of President & CEO of the Belledune Port Authority, where he continues to deliver results from a vision of growth and successful regional development. He is passionate about the region and works relentlessly to support local economic and social development by maximizing results for the Port.
A husband, father, and grandfather, Mr. Caron is a member of the NB Business Council, as well as a Director on the Board for the Association of Canadian Port Authorities and an active member of the American Association of Port Authorities.