Via Rail names new president

(QMI Agency Files)

(QMI Agency Files)

Jessie Archambault, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:11 PM ET

OTTAWA -- Via Rail's interim president and CEO was officially replaced with the announcement Sunday that Yves Desjardins-Siciliano has been appointed president for a five-year term.

This comes following the Minister of Foreign Affairs John Baird's demand for a new president and numerous malfunctions at six rail crossings in Barrhaven.

The newly appointed president and chief executive officer worked as the chief corporate and legal officer and corporate secretary of Via since April 2010.

Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt announced Sunday that Desjardins-Siciliano was to take the position for the next five years.

"Desjardins-Siciliano's strong leadership skills, legal expertise and wide-ranging business experience, both at Via and in the private sector, will be valuable assets to Via," Raitt said.

Desjardins-Siciliano replaces interim president Steve Del Bosco who had taken over in January of this year. Del Bosco will now resume his duties as chief commercial planning officer.

"It's an honour and a privilege to be given the opportunity to serve in this capacity," Desjardins-Siciliano said.

He previously worked as the president of the Quebec division of the Canadian Bar Association and has held senior positions in both the public and private sectors.

"We are delighted that the government has chosen to lead Canada's national passenger railway, someone whose career demonstrates a breath of experiences and expertise," stated chairman of the board of directors Paul G. Smith in a release.