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Minister Garneau announces appointments at VIA Rail Canada

from Government of Canada

The Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today announced the following appointments to VIA Rail Canada:
  • Ms. Cynthia Garneau (appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer, term of five years starting on May 9, 2019); She is a lawyer and has been President of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. since 2016.

  • Mr. Grant Christoff (appointed as director, term of four years); He is a lawyer and has been Counsel for the First Nations Health Authority and Saulteau First Nations since 2015.

  • Ms. Miranda Keating Erickson (appointed as director, term of four years); She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, and has been Vice-President of Alberta Electric System Operator since 2010.

  • Ms. Viola Ann Timmons (appointed as director, term of four years); She holds a Ph.D. in Education Psychology, and has been President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Regina since 2008.
These appointments were made under the Government of Canada's new approach to Governor in Council appointments. This approach supports open, transparent and merit-based selection processes that strive for gender parity and reflect Canada's diversity, to support Ministers in making appointment recommendations for positions within their portfolio by providing them with information and referrals. more


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