Canadian transport minister appoints new CEO of VIA Rail Canada

Canadian transport minister appoints new CEO of VIA Rail Canada
© Mario Péloquin

The Canadian government-owned passenger rail company VIA Rail Canada Inc. will have a new CEO from 12 June 2023. Mario Péloquin will lead the company.

On 16 May 2023, the Minister of Transport in Canada, Honourable Omar Alghabra, appointed a new CEO for VIA Rail. Mario Péloquin will lead the company for the next five years, starting on 12 June 2023.

This follows a one-year vacuum in the VIA Rail leadership when former CEO, Cynthia Garneau, quit the company a year ago. Mario Péloquin has a strong 40-year-long background in the industry. Previously, he worked for Keolis Group, Aecon Group, MTA, Thales, Siemens Canada, or the City of Ottawa in public transportation systems and projects.

© VIA Rail Canada Inc.
© VIA Rail Canada Inc.

VIA Rail operates 500 weekly trains in 8 Canadian provinces, mostly on freight companies’ infrastructure (predominantly CN). The main artery of the company is the Quebec City – Windsor corridor, which connects the nation’s largest cities of Montreal and Toronto with a length of 2,200 km. In 2018, VIA Rail ordered 32 new push-pull trainsets for this route from Siemens Mobility. They consist of a Siemens Charger locomotive, four Siemens Venture coaches and a driving trailer. The operator also has an option for 12 additional trainsets.

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