Canada Post appoints three board members

Canada Post announced the appointment of three people to its board of directors earlier this week.

The appointments include Michèle Desjardins, of Québec; Claude Germain, of Ontario; and Sharon Sparkes, of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“Strong, focused and renewed leadership and a culture of collaboration are key to supporting Canada Post’s future success,” reads a statement issued by Public Services and Procurement Minister Carla Qualtrough, who’s also responsible for Canada Post.

The appointees will join Jessica McDonald, board chair and interim president and CEO, as well as the board’s other members in overseeing the implementation of the government’s vision for Canada Post. The vision “places priority on service to Canadians,” according to Qualtrough’s statement.

“Under this renewed leadership, the government is asking Canada Post to build more collaborative and constructive relationships with employees, communities and other stakeholders.”


Desjardins 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 and Associates, a consulting firm specializing in family enterprises.

Germain 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.

Sparkes is currently a member of the board and has held senior executive positions in the retail industry for more than 25 years. She has significant expertise in audit and finance. She’s also the interim president and CEO of the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation and was previously its senior vice president and CFO.

“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,” said Qualtrough on June 5. “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.”

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