VIA Rail CEO Steps Down

By Railfan & Railroad Staff

MONTREAL — VIA Rail Canada President and CEO Cynthia Garneau resigned Friday after three years at the head of the passenger railroad. The resignation was announced by Federal Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra.

No reason was given for Garneau’s sudden resignation. Her position is temporarily being filled by Martin R. Landry, who has been VIA’s chief commercial affairs officer for eight years, Global News reports

“My train has arrived at its destination,” Garneau said in a news release. “It will now be up to another driver to lead the organization through the next steps.”

Government officials and VIA board members praised Garneau for her leadership, especially as VIA navigated the COVID-19 pandemic over the last two years. Prior to being appointed CEO of VIA, Garneau was the president of Bell Helicopter Textron Canada Ltd. She had more than 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry before going into railroading. 

This article was posted on: May 24, 2022