OTTAWA, May 11, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport, today announced the appointment of Mr. Yves
Desjardins-Siciliano of Montreal as President and Chief Executive
Officer of VIA Rail Canada, for a term of five years.
Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was appointed Chief Corporate and Legal Officer
and Corporate Secretary of VIA Rail Canada in April 2010. As an
experienced lawyer and executive, his wide-ranging responsibilities
have included managing the corporation's major capital projects program
and its public affairs, as well as legal matters, risk management and
the governance of VIA's board of directors.
Prior to this, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano held a number of senior
positions in private and publicly held companies in legal and
government relations, corporate development, marketing and finance. He
was Senior Vice-President, Law and Corporate Development at Bell
Mobility and Vice-President, Law and Business Development, at
Information Systems Management (ISM), a subsidiary of IBM. A graduate
of the Université de Montréal and McGill University, Mr.
Desjardins-Siciliano is a member of the Quebec Bar Association and a
former president of the Quebec division of the Canadian Bar
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.
"Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano's strong leadership skills, legal expertise,
and wide-ranging business experience, both at VIA and in the private
sector, will be valuable assets to VIA, which provides passenger rail
service for the travelling public, business and tourism."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
VIA Rail Canada
SOURCE: Transport Canada
For further information:
Director of Communications
Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport, Ottawa
Transport Canada, Ottawa
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