June 27, 2023

Mario Péloquin Begins his Mandate as VIA Rail’s President and Chief Executive Officer

MONTRÉAL, June 27, 2023 - VIA Rail Canada (VIA Rail) is delighted with the arrival of Mario Péloquin who officially begins his mandate today as the Corporation’s new President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Péloquin brings over three decades of experience in the rail industry, a deep understanding of the challenges and opportunities it presents, and a demonstrated commitment to ensuring transportation services meet the needs of communities across Canada.

In response to his appointment, Mr. Péloquin said: “I am honoured to join VIA Rail, an organization that plays such a vital role in Canada's transportation landscape. I'm excited to work with the talented VIA Rail team to go further in fulfilling our mission of putting passengers first and in better connecting Canadian communities, particularly those in regional and remote areas, in a smarter, more efficient way."

Françoise Bertrand, Chairperson of the Board at VIA Rail, also shared her enthusiasm for Mr. Péloquin’s appointment, "Mario's extensive experience and deep understanding of the railway industry make him the perfect leader to steer VIA Rail into the future. His commitment to safety, operational excellence, and exceptional passenger service aligns perfectly with our values and mission. We are confident that under his leadership, VIA Rail will continue to be a smarter way to move people, and significantly contribute to the vitality of the communities we serve."

Mr. Péloquin is passionate about the power of rail to transform communities, reduce carbon footprints, and drive economic growth. In his new role, he will focus on enhancing VIA Rail's customer experience, expanding services to regional and remote communities, and driving operational efficiencies.

VIA Rail is thrilled to welcome Mario Péloquin to his new role and looks forward to the energy, innovation, and expertise he will bring as he leads the Corporation into its next chapter of growth.