MONTREAL (July 31, 2023) – The VIA HFR – VIA TGF Inc. Board of Directors announced today, following a national and international search, the appointment of Martin Imbleau as Chief Executive Officer (CEO), effective September 8, 2023.
Mr. 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 the Montreal Port Authority.
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, business people, local, regional, and federal governments, local and Indigenous communities, and a wide spectrum of experts.
Mr. 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 Montréal and its surrounding area, Martin brings valuable experience and perspective to the project. We are very fortunate to bring him on board.
Robert Prichard, Chair of the Board of Directors, VIA HFR – VIA TGF Inc.”
“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 Québec City and Ottawa. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to move this project forward.
Martin Imbleau, CEO, VIA HFR – VIA TGF Inc.”
- The High Frequency Rail project would transform passenger rail service in Canada through the creation of a faster, more frequent, accessible and sustainable railway between Toronto, Peterborough, Ottawa, Montréal, Trois-Rivières, and Québec City.
- The Government of Canada is preparing to issue a request for proposals this fall to three bidding teams selected through a competitive request for qualifications. The selected bidder will work with VIA HFR, a new Crown corporation, to design and develop a detailed proposal for the HFR project.
- The Government of Canada expects bidders to detail how they will contribute positively to the advancement of reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. Bidders will have to demonstrate how they will support the government to build meaningful dialogue with Indigenous peoples and create opportunities for mutual benefit.