Appointments to VIA Rail Canada Inc.

OTTAWA, Dec. 21, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today announced the appointments of  Mr. Stephen Mallory and Ms. Hind Sergieh to the board of VIA Rail Canada Inc. for a term of three years.

"I am very pleased that Mr. Mallory and Ms. Sergieh have accepted these positions," said Minister Lebel. "VIA will greatly benefit from their respective expertise in risk management and business development."

Mr. Mallory is the founder, CEO and President of Directors Global, an enterprise risk management advisory firm and commercial insurance brokerage. He has spent the last 30 years in the risk and insurance industry, and has held executive management positions with two of Canada's largest insurance brokerages. Since 2008, Mr. Mallory was a member of the board of directors of the Standards Council of Canada, where he assists the board with its risk oversight responsibility. In November 2011, he was asked to sit on the CSA Canadian Risk Management Mirror Committee (CAC-ISO-TC262), a technical and advisory committee devoted to advising Canadians on risk standards. Mr. Mallory holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario, a Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation, and is a Fellow, Chartered Insurance Professional (FCIP).

Ms. Sergieh is the founder and President of "Groupe Sergieh," a market research consultancy firm specialising in the Arabian Gulf region. She has held a number of leadership positions in international firms, and worked in project management, recruitment, and business strategies and development. Since 2006, she has served on the board of directors of the "Office de la protection du consommateur," an organisation that informs, educates, and receives consumers' complaints, and contributed to the development of the "Association des femmes en finance du Québec," from 2003 to 2005. Ms. Sergieh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in administration, specialising in finance, and also has a certificate in marketing from McGill University.

VIA Rail Canada Inc., a Crown corporation, was created in 1977 and operates Canada's national passenger rail service. The board of directors is responsible for overseeing the business activities and other affairs of the corporation.

SOURCE: Transport Canada

For further information:

Geneviève Sicard 
Press Secretary 
Office of the Honourable Denis Lebel 
Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and 
Communities, Ottawa 
613-991-0700

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