Yves Desjardins-Siciliano

Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs, Corporate Secretary, VIA Rail

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano
Chief Legal & Corporate Affairs, Corporate Secretary, VIA Rail

Yves Desjardins-Siciliano was appointed Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer, Corporate Secretary of VIA Rail Canada in April 2010.

As Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer, Yves is responsible for the corporation’s legal matters, including all litigation related to VIA's operations. He is also responsible for Official Languages, Access to Information and Privacy. As Corporate Secretary to the Board of Directors, he manages all aspects of Board affairs and is actively involved in all matters of Corporate Governance.

Yves is also responsible for Media and Community Relations. As such, he is one of VIA’s key players in terms of promoting the company’s reputation and brand, and engaging Canadians in a dialogue about their national passenger rail service. A firm believer in openness and transparency, Yves was responsible for the introduction of an innovative and aggressive social media strategy.

The office of the Chief Legal and Corporate Affairs Officer, Corporate Secretary deals with elected officials, the Privy Council Office, Transport Canada, the Office of the Auditor General, the Transportation Safety Board, the Canadian Transportation Agency and other departments of government.

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, for private and publicly-held companies, in 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.

A graduate of the Université de Montréal and McGill University, Yves is a member of the Quebec Bar Association and a past President of the Canadian Bar Association, Quebec Division. He is also a Trustee of the National Film Board of Canada.