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SOURCE Transport Canada
Three-year mandates for Ms. Melissa Sonberg and Ms. Deborah Robinson
OTTAWA, June 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of
Transport, today announced the appointments of Ms. Melissa Sonberg of
Montreal, and Ms. Deborah Robinson, of Toronto, to the board of
directors of VIA Rail Canada, each for a three-year term.
During Ms. Sonberg's 30 years as an executive, she has specialized in
managing organizational change, balancing operational priorities with
effective governance, and handling communications in a range of
business, not-for-profit and academic environments. Ms. Sonberg is
Chair of the board of directors of Equitas - International Centre for
Human Rights Education, as well as serving on several other boards, and
is also Adjunct Professor at McGill University's Desautels Faculty of
Management. Prior to this, Ms. Sonberg held senior management positions
at Aimia (formerly Groupe Aeroplan) as Senior Vice-President of Global
Brand, Communications and External Affairs, and at Air Canada as
Director and Senior Business Advisor during its transition from
government ownership to becoming a commercial corporation.
Ms. Robinson's career in human resources over the past 25 years has
involved working in dynamic, changing environments on mergers,
acquisitions, divestitures and start-up companies, and serving on both
not-for-profit and corporate boards. Since 2004, she has been chair of
the HR and Governance Committee of Best Buddies/Vrais Copains, a
national charitable organization. Ms. Robinson was also chair of the
Human Resources Committee at Frontline Technologies Inc., and
previously held senior positions at CIBC World Markets, at Fidelity
Investments, and at American Express. Mrs. Robinson completed the
Directors' Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors
(ICD) and holds the ICD.D designation. In addition, she is the founder
and president of Bay Street HR, a company that provides human resources
services to small and mid-sized financial and professional service
VIA Rail Canada Inc., a Crown corporation, was created in 1977 and
operates Canada's national passenger rail service. The board of
directors is responsible for overseeing the business activities and
other affairs of the corporation.
"I am pleased that VIA Rail will benefit from Ms. Sonberg's and Ms.
Robinson's impressive knowledge of corporation governance and
outstanding work in their respective fields of organizational
management and human resources."
The Honourable Lisa Raitt
Minister of Transport
VIA Rail Canada
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