Organization Profile - VIA Rail Canada Inc.

VIA Rail Canada Inc.

The information presented on the following pages is for reference purposes only and should not be considered or relied on as an authoritative or exhaustive source of all Governor in Council appointments or positions.


Crown Corporation (FAA, Sched. III, Part I)

Minister Responsible

Minister of Transport

Mandate

VIA Rail Canada operates Canada’s national passenger rail service on behalf of the Government of Canada. VIA Rail is a Crown corporation established in 1977. VIA Rail provides Canadians with a safe, efficient and environmentally responsible passenger service, operating 480 trains weekly on 14,000 kilometers of track and connecting over 450 Canadian communities.

Head Office

Montreal, Quebec

Appointment Provisions

Financial Administration Act
http://laws-lois.justice.gc.ca/eng/acts/F-11/index.html

The Board of Directors consists of not less than three nor more than thirteen directors including the Chairperson and the President.

The Chairperson and the President shall be appointed by the GIC to hold office during pleasure for such term as the GIC considers appropriate.

Each director shall be appointed by the Minister with the approval of the GIC to hold office during pleasure for such term not exceeding four years as will ensure, as far as possible, the expiration of not more than one half of the directors' terms of office in any one year. A director is eligible for reappointment.

If a director is not appointed on the expiration of term of an incumbent director, other than an officer-director, the incumbent director continues in office until a successor is appointed.

Eligibility/Conflicts

No officer or employee of a Crown corporation or any of its affiliates, other than the chief executive officer of a parent Crown corporation, shall be a director of the parent Crown corporation.

Consultation

The Financial Administration Act requires that before an officer-director of a parent Crown corporation is appointed, the Minister shall consult the Board of Directors of the Corporation with respect to the appointment.

Quorum

A majority of directors in office (s.6(6) of By-Law No. 1).

Auditor

The auditor of a Crown Corporation shall be appointed annually by the Governor in Council, after the appropriate Minister has consulted the Board of Directors of the corporation, and may be removed at any time by the Governor in Council, after the appropriate Minister has consulted the Board.

The Auditor General of Canada shall be appointed by the Governor in Council as the auditor, or a joint auditor, of each Crown Corporation, unless the Auditor General waives the requirement of being so appointed.

An auditor of a Crown Corporation is eligible for reappointment on the expiration of the auditor’s appointment.

If an auditor of a Crown Corporation is not appointed to take office on the expiration of the appointment of an incumbent auditor, the incumbent auditor continues in office until a successor is appointed.

A person is disqualified from being appointed or re-appointed or continuing as an auditor of the corporation if that person is not independent of the corporation, any of its affiliates, or the directors or officers of the corporation or any of its affiliates. Expenses reimbursed in accordance with policies and procedures of the Corporation.

Remuneration

Chairman

  • Fixed by GiC: Incumbent;
    per diem ($410 - $485)
  • Incumbent; annual ($10,500 - $12,400)

Director

  • Fixed by GiC: Position;
    per diem ($410 - $485)
  • Position; annual ($5,300 - $6,200)
  • The part-time directors who serve as chairperson of a committee of the Board of Directors receive a further annual retainer within the range ($5,300 - $6,200). Plus travel and living expenses.

Appointments

Appt/Expiry
Date
Position
Level
President and Chief Executive Officer
Desjardins-Siciliano, Yves
Montréal, Quebec
Full-Time Appointment
During Pleasure
2014-05-09
2019-05-08
Chairperson
Bertrand, Françoise
Mont-Royal, Quebec
During Pleasure
2017-04-12
2022-04-11
Directors
Baig, Kathy
Laval, Quebec
During Pleasure
2017-06-21
2021-06-20
Gallivan, Daniel Francis
Halifax, Nova Scotia
During Pleasure
2017-06-21
2020-06-20
Goldbloom, Jonathan Franklin
Westmount, Quebec
During Pleasure
2017-06-21
2021-06-20
Goldsworthy, Stanley Ross
Calgary, Alberta
During Pleasure
2017-06-21
2021-06-20
Materi, Ramona Rosanne
North Vancouver, British Columbia
During Pleasure
2012-10-04
2018-10-03
Mowat, Jane
Toronto, Ontario
During Pleasure
2013-09-29
2020-06-20
Rainbird, H. Glenn
Belleville, Ontario
During Pleasure
2017-06-21
2021-06-20
Stephens, Gail
Victoria, British Columbia
During Pleasure
2017-06-21
2021-06-20
Tan, Kenneth Ching Whay
Richmond, British Columbia
During Pleasure
2017-06-21
2020-06-20
Tanguay, Geneviève
Montréal, Quebec
During Pleasure
2017-08-15
2021-08-14