The VIA HFR – VIA TGF Inc. Board of Directors announced following a national and international search, the appointment of Martin Imbleau as chief executive officer (CEO), effective September 8, 2023.
Imbleau has over 25 years of experience in developing and operating energy transportation systems and major infrastructure projects—including large freight transportation infrastructure, given his current role as the President and CEO of Montreal Port Authority.
“I am both thrilled and humbled to have been offered the opportunity to guide this strategic transportation project, which will offer Canadians better and faster passenger rail service between Canada’s two largest cities and to Quebec City and Ottawa. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to move this project forward,” said Imbleau.
He brings exceptional leadership skills, considerable expertise in delivering large, complex greenfield infrastructure projects and strong operational knowledge of the transportation industry. He also has robust experience working with domestic and international partners, businesspeople, local, regional, and federal governments, local and Indigenous communities, and a wide spectrum of experts.
Imbleau’s appointment comes as the Government of Canada prepares to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to three bidding teams selected through a competitive process. The government expects to publish the RFP this fall.
“Martin Imbleau is exactly the right person to lead the development of Canada’s largest transportation project in more than 60 years. Given his knowledge of the partners within the corridor and more specifically in Montreal and its surrounding area, Martin brings valuable experience and perspective to the project. We are very fortunate to bring him on board,” said Robert Prichard, chair of the board of directors, VIA HFR – VIA TGF Inc.
Featured image: (VIA HFR – VIA TGF Inc.)