Management

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer

YVES DESJARDINS-SICILIANO
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano joined the VIA Rail Canada team in 2010 as Chief Corporate & Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. When he was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer in 2014, he had a clear vision of what he wanted to achieve: transform the Crown Corporation into a leader in sustainable mobility, inclusion & equality of its workforce and a promoter of canadian values. Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano takes the train himself and, with passenger needs and safety as his top priority, he uses his time onboard to speak with customers and listen to their concerns.  He also works to engage VIA Rail’s greatest ambassadors, its employees, by encouraging their feedback and ideas.  A natural communicator, he has a strong presence on numerous academic and business forums where he seeks to promote VIA Rail’s plans and projects.

In order to make his vision a reality, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano surrounds himself with a solid team of managers that share his passion for public service. This team has led VIA Rail to its recent success, with annual increases in revenue and ridership, an unprecedented achievement in the corporation’s history.

Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano is also developing an ambitious modernization project for VIA Rail to have its own rail network in the Quebec City-Toronto corridor as well as a new fleet. A staunch advocate of sustainable transportation, he encourages the development of concrete initiatives with key intermodality partners to create a more seamless travel experience.

As a lawyer and an experienced executive, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano draws from his background in law as much as he does from his years in communications and marketing, business development, and regulatory and government relations. He was the former President of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division, as well as the Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Labour and Minister of State for Transport. He holds a law degree (LL.L.) from l'Université de Montréal and he completed his Graduate Studies in Law (GSD) at McGill University. He also has a designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D) and is a member of the Barreau du Québec.

Mr. Desjardins-Sicilianois a man of conviction, dedicated to making the Crown Corporation he oversees an instrument of economic prosperity, community engagement, diversity and equality. He lends his talents to non-profit organisations, and has been the Honorary Lieutenant-Colonal of the Régiment de Maisonneuve since November 2016. Also in 2016, he was recognized by “Women and Boards” for his outstanding contributions to advancing the role of women in corporate governance at VIA Rail.

Follow Yves on Twitter: @VIARailPrez
Email: Yves_Desjardins-Siciliano@viarail.ca
 

 

 

MARC BEAULIEU
CHIEF TRANSPORTATION AND SAFETY OFFICER

Mr. Beaulieu joined VIA Rail from Canadian National in 1985. As Chief Transportation and Safety Officer, he is responsible for all network operations, transportation and operational safety, and corporate security. Mr. Beaulieu is also responsible for the Ocean, and Canadian and Remote services along with VIA Rail’s Customer Centres. His mandate is to ensure the safe and efficient operation of VIA Rail’s trains. To that end, his responsibilities include oversight of locomotive crews, network operations staff, and safety and security professionals.

In the course of his career with VIA Rail, Mr. Beaulieu progressed through a number of increasingly senior management positions including Director Maintenance, Regional Director, Chief Mechanical Officer, Chief Transportation and Regional General Manager.

With his extensive experience at all levels of the organization, Marc brings comprehensive knowledge, acquired expertise and a strong vision to VIA Rail.

 

Marc Beaulieu, Chief Transportation and Safety Officer

 

Linda Bergeron, Chief Human Resources

LINDA BERGERON
CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICER

Ms. Bergeron joined VIA Rail in 2016. As Chief, Human Resources, she is responsible for employee relations, global compensation, consulting services and organizational development, talent acquisition, and training and development. Her mandate is to develop a human resources management strategy that facilitates and supports the realization of our business strategy and achievement of corporate objectives.

Ms. Bergeron has more than 30 years of experience in human resources, and spent several years in the transport sector as Vice President, Human Resources and Development for Nova-bus, a division of Volvo, as Senior Vice President, Strategy and Orientation for Rail Cantech, and as National Director H.R. for GE Aircraft Engines. Her career path demonstrates a strong expertise in improving organizational efficiency and talent management in national and multinational corporations, including time at the Crown corporation Hydro-Quebec. A complementary experience in general management and as a business owner underlines the importance of consistency between the strategic management of human resources and business strategy.

Ms. Bergeron has a Bachelor’s degree in industrial relations from l'Université de Montréal and a specialization in Organizational Development from the National Training Laboratory.

 

 

MARIO BERGERON
CHIEF MECHANICAL AND MAINTENANCE OFFICER**

Mr. Bergeron joined VIA Rail in November 2017. As Chief Mechanical and Maintenance Officer, he is responsible for the maintenance and performance of VIA Rail’s car and locomotive fleet. His mandate is to optimize the processes and work methods of the maintenance teams to ensure reliability of the rolling stock. He is responsible for mechanical services, maintenance of our equipment, technical and engineering services, as well as the apprenticeship program. VIA Rail’s main maintenance centres are located in Montreal, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver.

Prior to joining VIA Rail, Mr. Bergeron served as the Vice President and Chief Mechanical Officer at Amtrak in the United States. He is an operations executive with over 30 years of experience in the railway industry, and has also held several senior leadership positions at CP Rail in Alberta and Québec.

Mr. Bergeron received his Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the École Polytechnique de Montréal, holds a Diploma in Management from McGill University and Management Development Program from Darden School of Business, UVA.

**as of Nov.6, 2017

 

MARIO BERGERON - CHIEF MECHANICAL AND MAINTENANCE OFFICER

 

Ann Bouthillier, Chief Communications Officer

ANN BOUTHILLIER
CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Ms. Bouthillier joined VIA Rail in 2017. As Chief Communications Officer, she oversees all activities related to communications (internal and external), advertising, strategic partnerships and sponsorships, brand management, customer relationship management and the VIA Preference loyalty program, customer relations and marketing research as well as the associated analytics for VIA Rail.

