Management

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano, President and Chief Executive Officer

YVES DESJARDINS-SICILIANO
PRESIDENT AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER

Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano joined VIA Rail in 2010 and was appointed President and CEO in May 2014. Prior to his appointment, he was the Corporation's Chief Corporate & Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary. A seasoned executive, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano leads with passion, respect and transparency. He is known for embracing innovation and encouraging creative ideas. A natural communicator, he is in high demand as a keynote speaker at conferences, business events and universities. He prides himself on being an accessible CEO, and values every opportunity to meet and converse with both travellers and employees.

Prior to Via Rail, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano held several senior positions in legal, regulatory and government relations, business and corporate development, marketing communications and finance. In Montreal and Toronto, he worked for private and publicly held companies, in the information technology, telecommunications, marketing and entertainment industries. Past President of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was also Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Labour and Minister of State for Transport.

Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano holds a law degree (LL.L.) from l'Université de Montréal and he completed 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.

In 2016, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano received the Business Achievement Award from the Quebec General Counsel Awards, presented by ZSA Legal Recruitment. He was rewarded for his achievement in developing and implementing the business strategy that has led to VIA Rail's success since his appointment as President and CEO. His customer-focused vision has persuaded more travellers to come onboard, expanding the company’s client base and boosting its revenue for the first time in several years. He was also honoured by Women and Board in the CEO category for his outstanding contributions to advancing the role of women in corporate governance as the President and CEO of VIA Rail.

Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was appointed Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel of the Régiment de Maisonneuve in November 2016.

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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.

 

 

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.

Ann Bouthillier, Chief Communications Officer

 

Sonia Corriveau , Chief Business Transformation Officer

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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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.

 

Patricia Jasmin, Chief Financial Officer

 

Martin R Landry, Chief Commercial Officer

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 35 years of experience, of which 30 were with IBM. In his 30 years with IBM, Mr. Landry 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.

 

 

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.

 

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

 

Robert St-Jean, Chief Financial and Administration Officer

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.