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"I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Laliberté to the position of president and CEO," said Baird. "VIA Rail provides a vital service to link our communities and I am confident that Mr. Laliberté's extensive experience in rail and business will be a great asset to the corporation."
"I am delighted that Mr. Laliberté has agreed to assume the leadership of VIA Rail Canada Inc.," said Minister Merrifield. "His extensive experience as a senior executive will prove invaluable to the corporation."
Mr. Laliberté holds a bachelor of science in engineering physics from Université Laval in Québec. Following four years as an engineer with Hydro-Québec, as well as Gulf Canada Ltd., Mr. Laliberté began his rail career in 1980 with Canadian National Railway Company (CN), where he held increasingly senior roles ranging from mechanical engineer to director of intermodal operations. In 1994, Mr. Laliberté was appointed president and CEO of AMF Technotransport Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of CN specializing in the renovation and repair of railway equipment. Promoted in 1996 to general manager of CN's Eastern Canada Champlain district, Mr. Laliberté implemented cost reductions while significantly improving train punctuality and safety. In 1999, he joined as president and general manager, Vapor Rail Inc., a company specializing in the development and marketing of door systems for passenger rail service. In 2003, he became president and CEO of Québec Railway Corporation, which had the distinction of being both the largest Canadian-owned shortline railway and the largest shortline railway company operating in Eastern Canada.
Mr. Laliberté succeeds current president and CEO Mr. Paul Côté, who is retiring after a successful 32-year career at VIA that includes a five-year term as CEO. VIA Rail Canada Inc., a Crown corporation, was created in 1977 and operates Canada's national passenger rail service.
VIA Rail Canada wishes to advise travellers that effective Sunday, December 13, 2009, a new schedule will be in effect for service to Northern Manitoba.
VIA Rail Canada announced a $19.5 million program for the reconfiguration of 12 of the stylish stainless steel passenger cars used on its western transcontinental train.
VIA Rail Canada is pleased to announce that it will be increasing parking capacity at Port Hope station.
The Government of Canada and VIA Rail announced a $20 million program to renew and improve two key components of its nationwide locomotive and rolling stock fleet.
VIA estimates that it will invest as much as $7 million for the new station and related improvements from recent capital funding for VIA announced by the Government of Canada. $1 million of the project's cost will come from the government's Economic Action Plan.
VIA estimates that it will invest as much as $7 million for the new station and related improvements from recent capital funding for VIA announced by the Government of Canada. $2.5 million of the project's cost will come from the government's Economic Action Plan.
VIA Rail Canada announces the launch of the Montreal-Toronto Bike Train Initiative, offering outdoor enthusiasts an easy and comfortable way to discover some popular cycling venues in Ontario and Quebec.
VIA Rail Canada has your ticket to experience all the excitement of the Niagara region this summer thanks to the return of VIA's enhanced seasonal schedule between Toronto and Niagara Falls.
According to VIA's Annual Report for 2008, the company carried 4.6 million passengers last year, ten percent more than in the previous year, and increased passenger revenues by more than $14 million.
GO Transit and CN announced that the Toronto area commuter rail agency will acquire CN's Weston Subdivision for expanded GO service between Union Station and regions northwest of the city.