Keynote Speaker


Yves Desjardins-Siciliano
President and Chief Executive Officer
VIA Rail Canada

Section : Keynote Speaker

Since his arrival at VIA Rail Canada in 2010, Mr. Desjardins-Siciliano was the Corporation’s Chief Corporate and Legal Officer, Corporate Secretary and responsible for Risk Management. These responsibilities brought him to deal with elected officials, the Privy Council Office, Transport Canada, Office of the Auditor General, Transportation Safety Board, Canadian Transportation Agency and other government agencies. A firm believer in openness and transparency, Yves introduced an innovative and aggressive social media strategy that received recognition in Canada and abroad while he was responsible for the Corporation’s Media and Community Relations.

An experienced lawyer and seasoned executive, Yves has held several positions in legal, regulatory and government relations, business and corporate development, marketing, communications and finance, as well as Government Relations and Regulatory Affairs. He contributed to the development of private and publicly-held companies in the information technology, telecommunications, marketing and entertainment industries. Yves was also Chief of Staff to the federal Minister of Labour and Minister of State for Transport from 1989 to 1991.

Yves is known for his broad network of high-level contacts in the Canadian business, the government and in Canada’s political communities. He is a trusted advisor, who is recognized amongst public and private Boards of Directors on Corporate Strategy, Legal, Business Development, Government and Regulatory issues. He holds a law degree (LL.B.) from l’Université de Montréal and completed Graduate Studies in Law (GSD) at McGill University. He also has a designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD.D).

Since his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer on May 9, 2014, Yves Desjardins-Siciliano represents VIA Rail Canada as one of the two North American representatives on the Executive Committee of the International Union of Railways (UIC).