The CN Board of Directors appointed Roberta Louise Jamieson and Murray Sinclair as Co-Chairs of the Indigenous Advisory Council (IAC); Norfolk Southern (NS) elevated Frank Voyack to Vice President of Government Relations, succeeding Marque Ledoux; Bluejay Capital Partners hired Pierre-Luc Mathieu as Managing Partner; and STV promoted Paul Menaker to Vice President.
At CN, Jamieson and Sinclair will lead IAC, an independent body comprising Indigenous peoples’ representatives from across Canada. The aims of the group: “to advise CN’s Board and CN President and CEO JJ Ruest on issues relevant to CN, and its relationships with the 200-plus Indigenous communities in which CN operates; to reinforce diversity and inclusion through policies and procedures; and to foster relationships between the railroad and Indigenous peoples.”
Jamieson, a Mohawk from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory, is an experienced mediator serving as Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario. She also served for 10 years as Ontario’s first female Ombudsman. A Corporate Director, Jamieson is the former President and CEO of Indspire, Canada’s largest Indigenous charity. Additionally, she was appointed to the inaugural Gender Equality Advisory Council of the G7 Summit, to embed gender equality in decisions made by the world’s seven most advanced economies.
Sinclair is an Anishinaabe and a member of the Peguis First Nation. He has been involved with the justice system in Manitoba for more than 40 years, as a lawyer representing Indigenous clients, as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Robson Hall, as Associate Chief Judge of Manitoba’s Provincial Court, and as a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench. He also served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of Canada’s Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In 2016, Sinclair was appointed to the Senate, from which he retired earlier this year. He has returned to the practice of law and is mentoring young lawyers at Cochrane Saxberg LLP.
At NS, Voyack becomes Vice President of Government Relations on May 1, upon Ledoux’s retirement. Ledoux served the Class I railroad for 18 years.
Voyack, who joined NS in 2008, worked most recently as Assistant Vice President. He will now oversee federal, state and local government relations, educating lawmakers on NS’s role in supporting the overall economy, and guiding public policy initiatives and engagement.
“We look forward to Frank’s [Voyack] leadership of our government relations efforts,” Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer Vanessa Allen Sutherland said. “He knows NS well and will continue our tradition of being bipartisan, steady and proactive.”
She continued: “Marque has been an invaluable part of the Thoroughbred team. His wealth of knowledge and well-rounded leadership have positively impacted who we are as a company and advanced our interests on Capitol Hill and beyond.”
At Bluejay Capital Partners, Mathieu will lead the firm’s efforts as an operating partner actively investing in transportation and logistics businesses. He served previously as Chief Strategy Officer at OmniTRAX, and has 18 years of investment, strategic and operational experience.
“We are thrilled to have Pierre-Luc [Mathieu] join the team and help guide Bluejay Capital’s future expansion,” said Josh Putterman, Founding Partner. “We have known and worked with Pierre-Luc for many years, and his background and skillset are great complements to our team.”
At STV, Menaker has been promoted to Vice President, taking on management of large-scale projects for the firm’s Systems Practice and developing new business opportunities throughout Northern California. He has more than 35 years of experience, and currently serves as the client liaison for Bay Area Rapid Transit, overseeing a system-wide overhaul and upgrade of its traction power systems, among other projects.
“Paul [Menaker] has an extensive and deep understanding of transportation systems and planning and provides clear solutions to the complex issues facing our clients,” said John Ponzio, Senior Vice President of STV’s national Systems Practice.