MONTREAL, June 19, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ - Paul G. Smith, Chairman of the
Board of VIA Rail Canada (viarail.ca), is pleased to welcome Ms. Deborah Robinson and Ms. Melissa Sonberg as
members of the Board of Directors of VIA Rail. The Honorable Lisa
Raitt, Minister of Transport, recently announced that the Government of
Canada appointed these new Board members for a term of three years.
"We are delighted with the Government of Canada's appointment of two new
Board members, who will contribute significantly to the Board of
Directors and the entire organization. Their expertise and experience
in passenger transportation, finance and human resources are most
relevant and useful for VIA Rail. With their appointment, the
Corporation's board is close to gender parity with five women and six
men. This makes VIA Rail one of the leaders in diversity on boards, in
Canada." stated Mr. Smith.
Deborah Robinson has over 25 years of diverse Human Resources (HR)
experience and a proven track record of delivering practical results in
dynamic, changing environments including mergers and acquisitions,
divestitures and start-ups. Ms. Robinson has leveraged her HR
experience extensively by serving on both Not-for-profit and Corporate
Boards. She is a graduate of the Directors Education Program of the
Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the institute's ICD.D
Melissa Sonberg offers 30 years of leadership success, 22 of which were
in the Transportation industry as a Human Resources leader and
Corporate Affairs Executive. In addition to her executive experience,
Ms. Sonberg has held a broad range of organizational functions in
various departments including Legal Services, Government Relations,
Brand and Corporate Social Responsibility.
About VIA Rail Canada
As Canada's national rail passenger service, VIA Rail Canada's (viarail.ca) and its 2,500 employees are mandated to provide safe, efficient and
economical travel, in both official languages of our country. VIA Rail
operates intercity, regional and transcontinental trains linking 450
communities across its 12,500 km network. Recipient of the Railway
Association of Canada's Safety Award in 2012 for the 11th time in 12
years, and of Baxter Travel Media's 2013 Agent's Choice Award (voted on
by Canadian travel agents), VIA Rail safely transports nearly four
million passengers annually. Since 2007, the Government of Canada has
invested more than a billion dollars in VIA Rail. Follow the progress
of our transformation at viarail.ca/transformingvia.
Follow us on our blog at viaevolution.ca - On Twitter @VIA_Rail and @VIARailPrez - On Facebook.
SOURCE: VIA Rail Canada Inc.
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