Posts Tagged ‘Marc Garneau’

Trudeau Names New Transport Minister

January 15, 2021

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named a new transport minister.

Omar Alghabra

Omar Alghabra has replaced Marc Garneau, who will now become minister of foreign affairs.

Garneau had held the transport minister post since 2015.

Alghabra is a member of parliament from Mississauga, Ontario. He also has worked as a consultant and a professor at Ryerson University in Toronto.

He has served as the parliamentary secretary for foreign and trade ministers, and as the Prime Minister’s parliamentary secretary for public service reform.

Born to a Syrian family in Saudi Arabia, he immigrated to Canada in 19 to study engineering.

Among the issues he’ll face as transport minister are an aid package for the airline industry and Air Canada’s planned purchase of tour company Transat A.T.

Canadian PM Boosts VIA High Speed Rail Plan

December 21, 2019

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has identified boosting VIA Rail Canada’s high-frequency rail project between Quebec City and Toronto to be one of its top transportation priorities.

The project is part of the Transportation 2030 strategic plan.

Trudeau recently sent a “mandate letter” to Transport Minister Marc Garneau in which he directed Garneau to work with the infrastructure and communities minister to create the HFR project in the Toronto-Quebec City Corridor as part of those duties.

The HFR project would expand VIA Rail services to Peterborough, Ontario, and Trois-Rivieres, Quebec City, via a new rail line north of the current service corridor.

VIA to Get New CEO

April 3, 2019

VIA Rail Canada has taken a page from Amtrak’s playbook and looked toward the skies to find a new CEO.

Cynthia Garneau

Cynthia Garneau, currently President of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada, will become VIA President and CEO for a five-year term beginning May 9.

The appointment was announced by Canadian Transport Minister Marc Garneau, himself a a former NASA astronaut. Cynthia Garneau is not related to Marc Garneau.

Amtrak’s CEO, Richard Anderson, joined the passenger railroad after serving as head of Delta Air lines.

Cynthia Garneau became the president of Bell in January 2016, a company she had worked for since 2004.

Before coming to Bell, she worked for Bombardier Aerospace.

Garneau earned Bachelor of Specialized Education and Bachelor of Law degrees from Sherbrooke University.

She has been a member of the Québec Bar since 1994. Garneau is also a board member of AIAC (Aerospace Industries Association of Canada) and Aero Montreal.

Three others were named to the VIA board of directors for four-year terms. They include Grant Christoff, Miranda Keating Erickson and Viola Ann Timmons.

Christoff is a lawyer who has served as counsel for the First Nations Health Authority and Saulteau First Nations since 2015.

Keating Erickson has been vice president of Alberta Electric System Operator since 2010.

Timmons has been president and vice chancellor of the University of Regina since 2008.

Marc Garneau lauded outgoing CEO Yves Desjardins-Sicioliano for his service to VIA in the past five years, which included ridership growth, renewing the carrier’s rolling stock and developing a proposal related to high frequency rail.