The Railway Association of Canada (RAC) on June 11 appointed Marc Brazeau President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 3, 2018. Brazeau succeeds Michael Bourque, President and CEO from April 2012 to November 2017. Gérald Gauthier has been running RAC in the interim.
Brazeau joins RAC from automotive paint and products distributor Uni-Select, where he has been Vice President of Sales and Marketing since May 2015. Brazeau has more than 20 years of transportation industry association experience. Between 1995 and 2015, he worked for the Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA), where he spent more than seven years as President and CEO.
Brazeau, who is bilingual (English and French), holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Ottawa and a three-year Public Relations diploma from Humber College. In addition, he holds the internationally recognized Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in not-for-profit management.
“Marc brings to this position a diverse background of business experience, leadership and advocacy that will help to ensure RAC remains the voice of Canada’s railway industry,” said Sean Finn, Executive Vice President of Corporate Services and Chief Legal Officer at CN, and Chair of RAC’s Board of Directors. “Most important, Marc has demonstrated the ability to effectively lead a national industry association. We’re confident that his previous responsibilities and experience have prepared him for this role, and puts him in an excellent position to succeed.”
“Railways are the backbone of Canada’s world-class supply chain, as well as a safe and sustainable option for transporting goods and passengers,” said Brazeau. “I am looking forward to leading an association that’s known as an authority on issues related to Canada’s railway industry, and as a trusted advocate for its members.”
The Railway Association of Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Association of American Railroads, represents more than 50 freight and passenger railway companies that move more than 84 million passengers and $280 billion worth of goods in Canada each year.