VIA Rail’s executive team is comprised of Chiefs with integrity, diligence and know-how. Through their leadership and expert knowledge, they help make VIA Rail’s vision, to be the smarter way to move people, a reality.
To be a smarter way to move people
Passengers first. We continuously strive to offer them a smarter and safer travel experience across Canada.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Cynthia Garneau joined VIA Rail as President and Chief Executive Officer in May 2019. Prior to her appointment, Ms. Garneau was President of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. since 2016, where she led an integrated strategy to keep operations competitive and viable in an ever-changing global market.
Possessing over 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry, she has experience leading complex teams and projects in a number of areas of operation, including Supply Chain Management, Corporate Affairs and Government Relations.
Prior to Bell Helicopter, she held various technical and leadership roles at Bombardier Aerospace, where she helped launch several major aircraft program initiatives as part of the Strategic Sourcing group and key negotiations for the Business Aircraft group.
Cynthia Garneau has served on various boards, including the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada, where she served as Chair in 2017-2018, and Aéro Montréal Aerospace Cluster in Quebec. She has also been a Board member of the Fondation de l'Hôpital Régional de St-Jérôme.
In addition, Ms. Garneau was a member of the Economic Strategies Table on Advanced Manufacturing, an initiative launched by the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development as part of the Government of Canada’s Innovation & Skills Plan, which is made up of industry leaders. Their mandate is to set ambitious growth goals, identify sector-specific challenges lay out an actionable roadmap to achieve their goals.
Possessing a Bachelor of Specialized Education as well as a Bachelor of Law, both from Sherbrooke University, she has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1994.
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.
Chief Employee Experience 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 strategyp
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.
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.
Chief Business Transformation Officer
Ms. Corriveau joined VIA Rail in 2014. As Chief, Business Transformation Officer, she is responsible for transforming and modernizing business solutions, both internally and for clients. She oversees the Information Technology Group, the Corporate Project Management Office, and the Innovation Group. She also leads the development of the High Frequency Rail proposal, for which funding was allocated in June 2019 by the Government of Canada to further explore the project.
Prior to joining VIA Rail, she was Vice President of Global Business Services at IBM and President of LGS Group. During her 25-year career at IBM, Ms. Corriveau managed complex organizational and operational changes to support the company's growth. Her experience encompasses all aspects of Information Technology.
Sonia Corriveau holds an MBA from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Université de Sherbrooke.
Ben Marc Diendéré
Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer
Mr. Diendéré joined VIA Rail in 2020. As Chief Public Affairs and Communications Officer, he is responsible for the strategic direction, alignment and operational performance of activities related to internal and external communications, public affairs and media relations, as well as government and stakeholder relations.
Prior to joining VIA Rail, Mr. Diendéré was at La Coop fédérée since 2011, where for the last five years he held the position of Senior Vice President, Communications, Public Affairs and Brand Management and was a member of the Executive Committee. Between 2005 and 2011, he held senior executive positions at Québécor Média and before that at Partenariat International Jean-Louis Roy and SODEC.
Mr. Diendéré studied at University of Paris 2 Panthéon-Assas (Media and Communications Institute), earning a Diploma of Higher Specialized Studies in Communications and Administration. He obtained a Master’s degree in Sociology of Communications and Information at Ouagadougou University and a DESS (graduate degree specializing in management - cultural organizations) from HEC Montréal.
Patricia Jasmin, CPA, CA
Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Jasmin joined VIA Rail in 2007 and served as the Corporate Controller 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.
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.
Chief Legal & Risk Officer
Mr. Legault joined VIA Rail in 2014. As Chief Legal & Risk Officer, 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.