Canadian Transport Minister John Baird and the Honourable Rob Merrifield, Minister of State (Transport), on Dec. 21 announced the appointment of Marc Laliberté, of Boucherville, Québec, as president and chief executive officer (CEO) of VIA Rail Canada Inc. for a term of four years, effective January 4, 2010.
Laliberté succeeds Paul Côté, the current president and CEO, who is retiring after a 32-year career at VIA that includes a five-year term as CEO.
Following four years as an engineer with Hydro-Québec, as well as Gulf Canada Ltd., 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, he was appointed president and CEO of AMF Technotransport Inc., a fully owned subsidiary of CN specializing in the renovation and repair of railway equipment. In 1996, Laliberté was promoted to general manager of CN's Eastern Canada Champlain district. In 1999, he joined Vapor Rail Inc., a company specializing in the development and marketing of door systems for passenger rail service, as president and general manager. In 2003, he became president and CEO of Québec Railway Corporation.