Statement from Minister of Public Services and Procurement Carla Qualtrough on new appointments to Canada Post Corporation’s Board of Directors


For immediate release

Gatineau, Quebec, June 5, 2018 – Canada Post is a valued national institution with a vision for renewal focused on providing Canadians with high-quality, accessible and affordable service, no matter where they live.

As Minister responsible for the Canada Post Corporation, it is my pleasure to announce today three appointments to the Canada Post Board of Directors. Strong, focused and renewed leadership and a culture of collaboration are key to supporting Canada Post’s future success.

The appointees will join the Chair of the Board and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, Jessica L. McDonald, and its other members in overseeing the implementation of the government’s vision for Canada Post. The vision places priority on service to Canadians. Under this renewed leadership, the government is asking Canada Post to build more collaborative and constructive relationships with employees, communities and other stakeholders.

The individuals appointed today bring to the Board rich and diverse leadership experience in the areas of business, human resources management, accounting and finance, as well as corporate governance and policy development. Their knowledge and expertise will help build Canada Post into an innovative, service-first organization that will continue to be financially sustainable and serve Canadians for decades to come.

These individuals were identified through the Government of Canada’s open, transparent and merit based selection process to ensure highly qualified candidates are appointed who reflect Canada’s diversity, including gender balance.

The following individuals were appointed to the Canada Post Board of Directors:

  • Michèle Desjardins (Quebec) is currently a member of the Board and has extensive experience in corporate governance, organizational development, and large enterprises that are family owned or controlled and facing important transitions. She is the President of Koby Consulting Inc., a management consulting firm, as well as a senior associate with Lansberg Gersick & Associates, a consulting firm specializing in family enterprises.
  • Claude Germain (Ontario) is new to the Board and has significant experience in corporate governance, serving in a range of senior positions on various public, private and volunteer boards in the transportation and logistics sectors. He is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Rouge River Capital, a Canadian private merchant bank that leverages investments in the areas of logistics, distribution and manufacturing.
  • Sharon Sparkes (Newfoundland and Labrador) is currently a member of the Board and has held senior executive positions in the retail industry for over 25 years. She has significant expertise in audit and finance. Ms. Sparkes is the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation, and was previously its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

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