With over 25 years of experience in management and communications, Ms. Bouthillier is a seasoned, results-driven business leader. Prior to joining VIA Rail, she held the position of CEO for Havas Worldwide Canada operations, until 2015. Her strong leadership and her holistic approach to communications led Ms. Bouthillier to be an industry leader in implementing digital and CRM services at Havas as part of her integrated vision.  

Ms. Bouthillier holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and Masters of Management Sciences in Marketing from HEC Montreal. Ms. Bouthillier sits on the Board of Directors of the CHU Sainte-Justine Foundation. She also served as Chairman of the Association of Advertising Agencies in Quebec (AAPQ) from 2012 to 2014.

 

SONIA CORRIVEAU
CHIEF BUSINESS TRANSFORMATION OFFICER

Ms. Corriveau joined VIA Rail in 2014. As Chief Business Transformation Officer, she is responsible for the re-engineering of VIA Rail’s business processes. She oversees the transformation and modernization of both internal and customer-facing business improvements. Her responsibilities include the Information Technology group, the Corporate Project Management Office as well as the Corporate Architecture and Innovation team.  In 2016, she led the development of the High-Frequency Rail proposal that was tabled with the Corporation's shareholder in December.  

Throughout her 25 year career with IBM, she successfully managed complex organizational and operational changes to support business growth. She had several executive positions leading various business units across Canada. Her experience includes all aspects of Information technology, especially in consulting services, systems integration and management services for applications and infrastructures. She has collaborated over the years with several clients in various industries and teams to develop and implement valuable solutions. Before joining VIA Rail, she held the position of Vice President, IBM Global Business Services and President of LGS Group.

Ms. Corriveau holds an MBA from l’Université du Québec à Montréal and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Computing from Université de Sherbrooke.

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Sonia Corriveau , Chief Business Transformation Officer

 

Patricia Jasmin, Chief Financial Officer

PATRICIA JASMIN, CPA, CA
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Ms. Jasmin joined VIA Rail in 2007 and served as the Corporate Comptroller prior to her appointment as Chief Financial Officer. As Chief Financial Officer she is responsible for financial administration, internal and external financial reports, budgets and controls, internal and external audits, corporate purchasing, and pension investment management. Ms. Jasmin is a key contributor to the corporate planning process. Her mandate is to ensure the integrity and accuracy of our financial processes, results and reports. Ms. Jasmin closely works with the Corporation’s internal and external auditors and supports the Board of Directors' Audit and Finance Committee.

Before joining the Corporation, Ms. Jasmin worked for large retail organisations such as Costco and Loblaw Companies Ltd., and in the telecommunications sector with Rogers and Téléglobe. Through her extensive experience in finance and administration, Ms. Jasmin brings a unique expertise and vision in terms of financial management, continued improvement, and governance to VIA Rail.

Ms. Jasmin has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from HEC (Université de Montréal) and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants holding the CPA,CA designation.

 

 

MARTIN R. LANDRY
CHIEF COMMERCIAL OFFICER

Mr. Landry joined VIA Rail in 2014. As Chief Commercial Officer, he oversees all employees and activities related to customer service in stations and on board trains in the VIA Rail Corridor (Ontario and Quebec). Mr. Landry also oversees all activities related to B2B sales, commercial planning, product design, new product development, business development, as well as analytics for VIA Rail.  In 2016, he led the development of the Québec City – Windsor corridor fleet renewal proposal that was tabled with the Corporation's shareholder in December.

Mr. Landry is a seasoned business executive with more than 35 years of experience, of which 30 were with IBM where he led many business units in both North America and Europe.

He is a graduate of the University of Ottawa with an Honours degree in Finance.

 

Martin R Landry, Chief Commercial Officer

 

Jean-François Legault, Chief Legal and Risk Officer and Corporate Secretary

JEAN-FRANÇOIS LEGAULT
CHIEF LEGAL & RISK OFFICER AND CORPORATE SECRETARY

Mr. Legault joined VIA Rail in 2014. As Chief Legal & Risk Officer and Corporate Secretary, he is responsible for the Corporation’s governance, secretariat, and all legal matters related to VIA Rail’s operations. He also oversees the management of its rail safety compliance as well as the implementation of its enterprise risk management and insurance claims program.

Prior to joining VIA Rail, Mr. Legault practiced law for several years in Montréal and held a number of senior leadership roles in the corporate legal sphere, including serving as Vice-President, Legal Affairs at Bell Canada and Gildan Activewear, and as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Transat. He possesses a wide range of experience with respect to corporate legal services and management of compliance, including governance, litigation management, contracts, acquisitions and divestitures, with particular expertise in the provision of legal advice aligned to corporate strategies and objectives.

Mr. Legault obtained his law degree (LL.B) at the University of Ottawa, and is a member of the Barreau du Québec.

 

 

ROBERT ST-JEAN, CPA, CA
CHIEF ASSET MANAGEMENT OFFICER

Mr. St-Jean joined VIA Rail in 2006 and served as the Chief Financial and Administration Officer prior to his appointment as Chief Asset Management Officer. As Chief Asset Management Officer, his mandate is to maximize return on assets, improve the customer experience, and reduce operating costs. He is responsible for the acquisition, management, development, monetization and renewal of all of VIA Rail’s tangible assets, such rolling stock, track infrastructure, stations and other buildings.

Before joining the Corporation, he held the position of Senior Vice President, Finance and Control, at Loblaw Companies Ltd., spent six years as Vice President, Controller, at Provigo Inc. and close to eight years in various management positions at Club Price Canada. With his extensive experience at major retailers and distributors, Mr. St-Jean brings a unique expertise and vision in strategic and financial management to VIA Rail.

Mr. St-Jean has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the Université de Sherbrooke and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and holds the CPA, CA designation.

 

Robert St-Jean, Chief Financial and Administration Officer