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Company Overview of VIA Rail Canada Inc.

Company Overview

VIA Rail Canada Inc. provides national passenger rail services on behalf of the Government of Canada. The company provides intercity services, cross-Canada services, and services to remote communities through 12,500 kilometers of track connecting approximately 450 Canadian communities. It operates through a fleet 396 passenger cars and 78 locomotives. The company was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Montreal, Canada.

3 Place Ville Marie

Suite 500

Montreal, QC H3B 2C9


Founded in 1977

2,600 Employees



Key Executives for VIA Rail Canada Inc.

Chief Executive Officer, President and Director
Chief Financial & Administration Officer
Chief Customer Experience & Operating Officer
Age: 60
Chef - Western Services
Chief & Senior Advisor to the President & Chief Executive Officer
Age: 59
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

VIA Rail Canada Inc. Key Developments

Via Rail Canada Appoints Susan Williams as a New General Manager for Eastern Canada

VIA Rail Canada announced the appointment of Susan Williams to the position of General Manager for Eastern Canada. This will involve adding value to the services offered to communities served in the Maritimes and Eastern Qubec as well as business development activities intended to build on partnerships that began in 2014 with local community representatives. Ms. Williams will be working to bring VIA Rail's service offering in line with this part of the country's needs and demands.

VIA Rail Canada Signs Partnership with Hainan Airlines

VIA Rail Canada has signed a partnership with Hainan Airlines. As well, for the first time, this partnership will allow an airline company to sell VIA Rail tickets. Hainan Airlines' ticket offices and other travel agencies will be able to combine air and rail segments and issue a single electronic ticket with boarding passes for both the flight and train segments. Hainan Airlines passengers from China who are planning train travel in Canada will benefit from the convenience of booking all legs of their journey at once. And vice-versa for VIA Rail passengers who plan to travel to Toronto before flying on to China.

VIA Rail Canada Inc. Reports Earnings Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2014

VIA Rail Canada Inc. reported earnings results for the nine months ended September 30, 2014. For the period, the company's net income was CAD 30.59 million, compared to CAD 35.43 million for the same period ended September 30, 2013. Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 were CAD 208.36 million, compared to CAD 202.46 million for the same period ended September 30, 2013.

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